Monday, December 15, 2014

Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

 Sandi from Rose Chintz Cottage is having an Old Fashioned Tea today and I am sharing some of my old Santas from my daughter and a doll that my Mom gave me.  My little tree is decorated with tiny kitchen utensils that my daughter found for me.  Debbie from Mountain Breaths used a pie bird on her little tree and I'm copying the idea and using mine, too.

 We're having some decaf Chai tea today and some of Ina Garten's favorite cookies that I baked. Can you see the sweet bunny slippers and the nightshirt and cap on my Santa?  He's one of my favorites,  and he has his very own bucket of popcorn!  My Mom gave me the kissing angels years ago to represent my beloved hubby and I.  

 The teacup is Olde English Countryside, by Johnson Brothers.  I love cottage designs as they remind me of bygone days.  I'm just an old-fashioned girl at heart.  I like the look of mixing transferware designs. 

These cookies are the Barefoot Contessa's all-time favorite cookie!  The tartness from the cranberries and the dark chocolate makes for a delectable cookie.

Makes 28 to 32 Cookies

½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1¼ cups old-fashioned oats
¾ pound bittersweet chocolate, such as Lindt, chopped in chunks bittersweet chocolate (I used a 10-ounce bag of Ghiradelli bittersweet chocolate baking chips)
¾ cup dried cranberries
Fleur de sel
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 3 sheet pans with parchment paper.
In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on medium-high speed for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula. On low speed, add the vanilla, then the eggs, one at a time. Scrape down the bowl again.
Meanwhile, sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl. Mix in the oats. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture to the butter-sugar mixture. Don’t overbeat it! With a rubber spatula, stir in the chocolate and cranberries until the dough is well mixed. With a 1¾-inch ice cream scoop (or two spoons), scoop round balls of dough onto the prepared sheet pans. Sprinkle lightly with fleur de sel. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until nicely browned. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Note: If you prefer cookies thin and crisp, bake them straight from the mixing bowl. If you prefer them chewy in the middle and crisp outside, chill the balls of dough.
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Thank you for your visit!  xo


  1. The cookies sound great Kitty and I love your fun little kitchen tree! I thought the pie bird topper was a neat idea too:@)

  2. Kitty, how neat that your daughter found you the kitchen tree and already decorated. The pie bird is adorable as a topper on your tree. The cookies sound wonderful!

  3. Oh you had me at salted! Yum! Your tree is so cute. Merry Christmas!

  4. Such a pretty tea by the fireplace, Kitty! Love Santa, the doll, and your sweet little tree. The cookies look great too. Enjoy your week!

  5. Dearest Kitty, everything looks so cozy and inviting. I can imagine myself taking a sip of tea out of your beautiful china and I can definitely imagine myself taking a bite out of those amazing cookies!

    Thank you for sharing such a lovely post. Love to you!

  6. These cookies look delicious; I haven't started my Christmas baking yet, so I think I will add these to the list! Love your old fashioned Santas and dolls; what a good idea to bring out the dolls for Christmas . . . you just gave me an idea :) Have a good week Kitty, and the Lord bless you richly is my prayer.

  7. Your tree and figures are so cute! I love transferware. And I don't know whether to love or hate you for those cookies! They look divine! I'll be making those! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  8. Kitty, your little tree is adorable with its kitchen gadgets! Love the transferware as you know. Those cookies look wonderful and festive with cranberries and chocolate; a yummy combo for the Christmas season. I have a little baking done but I'm not doing much this year. I must say, I miss those days of baking fifteen kinds of sweets for the holidays. Thank you for sharing your sweet Tea and joining me. Hope you have a lovely week, my friend.

    Christmas blessings,

  9. Your display with that precious Christmas tree and Santa with his popcorn is just lovely, Kitty.
    How precious that your mother gave you those kissing angels to represent you and your husband.
    I love candy or cookies with cranberries, may have to give these a try.

    God' best to you, Christ's blessings on you.

  10. Kitty, it is a Christmas miracle! Your post showed up today all on its own! Yay! Love your vignette. I went to a lovely Christmas tea on Saturday. Need to do a post. I love pie birds, so sweet.

  11. A sweet tea table and the kissing angels are precious. I've already pinned your cookie recipe to try when all the holiday baking is gone. Mmm, dark chocolate and cranberries, they look yummy!

  12. Hi Kitty, I love your Santa, the doll and the Christmas tree. The cookies look amazing! I bet the taste delicious. Have a lovely week. Hugs, Julie

  13. Okay three cookies sound awesome and the tea cup is gorgeous. Johnson Brothers is one my favorites


  14. Those cookies on my soon to make list. I just saved the recipe. I do love the Santa, doll and Christmas tree and you know I like Transferware!!!

  15. The vignette for the old fashioned tea party is delightful!! I love the sentimental doll and the Santas. The Johnson Brothers transferware is a perfect choice to go with your cookies and tea. Totally charming!!!

  16. Oh, these look really good and chewy! How adorable is that little tree with the kitchen utensils? I have the same pie bird :) Your dolls and Santa are very sweet and your transferware is wonderful! xo Karen

  17. Kitty, Your tea party by the fire is so cute and kozy :) with your Santa and doll dressed in their plaid. Love the pie bird as a topper on your tree! I've never met a JB pattern I didn't like and I know I would love Ina's cookies. ♥

  18. I adore your santas and doll. So sweet. Such a beautiful teacup too! These cookies sound divine. I love a cookie with both dark chocolate and dried cranberries in it!

  19. Dear Kitty, what a adorable and fun collection. I just love your collection of tea cups. you create such pretty vignettes and of course, a nice cup of tea and your home baked cookies. xo

  20. Hi Kitty,
    I love all of your sweet Christmas treasures with the precious memories. Your transferware teacup is gorgeous and your Christmas plate is beautiful too! I do love cookies and yours always look amazing. It would be such fun to have you over for tea so that you could tour my home but I would have to clean up first. That's the nice thing about taking pics, you can hide the untidy rooms. Lol. Happy Christmas Time. Karen

  21. Hi Kitty, I love your red transferware! It's very festive and fits right in with Christmas. The tree is so adorable with the kitchen utensils hanging from the branches. The cookies look so delicious. I'm definitely going to have to try that cookie recipe! Christmas Blessings, Michelle

  22. Hi Kitty,
    Your Christmas treasures are all so very sweet...along with those delicious looking cookies. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Wishing you a wonderful day.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  23. Hi Kitty! Your Santas are so cute! Great transferware, especially that pretty red cottage cup and saucer. Those cookies sound (and look) delicious! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

  24. Hi Kitty: I was smart today, I started with your post. I always get so hungry for sweets after visiting you. This has helped me. All your Christmas treasures are so pretty. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  25. Oh yum Kitty, I bet the cookies are delicious! Love your transferrer and collections. Darn, I forgot about Sandi's party. I wanted to join it, Maybe I'll join late. The pie bird tree topper is a cute idea. I recently found two. Glad to see that you will be sharing this with SYC.

  26. Beautiful vignette with the pretty doll, Kitty and those cookies are mouth watering...Christine

  27. I am going to bake these cookies, soon...before Christmas. I have enjoyed Ina Garten's show for a few years and love watching her cook and bake.

    The red transfer ware is always a pattern that appeals to me though I have never found any in the antique shops or thrift stores where I shop. One day maybe...

  28. I came back to thank you for the prayers for Rea, Kitty. Thank you so very much! She is doing well and although she is getting towards the end of her treatment protocol, it's not over yet so please keep them going. Thanks again and Merry Christmas!....Christine

  29. your tree and figures are so cute!!! love greetings from angie from Germany

  30. Hi Kitty, Your tea time is so pretty and special with your treasures. Of course I really like your transferware, so pretty for any season! Thanks for the cookie recipe I think it will be a new one for us this Christmas! Wishing you a lovely Christmas. Special prayers for you during this season!
    Hugs, Nancy

  31. Hi Kitty,
    What a lovely setting for your special Christmas Tea. We will really enjoy your Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies they look so delicious. Wishing you a very special Merry Christmas from Leonard and me.
    Special Christmas Hugs!
    Miz Helen
    Full Plate Thursday

  32. I love Santa in Tartan so much- new to your blog!


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