Yes, it is that time of year again.
I am well aware that we just sent the kids back to school and I am already posting Christmas cookies.
This is my 4th year participating in the 12 Weeks of Holiday Cookies. (I include treats too.) I wasn’t going to do it again this year, I went back and forth about it, but ultimately decided that I have done it every year since I started this blog, so I need to keep doing it. The funny thing about it is I don’t even like making cookies. I like making dough, but since we moved and no longer have double ovens, I don’t love baking them off. I am the epitome of lazy. I do love this tradition though and have quite the collection of holiday cookie recipes because of it. You are more than welcome to join along. At the bottom of this post, there is a linky which will take you to the other blogs participating. There are always amazing recipes perfect for the holidays.
My kid’s have a great school cafeteria. Nothing fried, whole grain everything, lots of fruits and vegetables, and even hummus every day. On Thursdays, they have chocolate chip cookie day. Even the cookies are whole grain. They love these cookies, and look forward to them all week. Now, I make cookies all the time – they never make a big deal about my cookies. I think that my mom feelings may have been a little bit hurt. I made my own version of a healthier chocolate chip cookie and for once, they were impressed. These are soft, chewy, and made entirely with whole wheat flour and oatmeal. Not exactly health food, but better for you than the usual suspect. I like to put them in a cute parchment paper bag and add them to their lunchbox. But not on Thursday, I cannot compete.
I adapted this recipe from Caroline of Chocolate and Carrots.
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups chips (I used a combination of semisweet, milk, and peanut butter chips)
Cream butter and both sugars until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs and vanilla.
Whisk together flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Add to the butter and mix until combined.
Mix until well combined.
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop cookie dough and leave about 2-inches between each cookie.
Bake at 350 degrees for 11 to 13 minutes. (I used a big scoop so my cookies took closer to 15 to 17 minutes.) Cool on a cooling rack.
I like to put them in parchment paper bags and fasten with a piece of washi tape. It’s a nice little lunch box treat.