Are you ever asked to bring refreshments to a concert, school or nighttime event, or even a party?

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When I think of refreshments, growing up it was always “cookies.” But realistically refreshments are something like food or drink, or a snack or light meal and drinks.

A few weeks ago I served refreshments at a table after a concert, and there was a large spread almost entirely of cookies!

Honestly, I have never seen so many sweets!

Some people bring homemade, some store-bought. Happily, there were also a few platters of fruit! Yes, glorious fruit! (Which, by the way, went very quickly. Many people want a more healthy snack, especially in the evening.)

So when bringing my plate of cookies, I added in fresh fruit. :)

That concert was a fundraiser for my daughter’s violin group she plays in, Siskiyou Violins, which by the way, they are playing in Carnegie Hall this week in NYC! So exciting … here’s a little clip of one of the “fun” songs they’ll be playing on stage.

Enjoy Martha Stewart’s cookie recipe, and also an idea for the next time you are asked to bring sweets to an event:

How about combining a little fruit on the platter with the treats?

Perfect idea for those who are watching their waistlines. It’s nice to have a choice to between sweets and natural sweets.

Do you take sweets or fruit when asked to bring a refreshment?


Recipe: Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies {}

Summary: Rich, soft cookies that firm up as they cool down. Delicious!


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces good-quality milk chocolate, 4 ounces coarsely chopped, 4 ounces cut into 1/4-inch chunks
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Nuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside. Melt coarsely-chopped chocolate with the butter in a small heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, or in a microwave on 50% power.
  2. Transfer chocolate mixture to a mixing bowl. Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla; mix on medium speed until combined. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture. Fold in chocolate chunks.
  3. Scoop batter, placing the scoops 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake for about 15 minutes. Transfer to wire racks. Let cool 5 minutes.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 12