Since sharing Floyd & Margaret’s storyhere a few days ago, their story has spread across the country. Most recently, the Today Show ran a story which included a mention of  Margaret’s oatmeal cookies as well as a link to my blog. (You can read my tribute to Floyd and Margaret by clicking here). Because of the overwhelming amount of traffic my blog is receiving, I thought it’d be appropriate to share Margaret’s Special Oatmeal Cookie recipe with you, just as Margaret did for us the first time she welcomed us into her kitchen:

Margaret’s Special Oatmeal Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (Margaret uses apple pie spice)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup butter (2 sticks) (Margaret uses margarine)

3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix the batter: Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk together the flour, rolled oats, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a medium-size bowl. Cream the butter and brown sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating on low speed just until well combined.

Bake the cookies: Drop the batter by tablespoonfuls onto a baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart. Bake the cookies just until lightly browned on the bottom and the tops are set – 9-11 minutes. Don’t overcook, or they won’t be soft. Let the cookies sit on the baking sheet for 1 minute, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container.

Makes 30 three-inch cookies

Re-printed from The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen.

Floyd always said there was something Margaret did to make her cookies so good and we agreed. They were most special when shared in Margaret’s kitchen.


Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.