Fabulous Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

This recipe has become my go-to for good cookies.  Without fail, they always turn out great and the recipe is so versatile that it can easily be modified to make even more delicious creations.  I like to use the same basic recipe but create variations on the theme by perhaps leaving some oatmeal still whole or less ground for more texture, adding in chopped up trail-mix, using only chopped chocolate chunks instead of chocolate chips, leaving out the chocolate shavings due to laziness, subbing in macadamia nuts and white chocolate.  You get the idea.

I got this recipe via a chain-email of all places.  Supposedly it’s the “Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe.”  I’ve never been to a Neiman Marcus and didn’t even know they do cookies.  I don’t really care about authenticity of origins, I just know I made it (minus the nuts listed in the original email) and it was good.  That’s all that matters.

If you make 1″ balls this recipe makes a LOT of cookies.  Let me stress that again, a lot, like 4 dozen-ish a lot.  It’s best to make a batch when you have people you can share them with, otherwise you should invest in a new wardrobe because they’re so addictive you’ll find you keep cramming them in your face until they’re all gone.

375 Degree Oven, 10 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 12 oz Chocolate Chips
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 8oz of Chocolate Bar (grated)*
  • 2 1/2 Cups Oatmeal (Blended until fine)**
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • Optional-Chopped nuts, or chopped trail mix (dried fruit is good too)

*The grated (or I sometimes use a good kitchen knife to “shave” the bar) is a nice addition that puts little bits of chocolate all through the dough.  It’s a nice addition, but can be time consuming and I’ve omitted it to no adverse affects.  Also, the original recipe calls for a Hershey’s chocolate bar, I’ve become partial to now using 5+ squares of Trader Joe’s Pound Plus Belgian Dark Chocolate.  It works best to put the chocolate in the freezer to firm up before attempting to shave or grate it.

**Turn the oatmeal into a powdery flour or leave it with some chunky texture.  Both work well.  I now use my coffee grinder to grind it, but my blender used to do the job and I’m sure a food processor works too.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 Degrees.
  2. Cream the butter and both sugars together.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla to the sugar butter mixture, stir until combined.
  4. Aside in a separate bowl combine the flour, ground oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Add this mixture to the wet mixture and stir until combined.
  5. Add in the chocolate chips, shaved chocolate and nuts or whatever else additions you want.
  6. Form spoonfuls of dough into balls and set 2″ apart on a cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes or until done.
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