Turn Down Cookies

(Please excuse the quality of the photos.  I was snapping them with my phone)

I spent a fantastic week with my sister last month in the beautiful area of Branson, MO.  We spent the week doing all the most fun things related to Christmas time!  We went saw “Dicken’s Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” shows in Silver Dollar City. Then the Christmas show at the Sights & Sounds Theatre was incredible!  We saw dozens and dozens of beautiful Christmas trees and millions of lights throughout the town and in Silver Dollar City.  At the Chateau on the Lake, we ate an amazing brunch and looked at totally impressive gingerbread creations.  Then of course there were other music shows, restaurants, and of course lots of Christmas shopping.  Here is the gorgeous lodge where we stayed for the week!

Missouri 018Keeter Center at the School of the Ozarks

This place had the BEST service of any place I’ve ever been!  They really go out of their way to make sure you have every possible amenity and comfort available.  One of the most fun things that I hadn’t had before was that when you came back to your room at night, they left you a plate of the biggest chocolate chip/oatmeal/toasted pecan cookies I’d ever seen with a cute little jug of milk.  On the serving plate, they even wrote little messages in chocolate like, “Welcome Back” and “Sweet Dreams”.  Who can’t get excited about that when you come back to this gorgeous room after a long day of Christmas shopping, incredible shows, and fabulous restaurants! 🙂  Yes, I was SO spoiled that week!

Missouri 022Turn  Down Cookies & Milk provided as your bedtime snack!

Missouri 021Don’t you love those cute little milk bottles.  They have a working dairy on the college campus!

Now you may be wondering about the name “Turn Down Cookies”.  I have two theories about that.  It may be that they bring them when they “turn down” your bed at night.  But, my most probable theory is that no matter how full you are from dinner (not that my sister & I know from personal experience ;)), you cannot “turn down” one of these amazing cookies!

My sister asked if she could get the recipe for the cookies and surprisingly enough, they gave it to her!  I told you they had the BEST service!  When I came home and began working on my Christmas candies & cookies that I love to make, I knew I wanted to add this recipe to my list.  I made the dough, used a muffin size scoop (to get the size of theirs), and froze the unbaked dough.  Then whenever I want a few hot fresh cookies or a platter full, I can have them ready in no time!  Maybe I should surprise my husband with a little “Turn Down Cookie” on his bedside table soon!  🙂


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 3/4 cups oatmeal
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped & toasted



With a mixer, cream first 3 ingredients together.

Add eggs, milk, and vanilla, mixing well.

Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt.

Remove from mixer and by hand stir in the oatmeal, chocolate chips, and pecans.

Scoop into balls (in any size desired) and place on cookie sheet.

Bake at 325 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until lightly brown. (Note:  I had to bake mine a little longer than the recipe said)


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