Looking for a recipe for chewy, gooey, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies that everyone will love? Read on!
We've all been there. You reach for an oatmeal cookie that you thought had chocolate chips. You take a big ol' bite, only to be unpleasantly met by something chewy and mildly healthy: raisins. It tastes just okay, and you will probably eat the whole thing. But now you're left wanting a chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookie for the rest of the day. You feel cheated, robbed, utterly bamboozled. And to make things worse, now you're craving chocolate.
When I was younger, we used the recipe on the side of the Quaker Oats container, and my mother knew: if one is to please the crowds, one must substitute chocolate chips instead of raisins. The delicious cookies never lasted long, two or three days at most. No one quite knew who the cookie culprit was, but my mother, with her cool, calm demeanor, would gently remind me: we can always make more. With that whole 42 oz. canister of oats, not only can you make more, but you can make lots of other kinds of oatmeal treats.
There was often much debate on the cookie's superior structural integrity: should it be chewy or crunchy? My father (yes, the same father who writes about Jaegerschnitzel and Cubanos) has been a life-long advocate of the crispy cookie. He always made me feel better about those cookies I thought were over-baked. They got the dad seal of approval: "No, really! I like them better this way!" Over the years, I realized he wasn't just being kind. He genuinely likes a crispy oatmeal cookie over a chewier one!
I've come to this conclusion: this world needs both chewy-cookie-lovers and crispy-cookie-lovers to maintain the perfect balance. I believe in a world where we can all live together in harmony and agree that chocolate chips belong in oatmeal cookies. Not raisins.
Check out my favorite Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe:
Enjoy these chewy and delicious oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!
unbleached, all-purpose flour
Room temperature. If you use salted butter, omit salt from recipe.
light or dark brown sugar
cup old-fashioned rolled oats
semi-sweet chocolate chips
Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a separate large mixing bowl using an electric mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until well combined. Mix in the egg and vanilla extract. Stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low speed until just combined. Mix in the oats, then the chocolate chips until just combined. Cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Place tablespoon-sized scoops of dough onto the prepared baking sheets (use a melon baller or cookie scoop for the best results). Make sure to leave a little room between each one. Bake in separate batches (keep the other batch of cookie dough in the refrigerator while the first batch bakes). Bake at 350°F for 10-13 minutes or until the tops of the cookies are set.
Remove from the oven and cool on the baking sheet for 5-10 minutes. Finish letting them cool on a wire rack.
Okay, so there are a lot of other cookie recipes to contend with. What makes oatmeal chocolate chip better? The oatmeal adds little fiber and protein to what would be a regular chocolate chip cookie! It adds some texture, and they're a little heartier. Nothing beats that homemade, gooey, chocolate-chip oatmeal goodness. And as always, they'll certainly be better than anything store-bought. No question.
What's my secret in my oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe? I always add 1/2 teaspoon of extra vanilla. A whole teaspoon if I'm feeling wild. It's my go-to addition when I'm baking anything. Chilling the dough is also a step I make sure not to skip, as it maintains a thick cookie that doesn't get too spread out. I also doubled this recipe because, well, I like cookies.
Try it out, and let us know what you think in the comments!