Thursday, December 16, 2010

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I wasn't kidding when I said I was in the midst of a cookie baking frenzy.  So far this week I've made ten batches of cookies, and these here my friends, are the indisputable champion.  These oatmeal chocolate chip cookies have won the hearts of many over the last few years.  The secret to their unworldly goodness is the ground oats.  It gives them a chewy, irresistible texture.  Add chocolate to them and they really are the ultimate cookie.

Some people will argue that nothing can beat the classic chocolate chip cookie.  Maybe not, but only if you've never tried these.  Not only do they taste better, and have a superior texture, the addition of oats ups the health quotient considerably.  Oats are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet, and baked into these cookies, well, they are just plain heavenly.   Don't get me wrong, these are still cookies, and should be enjoyed in moderation (if you can muster the willpower!) but I am satisfied knowing that they are more nutritious than most of their cookie counterparts.  These oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are requested more than any other I make and once you bake a batch, you will understand why.  

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 1/2 c old fashioned oats
2 c flour
1 t non-aluminum baking powder
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1 c sugar
1 c packed brown sugar
1 T vanilla
2 free range, organic eggs, room temperature
12 oz. mini chocolate chips

Pulse 1 c of the oats in a food processor until fine.  Mix ground oats, remaining 1/2 c whole oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl.

Using a Kitchenaid or handheld mixer, beat butter and sugars until fluffy.  Add vanilla.  Add eggs, one at a time and mix until incorporated.  Gradually add flour mixture and mix until combined.  Fold in chocolate chips.

Cover and chill 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 325.  Roll dough into walnut sized balls and place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with a Silpat.

Cook 15 minutes.  Cool on racks.

1 comment:

  1. having my son make these cookies tonight he as alittle upset because he's used to getthing the boxed mix told him were trying a new one, let's see if he'll like them :)