Contractor Cookies [and Bathroom Pics]

Contractor Cookies from thelunchboxseason

Last week, we baked up a few batches of cookies to give to our contractors for all of the hard work they did on the bathroom. Barring the glass work [window and shower enclosure] which must, of necessity, come afterward, it took a mere nine working days for them to gut, replumb, tile and install our bathroom.  We made our favourite cookie meteors, a toffe-bit-less version of our chewy chocolate chip toffee bit cookies, and a new fave, here dubbed “Contractor Cookies,” a peanut butter oatmeal cookie with coconut and butterscotch chips. I have no idea what the guys thought of any of the treats [next time, just buy beer?], but the kids were all over the extras. Tobes especially loved the new cookies!  So, here’s a recipe for what we whipped up, and, because of your demands to have pics of the room before we actually do any Lunchbox Season activities therein, a few pics and a video of the almost-finished bath.

Contractor Cookies from thelunchboxseason

Contractor Cookies

Author: Roseanne Carrara, The Lunchbox Season


  • 3/4 c butter
  • 1/2 c creamy peanut butter [we used natural]
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 3/4 c white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 3/4 c rolled oats
  • 1 c butterscotch chips
  • 3/4 c shredded or flaked coconut [we used unsweetened]


  • Heat oven to 350.
  • Cream the butter and peanut butter by hand or in a mixer.
  • Add the sugars and continue mixing until well combined.
  • Beat in the eggs and vanilla until just combined.
  • Beat in the flour and oats.
  • Stir in the chips and coconut.
  • Drop cookies by the tablespoon onto parchment-lined cookie pans.
  • Bake for 8-12 minutes, 8 for softer cookies [the kids tackled those], 12 for crispier cookies [these are the kind we packaged for the guys].
  • Note: The "soft" version may not look thoroughly cooked, but if you let it cool on the pan for a while before removing it to a rack, it should set fine.
  • Cool cookies on wire racks.
  • Enjoy!!

A few pics of the bath..[and here’s a link to our light-fixture how-to: KNAPPA LOVES MELODI ikea hack post]:
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And a NEW Video…:

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