Laura Bush's Oatmeal-Chocolate Chunk Cookies

A Presidential Dessert

GMA Recipes Dessert
Servings:Over 8
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

As the presidential race heated up, first lady Laura Bush and John Kerry's wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, competed for the title of best baker in Family Circle magazine's fourth quadrennial Cookie Cook-Off!

Laura Bush's Oatmeal-Chocolate Chunk Cookies were up against Teresa Heinz Kerry's Pumpkin Spice Cookies in the contest. Susan Ungaro, editor in chief of Family Circle magazine says she's pleased they decided to participate in the fun competition.

"We're delighted that Laura Bush and Teresa Heinz Kerry are putting their cookie recipes into the running for our fourth election competition," said Ungaro said. "Put your partisan preferences aside and vote with your taste buds. May the best cookie win!"


  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups light-brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 cups quick oats (not old-fashioned)
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 1/2 packages chocolate chunks (8 ounces each, 3 cups)
  • 2 cups dried sour cherries, coarsely chopped
  • Cooking Directions

    Heat over to 350°.

    With electric mixer, cream butter and both sugars.

    Beat in eggs one at a time, then beat in vanilla.

    Add flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and oats; slowly beat until blended.

    Stir in walnuts, chocolate and cherries.

    Drop by tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.

    Bake at 350° for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown.

    Makes 8 about dozen cookies.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: chocolate, oatmeal, butter, eggs

    Course: Cookies, Dessert

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