Christmas Cookies

I work out… just so I can eat Christmas cookies!

Last night was just the beginning. At about 8:20 Lori and Alyssa began with the “peanut blossoms” that they make every year (a peanut butter cookie with a Hershey kiss in the middle). Then at 9:10 I joined in, helping them start making some pumpkin cookies with a cream cheese frosting. (I’m drooling just typing about them!) By 9:22 I was kicked out of the kitchen for criticizing Lori’s measuring procedure. No worries, she still brought me samples as long as I stayed out of the kitchen and shut my big mouth.

By 11-something I was fading, but Lori was still going strong… and the best was yet to come…

Tonight we make the Nieman Marcus Cookies!

Oh man… even the name makes my taste buds rejoice. The cookies taste even better than the quality of the $360 sweaters you could buy at that store (yeah… I don’t shop there). These little puppies are amazing… so amazing in fact, I’m going to give you the recipe.

Yeah, I know. I’m probably the only guy who would provide a recipe on his blog. But trust me, I know food! (Have you seen my gut? I’ve worked out 5 days this week already and I’m still carrying around 20 extra pounds. I KNOW FOOD!!!)

Don’t hesitate… just try these amazing cookies and chime in and comment once you taste these little morsels from heaven! Here’s the recipe.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
The Nieman Marcus Recipe

2 cups butter
2 cups sugar
2 cups brown sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
4 cups flour
5 cups oatmeal
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
24 oz. chocolate chips
one 8oz. Hershey bar
3 cups chopped walnuts (optional)

Cream together- butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Set aside.

Using a blender, grind all of oatmeal into fine powder (do a small amount at a time). Pour into a LARGE bowl. Next, grate chocolate bar and combine with oatmeal. Now add flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda to same bowl and mix well. Combine creamed ingredients and dry mixture (here’s where the stirring takes some real strength, a strong spoon… and a big bowl!) After well blended, add chocolate chips and nuts. (and this is where I eat a bunch of the dough!)

Make golf ball size cookies. Place 2” apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for about 9-11 min.

Oh yeah… you are gonna thank me later for this!

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; Sex Matters; The Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket; and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers; Connect; and the 10-Minute Talks series. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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7 Responses to Christmas Cookies

  1. Joanna Vanderkooi says:

    I will be trying these before the weekend is over, sir! 😀 Thanks! 🙂

  2. Ben Snyder says:

    Sounds good, definitely going to have to try them! And thank you for saying “golf ball sized” that is so much easier to understand than “2 inch balls”. I’ve always struggled with this, but now you’ve solved my crisis. Thank you!

    • Yes, in my years of vast cooking expertise… er… uh… okay…not really… I speak “golf ball” more than I do “a dollop” or “two inch balls.” Besides, I’ve worked with junior high boys way to long and know better than to say something outloud like “two inch balls.”

      • Tonya Berry says:

        OMGosh LOL And I have to tell you that my husband and our son (our group’s young adult helper) were DYING LAUGHING when we all three read your article about things not to say to today’s teenagers!!!

  3. Michelle says:

    Something else we have in common…food! I love these cookies and make them at least once a year. Y’all should try “Tiny Tim” sandwich cookies too! Just google them. You will thank ME later…they are to die for! Haven’t met anyone who doesn’t love them.

  4. Tonya Berry says:

    Oh wow! Oatmeal AND chocolate chips! My husband said this year all he wants from me is cookies. Since we’re totally broke most years including this one, I’m really glad that’s all he wants! I am SO making these for him…