Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

For those of you who are long-time readers, you may remember seeing this recipe before. My oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! It’s one of the first recipes I ever shared and it’s made at least one other appearance since then. These are my absolute favorite go-to cookies. I’ve made them a zillion times, whether it be to munch on with coffee on a weekend afternoon or to stack up on a pretty plate to bring to a party. They’re super simple and you probably have most of what you need to make them in your pantry already. I first made them back in college and since then I’ve tweaked and perfected the recipe. The result is a chewy cookie with the perfect amount of crisp around the edges. If you make them, I’d love to know! This is a fail-proof recipe one that is always a crowd favorite.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

While I personally love adding just a tablespoon or two of peanut butter, I almost always leave it out when I’m baking for a crowd where I don’t know for sure someone doesn’t have a peanut allergy. I scoop out even sized mounds of dough using a cookie scoop and then lightly pat them down so they more closely resemble pucks than balls – I’ve found over the years that this little trick really helps the cookies to bake evenly. They bake perfectly almost every time in 11 minutes and come out of the oven golden and slightly crispy around the edges. The center will be somewhat puffed up, but deflate almost immediately upon coming out of the oven and they are definitely best when eaten cool. The result is a cookie that is crisp around the edge and perfectly chewy without being mushy in the center. I think it’s the texture of these cookies that makes them so so good.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups oats (rolled or quick oats both work equally as well)
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (more or less to suit your taste)
  • 2 tbsp. peanut butter (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Sift together flour and baking soda. In a separate bowl, cream together butter, eggs, sugars, and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients and wet ingredients – dough will be very stiff. Add oats until well combined, then add chocolate chips and peanut butter. Bake for 9 – 12 minutes until golden around the edges.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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[Photos + recipe by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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A Pineapple Jack O’Lantern

I’ve seen a lot of cool variations on the classic carved pumpkin over the years. Gourds, squashes, little fruits like apples and oranges. But this? This pineapple jack o’lantern takes the cake by far in my book! Something about the texture of the pineapple and the spiky leaves resembling hair make it look so spooky. We make it a point to spend an evening carving pumpkins each year, but this year I’m definitely thinking we need to try our hands at carving a pineapple or two, too. The process is basically the same! Lop off the top, scoop out the fruit and carve out eyes, a nose and a jagged smile. See a bunch more ideas for decorating and carving your fruit of choice this year over at A Subtle Revelry, where my sweet friend Victoria has all things Jack O’Lantern on lock.

Pineapple Jack O'Lantern

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[Photo by Amy Covington for A Subtle Revelry.]

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Fall Favorites from Target

When I got a peek at the new fall Target Threshold collection a few weeks ago, I went a little crazy on the inside. Then, as soon as it hit stores I was busting through the door at my local store to snag one of the gorgeous brass task lamps for the studio. It’s incredibly beautiful in person, the size is perfect for my desk and the price is pretty amazing. (And, it’s even currently on sale, making it even more awesome!) I swear Target never disappoints, but I’m particularly in love with this season’s collection, pairing loads of metallics with textured pillows, patterned rugs and great ceramic and wood accessories that are just pitch perfect. These are a few of my favorites, but the bottom line is, if you have a room that needs a little something-something, get yourself to Target. You can thank me later!

Target Threshold Collection for Fall 2014

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[Shop | 1: Brass task lamp | 2: Gold and white bowls  | 3: Patterned pillows | 4: Patterned Threshold rugs | 5: Pierced metal hurricanes.]

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Color Palette: Chartreuse + McIntosh

Mark my words, friends. I have a feeling that chartreuse is about to make a major comeback. I’ve been seeing it pop up here and there in fashion and home decor, but I think it’s about to have a big presence in the world of color. So today I’m here to banish all thoughts of 70s shag carpet from your brain with proof that chartreuse can be absolutely gorgeous. Paired with a deep olive green and pretty shades of McIntosh red, peach and pink, it’s vibrant and elegant and awesome. This color palette isn’t my usual jam at all, but I love it more than I can even tell you. It feels fresh and cool and totally hip, but with a surprising sophistication. Chartreuse. Who knew it was so so pretty?

Color Palette: Chartreuse and McIntosh

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[Photos, from top: Hayneedle | The Silk and Cotton Co. via House and Leisure | Pure Vegetarian.]

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Festive Fall Recipes + Friday Link Love

Hey hey! Who else is ready for the weekend? I’m hosting a baby shower this weekend for my cousin, who is basically like a second sister to me, and I’m so excited to celebrate with her. She’s expecting a little boy at the end of the month and I’m over the moon to see her become a mommy. In the meantime, this afternoon I’m going to be working on a few last details for the decor for the shower so I’m cutting out a little early today. Before that though, let’s talk about a few festive fall recipes and a little link love, shall we? Here’s wishing you a happy and celebratory weekend of your own! See you here on Monday, friends. xoxo

Festive Fall Recipes

[Pear Hand Pies | Apple Cinnamon Margaritas | Cinnamon Toast | Meyer Lemon Cookies | DIY Cocktail Kit.]

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