I recently had a baby.

He was born on Monday, March 28th. I was home from the hospital by Wednesday, March 30th.

I had baked a batch of cookies by noon on March 31st.

I am definitely a crazy obsessed baker. And not a very good listener.

But one thing I had done to make things a bit easier is to allow myself a few shortcuts. Like not beating myself up for using a box mix. Or frosting from a can.

I just couldn't stand for long periods of time, so if I was going to be doing any baking, I needed it to be quick and easy. (you might be seeing a lot of 'quick and easy' around here for a few weeks.)

Anywho, since I had to go back to the hospital on Friday, April 1st, for my follow up appointment, I wanted to bring a few treats for the wonderful staff at the hospital.

So I made these.


They could not be easier.


1 bag Betty Crocker Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie (Or you can use the plain Oatmeal Cookie)


1 bag Peanut Butter Cookie


Any additional sweets of choice. In the past I have added caramel bits, heath, more peanut butter, gourmet chocolate, cranberries, etc. The sky is the limit! (The link also goes to a 'from scratch' recipe if you are opposed to the semi homemade version)

For these cookies I added:

1 container blue M&M's (For our baby boy!)

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup white chocolate chips


I put a few dozen cookies into cellophane bags for all the nurses and doctors who were so kind and helpful to me. Thank you all!

But I also saved a few for my family and for guests… cause these cookies are good.

Like, seriously, amazingly, wonderfully good.

Probably my favorite cookies besides sugar cookies. Probably the easiest cookie I have ever made.

Probably going to be made many, many more times in this house.


You gotta try them.

You wont be disappointed.

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Meet Amanda Rettke

Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. I love how easy these are…I also love that you are as obsessed with baking as I am! I know I would’ve done the exact same thing! Congrats again, Amanda!

  2. I’d like to know where you get your energy! With a brand new baby, wow! These are so fun – I love the blue M&M’s!!!

  3. Cool. Thanks for the permission slip to go pre-mix! Us bakers need a reminder every once in a while! And congratulations on the arrival of your new little guy!

  4. Congratulations !! These cookies look beautiful 🙂 Blessings to you and your family at this precious time 🙂 xx

  5. Seriously, Amanda, I don’t know how you are finding the time to turn out all these fab treats with a newborn, but I’m selfishly not complaining!
    This make want like a dozen or more!

  6. you had a baby, is that like a secret you have been keeping. i am so excited for you and I love there cookies

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