I’m in the mood to mix up the Holiday Extravaganza. After all, the holidays are not just about shopping and most importantly all of the religious traditions, but also they are about cooking and then eating…yum…
I love my Kitchen and I love to cook. I’m not usually much of a baker, but every Christmas I bake over 1,000 cookies and then put together beautiful gift boxes with ribbons and tags to give to all of my friends. And yes, if you have read my earlier blogs, I also decorate two trees and most of the house. I know, I know… I guess I am a bit OCD. But I really love Christmas.
I made the first batch on Sunday – Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies for a Caroling event at our Trinity Church, Southport. I displayed some of these on this wonderful handled plate I picked up in Tuscany while on our honeymoon several years ago. It looks like Christmas without going over the top!
Since several people asked for the recipe, I am posting it below. I guess they were that good. I loved Alan’s (our Music Director) Gingerbread Cake myself, but… for you cookie lovers out there, here is my family’s friend, Philippa Weller’s semi-famous cookie recipe.
OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups Quaker Oatmeal (not instant)
1 cup chocolate chips (I like semi-sweet, but your choice)
Preheat oven to 350F
Beat together butter and sugars until creamy
Add eggs and vanilla and beat well
Add flour, baking soda and cinnamon and mix well
Stir in oats and chocolate chips, mix well
Drop by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown
Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet
Makes about 4 dozen