A Christmas Reveal

I haven’t shared this with anyone—not even my mother—even though my friend Shevaun shared it with me without hesitation, and her Auntie Joanie has shared it with countless others. Selfish, I know, but it was my ticket to fame in Cowichan. For Christmas, what better is there to give than this?

Celebrity, I have learned, comes at a price. It put pressure on my friendships—their envy was conspicuous—and on my relationships with my family—I couldn’t make enough to satisfy them. I have been a slave to my success.

It’s lonely at the top because people don’t recognize how difficult it is to be a champion. Sometimes you just want to get back to who you were before stardom. To do so, I need to release myself of the burden of keeping secret one of the greatest inventions of our time.

Citizens of the Cowichan Valley and beyond, I give to you Shevaun’s Auntie Joanie’s three-time Cowichan Exhibition blue-ribbon cookie recipe.

I am free.

The recipe

1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 egg
1 1/2 cup flour
1 1/4 cup rolled oats
1 cup chocolate chips

Cream sugars and butter. Add soda and powder. Mix. Add egg. Mix. Add flour, rolled oats. Mix. Add chocolate chips. Optional: Add green and red sprinkles for a seasonal flare.

Roll into 1-inch balls and press a little to flatten. Place on baking tray. Bake at 350 degrees for 11 (ish) minutes. Cool. Try eating less than three in one sitting.

TIP: These cookies don’t keep fresh after baking for more than two days so freeze (on tray) then place in ziploc in freezer and bake as needed. Bake for 13 minutes from frozen.

Merry munching!


  1. Nice one…but I have no doubt that your fabulousness is the key secret ingredient that none of us could ever hope to replicate!

  2. whaaaat? Brilliant. But I must admit, just like Steve’s mother’s zuma borscht (translation: gold in your mouth) recipe she so generously shared with me, I have never made it because I prefer to be treated once in a rare while to that which she has perfected and I could never replicate. I will never make these cookies. Please keep baking and sharing.

  3. Finally, a Christmas present I can enjoy for decades…….plus, it should make me a ‘favourite’ for eternity! Many thanks for sharing….especially how to store and cook from a frozen state!

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