Brent’s No Butter Christmas Cookies


I am almost 3 weeks out since I had my Total Knee Replacement.  I am just now getting where I feel like even thinking about posting on my blog.  It has been an experience to say the least.  Some days better than others …it seems like as the Physical Therapy progresses the pain afterward is worse.  Last night was a bad night for pain.  This morning I am not feeling as positive as I would like.  I have to remind myself to take this one day at  time and that I have a long way to go, but in the end it will be better and all worth it.  Please forgive me if I have not commented or liked your post lately …I am trying to get back in the swing of it all …taking some time.

The point to all of this is to say that I haven’t been baking or cooking at all.  I did a few post ahead of time, but other than that nothing.  My oldest son has taken care of me as he can in between work.  So for Christmas eve since I could not bake all the usual goodies, he volunteered to do some cookies.  He goes in the kitchen and ask, “Where is the cookie mix?”  In which I laughed in response.  I told him that I did not have cookie mixes that I made my cookies from scratch.  So as he set forth to do a cookie recipe, with my guidance, we realized we did not have any butter and were short on sugar .   So with limited ingredients, a little creativity and the magic of Christmas ….here is what we came up with.


They turned out absolutely wonderful.  Big, thick and chewy …just the way we like them. Some of the best cookies I have ever had and he made them, which made them so much more special.  The 13-year-old even helped mix the batter and prepare the ingredients.  To see both of my boys together in the kitchen on Christmas eve baking cookies was the best gift ever!!  So now we have a new cookie recipe and a new tradition.  🙂

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas filled with joyous moments of old traditions and new, family and friends to warm the heart.  To all my friends at Fiesta Friday, wishing you a wonderful FF48 and weekend.

Thanks for visiting!


Brent's No Butter Christmas Cookies

By:  Arl’s World



1 cup oil

1 cup brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 eggs

2 tablespoons cornstarch

2½ cups whole wheat pastry flour

1 bag (about 1 -1 ½ cups) chocolate chips

1/2 cup M&M’s


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together oil and sugars until smooth and creamy.  Add the vanilla, baking soda, eggs, and cornstarch, beating well to combine after each addition.  And addition. Add flour and beat until just combined. Add chocolate chips and M&M’s stir to  combine.  Scoop the dough using a medium cookie scoop (or a heaping tablespoon) onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 9 minutes, until the tops are set and edges are slightly brown.  Do not over bake.


23 thoughts on “Brent’s No Butter Christmas Cookies

  1. I didn’t know you had a surgery. Bad, bad blogger friend! Hopefully you’re on the mend and will be back on your feet soon. And these cookies? Two thumbs up! How beautifully you and the boys managed even without butter. Impressive! 🙂


    1. LOL, I know, I guess it would help if I would let people know these things. I think I was so nervous about it that it made it worse to talk about it. Now that part is behind me and my challenge now is making the knew knee work! Thank god for PT! Painful but successful! One day at a time here …but I am back in the blogging world somewhat and very good to see my friends at FF!! Thanks about the cookies …my son just knew they would not taste good without butter …he was pleasantly surprised 🙂


  2. I think the cookies look amazing, I have friends that have had knee replacement, it’s a long road but it is worth it. I do understand how you feel. I think the cookies look delicious and I love using oil in baked goods. Hoping you are 100% very soon. Happy New Year!!


    1. Thank you so much for the kind words of encouragement, it is much needed! Also for the compliment on the cookies …he just knew they would not be any good without butter. He was really surprised. 🙂


  3. Arlene,I am sorry to hear that you are having such a hard time after your knee replacement. I always tell my patients that rehab after the surgery is harder than the surgery itself! Just be patient and hang in there. Make sure you exercise Inspite of the pain. It is just a phase. This too shall pass.
    Get well soon.

    By the way, I made the same cookies couple of days back as my daughter wanted M& M cookies!:)


  4. Hope you are feeling better now Arlene! Take good rest k. When God has gifted you with such sweet children, what more can you ask for right! The cookie looks really nice. They did a wonderful job. 🙂


  5. So sorry to hear of your post surgery issues Arlene. In time, I’m sure you’ll look back and wonder how you survived it all. Good luck, and I hope 2015 is a good one for you. The cookies look amazing, and without butter? Even better! Best wishes.


  6. I loved your story about cooking with your boys. The cookies look amazing and I am sure your boys think they are just about the best ever. I hope your knee gets to feeling better soon. Rehab is hard work. I am glad you are back, and hope your Christmas was great.


  7. Take care and get well soon Arl 🙂 Just keep telling yourself ‘this too shall pass’. On the brighter side you have a wonderful son. That’s such an awesome gesture on his part. Good wishes to both of you 🙂

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  8. I hope you feel better. That is great that your soon baked these cookies. I am busy teaching my sons to cook, they say they don’t want to have to depend on anyone else to cook for them, when they are out on their own. The cookies look scrumptious!!!

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