Friday, January 31, 2014

For Oatmeal and Chocolate Chip lovers :)

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Lots of emails have come in asking for my recipe for Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies…

I’ve tried many recipes over my lifetime – and I have to say that these are the best ever.

I use old fashioned rolled oats ((Not quick oats))  and real butter.

The dough is very firm, and I chill it before scooping it out by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the cookie sheets.

I find it is best to NOT over bake them ---10 minutes is sufficient for my oven at the cabin, let them set a while when removing from oven to let them cool and firm up a bit before transferring to a wire rack.


1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
2 cups Old Fashioned rolled oats ((May also use gluten free))
1-1/2 cups unbleached flour ((May also use gluten free))
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips ((6 oz))
1 cup chopped walnuts ((optional))

((And yes, you can omit the chocolate chips and substitute raisins or craisins...wonderful!))

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Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, mix brown sugar and butter until blended.  I admit to using an old hand held mixer, no counter space for a big kitchenaid at my house!

Mix in vanilla and egg until light and fluffy. Add in oats, flour, baking soda and salt; stir in chocolate chips and nuts.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly golden brown.  Cool slightly.  Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

Of course, these are BEST when still warm and melty from the oven….but even 24 hours later, they are still chewy and oh so good!

Shown here on my Great Grannie’s china, chai tea with a spot of cream on the side.

The boys just texted – they are on their way back to the cabin from their day of snowboarding, exhilarated, happily tired, and HUNGRY!

There are sweet potatoes baking in the oven. 

We grill a lot at the cabin ---and since I bought a huge package of pork chops last time on sale, and froze half, we are having the remainder tonight.  Simple fare – I’ll do a salad and a steamed veggie on the side and we will call it good.

After dinner the boys will head back down the mountain.

There has not been as much sewing today ----it was busy having two gas fireplaces installed.  When the cabin was quiet once more, I slunk off for a much needed nap.

PDFs of the pages of my new book started coming in this afternoon as well, and I have spent time with those, SO EXCITED, even though I know this is SUPPOSED To be a WEEK OFF for me….

It’s just not possible to leave it.  I’ve tried to leave this time just for family, but things keep creeping in.  Nevertheless – I’m TRYING and have sent “back in touch Monday” emails to quite a few people.

It can wait until then.

It’s the weekend!

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  1. Oh yum! I think I will use chocolate chips and craisins since I have them.

  2. These do look good! And you just stir the ingredients? You don't use a mixer?

  3. What's a craisin? It looks like a nice homely cabin with all those guys around the table. There's something so satisfying about feeding hungry family and friends isn't there?

  4. Thank you for the recipe - they look scrumptious!

    Enjoy your time at the cabin and with your family.

  5. Craisins - dried cranberries
    Yummy and good for you!
    I am going to try your recipe.

  6. I will try this recipe, this weekend! I make Lara Bush's Governor's mansion cookies, which are similar...and yummy! Have fun at the cabin, Bonnie!

  7. Anonymous7:19 PM EST

    Just curious are you a late night person? I don't remember the last time I took a nap and you seem to have them fairly often.Is that you secret to getting so many things done??? I get up at 6 am and bed at 10 pm,I don't feel like I need a nap....maybe i do! Does it help with your focus , a way to reset the day???

  8. YUM!!!

    I have a quick question. Will you be doing yard sales again this winter? I'm looking to destash and I made out great last time

    Peggy in NJ

  9. I have no plans in the near future to run online yardsales. I just don't have time, I'm not home to do it.

    I love naps and take them when I can -- it's a sweet indulgence for me, and I sleep well at night even if I have taken an afternoon nap.

  10. When they had chocolate covered raisins my dil would make these...delish!

  11. Try adding chocolate covered raisins to oatmeal cookies...the best of both worlds!! A warm filling dinner is just what those guys need nothing fancy required.

  12. A nap always does you the world of good. Cookies sound yum & easy

  13. I have a recipe for oatmeal peanut butter chocolate chip cookies that Is my go to. I don't make many cookies lately, but they seem to make lots of people happy.

  14. LOVE the recipe for the oatmeal cookies. Will definitely be baking those up tomorrow. I see you use a lot of antique machines, think you'd be interested in a hand-crank Singer? Couldn't resist putting it out there.

    Thanks for sharing so many wonderful patterns and that you have a life many only dream of. Thanks for sharing those stories as well!

    Terri at the Drake's Nest in Palm Bay FL

  15. Anonymous10:25 PM EST

    Note to self...take a nap tomorrow. I am going to give it a try. Thanks!

  16. Good to take time off! I love Choclate chip Oatmeal cookies, AKA: Cowboy cookies at my house. Thansk fro all the time you take to keep us inspired. I'm going to a Guild SEW-IN tomorrow to make QOV quilts. It's being done Nationwide. I have to take a break from my HOUSE and I don't have a cabin to go and hide out.

  17. Those cookies look yummy. Maybe your next book should be a cookbook for quilters!
    I'm not a happy camper tonight. Our guild Comfort quilt sew-in tomorrow has been cancelled due to snow - again!

  18. Cookies look good. I love your Flagstones block in QuiltMaker Magazine.

  19. I just made the cookies and they are really good. The family all loved them. I had white chocolate melts and blanched almonds in the pantry so I used those. Thanks for the recipe

  20. Is your china English? My mother-in-law had something similar I'm sure.

  21. Very similar to the cookies I've made for years that are called "Pride of Iowa Cookies". I just resurrected the recipe this past Christmas and they were so good.

  22. Did you post it under your recipes icon? Hope so. They sound just delicious.

  23. OMG! The cookies sound yummy! This recipe was just in time, my hubby brought home an industrial sized bag of oats! What to do...make cookies! Your Great Grandma's china is georgeous, those colors would make a phenominal quilt!
    Thank you so much.
    Judy Lee

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