Bringing Balance: Best Holiday Cookie

Bringing Balance: Best Holiday Cookie

This is, hands-down, the best recipe for chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever tried.  It’s simple and not remotely healthy, but produces “cannot possibly stop at one” cookies. It’s an old family recipe, and I could “health these up”, but I’m a believer in enjoying treats in moderation and not messing around with a good thing.

Every holiday season, we make these and wrap them up for the bus drivers, teachers, coaches, and other special people in my kids’ lives.  They’re always a hit.

Bringing Balance: Best Holiday Cookie


1 c. butter, softened, but not melted

1 c. white sugar

1 c. brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

2 tbsps cold water

2 c. flour

1 tsp soda

1 tsp salt

2 c. rolled large-flake oats (don’t use quick oats here!)

1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips


To prepare:  Preheat oven to 350F.  Cream butter and sugar, then add all other ingredients, mixing well by hand.  Drop cookies (8 to a sheet) onto a parchment-covered baking sheet.  Bake for about 10 minutes, or until edges turn golden.  The trick to these is to take them out when they still appear “not quite done” and let them cool on baking racks.  The recipe easily doubles if you are baking for gifts or a cookie exchange.

Enjoy, and Happy Holiday Season to you all!


Wendy McCallum, LLB, RHN, is passionate about providing busy parents with the tools & support they need to feed their families wholesome food, so everyone can play, learn, and feel better!  She is a mother of two terrific HRM kids, aged 7 &8.  For information and recipe ideas, visit her website.


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