Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Toffee & Coffee {and behind the scenes with Land O’Lakes & The Pioneer Woman}

chocolate chip oatmeal cookies with toffee and coffee

I thought it was high time I shared these Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Toffee and Coffee with you. I’ve made them several times since last summer, when my aunt June passed them around the campground on Father’s Day weekend.

My family stayed with my parents in their camper that weekend, claiming every last little bit of space available. Camping was such a regular part of my summers growing up, so it’s great fun for me to share that experience with our own girls, in the same South Dakota State Parks. My parents have made it a tradition to invite our family to camp with them at least once a summer, along with a handful of other campers inhabited with friends and family from home, and I’m so grateful for the memories these weekends of fresh air create.

chocolate chip oatmeal cookies with toffee and coffee

June makes these cookies with chopped pecans and toffee bits. My mom makes them without nuts and then doubles the toffee. And I seem to throw in whatever I’m craving or have available in the pantry. But how I’ve written the recipe here is how I like to make them when our pantry is full and prepared for a batch of these cookies. I like to incorporate both bittersweet and semi sweet chocolate chips, plenty of Heath candy toffee bits, and a bit of ground coffee beans. As time goes by, I find myself adding coffee in its various forms to more and more recipes involving chocolate. It’s a chocolate enhancer that has me hooked.

These cookies make me happy with all the fun goodies going on inside. Using sweet and creamy butter, plus just a touch of peanut butter, they have a wonderful flavor base. Add to that some oats and a variety of mix-ins, and you’ve got one batch of chewy and delicious cookies loaded with texture.

And speaking of butter…

Land O'Lakes butter

I am beyond thrilled to be partnering with Land O’Lakes this year, to be talking with you about their butter.

Land O'Lakes headquarters in Arden Hills, MN

Land O’Lakes is a farmer-owned cooperative and headquartered right here in Minnesota, less than a 20-minute drive from my home. And I was able to spend some time with them this week, what a treat for me!

Land O'Lakes test kitchen director Becky

Becky runs the show in the Land O’Lakes test kitchen, as its director. She’s been with Land O’Lakes for over 30 years (wow!), saying she started as an intern and simply never left. She wears a constant smile and is fun-lovin’, but it’s also obvious what a hard worker she is. I dare to even question if Becky’s dedication has something to do with butter being pumped through her veins…

Land O'Lakes webinar preparation

(photo by Johnna of Land O’Lakes PR)

But the main reason I was invited to spend some time at Land O’Lakes this past week? I took part in a webinar hosted by Becky and the one and only Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman. I must repeat…what a treat!

Land O'Lakes and The Pioneer Woman

(photo by Johnna of Land O’Lakes PR)

Ree deserves every good word I’ve ever heard or read about her. She is sweet and kind and genuine. And I can say that even after she purposely poked me in the leg a number of times. Really, though, that was my own nervous fault. She was just trying to get me to loosen up and relax, for which I gratefully took a few pokes for.

Land O'Lakes webinar

Johnna (left) and Allison (right), from Land O’Lakes PR, made sure the webinar proceeded just as they had mapped it out. They helped to put together a small group of bloggers – Julie from The Little Kitchen, Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod, Sommer from A Spicy Perspective, and myself – to take part in a series of Kitchen Conversations with Land O’Lakes and The Pioneer Woman in 2013.

Land O'Lakes webinar

(photo by Johnna of Land O’Lakes PR)

Because I live just a few miles down the road, I was invited to join the webinar live. Julie, Maria, and Sommer called in from around the country, and we all talked about this year’s predicted food trends with other fellow food bloggers and friends who called in. We’ll all be sharing more of that conversation with you in another week or so.

The Bachelor Farmer in Minneapolis, MN

(photo from

The grand finale of my time this week with Land O’Lakes and Ree was finally getting to eat at one of the hardest-to-come-by reservations in town, The Bachelor Farmer. I’ve previously tried in vain to nab a couple seats at the Dayton brothers’ (Governor Dayton’s sons) Nordic table, and now finally personally know why they’re so hard to come by. I’m sure this restaurant’s popularity has something to do with not actually offering lutefisk, although I’m certain this would be the place that could make it desirable. But Scandinavian cuisine hasn’t been so hip in this town since Marcus Samuelsson was in the kitchen at Aquavit, where I vividly remember sharing my first bite of foie gras with Blake, shortly after we were married.

As I finished each course at The Bachelor Farmer, my plate was left as clean as I could muster with the utensils laid in front of me. I dared not clean my plates any farther, but I desperately wanted to. Yes, I enjoyed every last bite. And I definitely want to return, to explore the rest of their menu.

(If you happen to go to The Bachelor Farmer, please pick me up a gallon bucket of those crazy good pickled shallots and a double helping of bourbon-pecan ice cream with date cake and warm toffee sauce. Pretty, pretty please!)

Land O'Lakes + The Bachelor Farmer restaurant + Ree Drummond

(photo by Jamie of Land O’Lakes PR)

The Bachelor Farmer’s space is wonderful as well. Housed in a historic brick-and-timber warehouse, the Daytons aimed to preserve its original character. We dined upstairs in the most awesome room. All four walls were covered in afghans! The quirky decor, created from yarn in all imaginable colors and geometrics, cozied up our meal and conversation that frigid night.

I WILL be back!

A big thank you to all the great folks at Land O’Lakes for having me, and to Ree for being so down-to-earth-lovely and poking my leg. (Really.) I had a blast!


Cookies (with butter!), anyone?!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Toffee & Coffee

Yield: about 3 dozen cookies

Cook Time:10 minutes

Calories per serving: 177


1-1/2 c. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1 c. unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/4 c. creamy peanut butter

1/2 c. sugar

1/2 c. brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

2 c. old fashioned oats

1 c. Heath milk chocolate toffee bits

1/2 c. bittersweet chocolate chips

1/2 c. semi sweet chocolate chips

2 tsp. ground coffee


Preheat oven to 350°.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter, peanut butter and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix until combined. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Finally, fold in the oats, toffee bits, both chocolate chips, and coffee grounds until just combined.

Drop dough by heaping teaspoons onto prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between the cookies. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cookies are a bit golden and the edges are set. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe comes from my aunt June Renelt’s recipe box, originally from Monty Rauser in the cookbook “A Colorful Taste of Shiloh” from Shiloh Christian School in Bismarck, ND. I have adapted the original recipe quite a bit.


chocolate chip oatmeal cookies with toffee and coffee

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