The Cookie Jar – Sandlake Cookies

This week’s “Cookie Jar” recipe is another good “Holiday Baking” recipe.  It is a fun twist on your traditional chocolate chip cookie with the addition of cinnamon, ginger and craisinets – yum! The dough also needs to be refrigerated so you can make the dough up ahead of time.   It’s also a great one for cookie plates or cookie exchange because it makes a lot.

I first tasted these cookies when hubby Jim and I stayed at The Sandlake Country Inn, a quaint bed and breakfast near Pacific City,Oregon -close to the beautiful Oregon Coast.  Not only did they serve us a yummy breakfast right in our room we were greeted by a jar of these delicious cookies upon check in.  They even gave you a little mini -cookbook of their favorite recipes when you checked out including the recipe for Sandlake Cookies!

The Cookie Jar – Sandlake Cookies
  • 2 cups butter (yes 2 cups!)
  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. soda
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups nuts (I don't like nuts in my cookies so leave them out)
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup craisinets
  1. Cream sugar and butter.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla.
  3. Mix in dry ingredients.
  4. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate.
  5. Roll walnut size balls of dough in powdered sugar.
  6. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Michelle in Roswell says

    I made these yesterday, and we loved them! My husband wanted me to make them with White chocolate chips, and I did, and they were sooo yummy! (I still want to try them with regular chips, too!)

  2. Diane says

    I just stumbled onto your blog while searching for cookie recipes. I stopped my search as soon as I saw your recipe for ‘Sandlake cookies’. Sandlake? What a small world. We ride quads at Sandlake. 😉 I’m going to have to look for the Inn that you stayed at, sounds nice. :)
    Merry Christmas!

  3. Laura Wellman says

    Hi Leigh Anne, Thanks so much for posting this. My husband and I stayed their years ago and got the cookbook too. My family loves these. We recently had to move and all of my cookbooks are packed away and my visiting daughter wanted me to make them, so luckily I found your recipe.
    Happy Holidays.



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