Recently my mom visited my grandparents and since I know they all love cookies, I decided to send my mom along with some cookies. My papa’s favorite cookie is a basic chocolate chip cookie, which is great, but I always find myself always wanting to add a twist and try a new recipe. I found a great recipe for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies here and they add a dash of cinnamon, which my nana ended up loving! My papa told me he had to hide the cookies from my nana so he could get enough!
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (I used a mix of whole wheat and white)
3/4 cups rolled oats (old-fashioned)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/4 cups chocolate chips
optional: 1- 2 tablespoons milk, if dough is crumbly
– Preheat oven to 375.
– Beat butter and sugars with a mixer until smooth. Add egg and vanilla, mixing until combined.
– In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Slowly add this mix into the wet mix and beat on medium.
– Add in oats and mix until combined. If still crumbly, add milk. (I ended up adding 2 tablespoons, which helped tremendously).
– Fold in chocolate chips and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
– Set onto cookie sheet.
– Bake for 9-11 minutes.
Tip: Refrigerate your dough in between batches too to keep dough cool.
What’s your favorite variation on a chocolate chip cookie?
Whenever my Nana and Papa come in to visit, my Papa always requests that I bake him cookies. For some reason, I have an aversion to baking the same thing twice, so I am constantly scoping out and bookmarking new recipes I want to try. I found a recipe for chocolate peanut better filled cookies here and decided to try them out since I had all the ingredients already. They were very time consuming, but ended up tasting great!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Filled Cookies
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup powdered sugar
– Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
– In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
– In a mixer bowl, beat together sugars, butter and 1/4 cup of peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add in the vanilla and egg, beating to combine.
– In same mixer bowl, stir in the flour mixture, blending well.
– In a medium bowl, mix together powdered sugar and 3/4 cup of peanut butter. (may be difficult to get smooth)
– Wrap the chocolate dough around the peanut butter, pressing to seal. Roll the cookie into a ball. Place cookies on a baking sheet and flatten each cookie to about 1/2 thickness. (I used a mug which had a rim around the bottom, hence the weird round marks on mine).
– Bake for 7-9 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes, then remove and let cool completely.
The recipe ended up making about 24 cookies, but they were pretty big. Also, my photography skills weren’t the best on these cookies, so they might not look too great, but they definitely tasted great!
So I’ve been home from college for 4 days and my mom has already requested that I bake something. I decided I would start out simple using ingredients we had in the house and made whole wheat oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I found the recipe here and have to say they turned out great! I was worried they would be dry with only one stick of butter, they were still still moist. And since there’s only one stick of butter, oatmeal, and whole wheat flour, they may actually qualify as “healthy” cookies too!
Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp milk*
1 cup rolled oats**
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
– Preheat oven to 350 degrees
– In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
– In a mixer, cream together butter and 2 sugars for about 2 minutes. Add in egg, vanilla, and milk.
– Slowly add the dry ingredients (flour mixture) into the mixing bowl with the wet ingredients. (Don’t overmix!)
– Stir in the oats and chocolate chips by hand. Dough should look like this:
– Form rounded balls (a little smaller than a golf ball) and place on baking tray. (I put parchment paper on top of the tray to make cleanup easier)
– Bake 11-12 minutes or until slightly golden. Let cookies cool a couple minutes on the tray, then remove from tray and let cool completely. Makes about 2 dozen cookies (mine made 28).
*I used skim milk.
**I used quick oats, but old-fashioned would probably work well too.
They ended up being delicious! A great go-to recipe without any crazy ingredients.