Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies - Soft and Chewy Delicious!

This recipe is one I've had for years... and years... and years.  The little index card it's wrote on was wrote out and tucked away in one of my kitchen 'go to' recipe books sometime around 1995 I think.  It's one of the first 'really good' cookie recipes I found when I was a newly wed and it was so simple and so good that it's kept it's place in my main 'go to' recipe book since then, when most others have long since been traded out for others.

About 15 years ago when our family started to go sugar free, lower carb, etc. I stopped making these very often.  But I've never found an almond flour, xylitol based cookie that is quite as amazing and delicious as the good old wheat flour based chocolate chip cookie.  So once in a great while I give in and make a version of them.

Our wheat flour based cookies today are made with the whole grain wheat I grind myself.  (I buy non-gmo, whole wheat berries from an organic farm in Oregon).  Fresh milled flour works great in these cookies but obviously most people will use store bought all purpose flour - as I did, back in the 90's too.  I substitute a healthier non-sugar sweetener for the white sugar and the taste isn't compromised at all.  I also use sugar-free chocolate chips.  Play with the recipe to make it your own.  You can also add 1/2 cup chopped nuts or a grated chocolate bar or M&M candies as well if that's your thing!

I always 'halve' the recipe now as we don't have a house bursting with kids and their friends to gobble these all up anymore.  If I make a whole batch, they'll all get eaten alright... but when there is only 3 or 4 of us doing the eating, that's not a good thing.  Ha ha.

Best Cookie Ever - Oatmeal Chocolate Chip

1 stick soft butter
1/2 c sugar or granulated substitute
1/2 c brown sugar
1 egg
3/4 t vanilla
1 c flour (I heap mine a little)
1 1/4 c oatmeal - quick cooking style
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1/2 bag chocolate chips or sugar free chocolate chips
options:  a grated bar of chocolate, M&M's, chopped nuts, etc.

Mix the butter, sugars, egg and vanilla together until blended smooth.  Add the flour, oats and dry ingredients.  Stir till blended.  Add your chocolate chips and other options. Stir. Scoop into 1 1/2" balls and bake on a greased cookie sheet at 350 for about 6-8 minutes until the edges are starting to brown.  Let set on the pan for a minute or two to set up and then remove to a rack to cool.  If you over cook these by a couple minutes they will be crisper and harder if you wish.  If you bake for 6-8 and remove when they are just starting to brown, they will be chewy.  They are great the 2nd day and stay soft and chewy too!

You might be interested in these products available from Amazon, related to this post:

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AirBake Natural 2 Pack Cookie Sheet Set, 14 x 12in and 16 x 14in


Orange Breakfast Rolls (Orange Sweet Rolls - like a Cinnamon Roll but orange flavored!)

I don't like cinnamon rolls - I've never in my life had (nor craved) one of the oh-so-popular cinnamon buns they sell at the mall. I don't eat many breads, I don't usually eat breakfast... but OH HOW I LOVE THESE.

Play with this recipe - use your favorite dough or even a store bought bread dough you've thawed and rolled out.  You can also use fresh oranges for the juice and zest if you wish.  I usually just buy a can of frozen concentrate when I'm going to make these.  

Orange Breakfast Rolls

Dough: You can use a loaf of store bought dough, thaw and roll out to a rectangle approximately 10X15 or make a simple dough like this one; You can use your own favorite bread dough for these.  Here is a basic dough recipe if you don't have a go-to.

1 pk. dry yeast (about 2 1/4 t)
3/4 c warm water
1/3 c sugar
1 t salt
1/3 c oil
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 c evaporated milk
4 - 4 1/2 c flour
Real butter, soft
Orange juice concentrate
White sugar
Dried orange peel (or fresh zest if you have fresh oranges on hand to use!)

Dissolve yeast in the water in a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and knead either by hand or with the dough hook of your electric mixer. Use more or less flour so the dough is the right consistency and not too sticky or wet. Knead about 5 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, cover and let raise until doubled. Punch down. Roll out on parchment paper or a floured surface to form a large rectangle. Aim for about 16-18 inches across and 12-15 wide.

  • Spread with real butter (about 3 T or so)
  • Drizzle with about 1 T orange juice concentrate or use about 2-3 T fresh juice
  • Spread liberally with white granulated sugar or sweetener
  • Sprinkle with dried orange peel or with fresh zest

Roll up the long way. Slice into 1 inch slices and place in a heavily greased baking pan or muffin tin. I used a 'lasagna' pan which is slightly larger than the traditional 13X9" so I made 16 of them (4 across, 4 down). You could make it into 12 - 16 depending on your pan and how thick you want them. Place them into the pan. Cover and let raise in a warm place until double in size (about 3 hours). Bake at 350 degrees about 15-20 minutes until center rolls are done. If you want to make them ahead and freeze; let rise about 1 hour and then cover and place in the deep freeze. When you want to use them, remove from the freezer, let thaw and then let them raise about 1-2 hours past thawing until they double in size. Bake as directed.

Let them cool a bit and then cover with a simple powdered sugar glaze.
One idea is this;

1 stick butter
4 c powdered sugar
1-2 t dried orange zest
1-2 T orange juice concentrate or again, fresh juice if you prefer

Mix and spread on warm but cooled rolls.

Put into a greased bowl, cover and let rise

After rising and punching down, roll out to a large rectangle and spread with real butter
Sprinkled with dried orange peel

Drizzle with as much or little orange juice concentrate as you wish
Rolled up lengthwise and ready to slice into approximately 16 one inch slices to let raise and bake

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Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening System Promo Coupon Code, Contest and Review! #SmileFearlessly

An American Housewife is teaming up with a free whitening kit from Smile Brilliant for today's post!

Wearing the custom fitted whitening trays right now in this photo!!
The team at Smile Brilliant reached out to me last month to test their custom made teeth whitening system in return for my honest opinion. 

I am a coffee drinker.  Strong. Dark. Hot. Black.  And five (yes... FIVE) cups every morning, brewed at 6 oz. size. But that isn't exactly something I want my teeth to tell you when you look at me.  Although I use the store bought whitening strips about once a year, I've always wanted to try a custom made system like they advertise and sell at my dentist's office.  But I don't have that kind of budget.  When I agreed to give Smile Brilliant a review, I found a system to rival my dentists office - only this is one I get to do right in my own home.  (Professional In-Office Treatment vs. At-Home Systems.)

This is after only 7 days of whitening.


Before I get to the nitty gritty details for those who want to see the system up close, I want to get the coupon code posted for those who already know and love this product and want to order it themselves but were looking for a Smile Brilliant coupon code before ordering.

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I am also hosting a giveaway contest for my readers with an EASY entry system!  All you need is your first name and email. That's it - because no one wants to give away their personal information, right?  So click here to enter with your first name and email.  

The contest is for a $149 Smile Brilliant credit to get your own system like the one I used in the photos.  You do have to hurry though as the contest is only open for 1 week!  And for those of you in the UK and Canada... come on in!  The contest is open to the USA, UK, Australia and Canadian residents!


When you order your kit from the Smile Brilliant website, you will receive a box with

  • Whitening Gel 
  • Desensitizing Gel
  • Base and Catalyst (and trays) to make a mold of your teeth
  • The postage paid envelope to send your molds into the company

You remove the two putties and mix them together with your fingers until blended.  Place the putty into the mouth trays and insert them into your mouth and gently bite down to make an imprint of your teeth.


There's a pretty picture for you!  Ha. But I wanted to show my readers how to form the molds on your teeth.

Benefits of Custom-Fitted Trays

Pop your molds into the post paid envelope and mail it off.  Within about a week or so you will receive your custom made, see-through trays back.  Now you can start to whiten!  Simply squeeze the whitening gel into the tray and wear it for between 15 minutes to 3 hours a day depending on your schedule and your needs.

How to Whiten Sensitive Teeth

All teeth whitening systems usually make your teeth and gums a bit sensitive to hot and cold, so they also send you desensitizing gel which you put in your trays and wear for about 10-15 minutes after whitening.  You can whiten up to about 12 days with the amount of gel you get, but as you can see from my photos, I noticed an improvement in just 7 days.

You can keep your custom trays in the included special container between uses. 

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