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Home cooking: Chunks of Coal Christmas Cookies

January 29, 2013

In December, Clear Spring resident Lynn O'Neil entered Chunks of Coal Christmas Cookies in The Herald-Mail's Cookie Exchange Contest. Her entry was not selected to advance to the final round by judges, but it was distinctive —  worth sharing with Herald-Mail readers.

O'Neil wrote on her recipe card that the cookies were an unexpected treasure.

"I had this recipe for years but never made them," she said. "(In December), I made these cookies with my great-nephew Kyle."

She pulled out the recipe while preparing for an annual family holiday tradition. Kyle and his brother, Dalton, and their mother and grandmother — O'Neil's sister — visit O'Neil every year from Baltimore to make Christmas cookies.

"We spend all day Saturday baking cookies," she wrote. "We made 15 different types of Christmas cookies this year."

After a day of baking, it's time to relax, and the family goes out to see Christmas lights. In 2011, O'Neil's family went to Byron Memorial Park in Williamsport to see the light display and then hiked up to the barn to see the Charlie Brown Christmas trees. That was a hit.

"It's become an annual holiday event for my family," she said.

When it came time to pick a recipe to enter into the Cookie Exchange Contest, O'Neil said the choice was easy.

"We choose these to enter because you can't stop eating them," she said.

— Chris Copley, Lifestyle assistant editor



Chunks of Coal Christmas Cookies


18- to 24-ounce box brownie mix, plus ingredients to make the brownies per box directions

1 1/2 cup rolled oats

1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped

1 cup white chocolate chips



Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the brownie batter, according to directions on box. Add oats, pecans and chips, and mix thoroughly.

Put parchment paper on baking sheet. Drop batter by tablespoons onto parchment. Bake 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

Makes about 5 dozen.

Cook's note: These are dark cookies. Take care
— Courtesy of Lynn O'Neil of Clear Springnot to overbake.

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