Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Cookie .....Oatmeal Cookie with Coffee-Cinnamon Frosting

In December as I was reading the Wall Street Journal I noticed they had an article on cookies. I immediately added dates to my shopping list since it was the only ingredient I was lacking to make the oatmeal cookies. I never had a chance to make them and the poor dates sat in my fridge until last weekend when the phone rang. It was a friend who was planning "A Midwinter Picnic" for our dinner group and she asked if I would bring a few "picnic" items. She assigned me oatmeal cookies (yay!) and chocolate chip cookies (another yay) since they are Joe's favorite. The midwinter menu will also include pulled pork sandwiches, chicken, beef sliders, baked beans, macaroni salad and potato salad.  Summer on a plate! 

I hope you'll give "The Cookie" with coffee-cinnamon frosting a try. They are wonderful, especially with the frosting. 

A dear blogging buddy hooked me up with a Molly Hatch french press from Anthropologie. The New York City stores were out of the french press (at that time) so Sarah offered to pick one up for me (and herself). She got lucky as a woman had just bought four of them, and there were only two left.  

'The Cookie' .....Oatmeal Cookie with Coffee-Cinnamon Frosting

So renowned is this cookie in its family of origin that it is referred to simply as “The Cookie.” The cookie itself is delicious but the coffee-cinnamon frosting is what makes takes it to the level of heavenly.

Active Time: 30 Minutes Total Time: 3 3/4 Hours Makes: about 5 dozen cookies

For the cookies:

2 sticks butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 cup pitted, chopped dates
1 cup chopped walnuts

For the frosting:

6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons brewed coffee
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Make cookies: Use an electric mixer to cream butter and sugars until 
smooth. Mix in eggs and vanilla until combined.

2. Use a fine-mesh sieve to sift flour, baking soda and salt into a 
medium mixing bowl. Add flour mixture, in two parts, to butter-sugar 
mixture, mixing until just combined. Add remaining ingredients and mix 
at low speed until just combined.

3. Cover and chill dough in refrigerator at least 2 hours or overnight. 
(If you leave it overnight, let it sit at room temperature for about 30 
minutes before baking.)

4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use a tablespoon measure to scoop dough 
balls and place them on a baking sheet. Use your palm to flatten dough 
balls slightly. Bake until set, about 12 minutes. Take care not to over 
bake. Remove from oven and let cool before frosting.

5. Make frosting: Use an electric mixer to cream butter and sugar until 
smooth. Add remaining ingredients, mixing until incorporated.

6. Frost cookies: Use a broad butter knife to frost cookies. Let 
frosting set for 1 hour.

I am joining Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. I need dates! Just ran out the press..and that Sarah is so thoughtful..:)

  2. The cookies look yummy! ♥ the press...
    Have a great mid-winter picnic!

  3. Bookmarked! The cookies sound great and I've never had dates, looking forward to trying something new:@)

  4. I never cook with dates, but this recipe looks like one we would like. Adding it to our list. Thanks, Debbie. Yes, we do like our Molly Hatch pieces! ;-)

    1. Thank you Sarah! The only time I cook with dates is when a recipe calls for it. I'm glad I tried this cookie!

  5. Oh my goodness, I LOVE dates and I will definitely be trying out this recipe, Debbie. I think I have all the ingredients to make them, too, and the icing sounds like perfection! The French press coffee pot is adorable!! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Debbie, and the fun wintry picnic ideas.
    Happy Sunday to you and Joe.

    1. Thank you Kitty! I know as a cookie lover that you will swoon over these cookies. My 21 year old niece asked for the recipe immediately after eating one, and made them the next day for her friends.

  6. Oatmeal cookies are one of my favorites and these sound special with the icing…yummy.

    1. Thank you Karen! If you make the cookies, the icing is a must :-)

  7. They certainly look tasty - however I am with Joe, I'd rather have a choc chip cookie!!! That MC tray is the one I use the most out of all my pieces!!

    1. Mr. C. ate the oatmeal cookies. He rarely deviates from the chocolate chip cookies. That's how good they are.

  8. Debbie, shoot me a quick email when you get a minute, there's a picture I'd like to send you:@)

  9. The coconut, dates and walnuts in these cookies sounds wonderful, Debbie! I think I'd love them even without the frosting. What an adorable French press!

  10. Hi Debbie, your recipe sounds so good and so does the entire menu. I'll have to pick up a few things from the market so I can get these oatmeal cookies into the oven.
    Have a nice weekend.


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