Thursday, May 14, 2009

Oatmeal Chocolate Chippers

So last night I promised a trade off. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies for a Salmon Burger. Needless to say it was worth it! Lightly toasted bun, Avocado, Tomatoes, Spinach, Jalapeno cheese, portobello mushrooms and Miso Chipotle Sauce. YUM! But let's not forget, this post is about these lovely little cookies. First of all I have to touch base on how beautiful they were coming out of the oven. Perfectly round, domed, little golden bundles of nostalgia. The smell, the look, the taaaste. I'm definately one for experimenting in the kitchen but sometimes you just need to bake up a batch of the classic comfort food recipe. Get some vanilla bean icecream and layer it between two of these little treasures for a decadent, bite sized, tasty treat.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 tbsp milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups oats (rolled or "quick," but not "instant")
2 cups chocolate chips (about 12-oz.)

Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugars until mixture is light in color. Beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the milk and the vanilla extract.In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Either by hand or with the mixer on low speed, gradually beat the flour in to the sugar mixture until just incorporated.Stir in the oats and chocolate chips by hand.Drop 1-inch balls of dough onto the cookie sheet, placing about 1 1/2 inches apart so they have room to spread.Bake at 350F for 10-13 minutes, until golden brown at the edges and light golden at the center.Cool on baking sheet for at least 1-2 minutes before transfering to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes 4 dozen.

Notes:- If you chill the dough for about 30 minutes before baking, you will have a slightly puffier cookie.- You can substitute raisins for the chocolate chips.- You can add up to 1 1/2 cups chopped nuts in addition to raisins or chocolate chips. You might want to make the cookies slightly larger if this is the case.

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