On Thursday night, we went to Grant's baseball team party to celebrate the end of the season (and the beginning of Fall Ball). Here is a pic of his whole team having burgers at the park.And one of my pretty girl swinging in the tire swing!On the "actual" 4th, we built a bonfire and roasted hotdogs and made S'mores. We did set off our little $9.99 family pack of fireworks and then we put up our tent in the back yard and slept in it (until 2:35 am when we all decided to go inside to our beds!)
This is a picture of the most amazing cookie I've ever made. It was such a perfect recipe that I typed it up and took a picture so I could share it with you all. See below for the recipe!
Jen’s BEST cookie EVER
(oatmeal walnut chocolate chunk)
1 cup white flour
¾ cup wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 ¼ c. packed brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened (not margarine)
¼ c. white granulated sugar
¼ c. Sugar in the Raw
2 Tbsp. milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 ½ c. oats
2 squares off of Chocolate Almond Bark, coarsely chopped
1 c. coarsely chopped walnuts (or pecans)
M&M’s for color (optional)
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.
Beat butter and all 3 sugars in large mixing bowl until creamy. Beat in eggs, milk and vanilla. Gradually add in flour mixture one spoonful at a time. Stir in oats, chocolate chunks and most of the nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Stick the last few nuts (and M&M’s if using them) on the tops of the cookies.
Bake in a preheated 375* oven for 11 or 12 minutes. (Remove from the oven as soon as you start to see browning around the bottom edges). Let stand for a couple of minutes on cookie sheet, then move to wire racks to cool completely. Wash off cookie sheet before using for the next batch.
Makes about 4 dozen, depending on the size of each cookie.
Excess information that you probably don’t need but here it is anyway:
~I preferred the cookies from my Pampered Chef stone rather than the metal cookie sheet.
~I used a food chopper (that I normally use to chop nuts or onions, peppers, etc.) to chop up the almond bark. I suppose you could use chocolate chips just as well…but I didn’t have any. (Some pieces were tiny little chips and some were large-ish chunks.) This turned out SO good, that I will just do it like this from now on.
~You don’t HAVE to use any wheat flour—you could do it all with white flour. I just try to make it a teensy bit healthier by doing it this way.
~You don’t HAVE to use the “Sugar in the Raw” either…you can use just brown sugar and white sugar if you want. I just like the “Sugar in the Raw” to give it an extra little crispy crunch.
~I actually used one bag of regular M&M’s (for the kids) and one back of Peanut M&M’s (for the adults).