A few days ago I was in the mood for chocolate chip cookies. Typically when I make chocolate chip cookies I use either Nestle’s Tollhouse chocolate chip cookie recipe or Baking Illustrated’s Thick & Chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe. I love both of those recipes, but since I’m expecting, I wanted to try a recipe that was a little bit healthier, so I made these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies instead. In reality, they are probably not that much better for you (cookies are cookies after all!) but the fact that there is quite a bit of oatmeal in them does make me feel better about indulging in them. :)
These cookies are so delicious – I love the chewy texture and the oatmeal flavor really comes through in them. The secret to these cookies is that the oats are finely ground into a powder (instead of being left whole) before they are mixed into the batter. I really like how the oatmeal powder provides the flavor (and health benefits!) of oats but with a much smoother texture than other oatmeal cookies. I used semisweet chocolate chips in my cookies, but you could also use dark or milk chocolate, or omit the chocolate altogether and just make plain oatmeal cookies. I hope you find these cookies as irresistible as I do!
Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 ½ cups rolled oats
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder (add a pinch more for softer cookies)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 12-16 ounces chocolate chips (semisweet, milk, dark chocolate, or a combination – add more or less chocolate depending on your taste)
- 1 ½ cups chopped nuts (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line 1 or 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix to combine.
- After measuring out the rolled oats, place them in a food processor and process them until they turn to powder.
- Place all of the dry ingredients (oatmeal powder, flour, salt, baking powder & baking soda) in a separate bowl and whisk to combine.
- Add the dry ingredients to the mixer and mix until fully incorporated. Then add the chocolate and nuts and mix to combine. Place rounded tablespoon-sized balls of dough on the cookie sheets (a cookie scoop works well for this).
- Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees F. Cool the cookies on the cookie sheets for 2 minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Yield: Approximately 5 dozen cookies
Source: Adapted from a family friend
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