Thursday, September 12, 2013

Friday's Faves...The Best Ugly Cookies You Ever Ate! (Flourless, Butterless Oatmeal Cookies)

If you are a regular reader/follower of my blog you know that we vacationed in southern California in August.
While there we spent a day in the wonderful seaside town of La Jolla.

On the recommendation of our daughter and of Foyer's travel books about the area,
we decided to have our lunch at The Cheese Shop deli.

We parked our car not far from the waterfront and walked to The Cheese Shop.
It was a lot longer of a walk than expected, and while the Hubs was wearing his Adidas,
I was in sandals that were giving me blisters.
When we walked into The Cheese Shop, we promptly walked back out.
(It's not known for its good looks, folks.)
 I decided that I hadn't gotten blisters for nothing, so we went back in.
I'm so glad we did!

The best sandwich of my life!
(And I'm no spring chicken!)
A lamb sandwich...yum, yum, yum!

Our kiddos told us that we must try their famous flourless, butterless oatmeal cookies.
We bought four of them.
They're ugly...they look like cookies that you flubbed up the recipe on,
you know, the kind that are flat and spread out a bit too much.
But then you bite into their chewy, caramel-like goodness, and before you know it,
you've eaten three out of four of them!
(OK, I know, but remember I had just been on a LONG walk and had the BLISTERS to prove it...
and I still had to take that same LONG walk back to the car.)

When vacation was over, I became obsessed with finding a recipe for those cookies!
The Cheese Shop guards their secret recipe quite well, 
but this recipe gave me the basic idea that I then tweaked until I think I just about have it right.

Beat three eggs.

Add two cups of brown sugar,  two tablespoons canola oil, a teaspoon of vanilla and a teaspoon of salt.

Add 1 cup sliced almonds and two cups old fashioned rolled oats.

Chill the batter to prevent the cookies from spreading too much.
Drop by scant tablespoons onto parchment paper covered cookie sheet.
(I only make 6 per cookie sheet because of the way these cookies spread.)
Bake at 350 in preheated oven about ten minutes until golden brown.
Slide cookies, still on the parchment paper, onto cooling rack when done.

Betcha' can't eat just one!!!

Well, it's already almost Friday, friends!
Have a HAPPY, HAPPY Friday
a BLESSED weekend!

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  1. These look so good! I will have to use gluten-free oats and make these for my daughter....and ok...I will try them too, but just to make sure they are not poison! (my famous line)....thanks for sharing!

    1. That's exactly what I say...I need to taste this to make sure it's not poisonous! LOL!
      So what makes some oats gluten free and not others?

  2. Yum! I'm going to send my sis over here for the recipe cuz she's doing the gluten free thing. Thanks for sharing

  3. Oh the cookies look so good. I am pinning the recipe so that I can try them!

    1. Let me know if you try them and what you think!

  4. Oh, yum!! Those look wonderful. And so does that sandwich!

    1. That sandwich was to die for and the cookies are addictive!

  5. They look delicious, and I pinned them to try.
    I also love the looks of that sandwich. Big, full, and soooo tempting.

    1. Can you believe I ate all of that big sandwich AND three cookies??? No wonder I can't lose the ten lbs. that keeps hanging on!

  6. The sandwich looks like ones we get at our local Jewish Deli - killer good! You can't go wrong with brown sugar and oats! They definitely look yummy...will give the recipe a try. Hope your feet have recovered!

    1. Beverly, I hope you give the cookies a try and let me know what you think!
      My feet are fine and dandy now. :)

  7. Haha! I can't believe you called them ugly. I think they sound great... maybe throwing in some chocolate chip cookies would pretty them up? ;) Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

    1. I don't think they'd hold the chocolate chips, the batter is pretty soupy. That's what makes them turn out chewy and caramel-y.

  8. Those look delicious! I'm going to try them. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  9. Mmmmmmm it looks delicious, I must to try. I need web designed company, becaouse I want to start a page for my job. I asked a web design company ELCO PLANET ( to develope the page for me. I can see your blog , can you please advice me about web hosting provider. Have you ever heard for offering hosting, alpha reseller hosting... ? thanks a lot

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  10. That sounds delicious!

  11. Anything with the name Cheese shop has got to be good. That is a lot of meat on the sandwich. Wow!

  12. Has anyone else tried the recipe?

  13. Looking forward to trying this recipe! This shop donated a ton of cookies to the first responders working the Woosley fire. My husband had one and came home bragging how delicious the cookies he tasted while on duty were. Good to know a small business like this does so much for a community several miles away. Can't wait to make these for my guy. Thanks for the recipe.


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