Today you’re going to do something nice for yourself. Why? Because it’s Wednesday. And Wednesdays somehow always seem deserving of that extra specialness.

Or maybe because a certain feline spent the full hour before you were supposed to wake up meowling at your door for her own breakfast. Maybe that certain feline is still meowling at you with that persistent look in her eyes – despite the fact that you already fed her. Or maybe you have to start writing the full outline for your honors thesis today – and it’s due on Monday (yikes).

Point is, sometimes waffles on a Wednesday are just necessary. I don’t even usually make waffles on the weekend, so you know something’s up.

Do yourself a favor – make these today. Because your Wednesday could probably do with a little extra sweetness. If you want to make someone else’s day a little sweeter, you can double this recipe. Or you can be like me and keep it all to yourself. Because maybe you need this one small selfish thing today. That’s okay. When it’s a day like today a small bit of selfishness won’t do anyone else a bit of harm.

So, let’s get started, shall we?

Oatmeal Cookie Waffles for One

Adapted from Joy the Baker’s Single Lady Pancake and Oatmeal Cookie Pancake recipes

Serves 1

1/3 cup all-purpose flour (I used King Arthur’s White Unbleached Whole Wheat Flour)

2 Tablespoons dried oats, heaping (quick cooking or regular)

2 teaspoons brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

pinch of freshly ground nutmeg (if you have “pumpkin pie spice” instead, that’s my favorite)

pinch of salt

1 Tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons vegetable oil (if you have coconut oil, go to town with it. Yum)

1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons buttermilk (or if you never have buttermilk, like me, substitute yogurt. It will be just fine)

1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

dash of vanilla extract

Optional: raisins and/or chocolate chips

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt. In a separate bowl whisk together oil, buttermilk (or yogurt), maple syrup, and vanilla.  Combine the wet and dry ingredients and stir to combine.  The mixture will be thick. Not would be a good time to fold in the raisins or chocolate chips, if you have ‘em.

Spoon batter onto your heated waffle iron, and wait until your one giant pancake reaches perfection.

Note: perhaps you do not have a waffle iron. Not to worry – just pour the batter onto a heated griddle and spread some with the back of a spoon.  Cook over medium heat until bubbles form and pop on the surface of the pancake.

Cook until golden brown.  Remove from waffle iron and onto a plate.  Fill in the waffle holes with butter and syrupy goodness. Settle down to eat the whole damn thing, and do it with veggie sausage (or the real stuff) and Earl Grey tea, if you have it.