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Triple Chocolate Cookies

Triple Chocolate Cookies

It’s time for me to send a care package up to my son who is away at college.  Today, I decided to make a batch of Triple Chocolate Cookies.  I started with my usual cookie dough base of flour, butter, brown sugar, white sugar, eggs and salt.  What makes these cookies “triple chocolate” is the addition of extra dark cocoa powder, chocolate extract and white chocolate chips.  The extra dark cocoa powder is what makes these cookies one of the most chocolatey cookies that I have ever made.  Makes about 4 dozen.  Enjoy!  Tessa

And for my son G…  You’ll get these Friday afternoon.  Be sure to check your front porch.  Love you!  Mom


  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 5 Tbs EXTRA DARK cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar (lightly packed)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 sticks or 1 cup  butter (softened)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp chocolate extract
  • 10 oz. package white chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet with a silicone liner.  In a medium sized mixing bowl blend together the flour, extra dark cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.  In a large mixing bowl with a mixer, cream the butter, white sugar, brown sugar, eggs and chocolate extract.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and blend well.  Fold in the white chocolate chips.  Drop the dough using a teaspoon or a small cookie scoop onto the cookie sheets.  Bake for about 12 minutes or until done.  Remove from oven and cool on wire racks.  Store in a tightly covered container.   Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Blackberry Blondies













Blackberry Blondies

Sunday is the day that I put together care packages to send up to my son who is away at college.  I always like to bake him cookies, and pack them along with items that I know that he will need while up at school.  Today, I made him a box of goodies that are very reminiscent of home.  Blondies baked with fresh Oregon blackberries…

Here in the valleys of Southern Oregon we have blackberry bushes growing all over the place.  They are found growing on roadsides, along the banks of creeks, and even in the middle of town right next to the freeway.  Some people consider them a noxious weed, but I think otherwise and consider them a gift.  I adore the sweet succulent blackberries and decided to bake them in one of my favorite blondie recipes.

The toughest part about baking these Blackberry Blondies is that I have to figure out just how many of these I will send up to G and how many I will keep here at home.  Enjoy!  Tessa


  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg (beaten lightly)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped blackberries

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan.  Grab a medium sized mixing bowl and mix together the butter and brown sugar.  Add the eggs and vanilla.  In a separate bowl, mix together the baking powder, baking soda, salt and flour.  Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.  Fold in the white chocolate chips.  Gently fold in the blackberries.  Be careful to not over mix the blackberries.  If you do, you won’t have blondies, you will be purplies…

Place in pan, and spread batter evenly.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven, let cool and slice into 16 – 2 inch squares.  Enjoy!



Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies













It’s been almost a month since my son moved back up to the university and I gotta tell you that I really miss him.  I hear about other parents enjoying the fact that they are finally empty nesters but not me.  I don’t like it one bit.  The house is eerily quiet and my husband and I  have to get used to cooking for two.  Fortunately, we stay in touch via cell phones, email, Facebook and Skype.

However, the one thing that helps me deal with this situation is the opportunity to send care packages up to my son.  It helps me feel like I  am still a mom by baking and mailing him some of his favorite cookies.  My Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies are deliciously chewy and are perfect for packing in a box to send up to a busy college student while at school.  Make these cookies for your college student and they just might miss you too!  Enjoy!  Tessa

(adapted from Everyday Food)


  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (optional)
  • 6 Tbls. butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium sized bowl mix together the oatmeal, flour, baking soda, salt, dried cranberries and the optional white chocolate chips.  Set aside.  In another mixing bowl beat together the butter and sugars until creamy.  Add the egg and vanilla.  Mix well.

Add your dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and continue to mix until well incorporated.  Drop by spoonfuls onto a silpat or silicone lined cookie sheet (I like to use a cookie scoop for more precise portions).  Bake for 12-16 minutes until a light golden brown.  Place cookies on wire racks to cool.  Makes about 2 dozen cookies.