Cookies and Cream Frozen Yogurt (Blind Spot Monthly Recipe Series)

Cookies and Cream Frozen Yogurt (Blind Spot Monthly Recipe Series)


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Shortbread Cookie Waffles (Blind Spot Monthly Series)

Shortbread Cookie Waffles (Blind Spot Monthly Series)


My family does not have many traditions, but when it comes to Christmas, we always conduct our morning the same way.


We sleep in.  That’s right.  We don’t rush to the tree at three o’clock in the morning to open presents.

When we finally pull ourselves from our warm beds, we cook a delicious breakfast of bacon, potatoes, fresh fruit, and homemade waffles.

We eat together, do the dishes, and (finally) open presents one at a time.

I associate Christmas with homemade waffles, but a lot of people consider December the month of cookies.


Friends exchange cookies as presents.  Because of family traditions, children decorate sugar cookies to look like Christmas trees and snowmen.  Families bake cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve.

In celebration of Christmas, I combined these two Christmas treats and created…



  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 banana, mashed
  • 1/4 tbs honey
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 tbs coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 tbs Blind Spot Shortbread Cookie blended nut butter


  • Whisk dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt) together in a small bowl
  • In a food processor, combine wet ingredients (banana, honey, milk, oil, and nut butter).
  • Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients
  • Preheat waffle iron and coat with nonstick spay. Pour batter into prepared iron and cook 1.5 – 2 minutes.
  • Top with the Oatmeal Artist’s Chocolate Sauce and sprinkles.
  • Eat and enjoy (or leave out for Santa)


Cookie Critique: Sheetz

Cookie Critique: Sheetz


Sometimes you need a cookie the size of your face.

On Monday afternoon, I ate 2 cookies the size of my face.

I blame my love of a bargain.  Oatmeal Craisin Cookies at Sheetz were $2 for two cookies or $1.65 for one cookie, so it only made sense to get two.

And once you eat one, the other would be lonely without a friend, so I had to eat them both.

Really, it was very humanitarian of me to eat two cookies.


Appearance: 4 – behold the massive, golden, round cookie!

Texture: 1.5 – it was moist, but I am not sure that the center was completely cooked.  It was more the texture of a really thin cupcake.

Taste: 1 – WWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYY too sweet…but I still managed to eat two of them, so take my opinion with a grain of salt 🙂

Total: 6.5


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Cookie Critique:  Starbucks

Cookie Critique:  Starbucks


Last week, two facts were sure:

1. It was time for another cookie critique.

2. I was treating a dorm-mate to Starbucks at the end of the week.

In my mind, everything was aligning perfectly.

That ended when I walked into Starbucks. There were no cookies in their display case! 😳

So I made a special trip to Duncan Donuts a few days later only to learn that my local Duncan Donuts doesn’t sell oatmeal cookies! 😢

Thank you, Mom, for making a quick stop by the school after your Bible study to bring me Starbuck’s last oatmeal raisin cookie. You are a Godsend.

In the comfort of my dorm room, I made the following critique.

Appearance:  cookiejudging

Appearance:  2.5 – It wasn’t a perfect circle, and the raisins were not evenly distributed.

Texture: 3 – I know that my scoring only goes up to 2 points for texture, but this cookie was honestly perfect.  It was so soft that it earned bonus points!

Taste: 2.5 – it tasted like coffee. No joke.  other than that, it was delicious, wholesome and consistent.

Final score: 8 out of 10

Cookie Critiques: Firehouse Subs

Cookie Critiques: Firehouse Subs


It’s been a few months since I taste-tested a new fast food oatmeal cookie.  It’s time to take care of that!


My latest victim was Firehouse Subs.


Appearance: 3.5  – The cookie was almost a perfect circle, and it had a beautiful golden color.  It was also easy to see raisins evenly spread throughout the whole cookie.

Texture: 2 – The cookie was deliciously moist and chewy.

Taste: 2.5 – The cookie was far from disgusting, but it was overly sweet, and it tasted fake.


Total: 8 – Overall, Firehouse Subs’ oatmeal raisin cookie is okay if you are just craving a cookie, but it is nothing special.


Top Ten Tuesday: Fortune Cookies

Top Ten Tuesday: Fortune Cookies

This weekend, I am starting my second summer of working as a camp photographer.  Unlike last summer, I have not pre-written posts to appear while I am gone.  Don’t be surprised if this blog is silent until mid-August.

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I am incredibly excited to see what the Lord has in store as I help a team of about 30 college students re-create camp at churches in Texas and Louisiana.  I know that the Lord has planned wonderful things that will shape the lives of the workers and children each week.

Although I do not think that pieces of paper can predict what the next few months hold, I have opened some fortune cookies with interesting messages lately.  Here is what some unknown writer thinks will happen to me this summer.


  1. You do not have to worry about your future.
  2. The skills you have gathered will one day come in handy.
  3. Traveling to the west will bring you unexpected happiness. (Ignore the fact that they spelled traveling wrong)
  4. You will be rewarded for your efforts.
  5. You will become an accomplished writer.
  6. You will bring sunshine into someone’s life.
  7. Your virtues are priceless treasures.
  8. The best teacher is also a student.
  9. Find outlets that satisfy your creative side.
  10. Your past successes will be overshadowed by your future success.

Camp in the City, here I come!

Irresistible Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Irresistible Coconut Oatmeal Cookies


Next to Christmas and my birthday, today might be the best day of the year.  Why?  Because today is National Oatmeal Cookie Day.


In honor of this wonderful holiday, I am going to share with you my recipe for Coconut Oatmeal Cookies.  In my opinion, these cookies are simply irresistible.


I must confess, though, that I have substituted one very important secret ingredient.  This ingredient truly makes the difference in the coconut oatmeal cookie recipe.  The recipe you see below is how I made the cookies one time when I was out of my secret ingredient.  They were still delicious and quickly devoured, but they were not quite the same.

You can guess the secret ingredient all you want, but I will neither confirm nor deny any guesses 🙂


Coconut Oatmeal Cookies


  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups rolled oats
    • 1 cup shredded coconut


    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit
    • Beat butter and sugars to form a cream
    • Add eggs and vanilla.  Mix well.
    • Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a flour sifter.  Sift into the egg, butter, and sugar.
    • Beat with a hand mixer until all ingredients are completely combined.
    • Stir in oatmeal.  To make mixing easier, I like to add one cup at a time.
    • Add coconut.
    • Form teaspoon-sized balls and place on an un-greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Let cool 1 minute on the pan before transferring to parchment paper.
    • Let cool, eat, and enjoy!



    **Note: Pictures were taken of a half-batch of cookies.