Monday, January 19, 2015

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

 A dear friend of mine shared with me some Taylors of Harrogate Yorkshire tea.  I love what it says on the package..."Let's have a proper brew". I also picked some  pansies from my pots outside to bring some Wintry cheer indoors to add to my little lady vase.  Yes, pansies grow in the Fall, Winter and Spring months in Texas.  I don't plant them in the ground any more because the bunnies in the neighborhood feasted on them.

 I'm using my Mom's Royal Doulton plate, and teacup and saucer, which is the Berkshire pattern.  My Dad and I picked this out at Lazarus Department Store for my parent's 25th Anniversary.  Mom gifted the set to me several years ago.  I think it's such a timeless pattern, don't you?

 My Mom loves to shop at thrift stores and she found this cute teapot and gave it to me. It looks like a cobblestone cottage and I just love it.  It's made in America, too!

I decided to try King Arthur Flour's 2015 recipe of the year, which comes from Cookies for Kids' Cancer, the originator of the recipe, which King Arthur supports.  The cookies are soft and wonderful and I do hope you try them.  Here's the recipe:

  • 1 cup (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or 3/4 teaspoon regular table salt
  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I used a mixture of  milk, semisweet,  and white chocolate chips, because that's what I had on hand.)


1) Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line several cookie sheets with parchment paper, or lightly grease with non-stick vegetable oil spray.
2) Beat together the butter and sugars until smooth.
3) Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla one at a time, beating well after each.
4) Whisk together the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and add to the butter mixture in the bowl.
5) Mix until everything is thoroughly incorporated. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl, and mix briefly.
6) Stir in the chocolate chips.
7) Decide what size cookies you want to make. A muffin scoop (1/4 cup) will make 20 large, palm-sized cookies. A tablespoon cookie scoop (4 teaspoons) will make 50 medium (2 3/4" to 3") cookies; and a teaspoon cookie scoop (2 teaspoons) will make 100 small (2 1/2") cookies.
8) Scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 1 1/2" to 2" between cookies.
9) Bake the cookies for 12 to 15 minutes, until they're a light golden brown, with slightly darker edges. Their middles may still look a tiny bit shiny; that's OK, they'll continue to bake as they cool on the pan.
10) Remove the cookies from the oven, and as soon as they're set enough to handle, transfer them to racks to cool.
Yield: 20 to 100 cookies, depending on size.

NOTE:  I baked one pan full and formed the rest into balls, froze them on baking sheets and then removed them and put the frozen cookie balls into freezer safe bags.  You can take out what you need, bake them from the frozen state, but add a few minutes extra baking time. This way you can have home baked cookies for when you need them. 

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  1. Kitty, I love your sweet teapot! My violas in my pots are looking a little frost nipped these days but I'm looking forward to them rallying in a month. Your cookies look wonderful with your combination of chips :)

  2. I love seeing the pretty pansies Kitty! Reassurance that spring will come... right? The cookies sound great and having cookie dough in the freezer is a beautiful thing-enjoy:@)

  3. I was so surprised when you said you picked the pansies...I can't imagine anything growing in January!! I guess I like to think if we're frozen here, so is the rest of the country. ;) It's wonderful that you get to enjoy them now. The cookies look yummy. I've always had great results with King Arthur's recipes. Love your sweet teapot too.

  4. Mmm . . . these are my son's favorite cookies (and I like them too!). I really like the idea of freezing the balls of cookie dough. That way you don't eat too many, and you can have freshly baked cookies in a matter of minutes when friends stop by. Why haven't I thought of this before?!
    Your pansies are so sweet; lovely to have something growing outside in the winter months!

  5. I saw this recipe over at KAF and thought it looked delicious. Oatmeal cookies are a favorite of mine. Your pansies are such a pretty top hat in that adorable little vase.

  6. A "proper brew" is the best way to enjoy tea. Love the Royal Doulton pattern you've shown. It is classic. Your cookies look delicious. Oatmeal chocolate chip are one of our family favorites - I think there was always a batch either in the freezer or on the counter when the children lived at home.

  7. Hi Kitty,
    Your beautiful Royal Doulton china from your mother is definitely timeless - so very elegant! The sweet teapot looks very vintage. I love oatmeal cookies with tea and make them regularly for the adult kids. Yours look yummy! I am so concerned about your son and pray that his pain will improve. You must be very weary too. You are a wonderful and caring mother! It is such a support to have encouraging blogging friends who understand. Thank you Dear Kitty. Karen

  8. Kitty, your mother's china is such a pretty pattern and your cookies look wonderful! You are such a good cook. I like a cookie that you can freeze and take out to bake later. Your teapot is so charming! Thank you for sharing and joining me for Tea Time.


  9. There's a new British booth at our weekend flea market and I saw she sells Yorkshire tea but I didn't go close enough to check it out. What I did buy was potato scones that hubby and I love - the flat pan fried variety you put fried eggs on.
    Your mother's china pattern is a timeless one and so nice you have it to enjoy now. I haven't made cookies for a while - there's still a few things left from Christmas to use up first.

  10. Yum, yum, yum! I love oatmeal choc. chip cookies! Your display is pretty too.

  11. That recipe looks wonderful Kitty. I wonder about high altitude and probably it would be a reduction of the sugars, baking powder and soda. We have to do it with the toll house cookies or they are flat like cow pies! Your post is really nice with Mom's teacup and plate! I love Yorkshire Tea and especially the Yorkshire Gold. So glad you shared that cute teapot too!

  12. Hi Kitty!

    Just printed your recipe - I must try it, because I make the WORST oatmeal cookies. They never turn out for some reason. I have faith in your recipe you are sharing. I am so in the mood for cookies now, yum yum - worked right through tea time today, dangit, haha.

    Did you like the taste of that tea? I have never tried it. Curious if you did?

    Sorry I have been away - life does that all too often - I hope to catch up. Hugs.

  13. I would sooo love these! If only I lived next door, I'd bring a tall glass of milk over and help you get rid of them. ;-} Thanks for sharing...and for making me drool. Love your teacup and saucer and lovely teapot also. XO

  14. The whimsical little lady vase is adorable!

  15. I do love that sweet teapot. And those cookies....oh my, I do love oat meal cookies and adding the chocolate chips wow!! That little vase is so cute!

  16. What a pretty teacup! I remember Lazarus'!! The teapot is darling, too. You sure have a nice collection. I should climb up & take some of mine down from the top shelves & USE them, too.
    The choc. chip cookies look scrumptious! You're lucky your son helps you eat all those goodies. Like my grands, I can always count on them to get them out of my site. LOL I love to bake & wish I could eat as many as I'd like.

    Cute vase...our friend's FL home where we used to rent had a HUGE one that was actually rather scary looking. I used to turn it towards the wall when we arrived & not turn it around until we were leaving for Ohio. Gave me the willies!

  17. Such a darling teapot that has so much personality. Yorkshire tea sounds intriguing. I've never put cream in my tea before but today I brewed some Chai Latte in my new Keurig maker and I liked it. Wish I had had one or two of your cookies to go along with it. Sweet vase of pansies, too. I ALWAYS plant pansies in November but can't say that this year. It didn't get done and I miss them. I enjoyed seeing
    your mother's pretty china pattern. Have a great week.

  18. What a stylish tea cup! What a nice family.

  19. The cookies look wonderful-especially nice for this time of year... tea and cookies, yum.... and the tea set is simple and elegant. Thank you for sharing this. :)

  20. Oh Kitty, those cookies look like the would melt in your mouth....YUM!!

    Your post is so sweet and charming, my friend. The tea pot is just too cute and the tea sounds delicious! I know I always say this, but I wish I could spend an afternoon with you - we could have tea and cookies :)

    Love and hugs!

  21. Ha Ha ..I just knew you'd would warm my heart and soul with something yummy and sweet... You teapot is absolutely precious ... and your teaset is so elegant sitting aside those sweet pansy faces and vase... Too cute... I just may have to have two cookies with my tea( Ha Ha)...Hugs

  22. Those cookies literally look like they could just melt in your mouth. Super yummy!!! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  23. That teapot is my favorite here. How wonderfully sweet! Your cookies look super delicious as always.

  24. I would eat at least 5 of these great cookies right now. I haven't had one in ages! I'm caring for my DD Alexandra who had an appendicitis intervention and she has a diet, plus I'm not home so I can't run and make me some, lol!
    Thanks for the recipe sweet lady.

  25. Yes please, I would love a cup of tea with you, and I take mine black. Oh, and if I may please I shall have two cookies, why not, I'll just walk extra today. :)

    I love oatmeal cookies but never think to add chocolate chips. I will have to do that next time I bake a batch of cookies for my hubby. He's not crazy about oatmeal, but I think he would like them with the chocolate added.

    Your mothers china is beautiful and elegant, Kitty.

    Have a blessed day,

  26. That teapot is so cheery. The cup set is lovely. Cookies look yummy!

  27. Your mom's China pattern is indeed timeless, and very pretty! Those cookies look extra yummy, thanks for sharing the recipe!

  28. Love your Mother's china. The cookies look amazing. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  29. Those cookies look delicious however served with such awesome accessories I'm betting they tasted even better.

  30. These are my favorite cookies, Kitty. With or without walnuts, or even pecans. Love them. When I make them, I have to pack most of them up and get them out of the house. Love that sweet tea pot.

  31. Kitty, your oatmeal chocolate cookies look and sound scrumptious, and certainly add some sweetness to your lovely tablescape. Your mother's gift, the cobblestone cottage-y teapot is TOO cute! A proper brew is, indeed, much appreciated, and your pretty teacup and saucer are the perfect vessels for such an infusion!

    Thanks for sharing!


  32. Goodness! Oatmeal & Chocolate...Perfect! Love the Royal Doulton as well! Back from break with a feeling-better-Honey!
    Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  33. Yum! This looks like just the treat for this wet, cold January night. ;-)

  34. Hi, Kitty! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my Three Kings's so sweet of you. Please let me know when you use your punch bowl. I even have a "Punch Bowls" Pinterest board--can you believe it?!

    Your oatmeal chocolate chip cookies look wonderful (I think I smell them too!!). I love your mom's china, and how sweet that you and your dad picked it out for her (at Lazarus, no less! I still miss that great store). Such a sweet post! Then I wandered on to the one still my heart...that pinecone china!! I have been lusting after a pinecone pattern for years now, but I can never find it at a good (very, very low/justifiable) price. Loved seeing yours!

    Sure enjoyed my visit here with you! ~Zuni

  35. I have a vase like that Kitty! It looks adorable with pansies in it! The aroma of your cookies brought me over today~I can't remember the last time I had an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, mmmm, sounds so good, especially in a cozy setting with a cup of tea :)

  36. I love your teapot Kitty, and those pansies remind me of spring! A long way off here! I just made chocolate chip cookies for one of my grandsons, only he did not want any chocolate in it! They did turn out very yummy!
    Hugs, Nancy

  37. They sound yummy Kitty. I have such a weakness for cookies! lol! Love the cute teapot and yes, the dishes are timeless. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  38. Love the's green. The cookies look yummy...oatmeal and chocolate chips are so much tastier than with raisins!
    Have a great weekend, Kitty.

  39. Your cookies look delicious! Love your teapot and pansies. I didn't plant any this year for the same reason.

  40. Hi Kitty,
    What a meaningful post from the teacup to the cookies, so thoughtful just like you! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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