C is for Cookies at Distinctive Inns of New England

Valentine's Day at DINE innsYou don’t have to wait for National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day on May 15th or National Cookie Day on December 4th to enjoy some of the best cookie recipes offered at New England inns.  Every day is cookie day at Distinctive Inns of New England DINE), where some of the best fall cookie recipes are offered up day after day.  Any of these recipes can be used for Christmas cookies to serve a crowd, and when you visit any of the 12 DINE inns for your next New England romantic getaway, you just might be treated to one of these cookies.  All off the DINE inns offer fresh baked pastries during afternoon refreshments, afternoon tea or early evening receptions.  While the treats may vary from inn to inn, you can be assured of enjoying the ideal fall foliage escape along with plenty of added treats at the Distinctive Inns of New England.

Yet if your plans for your next getaway are on hold for now, here are a few of our guests’ favorite fall cookies straight from the kitchens of Distinctive Inns of New England. And to view all the recipes featured in this blog, simply click on the Recipes button above in the nav bar.

Vivian’s Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cranberries and Pecans from Chesterfield Inn


1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powderCookies from Chesterfield Inn

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1  1/4 cup old fashioned oatmeal

1 cup toasted pecans

1 cup dried cranberries

1 cup chocolate chips

1 1/2 sticks softened butter

1 1/2 cups light brown sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together butter and brown sugar.

Add egg and vanilla, beat until smooth.

Mix together all remaining  ingredients in a separate bowl. Add to egg, sugar and butter mixture. Mix just until blended.

Drop by tablespoon onto parchment covered cookie sheet. Bake 15-20 minutes until lightly browned. Cool on pan then remove to a rack.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies from Captain’s House Inn

Pumpkin Oatmeal cookies from Captain's House Inn2 lbs. Butter

4 Cups Sugar

8 Cups Brown Sugar

4 Eggs

1 Tbsp Vanilla

8 Cups Mashed Pumpkin

12 Cups Bread Flour

2 tsp Baking Soda

2 tsp Baking Powder

2 tsp Salt

¼ Cup Cinnamon

1 Tbs Nutmeg

6 Cups Oatmeal


Cream the butter and sugars adding in the eggs, vanilla and pumpkin, scraping the sides of the bowl to incorporate the ingredients.

Sift the remaining ingredients and add to the wet mixture.

Make small balls with dough and bake.

Optional: melt white chocolate chips and drizzle over cooled cookies.

Makes a large batch of cookies.

Cliffside Inn’s Fondelé Cookies

Turndown service cookies from Cliffside InnThese famous fondelé cookies are a favorite in the evening and served nightly as part of the Cliffside Inn’s turndown service.  Enjoyed bedside or throughout the day!

1 cup butter (softened)
1 cup King Arthur unbleached flour
2 cups uncooked Quaker Old Fashioned Oatmeal
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda

Chocolate morsels for dipping


Put all ingredients into a bowl.

Squeeze, pound, mix, mash the ingredients. Make sure that all of the ingredients are incorporated evenly. At this point the dough may be wrapped up in plastic and refrigerated for up to 2 weeks until ready to bake.

Form the dough into 1 inch balls and place on a non-greased cookie sheet; approximately 2 inches apart. Use the bottom of a juice glass, dipped in granulated sugar to gently flatten the cookies until less than ¼” thick (thickness not critical…so don’t use a ruler).

Bake in 350 degree oven for approximately 10 minutes (a little less if the cookies are thinner). Allow cookies to cool completely before removing from tray (they will fall apart if not cooled or if they are overcooked).

Once cookies are completely cool, dip ¼ of the cookie in melted chocolate (melt chocolate morsels in a double boiler), and place the dipped cookies on wax paper or parchment paper in the refrigerator to cool.

Makes about 35 cookies.

Chocolate-chip Biscotti  from Gateways Inn & Restaurant

 Chocolate Chip Biscotti recipe 8 Tblsp. (1 stick) of butter, softened

¾ cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour

½ tsp. salt

2 tsp. baking powder

8 oz. (1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips


Using a paddle attachment of stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.  Beat in the eggs, then the vanilla.

Sift together the dry ingredients and add to the wet, mixing thoroughly. the dough will be stiff.   Stir in the chocolate chips.

Divide the dough into thirds. for each third, drop the dough by spoonfuls onto a sheet of plastic film (saran wrap).

Shape the dough into a log, about 2” x 10” x 1” high. Wrap the plastic neatly and tightly around log, closing first the long sides, then the ends.  Place in freezer for 10-15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees f. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, or aluminum foil. Unwrap the logs and place onto the lined sheet.  Bake for 25 minutes, until logs become lightly browned.  Remove from oven.

Reduce the oven heat to 300 degrees. Slide the paper or foil with the logs off baking sheet, and onto a cutting board. let cool for 5-10 minutes.

Using a thin, sharp knife cut the logs, at an angle into slices about ¾” to 1” wide. Slide the paper & slices back onto baking sheet. Lay each cookie slice on its side. Return to oven. Bake for 10 minutes.

Remove from oven. turn each cookie slice to the opposite side & bake again until golden for a final 10 minutes.

 Orange Meltaway Cookie Recipe from Rabbit Hill Inn 

Cookie Ingredients:  Have parchment paper on hand
Orange Meltaway Cookies from Rabbit Hill Inn2 cups butter, softened
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups flour (sifted)
4 tsp orange zest

 Orange Glaze Ingredients:  Make ahead and set aside
4 tsp orange zest
1/2 cup orange juice
2 Tbsp cooking oil
1 cup confectioners sugar

Glaze Directions:

Mix glaze ingredients. If needed, add more sugar to adjust consistency.

Cookie Directions:

Step one:
Cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla and zest. Scrape bowl. Then add flour. Mix until flour is incorporated.

Step two:
Roll dough in parchment paper to form a log in 1″ diameter. Chill the dough.

Step three:
Slice 1/4″ thick. Place on baking sheet (lined with parchment). Bake at 350 degrees. 10 – 12 minutes.

When cool, glaze with orange icing.

And don’t miss this important note from your friends at Rabbit Hill Inn:

“These delicate and delicious Orange meltaway cookies really do melt in your mouth. And for this reason, you will eat many. Be sure to make double batches. You can even make the dough ahead of time and keep it in the freezer. Enjoy the meltaway goodness!! Bonus note: You can make these in so many other flavors. So be playful with the recipe.”

Next time you visit one of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England, be sure to get back in the afternoon to enjoy one of their wonderful cookies or sweet treats.  To plan your next New England B&B vacation, simply click on one of the links below to go directly to the inn’s website.

In Rhode Island: Cliffside Inn in Newport

In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic

In Maine:  Captain Jefferds Inn in Kennebunkport & Camden Maine Stay Inn in Camden

In New Hampshire:  Manor on Golden Pond in Holderness & Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield

In Massachusetts:  Harbor Light Inn in Marblehead, Gateways Inn & Restaurant in Lenox, Deerfield Inn in Historic Deerfield and Captain’s House Inn in Chatham on Cape Cod.

In Vermont:  Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford & Grafton Inn in Grafton