Recipe of the Week: No More Square Break Apart Cookies

by Leigh Sackett

My daughter had a lemonade stand two weeks ago to raise money for the Angels of Assisi Animal Shelter. It will be our last lemonade stand since it is October and soon the neighbors will be wanting cider to warm them up and not lemonade to cool them down.

I made cookies for the lemonade stand. We offered quite the bargain by giving out free cookies with the lemonade! I used to make homemade cookies but these days I buy those square ones that you break apart that Tollhouse has been so kind to make available for all of us busy Americans. I was not always like this; when the kids were little I made a variety of my own cookies but somewhere along the way I guess I gave up and settled on the easy out.

It just so happened on the day of Maddie’s lemonade stand I had a box of oats in the cabinet so I made 4 dozen chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies for the lemonade sale. When I tested the first cookie the difference between it and the square refrigerated Tollhouse kind was night and day! (Sorry Tollhouse – that’s just the way it is . . .)

Homemade cookies are so GREAT! I took the cookies to a meeting at church and all my friends ooohhed and aaahhed over them, so I wrapped them up and sent them home with them. And I thought once again “Now why did I start buying the square cookies?”

So ladies, I know we don’t have much time in our days but homemade cookies move people in a way the store bought kind never can. They help sell lemonade for the sake of puppies and kitties, they dazzle friends and are fun to give away – they even make great Halloween treats with the right ingredients – orange and black M&Ms! So leave that package stuff on the shelf and get out your mixing bowl and take back your passion for cookies!

¾ c. butter

1 ¾ c. flour

1 c. packed brown sugar

½ c. sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. vanilla

¼ tsp. baking soda

1 ½ c. oats

1 cup of Halloween M&Ms

-In mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer medium high for 30 seconds.

-Add about half the flour, brown sugar, sugar, egg, baking powder, vanilla and baking soda

-Beat till thoroughly combined

-Beat in remaining flour

-Stir in oats and M&Ms

-Drop by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

-Bake at 375 for 10 – 12 minutes

-Cool cookies on wire rack. Makes about 48

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