Comfort Cookies

My dear, recently engaged friend Colleen used to make these cookies.  They always appeared at the perfect time and were always delicious!  They are wholesome, decadent and make anyone’s day.

I have been experimenting with them here. This time I went for the cut up chocolate bar instead of the strange expensive Irish chocolate chips, dried cranberries and walnuts.

We discovered tonight they go quite well with a pint!

Colleen’s Oatmeal Cookies

1 stick of butter

1 cup applesauce

1 Cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 C Flour [use all whole wheat or a mix of wheat and white]

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

3 C old fashioned oats–uncooked

lots of chocolate chips [or chunks], dried fruit, nuts etc.

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F [approximately 176 C ]

2. Beat together butter and sugars until creamy

3. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well

4. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, mix well

5. Stir in oats and fruit/chocolate/nuts

6. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet

7. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown

8. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack.

Makes about 4 dozen.

Interesting lesson I learned once—if you freeze cookie dough and then let it thaw in the fridge and bake them while still firm the flavors all have time to meld together and they are fluffy and delicious from the super cold butter.


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