Today we’re going to play a game of Mind Meld. Question: “What three associations to mind when I say the word, “Oregon’?”
If you’d asked me this question 10 days ago, my answers would have been something like:
- Oregon Trail. I mean, let’s be real here–who didn’t think of Oregon Trail lickety-split? Who among us can forget (am I dating myself?) that wonderfully pixelated covered wagon trundling along a two-dimensional river; your passengers dying of dysentery because you decided the “Rest for a while” option was for chumps; and the tiny box telling you that, congratulations, you shot 102938475 lbs of meat and probably sped up the extinction of wild buffalo species tenfold and oh yeah, you were able to carry back 2 lbs of it. Go you!
- Monopoly: Okay, so I thought I was remembering correctly when I got up to write this but apparently I’m crazy (surprise), because the classic Monopoly board contains no such thing as an Oregon Street. I checked this picture and the only states in the orange section are New York and Tennessee Ave, so what I thought was a lifelong association between the state of Oregon and the color orange is a complete sham and probably just a result of the fact that both words begin with the letter ‘O.’
- Quarters: Remember when they started minting those nifty quarters customized to each state? This one is Oregon’s and holy freakin’ bananas I think I just had an epiphany when I Google searched that.
But first, some photos of this amazing flourless peanut butter cookie dough–I’ll talk about it in a second…
Up until this moment, I never realized Crater Lake was on Oregon’s quarter. Do you all know what Crater Lake is? It’s this massively isolated lake in the middle of a c rater when a volcano blew up and collapsed in on itself thousands of years ago. There’s no flow of water in and out of the lake except from all the melted snow on the slopes of the crater, which means the water is some of the purest in the world and a fiery sapphire blue. It’s gorgeous.
I just got back from my first-ever visit to the lake and I’m still over the moon about it (as you can probably tell). We stayed at the Crater Lake Lodge, which is the only lodge accommodation in the area if you don’t want to drive two hours in and two hours out on the same day. We got up for the sunrises, which gilded the lake and set the whole horizon on fire.
Oh and my owl arrived–I found Hogwarts.
That’s actually the Phantom Ship island in the middle of the lake, which we reached after hiking down a mile’s steep slope of the crater edge–but a witch can dream, right?
Anyway, if I don’t get too ADHD and stuff, I’ll definitely tell you more about the trip in my upcoming posts!
But now, let’s talk about these cookies…
These are DREAM cookies: gluten-free, 5 ingredients, and a whopping 20 minutes from start to finish. Plus, they were so good that everyone who tried them clamored for them to be sold. I think they might even rival my other favorite peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe, which is saying a LOT because they have been selling like wildfire in bake sales AND they are the most popular recipe to date on Wallflour Girl. Score!
Probably my favorite part about these cookies, though, is that they’re for a great cause. When OXO offered to send a set of cookie cookware to benefit Cookies for Kids Cancer, I knew I needed in. The campaign was started by two OXO folks who were inspired by their two-year old son’s battle with cancer to make–and bake–a difference.
I knew I was supporting a great cause, but when my package arrived in the mail, I was floored by the quality of the tools I received–and trust me, I’m not just saying that.
I don’t own many top-quality baking tools because the dollar store is secretly my BFF, but I received the drop cookie set and would buy it again in a heartbeat. This is the first time I didn’t have to struggle with sloppy, lopsided balls of dough that stick to the spoon–and believe me, this dough is a sticky one!
Want to bake a difference? Great news!
For every stickered item sold, OXO will donate 25 cents in support of pediatric cancer research as part of its $100,000 pledge to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. (Look for specially marked OXO products at participating retailers.)
You can find a list of these marked products here.
Having trouble finding a store that stocks these awesome #oxogoodcookies products? No problem! Use this store locator to find the shop nearest to you.
Once you’ve grabbed your stickered OXO cookie-making tools, feel free to sit back, relax, and feel good about yourself while enjoying a tall glass of milk with these awesome cookies. Maybe give yourself a high five, too.
Goodness knows you deserve it.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I received no paid compensation and was selected to be part of OXO’s Blogger Outreach program, for which I received a drop cookie box set to use in the making of these cookies. All opinions in this post are mine–because yes, I do think this is a darn tootin’ good cause!
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- 1 cup peanut butter (store-bought, not homemade)
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (optional)
- 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together peanut butter and brown sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add baking soda, then fold in chocolate chips.
- Scoop out dough by tablespoonfuls (I used the OXO cookie scoop pictured above) and drop onto prepared cookie sheet.
- Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, until edges have set and turned a light golden color.