Grainy Cranberry-Walnut-Chocolate Chip Cookies


I may have shared this tidbit with you already: when I was in grade 3, I told my class that when I grew up I wanted to be the food editor of Canadian Living magazine. I even read my Mom’s subscription. I began my career as a food nerd early.

The food editor at the time (and still today), Elizabeth Baird was one of relatively few food writers of the eighties and the only I knew, and I wanted to be her. (8 year olds, unless they happen to have been born into a food-writing family, tend to not know of food writers, let alone idolize them like their friends might Avril Lavigne. And it wasn’t just a phase; as a teenager, I wanted to dye my hair silvery-white and get bangs.

There were other food writers of her time – Rose Reisman, Rose Murray, Anne Lindsay – they were the faces and voices of Canadian cuisine, and I thought of them as pioneers, trendsetters – the ones dialing in the menus and trends of our Canadian kitchens. I still have old copies of the magazine, and their books are still some of the most weathered on my shelves; the ones I learned to cook from, they made me feel like an adult when I moved away from home and (eventually) the novelty of Hamburger Helper and Eggos wore off.

Yesterday, a copy of Anne Lindsay’s new tome, Lighthearted at Home, the very best of Anne Lindsay, arrived at my door. It’s like an encyclopedia, or a phone book – a large volume containing every possible kind of recipe one might ever need – the best of her cooking career, in a single volume. Flipping through, I was instantly sucked into the nostalgia of the baking section – Elizabeth Baird’s Chocolate Angel Food Cake, Best-Ever Date Squares (known in my grandma’s day, and referenced here, as Matrimonial Slice) and Raisin Cupcakes with Lemon Icing, the same recipe I recall transcribing into a notebook a couple decades ago; raisins soaked in boiling water and then drained, reserving some of the liquid for the cakes – the recipe comes from her mother-in-law, Olive Lindsay. I can’t possibly not make them. W, who loves raisins almost above all else (all superheroes excluded, of course) might become ecstatic at the notion of turning them into an actual cupcake.

But I liked the look of her Easy Cranberry-Chocolate Cookies – made with oat bran, wheat germ and whole wheat flour, they seemed potentially tweedy-crispy, rather than heavy… they turned out crisp-edged and nutty, with the rough texture of an oatmeal cookie and none of the heavy doughiness you might expect from something so loaded down with grains.

Out of oat bran, I used barley flour, and a little less of it – about half a cup. I turned the butter down to half a cup, added a tablespoon of vanilla instead of water, added some chunky toasted walnuts and fewer dried cranberries.

Grainy Cranberry-Walnut-Chocolate Chip Cookies


Yields1 Serving

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup oat bran or 1/2 cup barley flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts


Preheat the oven to 350F.


In a large bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Add the flour, oat bran, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda and salt and stir until the batter starts to come together; add the chocolate chips, cranberries and walnuts and stir or beat on low speed just until the batter is combined.


Drop the dough in large spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick spray or lined with parchment; flatten each cookie a little with your hand or the back of a fork. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until just set around the edges but still soft in the middle. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.


 1/2 cup butter, softened
 1 cup packed brown sugar
 1 large egg
 1 Tbsp. vanilla
 1 cup whole wheat flour
 1 cup oat bran or 1/2 cup barley flour
 1/4 cup wheat germ
 1 tsp. baking powder
 1 tsp. baking soda
 1/4 tsp. salt
 1 cup chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate
 1/2 cup dried cranberries
 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts



Preheat the oven to 350F.


In a large bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Add the flour, oat bran, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda and salt and stir until the batter starts to come together; add the chocolate chips, cranberries and walnuts and stir or beat on low speed just until the batter is combined.


Drop the dough in large spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick spray or lined with parchment; flatten each cookie a little with your hand or the back of a fork. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until just set around the edges but still soft in the middle. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Grainy Cranberry-Walnut-Chocolate Chip Cookies

For dinner we ate very mediocre frozen thin-crust chicken and spinach pizza while W had a bath, having slid through a pile of newly-thawed dog poo (ah, spring), and then went to watch Where the Wild Things Are at the Lantern in Inglewood. A bag of cookies came with us, warm from the oven.

And guess what! Being as it’s Friday, I have a copy for you. 500 recipes, almost as many pages – it’s a whole lotta cookbook. If you have a cookie recipe that makes you the most happy, I’d love to hear it. (And share links, if you like!) Otherwise, I always love to hear what you ate/made for dinner last night.

(I do a random draw on Tuesdays, and am happy to ship it anywhere it needs to go!)


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91 comments on “Grainy Cranberry-Walnut-Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Kathleen
    March 6, 2010 at 3:41 am

    The cookies sound delish! I love shortbread (with a little respberry jam).

  2. Aimee
    March 6, 2010 at 4:58 am

    I pretty fond of your Maple-White Chocolate cookies myself…

  3. Angela
    March 6, 2010 at 5:05 am

    My favorite cookie recipe right now is sugar cookies with pink icing. But i love puffed wheat squares chocolatey and just the right combo of chewy and crispy. Yumm!

  4. Jennifer Jo
    March 6, 2010 at 5:06 am

    Your cookie recipe reminds me of one of my favorite cookies: white chocolate-cranberry pecan cookies with lemon drizzle. I make them at Christmas and strange men fall at my feet and ask me to marry them.

    Supper last night: sausage-spinach quiche, applesauce, and later, some popcorn.

  5. Kelly
    March 6, 2010 at 5:42 am

    My favorite cookies ever are these Raspberry Almond Linzer Cookies. They are made with a soft cookie instead of a crisp one.

  6. Megan
    March 6, 2010 at 5:47 am

    Dorie Greenspan’s world peace cookies, but only when my mom makes them. Because I am studying far from home these days, she loves them too because they ship so well.

  7. Cheryl
    March 6, 2010 at 6:06 am

    Last night was a very easy dinner of burgers and broccoli slaw. Very easy because DH cooked!!

  8. Jan (Family Bites)
    March 6, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are my very favourite so these look fab to me. Dinner last night was WAY too indulgent – steak au poivre, roasted garlic (we eat that like a veggie – I know, weird!), broccoli, banana splits and wine.

  9. Jen C
    March 6, 2010 at 6:39 am

    Mmmm all these cookie comments are making me need to bake! My fave cookie is Gingersnaps….but chewy! So yummy and they always turn out and are a huge hit. I might not have random people proposing but I’m sure the dog and child are big fans when they are baking…. !

  10. Anonymous
    March 6, 2010 at 6:43 am

    Last week I pulled out “one Smart Cookie” and made “Dad
    s Molasses Crinkles” and “Chocolava Cookies” They were an instant hit around here! My 5 year old requested the “Gingerbread cookies” to bring for a school treat – now that tells you something!! Making the puddle cookies next….. Thanks Julie!

  11. Natalie - GA
    March 6, 2010 at 6:43 am

    sorry the last post was from me…

  12. Mary Ann
    March 6, 2010 at 6:50 am

    My favourite is the classic chocolate chip cookie. It perfectly finishes off every type of meal, no matter how fancy or non-traditional. Everybody likes chocolate chip cookies too. I like Michael Smith’s recipe- that spoonful of corn syrup makes all the difference. Close second are Julie’s own White chocolate/orange cranberry cookies. I make them all year round- the use of fresh cranberries makes them so refreshing.

  13. Robin from Hippo Flambe
    March 6, 2010 at 6:52 am

    For dinner last night we had leftover root vegetable, caraway, sour cream and ground beef. It is a really tasty dish that looks like dreck. My 4 year old refused it again, however my 7 year old loves it, even the turnips.

    Along with it we had kale chips as an, “I’m sorry you hate dinner,” to my 4 year old as well as spinach sauteed with shallots and leftover kale chip dressing and served with garbanzo beans at the end. In the end, everyone was happy with dinner, as my 4 year old loves garbanzos (although he calls them butt beans). He also liked the spinach.


  14. roberta klak
    March 6, 2010 at 6:59 am

    love the way you change recipes foe the good!

  15. supersu
    March 6, 2010 at 7:05 am

    let’s just say i really haven’t met a cookie yet that i didn’t get along with! if i had to chose a favorite it would be gigantic ginger molasses cookies with candied ginger…yum yum

    dinner last nite: thin crust pizza from sobeys fresh-to die for! and salad from a bag….not too ‘foodie’ but after a long week hit the spot

    thanks as always for the blog….love love love it

    su 🙂

  16. Cheryl
    March 6, 2010 at 7:08 am

    I totally stole my mom’s Canadian Livings too! And now I kind of wish I had a subscription.

    My go to cookie recipe is the first one I learned as a kid. It was always out treat when my friends came over for sleepovers, someone broke up with someone, or just the I need cookies now feeling!

    1 cup butter, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, 2 cups flour, chocolate chips.
    Cream butter and sugar, add vanilla. Stir in flour and chocolate chips. Press ina greased 9 by 13 pan. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Slab cookies, cut while still a bit warm.

  17. Meagan
    March 6, 2010 at 7:12 am

    My favorite cookie is a chocolate chip cookie with browned butter from Cooks Illustrated. I haven’t tried yours yet, but I intend to:)

  18. Caroline Cote
    March 6, 2010 at 7:13 am

    I really love chocolate CHUNK cookies, but I prefer to bake pain d’épices (ginger bread cookie).

    But my next challenge must be the Italian Biscotti, with nuts and dried fruits, my favorites!

  19. June (JBug's Kitchen)
    March 6, 2010 at 7:20 am

    I’m with you on loving Canadian Living – I’ve moved a b’zillion times and they’ve always come with me, even to the desert. Last night’s dinner was Garlic Roasted Shrimp with smoked paprika and roasted red peppers along with some Mediterranean flatbread and a salad. Mmm

  20. Penny
    March 6, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Definitely ginger cookies. Something about the way it makes the house smell. These cookies are just up my alley though, they seem very healthy, if you ignore the butter.

  21. Kelley
    March 6, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Gingersnaps are my favourite too.

  22. Fiona
    March 6, 2010 at 7:58 am

    I make those cookies all the time! They’re delicious. I sometimes make them with white chocolate, too. I haven’t made them for a while, so I think I’m about due. Thanks for the reminder!

  23. Trudi
    March 6, 2010 at 8:35 am

    The chocolate chip cookie recipe that was on the back of older packages of chipits milk chocolate chips has been our favorite cookie recipe in this house…the newer packages have changed the recipe some, and they just aren’t as good…so I’m glad I wrote down the older recipe years ago! I agree with you re: Elizabeth Baird…she is a star!

  24. Elizabeth
    March 6, 2010 at 8:36 am

    I didn’t cook last night — we went out and ate at the Tandoori Hut in Kensington. Fave cookbook recipe? There are so many… my family keeps going back to the Brownies from the original Purity Cookbook (which is now in reprint, btw).

  25. Rachel
    March 6, 2010 at 8:46 am

    The buttermilk cookies from Gourmet must be made at every major or minor event, or my friends and family protest (I up the butter a bit to make them less cakey, and I up the lemon zest – so delicious). But I’m getting tired of making them! A simple peanut butter cookie always hits the spot too – 1 cup natural peanut butter (I like chunky), 3/4 cup sugar, 1 egg. Yum.

  26. Pat
    March 6, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Last night for supper I had a green salad with orange pieces, toasted pecans, avocado with goat chees and a quinoa salad with chick peas. Just the normal stuff, but I have always liked Anne Lindsay’s cookbooks and would love to have this one.

  27. Holly
    March 6, 2010 at 9:01 am

    I love ginger snap cookies and would really like this new cookbook to add to my collection! have a good weekend Julie!

  28. Sue (London, ON)
    March 6, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Aw… .Free Stuff Fridays! How I’ve missed you! I’m really into making soups lately. I panic if I start my week without soup to take for lunch. This is my current favourite. Not only is it delicious but beautiful too!

  29. rea
    March 6, 2010 at 9:08 am

    poached egg on a toasted bun with a slice of monterey cheese. and a glass of red wine.


  30. Jill
    March 6, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Hi Julie,

    I love so many cookies that it’s hard to pick a favorite…but my grandma makes a cookie that she calls a ‘breakfast’ cookie and indeed, eats them in the morning or whenever she feels like it. They are just a simple chewy oaty cookie with walnuts, cranberries and chocolate chips and a LOT of butter but I find them impossible to resist. Also, classic soft, spicy hermit cookies are a much overlooked treat I think!

  31. Vivian
    March 6, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Favorite cookie/slab/candy? is the one you make by lining your 9″x 13″ baking pan with soda crackers, pouring over a caramel-like butter/brown sugar mixture and baking, then when its out of the oven, sprinkling a layer of chocolate chips over so that they melt. Spread the chocolate around and decorate with a contrasting chocolate drizzle. When it hardens, you break it up. So simple yet quite elegant. Last night’s dinner was Chicken & Mozzarella ravioli from Costco (I know, commercial ravioli is usually no better than sawdust but this product is pretty good) with an herbed lemon butter sauce.

  32. Jen T
    March 6, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I have recently made a wonderful new dish from It’s Just Food. The turkey chili with barley. Hubby could have eaten the whole pot! It makes me smile when I find a great dish that my hubby loovvess!

  33. mar
    March 6, 2010 at 10:02 am

    In Palm Springs for two weeks. Didn’t bring a cookbook – just relying on D/J to get us through. It’s fine to eat out but last nite the duck pizza had a soggy crust and was barely ok. I could have done much better. Keep on cooking. Thanx

  34. The Hungry Teacher
    March 6, 2010 at 10:20 am

    I teach grade 3, and I love how you wanted to be a food editor then. Too cute! I’m not quite sure how I would respond if one of my students said something like that!!!

    By the way, the cookies look sooo good! Where can you find oat bran at? I’ve looked around, but cannot seem to find it here.

  35. Evelyn in Canada
    March 6, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I’m trying to lay off the cookies for a few months, but the kids love “Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookies”. I think they are basically a really sweet sugar cookie with a handful of oats thrown in to make them “healthy”. They are crispy and delish, but not really what I would call an oatmeal cookie. What’s in a name anyway?

  36. Jenn F
    March 6, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I have 2 favourites:
    Thick and Chewy M&M Cookies (I think what makes them special is that you melt the butter and let it cool before adding it), and
    Soft Chocolate Chip cookies (these use some sour cream and I always use dark chocolate chips, yum!).

  37. Laura YVR
    March 6, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Oatmeal raisin cookies have to be my favorite. There’s something about the combination of brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and raisins. I thoroughly enjoy the uncooked dough as well.

  38. Mmac
    March 6, 2010 at 11:31 am

    I didn’t start in grade 3 but I always thought I’d work for Canadian Living some day (but not as the food editor). I loved Carol Ferguson and Anne Lindsay and Elizabeth Baird too. CL isn’t as good any more and after a couple of decades I quit subscribing.

    There’s not a cookie I don’t like. Will always choose cookies over cake or any other dessert. I mostly only make drop cookies as I don’t have the patience for others. (no need to enter me in the draw as I have most of AL’s cookbooks and I’ve had the pleasure of being a FSF winner in the past).

  39. Amanda
    March 6, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Last night I ate at CHARCUT, which was awesome! But I suppose the last thing I cooked for dinner was refrigerator fried rice. Favourite cookie recipe…I’m a big fan of your low fat chocolate chip cookies, at least those are the ones I keep coming back to.

  40. Laurie in Burnaby BC
    March 6, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I haven’t baked cookies since the last flock of teenagers flew from my nest. I like to have shortbread at Christmas time, and sometimes eat more than one. For supper last night I experimented with making an Asian flavoured broth with cocoanut milk, a variety of mushrooms, and a variety of veges cut thin as if I were going to make a stir fry, only I didn’t, I tossed them in the broth and let them simmer. When everything was hot I added bean sprouts and fresh spinach leaves. I put it all into a bowl and topped it with a drizzle of sesame oil and a shake of sesame seeds. It was so delicious that I saved the sauce to use it again today.

  41. Elaine
    March 6, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I’m not a huge cookie fan, but I have a nominally embarrassing weakness for rice crispy treats. Last night’s dinner was shrimp etouffee over brown rice–for some reason, I always feel like a bad-ass when I make really dark cajun roux.

  42. Jen Sorenson
    March 6, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    It’s that kind of cookie season. I made oatmeal-chocolate chip-raisin cookies the other day. I froze 2/3 of the dough so that I could make a few here and there, instead of bingeing on 20 at a time.

    For dinner, we had a casserole – also that time of year – with pasta, spicy Italian sausage, ground beef, kidney beans, canned tomatoes, oregano, thyme, garlic, and onion. There was some cheese and some frozen spinach thrown in for good measure. But the show-stopper was the roasted broccoli with shallots, fennel seed, and Parmesan. That might have been the first time I said, “I want more broccoli.”

  43. Joanne
    March 6, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Mac and cheese made with a whole leek in butter, then the flour sprinkled on to make a thick leeky roux. Then evap. milk for creaminess and some grated cheddar. Mixed cauliflower in with the pasta so it was half veggie too!

  44. Roving Lemon
    March 6, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    These are my current favorite cookies: I’ve made them about once a week for the past month–totally addictive and great with a glass of milk!

  45. JenT
    March 6, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    I have a couple Canadian Living cookbooks that have travelled around the world with me as I have moved from place to place. Gotta love them! As for cookies, I think whipped shortbread probably tops my list. Thank goodness it is pretty much restricted to the Xmas season, or I’d weigh double what I do now!

  46. robyn
    March 6, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Dinner last night was 2 cans of Palm Bay vodka/pineapple bevvies, and 100 grams of prosciutto out of the deli wrapper. I’m not kidding. 🙂

  47. Rebecca
    March 6, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Wish I could find a link but my favorite cookies happen to be from the Canadian Living magazine – it’s a basic oatmeal cookie recipe with four different options for variations. I mix and match the variations to come up with a yummy oatmeal chocolate chip pecan combo that is to die for! Needless to say, I try not to make them too often for fear of eating the whole batch myself.

    Supper last night was leftover crockpot beef curry. Pretty decent but the recipe still needs a bit of work.

  48. Anne
    March 6, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Last night was steak and pan seared scallops with olive and cracked pepper bread very good but should have added a salad to lighten it up a bit

  49. Joanna
    March 6, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Chocolate oat bars! They’re basically oatmeal cookies with chocolate ganache…but they come in bars so you can cut yourself however big a piece you want.

  50. Heather
    March 6, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Favourite cookie recipes are sooo hard to choose! But I recently made delicious sugar cookies with a toddler assistant. It was the recipe from Cooks Illustrated’s The New Best Recipe, and I did the lime sugar cookie adaptation. Great for making with little ones, because they get to do fun stuff like roll the dough balls around in sugar and then squash the cookie flat with a glass.

  51. Terri
    March 6, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    I made your carrot cake cookies for the hubbies b-day party last saturday…they were long gone before anything!
    Dinner was a project in satisfying my craving for a good tuna casserole, which I just happened to find on this very site! YUM…only problem being is that I have no leftovers for a lazy dinner!

  52. Yvonne
    March 6, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    we’re on a blueberry kick lately – trying lots of different muffin recipes and the latest has been Blueberry Oatmeal – very hearty and great for breakfast. Just recently found your blog and am loving it!

  53. Amanda
    March 6, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    My favourite cookie–> They are called Mayan Chocolate Sparklers- a mixture between a really good chocolate cookie and a gingersnap all rolled in sugar!! so good 🙂

  54. Jenine
    March 6, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Dinner last night was sopa de azteca inspired by a recent trip to Mexico. Love your blog and look forward to reading it daily!

  55. eroica
    March 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    We ate at Bishop’s last night. I had the Berkshire Pork Terrine with candied hazelnuts, dried plum paste, sourdough toast and rabbit with roasted cipollini and gnocchi in an incredible mushroomy sauce. I am very impressed with your Chocolate Puddle Cookie. I was so lazy I put the nuts in as pecan halves. Thank you for the recipe!

  56. Ann
    March 6, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Last night I had a HUGE spinach salad – it’s my default meal for dinner. I eat a lot of spinach. 🙂

    Gingersnaps seem to be a real favorite to many posters here and I’m very fond of them too. But they must be soft and chewy on the inside. I don’t like eating hard cookies.

    Thanks for all your great blog posts Julie. I check you out every single day.

  57. Angela
    March 6, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Making chocolate chip cookies so that I can surprise my son with a giant bag of them after his volleyball game Tuesday … it will be his 17th birthday. “No cake and singing at the game, Mom” but I figure if I silently give him a big bag of cookies after the game he can share them with his teammates or keep them for himself. Also making Garlic Leek Artichoke Soup for a pot luck and trying to create a pudding/custard/french cream type thing using grapefruit because I love the flavor and have a tree full in my front yard. Not sure it will work.
    The book sounds great but I’m posting this on Saturday, am I disqualified? Hope not.

  58. lovetocook
    March 6, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Canadian Living – my stand by for good food since the 70s. I still have some copies and now I know I don’t have the hoarding disorder 🙂 Dinner was bbq rib eye and a couscous salad after a walk along the river watching the ice break up.
    My favourite cookie is oatmeal-raisin with a secret which is soaking the raisins with the eggs and vanilla for an hour – and if you do this in the morning, you’re committed to making the cookies!

    3 eggs beaten
    1 cup raisins
    2 tsp vanilla

    1 cup butter/margarine
    1 cup ea white and brown sugar
    2 1/2 cps flour
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp cinnamon
    2 tsp bk soda
    2 cups oatmeal (sub in some oat bran or wheat germ)
    3/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
    Mix, drop, bake 350F 10-12 til golden

    PS I’d love to own the Anne Lindsay Cookbook

  59. Laurie in Burnaby BC
    March 6, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    JenT, what the heck is whipped shortbread? It sounds impossibly delicious. Shortbread is about the only cookie I like enough to seek out by myself (as opposed to having to try a bit so that I don’t hurt someone’s feelings who worked really hard to make something nice and doesn’t understand that there are people who just don’t like cookies and cakes!)

  60. Margaret
    March 6, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    My favorite cookie is Macadamia Chocolate, with callebaut chocolate, of course. Dinner was Spinach salad with a vinegrette made from my bottle of Pomegranate Champagne Vinegar, olive oil and spices. Also baked ribs, and baby potatoes in cream and fresh dill, grown in my Aerogarden.(got this for xmas and it’s fabulous)

  61. Kathryn
    March 6, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    My Mom makes the best chocolate chip cookies in the world, no question about it. The recipe card is circa 1979 from her friend (and mom of my friend) who died of breast cancer years ago. Although she doesn’t anymore, my Mom used to throw all sorts of extra stuff into those cookies so they almost qualified as meals when we were kids. Sunflower seeds. Peanuts. Rice Krispies. Raisins. Cheerios (one step too far in that case). She still always has a batch or two in the freezer just so she has them on hand. Although I have the recipe, mine never taste as good as hers. I rarely make them because, like Nutella, they are my crack. Irresistible.

  62. JenF
    March 6, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    We had salmon, swiss chard and rice for dinner. The salmon was fried in butter, skin side down in the cast iron pan and not turned – the fish just lifts off the skin after 10 minutes and it’s really moist & delicious. The swiss chard was sauteed in olive oil with garlic, pepper and a dash of cider vinegar at the end. The rice was basmati left over from curry earlier in the week. Sorry I can’t contribute to the cookie debate – although I love to eat them, I hardly ever bake them!

  63. Maia
    March 6, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Hmmm, I see a lot of cookies on here that I would love… When I was a kid, I remember entering a cookie contest through 4-H, or should I say trying to enter. I was 5 minutes late and they wouldn’t let me and my cookies into the building. My best friend and I took them out to the park and ate every last one. They were oatmeal cookies with all kinds of dried fruits and nuts in them. I wish I could remember exactly what I put, because they were the best cookies I’ve ever had. They might have been even better because I knew with every bite that I would have won that contest hands down, if they had only let me enter…

  64. Carrie
    March 6, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    My favorite cookie is a chocolate espresso biscuit – basically a chocolate shortbread with superfine ground espresso in it. I make them quite small because they pack a punch but have been used many times to make friends in new workplaces (also work well as birthday and Christmas gifts!)

  65. margo
    March 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Very hard to choose “a” favorite cookie, but loyalty to my Scottish heritage would have me say shortbread. I have those beautiful shortbread molds which come with a little recipe book with many wonderful flavors to bake in the pans… so easy and so impressive looking. My favorite flavor is Ginger Shortbread. My nephew’s fiance baked the most amazing sliced cranberry and pistachio cookies at Christmas… must wrangle that recipe out of her. Extra-special.

  66. cynthia morris
    March 7, 2010 at 1:49 am

    Kia Ora, from Auckland, New Zealand…an American living in NZ for 6 years now, I miss traditional Toll House choc chip cookies. Chocolate chip biscuits here are made with condensed milk and just different. But two newer favourites from NZ are Anzac Biscuits and Ginger Nuts. Both travel well, hearty, good with a cuppa. Otherwise, still searching for Oatmeal Raisin cookies like my Gram Miller made. The recipe seems to have been lost.

    For dinner, we had corn on the cob and toastie ham and cheese sandwiches. Easy and just right after a busy sunday at the beach…

  67. Kris
    March 7, 2010 at 7:06 am

    my current favorite cookie recipe is a ecipe passed down through my family for Brown Sugar Cookies, they are so moist and tender and they have to include raisins, yum.

  68. Ruth
    March 7, 2010 at 7:16 am

    One of my favorite recipes (or rather one of my favorite recipes that my mom makes for me!)is from the Lighthearted Cookbook. It was for crepes and my mother made them for many special occasions (and still does when we all come home). She served them with whipped cream and strawberries or ham and cheese or syrup (although I’ve never eaten them that way!) The page that recipe is on is batter stained and the book easily falls to that exact page. I’m sure there are many wonderful recipes in the book and I would love to make them!

  69. Carolyn
    March 7, 2010 at 7:34 am

    I grew up as a foodie, too…. my ‘plan’ was that my brother was going to be prime minister and I would be the chef at 24 Sussex Dr.

    My favourite cookies are either directly from One Smart Cookie, or variations of them. Nothings beats a good, chewy oatmeal raisin cookie.

  70. ajdoula
    March 7, 2010 at 8:12 am

    My current fave cookie is an oatmeal cranberry cookie – it’s chewy and oh so flavourful!

  71. Linda
    March 7, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Dinner was takeout Chinese – very hard week of work – especially just after holidays

  72. Lynne
    March 7, 2010 at 8:55 am

    My go-to favourite cookie is Cinda Chavich’s ginger cookies out of her High Plains cookbook – have been baking batches of them to send to sons in Montreal for years. I have been cooking out of Anne’s cookbooks for many, many years (I’m old) and would love to see her new one…

  73. Glenda
    March 7, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Mmmmmmm cookies – that’s hard to think about when you’re trying to loose weight! My favorite is Mayan Chocolate Sparker – a little melt-in-your mouth chocolate ball spiked with cinnamon, pepper & cayenne.

    Supper last night was salmon (M Smith recipe), rice pilaf, and an onion & pepper medley.

  74. Katharine
    March 7, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Hi Julie
    First time replying – the Anne Lindsay book was the impetus as her recipes are among my favorite “tried and true”…hummus, leg of lamb, beef tenderloin (our Christmas classic, raspberry yogurt soup, lemon mousse. I could go on and on, but then there’d be drool! And hats off to you and your amazing “soulwork” – forwarded the order info for the phenomenal BLOG AID cookbook far and wide. Thanks for your beautiful, whimisical and delicious blog! Best…

  75. Barb Thompson
    March 7, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    My first time replying, too! Would love a copy of that book.

    Dinner last night: wine, 4 cheese, 3 crackers, cured meats, grape tomatoes, grapes (lazy chef’s delight!)

  76. Barb
    March 7, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    We love all cookies. I probably make oatmeal raisin most often but I made your Peppermint Pattie cookies the other day to the enjoyment of everyone.

    I understand Elizabeth Baird has retired now. I have seen that fact referenced in a couple of places.

  77. malithi
    March 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    101 Cookbook’s Gingerbread Men are delicious! They’re soft and cakey….almost a cross between cake and cookie, and not too sweet at all. They get a nice kick from the freshly ground black pepper!

  78. Ashley
    March 7, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    I love the look and sounds of these cookies! Last night I had gnocchi with asiago, zucchini, cauliflower and olives – dinner at a restaurant.

  79. Mar Hein
    March 7, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Hi! Julie,
    you are my favorite cookbook/baking person esp your book “One Smart Cookie”!!
    what i have been eating for the last almost 3 weeks is smoothies-protein drinks with soya milk & once/day with tofu. then once/day the last 2 weeks i’ve had scrambled eggs with chocolate chips sprinkled on top which melt-very good!! also i have had mashed potatoes with sweet potatoes & then the chocolate chips sprinkled on top. last week for 2 days i added fish & the chocolate mixed with the potatoes & fish were also very good!! the reason for all this soft food & i have another 6 weeks left of this is gum/mouth surgery where they cut gum tissue off my palatte & grafted it to 4 front top teeth. ouch!! is the right word. the mouth full of stitches came out on Wed, Mar 3rd. Yea!! so i will continue with the scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes & fish WITH chocolate chips sprinkled on top so they melt! 🙂
    i also have had Chewy Chocolate Chip Bars/Squares from your cookbook made with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips & peanut butter chips-each pan has had one of them & the latest pan i made on Sun afternoon had all 3 of them. 🙂
    all this to say i hope i win!! 🙂

  80. Karyn
    March 8, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Our favourite biscuits are ANZAC biscuits – I think you’ve mentioned them on your site recently? Rolled oats, coconut, sugar & flour mixed with melted butter, bicarbonate of soda and golden syrup (it’s an aussie thing!). They satisfy a sweet tooth and a semi-health conscious brain….if you focus on the oats!!

    Thanks Julie for your inspiring site :+)

  81. Natalie from Ottawa
    March 8, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Our favourite family recipe for cookies are “Scooby Snacks”!! Yes, you heard right! It was on a Scooby Doo DVD Special Features section and we tried the recipe, and they are fun and delicious. They are a coconut-brown sugar cookie, very chewy and delicious!

  82. Katherine
    March 8, 2010 at 9:09 am

    My mom’s cutout butter cookies with shiny glaze are what make me most happy. They are Christmas/special ocassion cookies and so yummy.

    I too grew up with Cdn living – my parents gave me the classic Canadian Living cookbook when I graduated from high school (way too many years ago) and it has accompanied me to each house. It is still my go-to book for anything and everything.

  83. brandy
    March 8, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    our favourite cookie recipe right now is one you shared a few months ago – Michael Smith’s chocolate chip cookies. Delish and always a hit! I usually make a batch every week. It saves my husband from buying chips ahoy cookies!

  84. RMB
    March 8, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    My favourite cookie recipe is Rolo Cookies from “For the Breasts and the Rest of Friends”.

    1 cup butter or marg
    1 cup white sugar
    1 cup brown sugar
    2 eggs
    2 tsp. vanilla
    1 tsp. baking soda
    3/4 cup cocoa
    2 3/4 cups flour
    4 to 5 rolls Rolo chocolates
    additional white sugar

    Cream butter. Add sugars and mix well. Add all remaining ingredients except chocolates. Mix well until dough is smooth. Chill. Shape a spoonful of dough around 1 Rolo chocolate to form a ball approximately 1 inch across with chocolate in center. Roll in white sugar. Bake at 375 F for 8-10 minutes. Leave on pan to cool slightly before removing to rack. Makes approx. 48 cookies.

    Note: I use leftover caramel bars that didn’t sell from chocolate fundraisers in place of the Rolos.

  85. Tina
    March 8, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    I still have a few of the old Canadian Living Food mags on my shelf that I use – back from the late 80s!

    Favorite cookie to bake is a cranberry pecan icebox cookie (usually Christmas fare) and although terrible to admit from someone sho loves to cook so much, one of my faves is a no bake chocolate oatmeal peanut butter cookie!

  86. Colette
    March 9, 2010 at 2:39 am

    My mother makes this recipe for a square that once used to have a legitimate name. It is made with peanut butter, honey, peanuts, raisins, cranberries and some other sorts of magical ingredients. The result is a dark colored dense bar that is chewy and a little gooey. I have taken to calling it “goo goo bars” and they are a standard request when I go to visit my parents. They were present in the take home parcel I brought back with me to China last Christmas and I just ate the last piece, last week. These make me reaaaally happy

  87. Torie
    March 9, 2010 at 11:35 am

    My favorite cookies are the ones my mom used to make and send to me when I was in university. Shortbread cookies cut out into hearts, dipped in pink icing and covered with sprinkles. I loved them, and I think my roommates loved them just as much!

  88. jacquie
    March 11, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    oatmeal w/ chocolate chips and dried fruit – cranberries, blueberries, cherries, apricots ….
    so this recipe is perfect for me 🙂 thanks.

  89. ladyloo
    March 15, 2010 at 8:00 am

    My family’s go to chocolate chip cookie recipe is the one in the Purity Flour cookbook (I think it’s back in print). It’s lots of butter, and the dough is excellent baked or not.

  90. Sunny
    October 26, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    I love chocolate chip cookies and any recipe that has that at the end I love too! My hubby and I like to eat them in bed while watching movies.. can’t wait to try your recipe. Glad it doesn’t have any nuts– I’m deathly allergic!

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