Earlier this week Ellen posted an amazing Carrot Cake recipe that reminds her of her Dad and her childhood memories. Today I wanted to share a recipe that I have made for my Dad for years, that is his requested birthday and Father’s Day treat. If you love chocolate like I do, you will be pleasantly surprised how much you will adore these oatmeal cookies, over a good ol’ chocolate chip cookie. The browned butter frosting on top of these soft, buttery cookies is totally fantastic! The frosting has a carameley-sweet goodness that goes great with the oatmeal and raisins. These oatmeal cookies are great on their own, but with the frosting they are over the top! If the man in your life is looking for a new cookie to love, this is the one for him!


Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Brown Butter Glaze
  1. 1 1/4 cup butter
  2. 1 3/4 cup brown sugar
  3. 1/2 cup white sugar
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 tsp. baking soda
  6. 1 tsp. baking powder
  7. 2 tsp. vanilla
  8. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  9. Dash nutmeg
  10. Dash allspice
  11. 1/2 tsp. grated fresh ginger (or use powdered)
  12. 1 1/2 cup oats
  13. 2 cups flour
  14. 1 1/2 cups raisins
  15. Nuts (optional)
Browned Butter Glaze
  1. 1 stick butter
  2. 3 cups of powdered sugar
  3. 1 tsp. vanilla
  4. 3-4 Tbls. milk or water
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat
  2. together the butter and sugars until soft and creamy. Add the eggs,
  3. soda, powder, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger until
  4. combined. Add the oats, flour and raisins and mix dough until everything
  5. is combined. Roll dough into golf ball sized pieces and place 9-12 on a
  6. greased cookie sheet. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes, or until the
  7. cookies are cooked but still soft (you don't want them overly cooked).
  8. While the cookies are baking, make the browned butter glaze.
  9. Glaze: In a sauce pan, add the butter and turn on medium high heat. Let the
  10. butter begin to cook and boil, until the butter begins to turn a light
  11. brown color. If you stir the butter with a spoon you will see small
  12. brown flecks forming in the butter. When the butter begins to turn brown
  13. you can remove it from the heat and whisk in the powdered sugar. As the
  14. powdered sugar becomes thick, add enough milk or water to make the
  15. glaze a drizzling consistency. Add the vanilla and continue to whisk
  16. until the glaze is completely smooth (no powdered sugar lumps left).
  17. Once the cookies are cooked, remove them from the oven and place on a
  18. cooling rack with a cookie sheet under neat (the frosting will drip).
  19. Drizzle the warm glaze over the cookies. Serve the cookies warm or
  20. cooled. Either way, they are delicious!
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Now, how could I let Father’s Day go by without telling my Dad how much I love him? I really feel so grateful to have such an amazing Dad. he was the father of four girls, born in five short years and somehow survived a house full of hormones, emotions, boy-craziness, many tears and everything girly. Not only did he survive, but he passed with flying colors. He has become one of our greatest friends. He has supported all of us girls in everything we have ever done and has been such a great example to all of us.


There are many things I love and appreciate about my Dad. However, today I want to thank him for teaching me the value of hard work. In a society of children feeling entitled, I am thankful he took the harder route and taught us that literally nothing in life is free. In fact, I grew up thinking my family struggled with money. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized my Dad was a very successful business man who didn’t ever hurt for money. I’m glad however, that he made us feel like things were tight. He lived such a frugal and provident life style. He taught us that material things and financial wealth isn’t what brings happiness. Although he could buy pretty much whatever material goods he wanted he chose to live in a humble, simple life. Because of his financial frugality he was able to retire at the age of 45. Now that Todd and I are creeping closer to that age I realize what an amazing feat that was! He taught us from a young age the importance of saving money. When we got our first job when we were 12 years old (we had to buy our own shampoo remember?!), he would help us divide up our earnings into 10% to the Lord, 10% to savings (for retirement–I think I was one of the few teenagers saving for retirement. It drove me crazy then, but now am very grateful). When I went away to college it was so great to have money set aside for all of the big dreams I had.

So, thank you Dad for doing the hard things. For not giving in to my every whim. For making me mew the lawn or vacuum out the car when I needed a few bucks. For not spoiling me, and for taking the time to teach me the principle that hard work brings success. Many of my successes from Deals to Meals I attribute to my parents.They taught me how to live a frugal, smart life. I feel it a blessing now to try and teach others these same lessons by helping them learn to make their money stretch, and that financial and temporal self reliance brings tremendous peace of mind. Thanks Dad, you’re the best!