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Sugar Cookie Oatmeal

sugar cookie oats

A big, fat sugar cookie.

But softer and chewier, and much more filling!

This was the delicious breakfast I made on Sunday, in honor of Christmas. As I prepared my morning oats, the box of  Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride tea sat on the counter, staring me straight in the face. (See, sometimes a messy counter can be a good thing.) I had no idea if adding the tea would impart any noticeable flavor, but isn’t that the whole point of experimenting? To see what happens? In this case, what happened was a bowl of creamy oatmeal, remeniscent of a sweet sugar cookie. Merry Christmas, indeed.

(Breakfast was festive last year, too: Zucchini Bread Oatmeal.)

sugar cookie oatmeal

Sugar Cookie Oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice (I used almond milk)
  • 2 Celestial Seasonings sugar cookie teabags (feel free to change the flavor by using any favorite tea)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • sweetener of choice, as desired
  • optional: coconut butter or oil, or vegan butter (You can easily omit this. But I liked the extra buttery flavor I got by stirring a little virgin coconut oil into my oats.)

Heat the water and milk, then add the teabags and let sit for at least 15 minutes. Right before taking the teabags out, smush them a little with a fork so more of the flavor goes into the milk. Combine the liquid with the oats and salt, then microwave for 3 minutes. (If it starts to boil over, you can stop the microwave and keep heating in ten-second increments until the time is up. But don’t open the microwave door!)

Let the oatmeal sit in the closed microwave for 5 minutes, then transfer–uncovered—to the fridge. It gets thicker as it sits. (I made this, then went running for a little over an hour. It was the perfect texture by the time I got back. Bit if you want to eat this immediately, just use a little less water.) Right before eating, add your vanilla and sweetener (and oil, if using).

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You can make this the night before if you prefer: just add a splash of milk before reheating the next day. Also, feel free to make this on the stovetop instead of the microwave.

christmas first

By the time I finished breakfast, everyone else was finally starting to wake up. So I parked myself in front of the tree to open presents. (And then I was forced to move, because Batman kept jumping into my lap and trying to lick my face. Ick… puppy kisses! Some presents, I’m not so sure I want.)

My sister’s gift to me included a bunch of colored sugars, to feed my cupcake-decorating habit. Or maybe I can use the colored sugars the next time I make sugar cookie oatmeal. It was so good that I’m definitely planning to make it again soon!

Do you like unusual oatmeal flavors?

Or do you prefer traditional oatmeal mix-ins? I know I’ve posted some outlandish oatmeal recipes, but my everyday breakfasts can actually be pretty simple– basic oats with raisins, or with a big spoonful of coconut butter and some cinnamon mixed in. Still, sometimes it’s fun to go a little crazy…

One of my crazier recipes: Chocolate Hugs Strawberry Oatmeal.

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Published on December 27, 2011

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  1. Kim says

    So, I’ve been eyeing a lot of the recipes on here for a while, seeing as I have a horrid sweet tooth and I want to lighten up my choices a bit. I’ve tried a few of them(such as the sugar cookie shake. Delightful!) and I finally tried this one last night. I used regular vanilla almond milk, a LOT of cinnamon(I consume cinnamon about as much as I consume water haha), a bit of sugar, I think I doubled the vanilla extract and I used the Apple Cinnamon Spice tea by Celestial Seasonings. IT TASTES LIKE APPLE PIE. Without the icky texture(I can’t stand the texture of most fruit). I’m in love. Trying the sugar cookie one tonight so I can have it tomorrow! I’m also going to experiment with the Sweet Pumpkin Harvest tea. Can’t wait to finally try more of your recipes!

  2. Lucy says

    I usually settle for something pretty normal like banana or carrot cake oatmeal. But this one time we bought pears for a change so I had pear and spinach oatmeal! Bright green but tasted deliciously of pear. Seriously though, you could do a pear pudding oatmeal for the autumn. That would be delish!

  3. Layotte says

    Does anyone know if the celestial sugar cookie tea is actually vegan? I can’t find anything anywhere. What is “milk thistle?” Also what are “natural sugar cookie flavor” and “natural flavors” derived from? I really want to try this but can’t eat any dairy so I have to be very careful with ingredients! Thanks!!

  4. Jessica says

    Just tried this for breakfast before school… And it was amazing! I ate it a banana and some dried dates as my ‘natural sweetener’. Your recipes never fail me Katie 🙂

  5. Elizabeth says

    What an ingenious idea! I never would have thought of using tea steeped water for my oatmeal. I used the apple cinnamon spice celestial seasonings, with my usual oatmeal add-ins and it was soooo good. I am definitely going to order the sugar cookie tea and try a few others. I am really excited about this since recently the quaker low sugar instant oatmeals have been bothering my stomach, so I have been eating plain flavored oats and looking for new exciting ways to doctor it up.

  6. Alyssa says

    I just made this with Tazo Dessert Delights Iced Lemon Loaf tea – amazing! Love this original recipe too.

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