Thursday, February 19, 2015

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


I just love cookies. The chewy center, the crispy outside and all the yummy things you put in the dough to really make it special. Not to mention the dough itself. Yes, cookies really make my day. Especially if they have chocolate in them.  I like to eat these extra special cookies with a piping hot cup of coffee that melts the chocolate chips.

This recipe is from a beloved cookbook. Looking at the pages, you can see my love is definitely a verb. I have used to cookie page on my Martha Stewart Favorite Comfort Food so much it is about to fall out. I took the oatmeal raisin recipe from this book and edited it to fit my cookie needs one afternoon. 

The oatmeal adds a really nice texture to the already delicious cookie and  chocolate chips. You will love this easy and delicious recipe, I promise!

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons milk
2 large eggs
2 cups old fashioned oats
12 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips

First, combine all the dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Set this off to the side. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until it is fluffy in texture and light yellow in color. Add in the vanilla, milk and eggs, beating well after each addition. 

Slowly add the dry ingredients in two parts. After the first half is combined, add in the oats and chocolate chips. Then add in the remaining dry ingredients. Martha says it helps all the ingredients distribute evenly. I don't pretend to know more than Martha, so I do what she says.

Chill this in the fridge for at least two hours or even over night. As you will notice, the dough will be terribly sticky and not ready for baking just yet. It feels like a long time, but you will make it through.

Once the dough has been chilled properly, drop Tablespoon sized balls of dough onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for about 12 to 14 minutes. You will know the cookies are done when the center is still puffy but the outside has a slight crispness.

Store these in an airtight container once they have cooled. 

Quick Tip: If you over bake your cookies and they are dried out, no worries! Add a piece of bread to the container you are keeping them in. In a few hours they will be soft and chewy again.


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