Cooking From Memory ~ A Recipe Journal


Rita’s Triple Treat Cookies

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Holden Village is an ecumenical retreat community in the Cascade Mountains of the Wenatchee National Forest in Washington State. My life has been deeply shaped by this vibrant, supportive, and spirited renewal community. Through the years, as both a guest and a staff member at the Village, I have developed a deep love and appreciation for the relational rhythms of community, the restorative rhythms of renewal through transformation, and the forward call to spirited mission through Christian service. Poignantly, powerfully, it was while visiting Holden Village at Easter in 1980 that all three of these rhythms came together as I responded to the call to ordained ministry. Joining the Holden Village community once again—almost 38 years later to the day, I will embrace the same daily rhythms that have blessed and sustained my life over the decades: hospitality, creativity, community, worship, prayer, reading, singing, serving, reflecting—the rhythms of sabbath. The benefits and blessings of this time will come to fruition as these same relational, restorative, and spirited rhythms continue to shape me as I continue.

But first (things first), some cookies.

Ingredients ~

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ – ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Method ~

Cream butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Add vanilla, eggs, flour, baking soda and salt. When mixed together, add oats, peanut butter ad chocoloate chips. Drop 1½ inch balls of cookie dough onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake a t 350 degrees for approximately 12 minutes. Cool on a cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.

Makes about 2 ½ dozen cookies

From Lavish Simplicity, Holden Village 2008 … and with fondness and gratitude for the Holden Village Kitchen; such a mystical place.


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