Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Perfect Fall Cookie

We recently spent a few days in Camarillo, California celebrating my Mother's birthday. I wanted to share a few photos of my sister Joan's home while it is decorated for Fall. We felt like we were staying at a charming Bed and Breakfast. I also wanted to share her recipe for a delicious cookie she baked for us while we were there.....Oatmeal Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies. This is a little table she has set up in her kitchen......the basket there is holding the leftover biscuits we had that morning for breakfast with our sausage gravy and eggs......see what I mean about that Bed and Breakfast?

Pilgrims on the table...........

Beautiful tabletop vignette in the diningroom...........

Some of you will recognize her Jack Vettriano painting of the dancers on the the way it rained every day we were there........which was fine with us........very cozy

Here's a little proof that Autumn has indeed arrived........even in Southern California......a few falling leaves

And finally here's the cookie recipe.....there were a few left so she sent them with us when we left town........driving in the rain, cups of hot Starbucks coffee in hand......perfect ending to a great trip!

Joan's Oatmeal Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup of vegetable shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 eggs
2 Tbsp milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
4 cups oatmeal ( not instant)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Blend shortening and sugars together gradually. Add eggs, milk, vanilla, and beat well. Add flour, baking soda, salt and beat well. Stir in oats, chocolate chips, and walnuts.
Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet placing them about 2 inches apart.
Bake for 13 to 15 minutes depending on your oven and how chewy you want them.
Cool on wire rack or flat surface (they can easily break if not laying flat)
Makes about 42 cookies.


Karin said...

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Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I am envious of your sister time!

I may just have to stir up a batch of cookies to ease my afternoon.
~another friday's favorite for sure :-)

Blondie's Journal said...

It sounds like you had a lovely time, Elaine. Your sister's home looks as cozy as a B&B, {I have the Vettriano painting, too!}. I am definitely making these cookies...they have all my favorite things in them!! :-)

Happy Halloween!


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Alison @ Welcome Sunshine Home said...

Hi! I'll have to give this recipe a try. Your sister's home does look as inviting as a B&B!

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Enjoy the week! :)

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Shannon said...

Hey, sorry about the mixup on posts....I'm just learning the ropes...seem to be commenting on the wrong posts! :0 Anyway, I'll say I liked this post too. These cookies look great and I think your ride home with the Starbucks coffee,cookies, and rain sounds like a lot of fun. :D

ButterYum said...

I bet these would be wonderful made with black walnuts (which go extremely well with chocolate). Thanks for the recipe.


Doreen McGettigan said...

The decorating and baking is the only thing that saves me through fall and winter; I do not like the cold. Your sister's house looked so festive!
I will try the cookie recipe with my grand daughter next week.
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Becca said...

Your sister's place looks so lovely decorated for Fall. I love when a hostess goes out of her way with special touches to make you feel special and welcome. It's specially nice when it's family.Was wondering if that great little coffee pot on her table top still worked? cool that is!Sounds like you guys had a wonderful time.This has inspired me to take a little extra time for little extras when I have visitors over the coming holidays. :)

EmptyNester said...

Gotta try those cookies! New follower from Over 40.

Ginny said...

I'll have to try these. Your sister's house looks so pretty decorated for fall too. By the way I'm a follower of your blog now. Looks like you're getting quite a following! Your posts are usually so much fun and I love your pics. I've been thinking of starting one myself but so far I've been too much of a chicken! lol

Jane said...

Yumm...I think I'm making these tonight thanks sisters!

Jane said...

Yumm...I think I'm making these tonight thanks sisters!

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Rheta said...

Elaine, I loved looking at your blogspot. What an enjoyable experience!!!!! It made me feel like we actually have autumn. look GORGEOUS!!!

Joan said...

Come see me again and I'll make a new batch!!! Had a great time...miss you