It’s time to think CHRISTMAS COOKIES! Here’s a quick and easy, IC Friendly recipe many of your family and friends will enjoy just as much as you will. See if they can even tell its not made with chocolate or cocoa!


1/2 cup butter or margarine

2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup carob powder (Chatfield’s brand available at Harvest Health stores in West Michigan, or here at online)

1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

2 cups oatmeal (not instant)

1/2 cup finely ground almonds



  1. Combine butter, sugar and milk in saucepan. Let mixture come to a boil over medium heat, and simmer 3 minutes.  Remove from heat.
  2. Into saucepan mixture, whisk carob powder, then vanilla.
  3. In separate bowl, place oats and 1/2 cup finely ground nuts.
  4. Add saucepan mixture to bowl with oats and nuts.  Mix thoroughly, set aside until warm.
  5. Form into balls about the the size of a quarter in diameter.  Roll in granulated sugar.

Note:  If dough becomes too cool and turns crumbly, place bowl in microwave to re-warm.