Ski trip anyone?

by Grace Bonney

I was really honored when Design Droits-Humains asked little old me to be a guest blogger.

No one has ever asked me that before.

But then it hit me, what do I blog about?

I was thinking about this for several days, ideas came and went.

It wasn’t until I one day looked blank out the window at the snow drizzling down that it came to me.

Winter of course.

I will blog about the winter.

After all, I am Norwegian, winter is in my blood.

(I would much rather have sand and palm trees, but what can you do?)

When I was a kid my parents loved taking me and my sister on these long ski trips.

I totally hated it.

The only thing I looked forward to on these trips was the lunch my mother would bring.

Homemade cookies, hot chocolate and great sandwiches

It was the though of the lunch that kept me going.


They say all Norwegians are born with skis on their feet.

Well honey, not this one.

They must have been sold out when I came along.

Anyhow, my mother always made the best sandwiches filled with greens, chicken, avocado, tomatoes and always aioli.

But the best thing was her oatmeal walnut cookies.

So I would like to share the recipe with you guys.


Mom’s oat and walnut cookies

Makes 36

2 sticks salted butter, soft

1 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon vanilla

2 eggs

2 cups flour

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

2 teaspoons baking powder

3 cups oats

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350F

Cream butter and both sugars light and creamy.

Add milk and vanilla and mix well.

Add the eggs, one at a time, mi well between each egg.

Add flour, spices and baking powder.

Stir until just combined.

Stir in the oats and walnuts.

Use about two tablespoons of mixture for each cookie.

Roll it into a ball and place on a baking paper lined cookie sheet.

Make sure they are placed well apart.

Press the balls down with the bottom of a glass.

Bake until golden, but still a bit soft, 14-16 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack.

Photos by Studio Dreyer Hensley

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