Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Virtual Cookie Exchange and Christmas Blog Hop

 Ho Ho Ho

Who doesn't love cookies?

Can you believe it is already December 1st?  Where has the time gone?  We have been through many trials and tribulations this year, some of them devastating, but we are here today in each other's company, enjoying a bit of seasonal fun.  Well done, us!  I'm sure I'm not the only one who is appreciative of all our fellow quilters and artists who have contributed so much of their time and self  to bring us a little comfort and joy during difficult times.  Thank you, sister quilters, and thank you, Carol and Carla, for hosting these hops this past year, and for helping to keep our hands, hearts, and minds busy.  God Bless You All.

And now to share my contribution to the Virtual Cookie Exchange and Christmas Blog Hop hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt

I'm sure Santa won't be able to resist these delicious chocolate chip cookies when he stops by this Christmas Eve.  This recipe comes from my lettering teacher, Lindsay Ostrom, Creator of Cuteness.  These are basically oatmeal cookies chock full of yummy goodness like Rice Krispies, milk chocolate chips, and chopped nuts.  Your kitchen will smell heavenly while these are baking in the oven!  The recipe makes a boatload of cookies to share, but you will want to make a second batch just for you.


Step One
Mix together --
1/2 cups oats (I use 1-Minute)
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
a generous shake of cinnamon

Step Two
Mix together in another bowl --
1 cup unsalted butter (I use salted butter because I prefer it)
2 large eggs
3/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 Tablespoon real Vanilla (Lindsay adds an extra splash)
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice

Step 3
Combine the oats and flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix together.

And the best part
To mixture add
3 cups milk chocolate chips
1 - 2 cups Rice Krispies
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans

Dough can be chilled 2-4 hours before baking if desired.

Drop teaspoon-sized mounds on parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees F for 9-12 minutes.

Serve with ice cold milk.


I love to cook, but I can make the biggest mess imaginable!  For my project I made a Christmas apron.  This was a panel apron called Sugar and Spice.  It was created by Karen Tye Bentley for Northcott fabrics.  

These little panel aprons go together so quickly.  The directions suggest folding back the edges and topstitching, but I actually lined mine for a little more protection.  (Like I said, I am messy!)  

The neck and apron ties can be a little tricky to turn right side out after stitched, so I used an old seamstress trick my mother taught me.  I've made reference to this before and was asked how to do it, so I'm taking this opportunity to share this trick.

Once your ties are sewn, insert a wide straw inside fabric tube as shown. (They actually do make wide cylinders to buy in fabric stores for this purpose.)

Scrunch up tie on straw.

Using a pen or long dowel, begin pushing the scrunched up fabric through the straw.

The tie will come out the other end of the tube right side out, ready to sew to your apron.  

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope you will try the Double Doodle cookies.  They really are scrumptious!  

Be sure to visit all the other bloggers in the list below for more yummy treats and inspirational projects.

December 1

Creatin' in the Sticks

Doreen – Just Let Me Quilt Guest

Bumbleberry Stitches

Home Sewn By Us

Quilt Schmilt

Food for Thought

Life in the Scrapatch

Ms P Designs USA

Just Sew Quilter

Cathie's Craftworks

Cynthia's Creating Ark

 December 2


Karen's Korner

Sew Many Yarns

Selina Quilts

Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

Days Filled With Joy

Words & Stitches

Just Because Quilts


December 3



DayBrook Designs

Karrin’s Crazy World

Samelia's Mum

Songbird Designs

For The Love Of Geese

Stitchin At Home

Dreamworthy Quilts

That Fabric Feeling

 December 4

Just Let Me Quilt

Quilt Fabrication

DesertSky Quilting

Seams To Be Sew

Happy Cottage Quilter

Pumpkin Patch Patterns & Quilting

The Darling Dogwood

Kathleen McMusing



I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday.

Merry Christmas!!


  1. Wow, adding Rice Krispies to those cookies sounds fabulous. Yum, Yum, Yum. And why didn't I think to use a straw before ( or after ) I purchased their equivalent at JoAnns? I must admit though that that is a great way to turn a narrow piece inside out.

  2. Your cookies look good! I like your apron!

  3. Those cookies look really good! You are so clever on the use of the straw, never thought of that. And that is a darling apron. :)

  4. Yummy looking cookies! What a fun and quick way to whip up an apron. Happy Holidays!

  5. Chocolate chip cookies are my absolute favourite. Even better is if they're peanut butter chocolate chip!

  6. Interesting additions to the traditional chocolate chip cookie. Sounds SEW yummy!!

  7. Oh my goodness your cookie jar is just the cutest. Chocolate chip cookies hardly last long enough around here to even need a jar! LOL!! What a cute little holiday apron too. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  8. I love that Cookie jar almost as much as I love the look of those cookies...I think I can smell them from here! Chocolate cookies don't last long in my house so it's good that recipe makes a lot. I'm a bit of a mess maker when I cook, too, so that apron would be perfect for me. Thank you so, so much, Charlene, for sharing your Christmas sweetness and for being a part of my blogging world! xo

  9. Thank you for sharing your cookie recipe. Your apron is perfect for the festive season and sharing the trick of turning out those ties. Always a fiddly and time consuming job.

  10. Chocolate and oatmeal in one cookie. I am in heaven. I love the Christmas plate and mug too. I haven't seen a printed apron like that before. I have done embroidered ones, but not a panel like this. This one is great!

  11. What a cute apron, and great cookie recipe! Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. That is a darling apron and I like that you added another layer of fabric - that would be important to me, too. Adding Rice Krispies to those cookies sounds like a great idea and one that will make many smiles.

  13. The apron is just perfect for Christmas baking. I always wear one too, I tend to make a mess in the kitchen as well.

  14. Hi Charlene! I am going to make these cookies - yes, I am. I love that it makes a big batch. All the more for us to share! A quick question about how much Rice Krispies - is that 2 cups? I can't wait to make them. AND, I wish I had your cute Christmas apron to keep myself clean while making these cookies. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe and the tips. ~smile~ Roseanne

  15. I use a similar method for turning a tube and it is really slick. Those cookies look tasty!

  16. These cookies look and sound amazing. Your apron is so cute. I have made aprons, but never one for myself. Great holiday project!

  17. What a fun apron and your cookies sound really good! The twins and I were talking yesterday about their aprons and chef hats I made them a few years ago for our baking day. They really needed it! LOL And I need one too! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Your apron is adorable. Huge messes are a common feature in my kitchen when I cook too.

  19. Merry Christmas! We're having our family Cookie Day next weekend, and aprons will be ready to handle the messes.