We have had a great couple of weeks welcoming back our students from St. Olaf and Carleton. First came the athletes, golfers, volleyball players and football, then the freshman excited and nervous about starting their next life phase.

The Defeat of Jesse James Day brought in guests excited about the reenactment and eager to have “fair” food without the fair crowd. What beautiful weather we had the entire weekend! The Northfield Inn is always an excellent place to celebrate anniversaries and birthdays and we have seen quite a few guests doing just that.

As promised, I wanted to share some recipes. Okay, so the story is my best friend from college Debbie and I decided to celebrate our fortieth birthdays with a weekend at a rustic spa in Central Illinois On Saturday night a psychiatrist spent the evening helping us get in touch with our “left’ brain and the next morning at breakfast she decided to share her cookie recipe. Since then, it has been my go-to cookie recipe. Over the years I have added peanut butter chips, butterscotch and Heath bar crunch. If you don’t feel like baking just spend a few days with us here at the Inn.

Northfield Inn Chocolate Chip Cookies:


Adapted from Mrs. Field Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


2 C. Sugar

2 C. Brown sugar

2 C Butter (room temperature)  {I have substituted butter flavored Crisco for a non-dairy version and it is still tasty}


Mix thoroughly, 2-5 minutes (I like it fluffy)


Add 5 large eggs, 1 ½ T vanilla, ¼ C water, beat until mixed.


Dry ingredients mix in a separate bowl (no I really don’t do this I just add the small ingredients and flour right into the “liquid”):


1 t salt

1T plus t tsp each baking soda and baking powder

4 C flour (sometimes I sub in 1-2 C whole wheat flour to add a little nuttiness)


Mix until just incorporated (don’t over-mix or you get a tough cookie and sometimes we like our people like that but not cookies).


This is where I change the recipe from the original.


6 C oatmeal (you can pulverize to make oat flour and I used to when I was a perfectionist but you know, it really doesn’t matter…).


Add and then fold in 3 C. good chocolate chips (Nestle’s or Kirkland brand are very good) and 3 C chopped walnuts.  


Bake at 375 degrees for about 7 minutes.  I put them in for 3 minutes 37 seconds and turn the pan and bake for another 3 minutes and 37 seconds.  I know that sounds crazy but there is a thin lie between done and too brown…


So this makes a million cookies (about 14 dozen) so I get tired of making them.  (After about 8 dozen cookies are baked, I shove the rest of the batter in a glass bowl and freeze to bake at a future time.)  Of course, when I am done baking, I freeze the cookies and bring them out as needed.  


I have tried cutting this recipe in half and it never turns out well….