Menu Planning Monday: Week of 12/12 + Waffle Cookies!

Oatmeal Chocolate chip waffle cookies

Whew! We had a busy weekend and FUN weekend! My husband was in a show at the University and this last weekend was their final performances.We hosted a cast Christmas party – so much fun and the cast was SO appreciative!

It’s nice to host a party for a bunch of college students – they are easily impressed by us having over 1200 square feet, so many Christmas decorations up, and great food. We do NOT have a grand house, gorgeous Christmas decorations, and a TON of food, but I am definitely thankful for what we have!!!

cast party table

We had a table of treats upstairs and….

downstairs table

…also in the basement. I would say the favorite recipes were the Peppermint Popcorn Bark, the Pool family Cream Cheese dip (not sure if I have permission to give the recipe out), Tequila Grapefruit Splash, and these amazing Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Waffle Cookies (recipe below)!!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Waffle CookiesOatmeal Chocolate Chip Waffle Cookies

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs. firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1-1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Nonstick cooking spray


In a large bowl, whisk together all the wet ingredients. Then, stir in flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in oats and chocolate chips. Coat the grids of the waffle iron with a nonstick cooking spray.

Now you can either put aside dough (in refrigerator) to bake fresh later, or cook them up now!

Heat the waffle iron. Using a Tablespoon or 1/4 cup (depending on what size of cookies you want), scoop the dough to portion out a cookie onto each waffle square. Close the iron and cook and until cookie is set and beginning to brown, 1-1/2 to 3 minutes, depending on the heat of your waffle iron. Transfer the cooked cookies to a wire rack and repeat with the remaining dough.

I thought this recipe was PERFECT for a party. I just cooked up 4-6 cookies at a time, so that they would be fresh and warm when people wanted them. They were a HIT!!


Monday: Avocado Chicken Tacos

Tuesday: leftovers

Wednesday: Brisket Sloppy Joes (using the leftovers from last week)

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: Minestrone Soup

Saturday: Couple’s Christmas party – we are bringing wine!

Sunday: Beef and Bean Chimichangas (I’m doubling the recipe and freezing half of it.)


For more recipe ideas,visit my other Menu Planning Monday posts or Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday Blog Hop!



  • matt

    Best Christmas Party Ever

  • Laura

    Love the wine decoration! I WANT THE POOL DIP RECIPE!!!

    • BetsyPool

      I’ll have to ask for permission, but I will ask and get back with you.


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