Tasting Tuesdays: Salted Vanilla Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Tasting Tuesdays: Salted Vanilla Chip Oatmeal Cookies

This post is sweet… and bittersweet.

Tasting Tuesdays: Salted Vanilla Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Sweet because of these cookies. They’re pretty great. Super sweet, tons of vanilla flavor, and a good combination of chewy inside and crunchy outside! And, bittersweet not because of chocolate (these are made with white chocolate, folks), but because I have some news to share.

Tasting Tuesdays: Salted Vanilla Chip Oatmeal Cookies

You’ve probably noticed that posts here have been a little few and far between lately. I’d been in a nice rhythm of one batch of goodies plus one blog post a week. But since I started graduate school (woohoo!), and have to do a lot of traveling for it–it’s one weekend a month in New York, one of my favorite cities in the world–I must admit baking has fallen a few notches down on my to-do list.

Tasting Tuesdays: Salted Vanilla Chip Oatmeal Cookies

I’m not complaining. I love school and learning and my program. I am not ashamed to tell you that even after just two weekends I am continually geeking out over things like imaginative education, visitor experience surveys, and good old John Dewey. It’s the best.

Tasting Tuesdays: Salted Vanilla Chip Oatmeal Cookies

But it does mean that my weeknights and weekends are full of reading and writing and emailing and organizing in a way that they weren’t before. One of my friends recently told me that she thinks there are only a certain number of things we can keep in our mind at one time–and it’s usually only what you can count on one hand. So true. And thus, to stay sane and happy, I had to take something off my plate!

Tasting Tuesdays: Salted Vanilla Chip Oatmeal Cookies

So, the news is: Tasting Tuesdays is, for now, on hiatus. (And though I’ll still be baking and blogging, the posts around here will be a little sparser too.) I can’t believe how much this little blog has grown over the past two years. Tasting Tuesdays has been, without question, one of the highlights of my year. It still blows my mind that the ladies at Anthropologie actually let me borrow a cookbook and share some treats from it once a month.

Tasting Tuesdays: Salted Vanilla Chip Oatmeal Cookies

So: A big, warm, heartfelt thank you to Anthropologie Milwaukee–to Shannon, Tera, Lyn, Kim and the whole staff for making my year a blast, filled with sugar, butter, flour, smiles, and giggles. For letting me sit in the Home section of the store once a month going through all the cookbooks. For getting me out of bed every third Tuesday of the month with the excitement of seeing what amazing display you’d dream up next. You’re all simply wonderful!

Tasting Tuesdays: Salted Vanilla Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Now let’s go make some cookies!

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Browned Butter Snickerdoodles

Browned Butter Snickerdoodles

There’s nothing like a snickerdoodle, is there?

Browned Butter Snickerdoodles

So sweet, super cinnamony, and using browned butter in your dough adds a depth and nutty flavor that makes these feel a bit more grown-up and special.

Browned Butter Snickerdoodles

My favorite part of this recipe is the texture. These are fluffy, caky, and chewy, with a crisp exterior. Definitely a new staple recipe for me!

Browned Butter Snickerdoodles

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