Cookies and Cookbooks

Contributed by CarrieAnn Frese

Know what makes a lovely gift this holiday season? Junior League of Annapolis cookbooks, of course! It’s the gift that gives all year round, again and again.

Spread the joy of Maryland’s Annapolis cuisine by sharing these recipes with friends near and far across the country. Start a new family tradition of baking cookies from recipes of fellow Junior League members or delighting friends at your next cookie swap.

JLA Cookbooks make the perfect addition to any occasion, whether a housewarming, hostess gift, wedding, or baby shower!

Get in the holiday spirit with this special cookie recipe from a Thyme to Entertain Cookbook. These delicious cookies are perfect to share with friends and loved ones all winter [and year] long!

Cookbooks available online at and at select retailers.

Junior League of Annapolis Cookies (p.147)

Makes about 2 dozen


  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) white chocolate chunks or chips


Combine the oats, flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl and mix well. Cream the butter and brown sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs, one at a time, beating constantly. Add the dry ingredients gradually, while beating constantly. Stir in the cranberries and white chocolate.

Drop the mix by teaspoonful onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly on the cookie sheet. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, then enjoy!