Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

The most requested recipe from my kitchen, these cookies based on a Canadian Living recipe. In fact John loves these cookies so much that when he became sick and had to change his diet, I adapted the recipe so that he could still eat them. I bake these cookies every weekend and they have become so familiar to me, I don't even need to look at the recipe anymore.  I often double the recipe to make about 3 dozen good sized cookies.

2/3 cup butter (use butter, it is better for sure)
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups quick oats
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup chocolate chips (I often use 1 cup)

Cream together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, and beat until well combined. Scrape down side of bowl. In a separate bowl, combine oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Add to butter mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop with a tbsp onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake for 10 minutes at 350. They last about a week in an airtight container, or you can freeze them. Makes 20 cookies (depending on how many you eat when they come out of the oven).

And you can substitute raisins, white chocolate, nuts, cranberries, etc for the chocolate chips-just keep the amounts (1 cup total) the same.

Be careful. These cookies have addictive properties and when used carelessly, will backfire on you. You may become a slave to the stove as your family members demand more. Although if a girl bakes them in the right time of the month, they do wonders to satisfy a severe chocolate craving.

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