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Bake It Forward with Norah O'Donnell

Today's #BakeItForward celebrity supporter is Norah O'Donnell, mom, journalist, television anchor, and author. Norah and her daughter Riley baked oatmeal raisin chocolate cookies from their own recipe (see below).

“My daughter Riley and I made these delicious cookies for my husband and our other two kids, Riley’s older brother and sister Henry and Grace. We shared them with our babysitter, too! The individuals who help take care of our families—babysitters, teachers—are such an important part of our lives. And it’s so much fun to cook as a family.”

Inspired? Bake a batch of cookies like Norah did, and bake a second batch for a local charity or someone who means something to you. Deliver the treats and show them how much you appreciate them.

Norah O'Donnell’s Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients 1 cup chocolate chips 1 cup diced cherries 2 sticks of butter 1 cup of dark brown sugar ½ cup of white sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 eggs 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flower 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 2 cups of oats


Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until it’s smooth. Then, beat in the eggs, one at a time, and stir in the vanilla extract.

Next, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl. (I like to sift the ingredients together if I have time.)

Stir the dry ingredients into the butter and sugar mixture until it’s blended. Sprinkle in the oats, diced cherries, and chocolate chips, and stir it all up together.

Drop generous spoonfuls of the dough onto ungreased baking sheets, allowing a good amount of space between each cookie.

Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe courtesy of Norah O'Donnell