I just love cookies. Love them. I love all kinds of cookies. I love trying new recipes and I love the recipes that I have made for years. I love starting a batch of cookies in the afternoon so that the aroma fills the house just as the kids are coming home from school. I love packaging them up to give to friends. I love packing them in my kids’ lunches. They are sweet, they are tasty and they are portable. I have cookie moods. People often ask me what my favorite cookie is. It depends on the day!
Recently one of my favorite nephews stopped by with his wife for a visit. I have a real soft spot in my heart for this one. When he was younger he used to come and sleep over at our house. His ready smile and happy nature made him pretty easy to love. He’s all grown up now– tall, strong and handsome. When I see him and he gives me a hug, in many ways it’s much like a hug my own sons would give me…it’s a little tighter and a little longer and it’s packed with genuine care. At any rate, the other day he was visiting and before he left he asked me if I had a good oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe. We tried to define which kind of oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. Does it have cinnamon? Is it cake-like? Is it flat? Does it have raisins? I have so many great oatmeal cookie recipes, but this one is one of my all-time favorites.
This cookie is thin and chewy, no raisins and no cinnamon. Oh, it does have plenty of butter. Here you go, Brandon. And since a picture is worth a thousand words…
My husband likes to stack cookies…
and pile cookies. I kept telling him I needed them lined up nice and neat on parchment so that I could
drizzle them with chocolate. They needed to dress themselves up a bit because they were going to a neighbor’s house.I like using white chocolate for this as well. Do it or don’t–they are your cookies!
He laid them out for me on the parchment like I asked. I drizzled and when I turned around he had stacked cookies again. So I took a picture.
And because a taste is worth more than a thousand words, you should make yourself a batch. This makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies. Have fun!
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1¼ cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 2½ cups quick-cooking oats
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, cream together softened butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar.
- Add eggs one at a time until well-mixed.
- Add soda, salt and vanilla and mix, taking care to scrape down the sides of the bowl so that all ingredients are well-incorporated.
- Add flour, mixing just to combine.
- Add oats and mix on medium speed for 20-30 seconds, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
- Add chocolate chips and mix just to distribute.
- Drop by heaping tablespoons onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake 10-12 minutes in a 375° oven. (Mine took about eleven and a half minutes.
- Cool 2 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring the cookies to a cooling rack.
**I like to dress these cookies up a bit with drizzled white or milk chocolate. Melt chocolate in a seal-able plastic bag and microwave on low until the chocolate is melted. Snip off a tiny corner of the bag and drizzle chocolate over the cookies if desired.