Best Oatmeal Cookies Ever and a Pretty Stand

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Oh hello. I've missed you. I've sorta been in limbo all weekend.

This is what keeps going through my head....... should I pack for our trip, organize the house for our house/dog sitters, go shopping, bake something yummy, cook a homemade meal (I've been slacking in that department), go grocery shopping, read my book, work on my window project, catch up on blog reading, clean, or do work for school. Oh, but how do you choose.

Yesterday we decided to do a bit of shopping. I didn't find anything for the house but I did find a cute embroidered skirt and a ruffly beach cover-up for the trip. I won't go into details about the worst shopping experience ever: trying on bathing suits after a winter of baking treats and then eating them all. :S

I did wipe the sawdust (basement reno) off of my elliptical machine a few nights before I went to look for a bathing suit. I had to workout like a hunchback since Alex moved the machine into the furnace room with the lowest ceiling of all time. My head only hit a pipe (probably with asbestos on it) twice. I thought a solid 20-minute hunched over workout would get rid of, you know, the jiggly bits. I guess you have to go on more than once for that to happen. Doh.

Anyway, I made the best oatmeal cookies of all time that you must try.

Oatmeal Cookie Kings

(With a few little tweaks)


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt (I use a bit less)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter*
1/2 cup shortening*
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla crush (I use 1 teaspoon of vanilla)
2 large eggs
3 cups quick-cooking oats**
3/4 cup nuts, dried cranberries, or apples
(I add 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips OR 1/2 cup coconut)

*You may use 1 cup (2 sticks) of butter rather than 1 stick of butter and 1/2 cup shortening, if you prefer.
** The texture changes completely if you substitute old-fashioned (or thick oats) for quick-cooking oats.
In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the flour, salt and baking soda. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter, shortening, sugars and vanilla(s). Beat in the eggs, then the flour mixture. Add the oatmeal, nuts, and fruit, if using, and mix well.

Drop the dough by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and bake the cookies in a preheated 375°F oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until they're a very light golden brown around the edges. Remove them from the oven, and cool them on a rack.

Makes: 3 1/2 dozen cookies

The little stand is from a local shop. It was a bit expensive but I  saved up all the loonies and toonies from in the couch and in the laundry machines and in Alex's pockets so that I could finally get it. It makes cookies look pretty.

P.S. How's your weekend going? Hope you didn't have to try on any bathing suits. ;)


  1. Gorgeous stand!!! I love it!

    I am stuck inside due to snow, so I may actually bake those cookies today!


  2. I think that stand would make anything look pretty. Old bits of chewing gum, jelly beans from down the back of the sofa. Put them under that cloche and look at them sparkle!!!!


  3. Ugh, I don't even want to think about trying on bathing suits!
    Your stand with cloche is so so cute!!

  4. The cookies are gorgeous, and so is the stand, and the chairs, and the table and ....

    Thanks for the recipe too!

    Sue @ Beach Bungalow

  5. They sound so yummy. You are funny, made me laugh talking about the jiggly bits and banging your head on a pipe got my morning off to a chirpy start.
    Have a great day.
    Donna xx

  6. What a pretty little stand, it's perfect and the cookies sound really yummy; i love oatmeal esp. w/ chocolate! :)

    Have a great weekend! I am still painting my kitchen! :)

  7. My kitchen is getting back together, so , perhaps some of these yummy sounding and looking cookies should be one of the first things out of the new oven :) Love the little stand too...way cute!

  8. Thanks for the recipe! As soon as I get motivated to leave the couch I'm making these!! Seriously.

  9. Gorgeous pics! Aren't you loving your new camera? I know I am!! That stand is too cute!Thanks for the recipe! Hope you guys have a great trip! I know what you mean about the bathing suit thing...we went to cancun in January & I had to put a bathing suit on this pale, 6 month post baby body...not cute! trust me!

  10. while yes indeedy those look yummy, emmy just came home from a night at gramma's with oatmeal cookies and emmy decided to add m&m's to them... i am not sure which are better now! :) and the little stand is adorable!

  11. Sarah,
    How did you know that this is one of my favorite cookies? Thanks for your recipe:) Hop over and check out my post...I have featured you today!


  12. You are so cute and funny! I don't even want to think about trying on a bathing suit until I've been on the treadmil for a bout a month! Love the little stand, so pretty and definately not something you see every day:)

  13. Those cookies look super delicious!

  14. These look delicious! So does what they're sitting on. Really cute.

  15. Mmmm, those do look yum! My bathing suit is ready to be put away as we move into winter. Will definitely be giving these a go to go with hot drinks as winter comfort food. Guess the bathing costume won't be coming out next summer then either ;)...

  16. That stand is adorable!

    And I've totally gotten over my fear of bathing suits in public. I figure my glow-in-the-dark paleness will blind everyone from the jiggly bits.

  17. Those cookies look fabulous on that stand. I also have dug out the ellipitical but have been scared to go bathing suit shopping.

  18. I just made them but only put one cup of oats instead of 3 cups....I'm a dork and figured it out before the second batch went in. I'll probably post pictures cuz it's pretty funny looking. Still tastes good though!!

  19. I've made this recipe before and it's the best! I am totally crushing on your cloche and stand - just gorgeous and I'm sure, worth every penny (or loonie) that you found under the couch cushions. :-)

  20. The cookies look so good and that stand is so pretty!!

    Oh bathing suits!! I better go find that treadmill of mine!! :)

  21. I've made this recipe before and it's the best! I am totally crushing on your cloche and stand - just gorgeous and I'm sure, worth every penny (or loonie) that you found under the couch cushions. :-)


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