Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Here we are at the first Tuesday in the month!  This is the day I provide lunch for the adult day care program at our church.  Let's begin with the most important part of the meal first - dessert!:-)  I have baked an assortment of cookies.

Oatmeal cookies with dried cranberries.

Annie Hall's Butter Cookies!

Chocolate cookies a la Pioneer Woman.

A finished assortment.
So - a recipe must be in order for this post.  Susan Branch has the recipe for Annie Hall's Butter Cookies in her book "Christmas from the Heart of the Home" on page 82.  They are truly delicious, and I'm sure you will want to try them.  The recipe is also available on her website.  So, the recipe that I will choose for today's post is the one for the Cranberry-Orange Oatmeal Cookies.

1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 Tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups oats
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- Mix butter and brown sugar until creamy.  Add egg; mix well, then add milk, orange zest, and extracts, mixing well.  Combine flour, baking soda, salt , and oats.  Add to creamed  mixture.  Fold in cranberries and nuts.  Drop teaspoons of dough onto ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges start to turn golden brown.  3 dozen

I am not sure about the source of this recipe.  I think I may have copied it from a newspaper clipping as it has been neatly re-written onto a recipe card!  Most of my newspaper clippings haven't made it to that stage yet.:-)

One more day for that giveaway!  You will need to go back to the post for Saturday, December 1 in order to enter.

Next post - Of course!  You want to hear about the chocolate!

Thank you for reading.  I appreciate your comments.


  1. This sounds really tasty, and I may just try them soon! Thank you for sharing this recipe, and I'm sure those day care folks will enjoy their dessert!!

  2. Thank you for the recipe Nellie. I have dried cranberries on hand so I am going to try this recipe.

    The cookies all look delicious!!

  3. I love oatmeal cookies and the cranberries sound so much better then raisins! hugs, Linda

  4. My father in law is coming to stay with us for a few days. I think cookie baking might be in order. We did that last year after his wife's death and it was good for his soul. I think it's time to get out the baking hats this weekend!

  5. Those look great, Nellie. We are the cranberry state so they are in plentiful supply around here. I use them in muffins, too. We will try these! xo Diana

  6. Mmm...those attending the lunch will love them. They look wonderful!

    Ahh the smell of baking is intoxicating...


  7. There's nothing that people in the adult daycare center probably like anymore than the DESSERTS... Your selections look great.. Thanks for the recipe...

    George's Daddy LOVES desserts... ha


  8. Oh my!

    None of which I will eat, or allow husband to eat.

    Simply to extend our life span, I hope. At least, I am trying to do so.


  9. These first of the month Tuesday's seem to come around pretty fast!!
    All the recipes sound good. I'm going to have to quite copying recipes. I just can't make everything I've saved!! : )

  10. COOKIES... YES!!!

    Girl, I need your enthusiasm for baking. Hubby would be thrilled.

  11. They just look so yummy. What a nice recipe. My husband entered me or my cookie into a contest at his work so this might be a nice recipe to use. Thanks Nellie!