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Fight Off Depression by Baking Oatmeal Cookies


Women are more likely to experience depression. There’s hormonal imbalance, pre-menstrual syndrome, post-natal stress, and the like that causes it. One depression therapy that you can look into is baking cookies.

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When oatmeal cookies are these brown, they are very crisp. We love it this way.

Depression in Women

As women, depression can be an ugly presence. There are just times when we feel like we are down in the dumps. Sometimes, it’s PMS or sometimes, it’s during the time of the month. Sometimes, it’s the full moon. For others, it’s SAD–seasonal affective disorder.

Whatever the reason, there are times that we feel melancholia creeping up and we feel helpless. It may not be chronic, but it’s there from time to time, disrupting our daily routines, and it takes very little to set it off.

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A latest snap of our two girls at Punong Gary’s Place.

A few months back, I had an episode. There was a trigger and couldn’t stop crying. Despite being very understanding, my husband was already getting fed up with my whining and bad temper. I knew I had to snap out of it because I have two kids looking up to me.

Baking Cookies

I went to the kitchen and checked the cupboard for the things that I will need. There I found that I have enough to make Oatmeal Cookies. But this time, I wanted a twist because I had some chopped cashew nuts. Immediately, I started working.

It was only 2:30pm and I thought I had enough time to make it before our usual 4pm afternoon snack. And so I did.

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A batch of oatmeal cookies cooling on a rack.

Here’s my easy oatmeal recipe that you can try.

Oatmeal Cashew Cookies Recipe


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups instant oats
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon powder
  • 1 3/4 cups chopped cashew nuts
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Wet ingredients.


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.
  • 2. Mix all the wet ingredients in a bowl. In another bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.
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  • 3. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet bowl, stirring each time. Mix well.
  • 4. Grease your cookie sheets.
  • 5. Place a heaped teaspoon of cookie batter on the pans, spacing them about 2 inches apart
  • 6. Flatten the balls using a spoon.
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Arrangement on the greased cookie sheet before baking.
  • 7. Bake in the oven for about 8-10 minutes, or until you see it turning caramel brown. I like our oatmeal cookies in this color because when they cool, they become crisp.
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Bake the oatmeal cookies for about 8-10 minutes in the electric oven.
  • 8. Remove from the pan immediately and let them cool on wire racks completely before storing in cookie jars. If they are still hot, moisture will form and the cookies won’t remain crisp.

This recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies.

The Depression Therapy of Baking Cookies

While baking in the sweltering afternoon heat, I was sweating profusely. I think that picked up my mood. When the cookies started baking, the wonderful aroma filled the kitchen and even the living room. And oh, I think that the natural oils in the cashew also helps in lifting up the mood.

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Needless to say, it was comforting. No wonder aromatherapy with essential oils works because what we smell affects our moods. It seemed that the cloud that was making my day dreary was finally lifting.

Lastly, sharing the cookies with family and our staff all the more lifted my spirits. My eldest daughter ate a couple while the little Shane had one. Mama was happy.

Fighting for a Happier Life

Sometimes, we just have to fight off these feelings by being productive. Baking cookies may be good for those who happen to be visited by depression from time to time.

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Life’s too short. Let’s eat cookies and be happy.

If you are already on medication, I will not advice to skip it but rather you augment it by doing things that you love. You can do gardening, cross-stitching, painting, baking, or even dancing.

Whatever you fancy, do it. It would also be nice to get your body to perspire to get your body to produce those happy hormones and chase the blues away.

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15 thoughts on “Fight Off Depression by Baking Oatmeal Cookies

    1. I just got back from a holiday but I also want to go baking some of these yummy oatmeal cookies again. The batch I baked before we left for a vacation last week are all gone even before we took off haha My husband and kids love them so much!

  1. I love baking and have to pick up some things to make some cookies. I’ve been in a funk lately so hopefully it helps my mood. Will try your suggestion.

  2. Oatmeal cookies are always made fun of and they do not deserve this! They are just so delicious and healthy too! Loved your thought process of dealing with depression with cookies. It might be good to do that once in a while.

  3. Oatmeal cookies are a great way to lift up our spirits, especially during the cold months when it is dark outside. Cookies fill the house with a delicious smell and are easy to make.

  4. hmmm… what a delicious looking oatmeal cookie recipe, its making me crave right now, guess I have to practice how to bake some myself.

  5. Breaking out of a depression is challenging. Doing something you love can help you feel better, especially once the task has been accomplished. Baking, indeed, is one good and enjoyable activity that can alleviate the sadness for the time being. 🙂

  6. Nakakatuwa din talaga gumawa ng mga bagay na ikasasaya mo pag Nasstress ka tulad ng pagbabake..Malaking tulong ito para malabanan natin yumg stress na pinagdadaanan natin.

  7. Being a mom is such a wonderful thing in the world. You can learn many things and still not be an expert about it. Sometimes we go through such a difficult and depressing way of feelings and emotions. We feel like being unloved and uncared. Cooking and baking help us to show our importance to our family. On the other hand,it is also our way of expressing our love to them.

  8. Great idea! One of the best way to relieve your stress is by doing things that you really loved, and I think baking/cooking are the best therapy. Thanks for sharing, will try to make some oatmeal cookies too.

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