Thursday, December 15, 2011

Edible Giftable: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

photo property of Lisa Fain

Time for something sweet. I was thinking of these cookies, and looked back and realized that I posted about these cookies for the first time exactly two years ago. And I have no idea how many times I have made these cookies since then. Really, it has been a lot. This has been one of the ten most requested recipes of anything I cook, ever.

And these cookies travel well. The are not a flat or crumbly cookie. They are round and chewy and lumpy. The perfect type of cookie to pile into a waxed paper bag and a nice ribbon and gift to the people you are gifting nice treats to. 

I have made these cookies with only 1/2 cup of butter and 2/3 cup and sugar and even swapped 1/2 of the butter for a banana for fun. So feel free to adjust to what you like. Sometime I would like to play around with using maple syrup or honey as the sweetner- it would make for a flatter cookie, if prefer that- it may be the way to go- likewise go for a gluten free flour and make these work for you if you need that. Personally, I would sub in whole grain spelt flour for that.

Anyway, have fun with this one, they are some really good cookies.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
adapted from Homesick Texan

3/4 cup of butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup of brown sugar or organic/raw sugar plus 2 T. molasses
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cup of oats
1 cup of whole-wheat flour
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 cups of chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cream together the butter, sugar and egg. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
Place 1 teaspoon-sized balls of dough on a greased or parchment-paper lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes.

Note- if you dough looks too dry work in a bit of milk or applesauce until it holds together nicely. You can also substitute one of the eggs for applesauce- It keeps the cookies nice a moist and works out great when you thought you had two eggs, but you really didn't...

Makes 3 dozen.

Oh, and  let me know if you do make any other changes and variations- I'd love to know about it.

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