I don’t often cook, in fact I only really know how to make about a dozen things. That’s ok though since the foods I do make are top notch. At the apex of my culinary treasures are my oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, they’re delicious, they’re soft, they’re chewy. In short, they are the best cookies in the world. If I were a shrewder man I’d keep the recipe to myself, open up a shop in the mall and put Mrs. Fields out of business. I’m not going to do that though; I don’t like malls, customer interaction or applying for loans. Plus, I’m a bit of a commie and I feel my cookies will better serve the people if I offer up the recipe for all to share.
Before we begin I’ll let you have a look at the finished product. Keep in mind; these are the best tasting cookies in the world not necessarily the prettiest.
First, you’ll want to acquire the supplies below:
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1.5 cups white flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups oatmeal
1.5-2 cups chocolate chips
a cookie sheet
Ready? Then lets begin my illustrated guide to making some cookies that will blow your mind.
Set oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Mix sugars and butter together. You want the butter to be soft. I usually take it out of the fridge a few hours before I start making my cookies. You can microwave the butter but it just doesn’t work out as well.
Add eggs + vanilla, mix.
Mix in Flour, Salt and Baking Soda
Mix in the oatmeal
Stir in some semi-sweet chocolate chips I recommend between 1.5 – 2 cups. Mini chocolate chips work well too.
The finished dough won’t look like your typical non-oatmeal dough since there’s less flour in it. That’s fine and expected. It should look like the picture below.
I recommend 3 sheets of 12 cookies each, cooked one sheet at a time.
Depending on your oven and cookie size each batch should take about 10-15 minutes. I average about 12 minutes per cookie sheet.
Here’s the most important part of this recipe and where I usually lose people. You have to take them out before they look totally done. People who haven’t tried my cookies fight me on this, but trust me, you absolutely need to take them out earlier than you would expect. Judging exactly when is a skill but I’d recommend taking them out when you feel they could use another 3-4 minutes.
This is what they should look like when you remove them from the oven. Let them sit on the pan for 3-5 minutes and then place them on a flat surface. They will firm up, they will be delicious. This batch turned into the finished product in the top picture. If you take them out when they look done they will not be the best cookies in the world.
That’s all there is too it. A little time, a little faith and a big glass of milk later and you’ll be thanking me.
If you liked these, which you do, you should try out my chocolate covered peanut butter balls.
1-22-08: Just passed 100,000 unique views for this recipe. Not bad for 2 months.