Broken Cookies

Hold Me Close is the last of the O’Leary series and it’s hard to say good-bye to characters and a series you love. As I wrapped up everything for the O’Leary family, I needed one final recipe for this book.

When I had to decide what to make, I knew I wanted to go back to making cookies because that’s my favorite to bake. I needed something that would fit who Maggie is—someone who seems broken but is really made of good stuff.

The best thing about these cookies is that you can make them with whatever mix-ins you have on hand. My daughter and I made a batch of dough and then split it, each choosing what to add. Both batches came out great. Have fun with it.



1 cup unsalted butter

1 cup brown sugar

½ cup sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 eggs                  

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

2¼ cups flour


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt butter on stovetop until golden brown. Let sit to cool. 

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt.

In mixer, combine sugars. Mix melted butter into sugars. Add eggs and mix well. Add in flour mixture in thirds.


By hand, stir in your favorite combination of mix-ins. I used:

 1 cup chopped pretzels (I used waffle ones—they chopped easily)

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup toffee chips

Other options: pecans, walnuts, peanuts, white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips…anything that sounds good to you.

Scoop ¼ cup of dough and place on cookie sheet, 2 inches apart from the next scoop. These are big cookies. Bake for 15 minutes until edges are golden brown. Cool on pan for a few minutes before moving to cooling rack.