I made these one day when the guys were out cutting wood… cutting down trees… large tall trees! When your men are doing things like this THEY need cookies like this… and when your men are out doing things like this… YOU need cookies like this!
My dad was a lumberjack many many years ago… once a lumberjack always a lumberjack! I have seen him up in a tree like this several times and each and every time is needless to say a little nerve-racking! But after many hours in a tree, there is the cleanup below… the cutting and chopping and hauling off of all that TREE! Lots and lots of hard, long work. So a cookie, does not seem like enough, (of course it is not) but if you can make a huge batch of cookies with a little extra punch, it really helps!
I had never actually written down my recipe for these cookies (if you know me, you know I am bad about this because I put some of this and a little of that – whatever I have on hand) until yesterday. I have called probably 20 different variations of cookies “lumberjack” cookies of which were all pretty close but now these are pinned down as the true one-and-only “lumberjack” cookie. This recipe is now set in stone. When I make a different variation, they will have to be named something different I guess… but I tried to make these as close to what I remember them being originally several years ago and boy are they absolutely positively delicious. They will totally set your sail if you are into that type of thing.
Without any further delay…
16 oz container of peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
4 sticks (1 lb) unsalted butter at room temp
1.5 Cups sugar
1.5 Cups brown sugar – lightly packed
2 t vanilla
1/2 Cup ground flax seed
3/4 Cup oat bran
2.5 Cups white flour
2.5 Cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
3 tsp baking soda
2 tsp salt
1 Cup chopped pecans
1 Cup slivered almonds
1-2 Cups semi sweet chocolate chips
*you can half the recipe if you want… I usually make several so I can freeze some (they freeze wonderful) as they don’t stay fresh for more than a couple days
~ Cream the butters and sugar until light in color and creamy in texture
~ add eggs in one at a time, beating a few seconds after each addition
~ add vanilla
~ stir together, in a separate bowl the flours, flax, oat bran, baking powder, soda and salt and slowly mix it into the wet mixture
~ stir in the chopped nuts and chocolate
~ you can either bake these right away or refrigerate overnight
~bake at 350 degrees F for about 12-13 minutes. They are done when just a tiny bit of golden brown appears… just a touch. It is easy to over bake these.
At first glance, these almost look under-baked…
but they are not, I assure you! 🙂 Look at this…
and this… you can see the top does not seem very brown, but the belly is perfect!
Enjoy… and make these any day, any week any time, not just when there is wood cutting going on!