Oreo Cookies

There are few things in life that can fix common problems like a good cookie.
Add a cup of coffee, and it’s even better.

When it’s a kid with the problem,
they are always happy to have a cookie to help the hurt!

When it’s me, with or without a problem,
well, I am just always happy to eat!

Oreo Cookies (1)

My Mom found a recipe for homemade Oreo Cookies
and they have been a hit around here.

We like them tiny, you can eat more that way.
We started scooping them out
and than cutting each scoop in half to make them smaller.
It makes more cookies and they are so cute!

Oreo Cookies (2)

About two or three bites and it’s gone
and you can justify eating another one because they are so small!

Oreo Cookies (3)

Oreo Cookies

2 boxes Devil’s food cake mixes
4 eggs
1 1/2 c Crisco

Mix together.
Bake the cookies for 8 minutes

(time may differ with ovens)


8oz Cream cheese – softened
1 stick of butter – softened
2 tsp vanilla
4 c powdered sugar

Beat the cream cheese, add butter and mix.
Add vanilla and powder sugar.  Mix until creamy.

Place a spoonful on half of the cookies.
Top with the rest of the cookies.
Taste a few while working.

Oreo Cookies (4)

I experimented with different brands of cake mix but this one turns out the best. The cookies are a little flatter with the Betty Crocker brand and work well to put filling between them. When I used another kind, they were more like fat little nuggets.

vanilla cookies

We did try other flavors too.
These are butterpecan, but I wasn’t so fond of them.
My sister tried a yellow cake mix and said they were good.
I guess your options are only limited to all the kinds of cake mixes.

Give them a try, you won’t be disappointed.



Of Cookies With Melty Chips

There came a day in the first month of the year,
the 3rd week of the month,
the last day of the week
that the dwelling place of the tribe of Eric
was in a disorderly state of affair.

The Mother of the tribe rose up early
to begin the task at hand.
Or maybe it was that she just arose when the young child cried
and procrastinated a few hours before beginning the task.
Never the less, she had a mind to work,
and work she finally did, for things were fairly flying.

As she spun herself in circles, the son of Eric spoke.
“Mother, we are in need of freshly baked cookies!”
Hoping to dissuade her only son she replied,
“Son, there are many cookies residing downstairs
in the depths of the freezer.
Take yourself down and fetch me a box, please.”

But he obeyed her not, only answering her command with,
“Mother, the cookies of which you speak
are not the cookies I desire.
My heart longs for cookies with many chips of chocolate,
soft and gooey, that they may melt in my mouth.”

The Mother of the tribe dropped her dust rag,
thought long and hard of her reply, and in her sweetest voice cooed,
“Son, would it please you if we would bake a pan of bars,
all gooey with chocolate, soft and melty, just like cookies.”
For this mother knew in her heart that baking bars
was so much easier then scooping cookie dough.

Yet once again her son quickly and firmly replied,
“No Mother, cookies it must be and cookies it will be,
all soft and gooey with chips that melt in your mouth!”

So the Mother, seeing the futility of the fight,
gave up the battle, for she knew in her heart that they did indeed
need chocolate chip cookies, all warm and gooey.
She did indeed feel a bit contrite you might say,
for it had been many, many moons since she had baked
chocolate chip cookies for the son.

And so, dropping the cleaning rags of which we spoke,
they began to bake the cookies.
Oh, the mixing, the dumping, the pouring and such,
of the mess, one can only imagine if one has small helpers.

First upon the tray were place small heaps of dough,
all gooey and lovely with nary a chip in sight.
The son stared wide eyed and in an astounded voice cried,
“Mother, where are the chips for which I long?”
“Oh son,” she answered, “These are my cookies,
mine and your father’s, for you see,
cookies without chips are the best kind of cookies!”
Shaking his head he disagreeably stated,
“Only cookies with chips are the bestest,
we must need put chips in the rest.”

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Baking continued and soon it was that they added chips and more chips,
licked the dough, scooped some more, baked them up,
and the children of the tribe of Eric were happy indeed.

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The Mother of the tribe was surprised at how quickly she was done.
8 dozen lay in rows with only one or two missing occasionally.

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The son of the tribe looked them over,
sized them up and down and around,
carefully checking the tops and the bottoms
for that one cookie with the mostest chips
that would be all goey and melt in your mouth.

He must have found quite a few perfect ones
for more then one was consumed that day.

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As for the chipless ones,
the Mother was happy with only a few
for her and the father of the tribe.
The less desirable they appear,
the fewer consumed to stick around with her forever.

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 C butter
1 1/2 C White Sugar
1 1/2 C Brown Sugar
4 eggs
-cream together

2 tsp Soda
2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Vanilla
2/3 C Instant vanilla pudding (or 1 box)
5 C flour
16oz Chocolate chips

-Mix well.
Bake 8-9 min @ 375

Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin Cookies 3

It’s baking day because it officially feels like Fall.
(and because the kids claim there is nothing in the house to eat)
After making bread, coffee cake, pumpkin cookies, and 2 pumpkin pies,
this kitchen is now officially closed.

Does pumpkin stuff taste good to you at other times of the year? Pumpkin cookies, pie or bars just don’t appeal to me in the Spring or Summer. It’s a Fall food. Am I crazy or is my family who thinks any time is a good time for Pumpkin Pie?


I’ve posted this recipe before, but here it is again,
just as good as it was the 1st time.

Pumpkin Cookies

2 C Crisco
2 C sugar
-cream together

2 C pumpkin
  2 eggs
  2 tsp Vanilla
– mix

Combine then add…
4 C flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
 2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt

Bake at 350* for 11-12 min.
Frost with caramel icing.

And in case you want a good recipe for

Carmel Icing

1 1/2 sticks of butter
1 1/2 C. Brown Sugar
-bring to a boil and then add
1/3 C milk
-bring to a boil again, remove from heat and add
3 C. Powdered Sugar


Happy eating.
Don’t stop with just one.

Christmas Cookies

We’ve been out of baked goods for awhile around here
and the son thinks that is a crime.
So yesterday I was trying to think of something good to make
and remembered the Christmas Cookies.

 I found the recipe in my box a few years ago
and they were labeled “Christmas Cookies” and it said, “From Mom.”
I don’t really remember eating them at home, but we must have.
Since I found the recipe I usually make them at least once around Christmas time.
Maybe it’s because of the name, but that’s the only time of the year I make them.


They are soft on the inside, just a little bit crispy outside,
and have a shortbread taste.
If they are at all overbaked they loose the soft inside and are just a crunchy cookie.

I guess this batch turned out well because this morning the son was happily dipping them in milk.


Christmas Cookies

1 C. butter, softened
1 C. oil
1 C. Sugar
1 C. Powered Sugar
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Cream of Tartar
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Vanilla
2 eggs
4 C flour

Mix butter and oil. Add sugars and mix.
Add rest of ingredients and mix well.
Chill 2-4 hours.
Scoop into balls and sprinkle with sugar before baking.
350* – 12 min.

I bake until the edges have just a tint of brown.
No more or they’ll be too hard.


He stuck his head in for a picture of “the cookies and me.”
Evidence of cookies still remain on him! 🙂

Happy eating!

Snickerdoodle Bars

How many of you like Snickerdoodle cookies?
(All hands raise)

How many of you like to make them?
Not me.

I don’t like baking cookies, I would much rather make bars! How much easier can it get? Dump everything in a pan and throw it in the oven.
Mix, roll, scoop, plop, bake, time, bake, scoop, pan after pan after pan!

I love snickerdoodle cookies but almost refused to make them.
Now that I found these and all is well with the world.

Snickerdoodle Bars!

snicker doodle

You just can’t beat a good dough with cinnamon and sugar.

snicker doodle cookies

Don’t overbake them. The edges are just starting to brown a little when I get them out.




Pumpkin Cookies

I have had a few people asking for the Pumpkin Cookie recipe and looking way back in the archives of my site to try and find it, so here it is again, as good as ever.
{this picture is from a bad day, a long time ago} 🙂
When you copy the recipe, go ahead and make it a double batch. One batch won’t last long enough.
{And make small cookies so you can justify eating 3 or 4}
Pumpkin Cookies1C Crisco
1C sugar
-cream together

1C pumpkin
1 egg
1 tsp Vanilla
– mix

Combine then add…
2C flour
1tsp baking soda
1tsp baking powder
1tsp cinnamon
1/2tsp salt

Bake at 350* for 12 min.
Frost with caramel icing.
Happy eating.

Don’t run out of frosting. No one wants to eat those!

My Caramel recipe barely covers a double batch so I usually do a batch and a half of frosting.

1 stick of butter – melt
1 C brown sugar -bring to a boil
1/4 C milk – bring to a boil
2 C powdered Sugar.

Get the coffee perking, frost and your good too go.