Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

My friend Maileen made these delicious oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and I had to get the recipe from her.  I love how these cookies remain chewy, even after a few days.
I had the pleasure of baking these cookies in my sister's awesome kitchen.  It has beautiful skylights that let in so much natural light.  She has a deck outside the kitchen that overlooks a lovely pond.  The view is very serene and calming.  The perfect place to enjoy some delicious baked goods.

Raisins or dried cranberries can be used instead of the chocolate chips if you want to make them healthier.  The original recipe had a cup of walnuts included as well.  Oatmeal has many health benefits and is a good source of protien.  It has cancer fighting properties, can lower bad cholesterol and contains vitamin E and iron.

I took the cookies to a housewarming party and they were a hit.  People liked how they had the perfect balance of sweetness.

Ingredients
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 3/4 cups flour
3 cups oats (I used rolled oats)
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions
1.  Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Cream together butter and sugars
3.  Beat in eggs
4.  Add vanilla, baking soda, salt and flour
5. Mix in oats and chocolate chips
6. Place heaping spoonfuls on to baking sheet.  Leave space between cookies because they will spread in the oven.
7. Bake for 12 minutes.  Transfer to a wire cooling rack 5 minutes after removing from oven.  Let it cool on the rack for about 1 hour.  The cookies taste better the more they cool.

Makes about 40 cookies.  Keep in air-tight container for a week.

These oatmeal cookies are the perfect snack in the afternoon with a glass of milk or cup of tea.  You could even eat them after a meal for dessert.  They are very satisfying but it's hard to just eat one.

*Photographs by Kanchana Sundaram

2 comments:

marriedtoadesi.com said...

So happy you made these!!!

Anonymous said...

So happy you can bake these delicious delights- a well equiped kitchen certainly inspires one to bake I see! Any takers to design my kitchen ?
Amma

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