Celebrating the new blog with a giveaway and Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

headerbcccI have to admit that I am having a blast with this new blog. Not that there aren’t moments when I’m pretty sure my brain is never going to absorb all the new technology that helps a blog succeed these days, but even that has it’s charm, because I can see so many ways to do things much better than I did before. And now that everything seems to be working well, and I’m making progress in getting posts moved over here, it is time to celebrate!

I want to share the sweetness of this experience with you in a couple of ways. First, we have these truly fantastic chocolate chip cookies – and second, I am going to give away a $75 Amazon gift card to one of my readers. More about that in a minute, but the cookies come first.

These are our favorite cookies, bar none. I don’t make them real often because they are pretty decadent, and we do try to exercise some measure of self control. I am helpless in the face of these – bittersweet chocolate, coconut, toasted pecans, dried sour cherries – all in a brown sugar oatmeal dough that bakes up crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Perfection.

I use unsweetened coconut in these, because I think the sweetened kind makes them a little too sugary. If you can’t find unsweetened, use your regular supermarket brand, and cut the granulated sugar by a tablespoon or two. ingredients for best ever chocolate chip cookiesYou can also use the regular kind of oats, but I would zap them up in the food processor a bit so they get cooked while the cookies bake – if you don’t mind the heavier texture, then just leave them whole. You can substitute any dried fruit you may have on hand. See how flexible we are around here?

Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies
This take on chocolate chip cookies is chewy, and bursting with lots of great flavors!
Recipe type: Cookies - Drop Cookies
Serves: 3 & ½ dozen cookies
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
  • 1 cup soft butter
  • 1 & ½ cups light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup toasted chopped pecans
  • 2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried sour cherries
  1. Preheat oven to 350ΒΊ, and line heavy baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Place the butter in the mixer bowl and beat briefly.
  3. Add sugars and beat until combined and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs and beat until creamy.
  5. Add the flour, salt, baking soda and powder and beat until combined.
  6. Add the oats and and coconut and beat until mixed in.
  7. Add the nuts, chocolate and cherries and beat until combined.
  8. Portion dough onto baking sheets with a medium cookie scoop or measure at 1 & ½ tablespoon each - leave a couple inches between cookies as they will spread out some.
  9. Bake for about 14 minutes, until very nicely browned, turning sheets halfway through baking time.
  10. Cool on a rack, store tightly sealed for up a week at room temperature.

Look pretty yummy, don’t they?best ever chocolate chip cookiesOkay, now for sharing the sweetness with you – I want to celebrate the new blog by giving away an Amazon gift card to one of my readers in the US – $75.00 to spend any way you like! To enter, all you have to do is leave me a comment on this post – tell us what your favorite kind of cookie is.

But wait – there’s more! You can gain additional entries by showing this here new blog a little love. Here’s how:
Subscribe to my weekly newsletter
Like The Creekside Cook Facebook page
Follow me on Twitter or Pinterest
Mention this post on Facebook, Twitter, or pin it on Pinterest and get another entry.
That is a total of 8 possible entries – just make sure you leave a separate comment for each entry, and if you already get the newsletter or follow me on social media, leave a separate comment for each of those as well.

The contest will run until midnight March 17th, with the winner chosen by the Random Integer Generator, and announced on March 18th. Due to Amazon’s policies, I do have to limit entries to readers in the US.
Good luck to everyone and thanks again for stopping by!

And this batch of celebratory cookies? They are going to work with Larry – because construction workers burn a lot more calories than bloggers do.cooling rack of best ever chocolate chip cookies

81 thoughts on “Celebrating the new blog with a giveaway and Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Our favorite cookies are the chocolate chip cookie recipe I got from Consumer Reports. No kidding! They were doing a review of franchise chocolate chip cookies and pointed out that you could do better making your own. They had the toll-house recipe that is on the back of every Nestle’s choc chip bag, only they included details like make sure your eggs are at room temperature and your butter is softened to this consistency. Details like that make all the difference int the world.

    • I agree, Kathy – those details make a huge difference in just about all baked goods. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. You can count me among your readers who LOVE the new blog & I’m so glad you are doing it. My favorite cookies have got to be my gramma’s raisin cookies. The best ever!

  3. My favorites are the chocolate chip cookies I baked when I worked for a cookie company. I got the recipe down small enough to be a home recipe. They are fabulous!

  4. Funny how cooking and baking evolve over one’s lifetime…I used to make cookies all the time…filled a glass jar on the counter…but the best cookies on the block-and believe me, the kids on our block enjoyed all of them! were
    the chocolate chip cookies Connie made..she had one of those powerful mixers and used margarine..who knows? Anyway, as a single lady of a certain age I don’t see myself making cookies anytime until I have some grand kids…although my coworkers would likely be as happy as the kids on the block were so many years ago….

  5. Barbara Williams

    I am allergic to chocolate (bummer for a chocoholic) and use carob chips in place of chocolate chips.
    Next best thing! My grandkids haven’t noticed.

  6. I have to pick one kind of cookie? I guess Molasses Crinkles no, Chocolate Chip, no its Peanut Butter Blossoms, no! its oh gosh this is just too hard! I’m trying those up there though.

  7. Yum–these sound delicious! I love dried cherries and always wish I remembered to use them more often in my baking.

    This might sound boring, but my favorite cookie is good old fashioned chocolate chip. I know it’s standard, but it’s hard to beat!

  8. These look delish! I am thinking maybe dried cranberries instead of cherries.
    My favorite cookies are….pb, snickerdoodle, oatmeal, …..any kind…too many to choose!

  9. Last one for me, I think. I’ve been a follower of your blog for a long time, too, and I love your new newsletter! thanks!

  10. Awesome job on your site Donalyn. Chocolate chip cookies with M&M’s are my favorite cookie. One question: How does Larry stay so skinny with you cooking all this awesome stuff?

  11. I have subscribed to your newsletter it an awesome site. I have to cut back on carbs and sweet. Eventually I will make cookies again. When my sons were little, I always had two cookie jars full of homemade cookies.


  12. My favorite cookie is a recipe I got through my Aunt Erna and they have white chocolate, dark chocolate , coconut, pecans & rice crispies. They are chewy but the rice crispies & pecans give it a nice crunch. Have been craving them for a while now but haven’t made them because I eat far too many of them.

  13. Those do look very goooood. I might try them with white chocolate chips also. I think they’d be a hit at work.

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