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Farmer Cookies. Yum!

March 15, 2011

“The art of happiness is to serve all.”

This was the inspirational quote on the tag of my Yogi Goji Berry Green Tea this morning. As some of you already know, I’ve given up my favorite beverage, coffee, for the 40 days of Lent. I thought I would be quite miserable, but Yogi & I have become good friends since last Wednesday.

Anyway, yesterday I made cookies with my kids. Delicious, creative, and nutritious cookies! These cookies made my whole family happy, and thanks to Yogi and his words of wisdom, I want to share some of that happiness with you! I wish I could somehow teleport cookies into all of your homes, but since that isn’t possible (yet), I’d like to share the recipe with you, along with some photos of us making them.


Happy Helpers!

We made two batches of farmer cookies yesterday. The first batch contained chocolate chips, raisins & walnuts. The second had dried cranberries & raisins. Honestly, I thought I’d really favor the chocolate chip cookies, but both were amazing! The oats give them a cool texture, and the mix-ins really boost their flavor. They are really fun because you can add whatever you want to them. Let your kids be a part of the process, and if you don’t have kids – borrow some!


Ingredients for the basic dough:

  • 3 sticks of softened, unsalted butter
  • 1 c. packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (the real deal please!)
  • 1 c. unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 4 c. rolled (or old-fashioned) oats

Possible Mix-ins:

  • 1-2 c. chocolate chips
  • 1/2 -1 c. raisins
  • 1/3-2/3 c. dried cranberries (or cherries, apricots, etc…)
  • 1/3-2/3 c. walnuts (or other desired nuts)


  1. Cut butter into chunks and drop in a large mixing bowl. It’s easier to do this before it softens.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Beat the butter ( with mixer, or by hand) until fluffy. Add both sugars and beat for another minute or so. Add the eggs and beat for 2 more minutes.
  4. Add the vanilla and stir with a spoon. Mix in the flour, baking soda & salt until it’s blended.
  5. Stir in the oats until well combined. I do this a bit at a time.
  6. This is the basic dough – Now you can split the dough up for different batches, or do it all the same.
  7. Add your choice of goodies. If you split the dough into two batches, use the smaller of the measurements listed in the ingredients section above. If you go with one big batch – use the larger. You can’t mess this part up, so the measurements don’t have to be perfect.
  8. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are browned on the bottom.
  9. Cool on pan for no longer than a minute, then transfer to a wire rack. Recipe will make 4 dozen or so cookies.
  10. Share with your loved ones & enjoy!


Elliott Stirring the Dough.


Cookies Make Maya Smile.

Farmer Cookies. Yummy!

P.S. This recipe was adapted from The Family Fun Cookbook.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 17, 2011 1:09 pm

    Aww your kids are so adorable making their cookies!

  2. March 17, 2011 6:09 pm

    Thanks Dana! I love your recipes!


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