BHG Cookies and Bars

These recipes can be found starting on page 205 of the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook.


  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Grease a 13x9x2 baking pan and set aside. In a medium saucepan, heat brown sugar and butter over medium until butter melts and the mixture is smooth. Stir constantly. Cool slightly. Stir in eggs 1 at a time, and then vanilla. Stir in flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Spread batter in prepared pan. Sprinkle with chocolate pieces and nuts. Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean.

Calorie count: 157 per bar

Serves: 36


Oatmeal Cookies

3/4 cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugars, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon and cloves. Beat until combined. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add the flour. Stir in rolled oats.

Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 375F for 8-10 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool on cookie sheet 1 minute. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.

Oatmeal Raising Cookies: After stirring in oats, stir in 1 cup raisins or snipped tart dried cherries. Makes 54 cookies.

Oatmeal Chip Cookies: After stirring in oats, stir in 1 cup semisweet chocolate or peanut butter flavored pieces and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans. Makes 54 cookies.

Calorie count: 86

Serves: 48

LARGE oatmeal cookies: Use a 1/4 cup measure or scoop to drop mounds of dough 2 inches apart on cookie sheet and press into 3 inch circles. Bake at 375F for 8-10 minutes. Makes 10 cookies.

Calorie count: 415 cal per giant cookie cookie



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