Monday, January 19, 2015

Chewy Salted Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

I am a big fan of drop cookies. Especially when they are soft and chewy! I don't make them often, because I don't want to eat the entire batch and I will! Eat. The. Entire. Batch.

I'e been wanting to test out this new recipe for a while and tonight I finally got a chance. It's pretty rare to find time to get anything done these days, with baby boy having me wrapped around his cute little fingers ;)

These are pretty simple to make, they're quick, no complicated directions or difficult to find ingredients. If you're still trying to decide if you want to make these cookies, the answer is yes.

I used half coconut oil and half butter in this recipe, just for fun ;) it's a little healthier and I think makes the cookies a little softer and chewier. If you don't have/don't like coconut oil use all butter, if you want to pretend the cookies are totally healthy and therefore immune to your new years resolutions use all coconut oil ;)

Chewy Salted Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup solid coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • fleur de sel sea salt (my favorite)
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cream butter, coconut oil and sugars in bowl of electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth and creamy. 
  3. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to bowl, mix just until incorporated. Add oats and mix just until incorporated. Add butterscotch chips at the end and mix gently until evenly dispersed. 
  4. Using a small (1 Tbsp) scoop to get even sized cookies, scoop and drop onto cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper or silpat mat. Press gently to slightly flatted cookie before baking.
  5. Bake for 9-11 minutes until cookies are slightly golden around the edges. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with sea salt. 

Flour De Lis

Monday, January 12, 2015

Vanilla Bean Cutout Cookies (Updated Recipe)

My very first post here was my favorite recipe for Citrus Vanilla Cutouts. It was January 10th, way back in 2011, we had just moved back to Seattle from CO and I was happy to be a home and getting ready for my best friends wedding.
This recipe is still my favorite, but I have tweaked it over the years and rarely add the orange extract or orange emulsion.

I have baked more cookies these past two months than in the past year! Which I guess isn't surprising since I haven't been baking much at all with little boy here. He keeps me plenty busy and happy!

But I have been asked over and over again about my recipe this month and I am getting tired of sending people to the old post and then emailing or messaging them to add all the updates. It just isn't working for me anymore, so here is the new and improved recipe.

Vanilla Bean Cutouts


  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter, cold, cut into pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (I use this)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In your mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until fully incorporated and fluffy, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the egg, vanilla extract and vanilla bean paste. Beat until fully incorporated and use a rubber spatula to scrape side and bottom of bowl if necessary.
  4. With the mixer off, add flour, baking powder and salt. Turn mixer on low to prevent the "flour cloud" and mix until all dry ingredients are incorporated. 
  5. Mix just until a soft dough forms and pulls away from the bowl. 
  6. Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, cut out your choice of shapes and place onto your cookie sheets. 
  7. Bake for about 10-12 minutes. Cookies will be lightly golden on the bottom to very slightly brown on the edges. Remove from sheet and cool on rack.

Cutout cookies are delicious when eaten plain but traditionally they are decorated with some type of frosting, my favorite is royal icing.

This cookie dough should be like a soft play dough. When touched, it should not stick to your hands, or the rolling pin.  To get the right consistency, I use 3 cups of flour in the winter and 3 1/2 in the summer, your flour amount may be different based on temperature, humidity and altitude. 
I usually roll my cookie dough out on waxed paper sheets for easy cleanup and so I can pop any extra dough into the freezer to be used later. I also like to keep each tray of cut out cookies in the freezer for at least 5 minutes before placing in the oven, they hold their shape much better this way.
If you line your baking trays with paper, always use parchment paper, never waxed paper. The wax will burn off or melt onto your cookies and leave a funky taste behind.

Flour De Lis