Friday, March 31, 2017


It has been a while since I have volunteered at Hillcrest Thrift Shop due to our road trip and then "recupping" from it. I was scheduled to go in this week though and so I found these cookies to make because I certainly wouldn't considered going in (especially after missing three weeks) without something for the other volunteers to enjoy. 

It was a busy Monday as we went to Fort Leavenworth to have our taxes done. Then my husband drove out of the way to drop me off at Friend Carol's house where the Farkle group were gathering. At five o'clock when I should have been preparing dinner, I was in the kitchen making the cookies. (In fact, my husband walked upstairs and said, coming into the kitchen, "I guess you are fixing something for dinner.") Oops. Well, no Dear, I'm making cookies to take to Hillcrest tomorrow.

Tuesday morning I loaded them in my car and took off for the thrift shop. Not sure why I did it, but when I got there I went to the register and pulled out the binder to make sure I had signed up. What I saw surprised me. Someone had whited-out my name and someone else had signed up for my time slot. (Not sure what had happened. Last week I called to have my name removed for last week and I guess it got removed for both weeks.) So I walked around the shop to see if there was anything I couldn't do without, visited with Volunteer Dana for a bit, placed my cookies on a plate so I could take my pan home, and went home. I did talk to one volunteer who was eating one of the cookies and he said they were really good. I am sure the rest of the volunteers enjoyed them also.


1        stick butter, softened
1/4    cup oil
3/4   cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2    cup granulated sugar
2       eggs
1        teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I used whole wheat pastry flour)
1         teaspoon cinnamon
1/2     teaspoon baking soda
1/2     teaspoon salt (optional) (I did omit)
1/4     cup cocoa
2        cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1         cup bittersweet chocolate chips (I used 60% dark cacao chips)
1/4     cup chopped dates
1/2     cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a mixing bowl, beat together the butter, oil, and sugars until creamy.

Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.

In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt if using. Mix well with a whisk.

Add to other ingredients. Blend thoroughly.

Stir in cocoa and then add chips, dates, oatmeal, and walnuts. Mix well.

Drop by tablespoons (cookie scoop) onto ungreased cookie sheets. (Oops. Looks like I forgot to take a picture.)

Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until slightly firm. (I baked mine 13 minutes in my oven.)

Cool 3 to 5 minutes on cookie sheet before removing them to
finish cooling on wire racks.

The good news, I came home, called and talked to my sister-cousin for an hour. It was so good to see her on our road trip and I miss not getting to see her often.

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