Christmas Whale, 2011
We've added a small tree, clearly inspired by Charlie Brown, complete with felted acorn and papier-mâché whale, to our holiday spirit collection. I also made some cookies. Chris mistakenly bought a mint chocolate bar versus simple dark chocolate, so we just went with it. These cookies are so good and super simple. And almost gone.
Oatmeal Chocolate Mint Cookies
makes about 24 cookies
Preheat oven to 350°F and gather your ingredients.
1/4 pound (1 stick) softened butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white whole wheat flour (I use King Arthur)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon fleurs de sel
1 1/2 cups whole grain oats
1 3/4 ounces (half 3.5 oz bar) dark mint chocolate bar rough cut into 1/2 inch pieces
In a medium bowl mix softened butter and sugar with a fork until creamy.
Add egg to butter and sugar and mix well.
Carefully pour flour, baking soda, and fleurs de sel on top of butter sugar egg mixture, without blending the dry ingredients into the wet.
Stir the flour mixture very gently as it sits atop the butter, sugar, egg mixture. The goal is to combine and evenly distribute the dry ingredients before mixing them into the wet ingredients (no need to wash a second bowl).
Combine flour mixture with butter, sugar, egg mixture, evenly distributing all ingredients.
Stir in oats.
Stir in chocolate pieces.
Place tablespoon size rounds of dough onto cookie sheet.
Bake for about 8 minutes and then keep a close eye on your cookies. You want them to just start to dry on top and be light brown on the bottom.
Cool on cookie sheet for a couple of minutes and move to wire rack.
They are really good warm.
These cookies made me miss you, Marshall Field & Company. I miss your Christmas tree in your Walnut Room and your Frango Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies and your animated Christmas window displays on State Street. Those cold winter trips downtown I began adoring as a little girl just aren't the same without you. Thank you for the memories...
Marshall Field was famous for his slogan "Give the lady what she wants." A wise man.