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What’s a first day of Camp Kawartha Summer Camp without a First Day Cookie?!

We’ve had a few requests for these iconic summer camp favourites and with the launch of CK at Home for Summer 2020 we wanted to share this recipe so that you can kick off Summer Camp the way it’s supposed to, with a First Day Cookie.

Ingredients (Makes about 36 Cookies – less if you like your cookies on the larger side)

1 & 1/4 cups of softened butter

3/4 cup of packed brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 egg at room temperature

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

3 cups of quick or old fashioned oats

1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips (or however many you’d like – measure that stuff with you heart)



  1. Heat oven to 375 F
  2. In a large bowl or a stand mixer beat together butter and both sugars until creamy.
  3. Add in egg and vanilla and mix until completely blended.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg
  5. Add dry ingredients to sugar and butter mixture, mix well
  6. Add oats and chocolate chips, mix well
  7. Roll dough into golf ball size portions, space out on a cookie sheets lined with parchment paper, press down slightly with the palm of your hand on the balled cookie dough for best baking results.
  8. Bake 9-12 minutes depending on your desired crispiness
  9. Let cool for a minute in pan then transfer to wire rack to cool completely
  10. Store in air tight container