There's nothing better than fresh oatmeal chocolate chip cookies from the oven. Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies remind me of home and the smell of a kitchen filled with loved ones. The texture of the oats with the melted chocolate is like heaven in each bite.
I'll be honest, I'm not a fan of the traditional oatmeal raisin cookies because the raisins just don't cut it for me. But if you replace them with chocolate chips, the whole taste changes. My favorite version of this recipe is with dark chocolate chips because the rich flavor of the chips pairs perfectly with the chunky oats. I also add extra salt to mine sometimes or sprinkle it on top to really compliment the buttery flavor.
Gooey Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
- 1 cup of butter, softened
- 1 cup of light brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup of white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoons of vanilla
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 2 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
Takes , serves 12 people.
- Preheat the oven to 325.
- In a bowl, mix together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
- Slowly add in the flour, baking soda, and salt and blend together.
- Mix in the quick oats and chocolate chips. You can use the electric mixer or a rubber spatula for this part.
- Scoop batter onto baking sheets, leaving room for the cookies to spread. I used an ice-cream scooper to get them all the same size.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes and cool on a wire sheet.
Why use Quick Oats?
I'd recommend using quick oats or old-fashioned oats for this recipe because they are softer and flatter, which incorporate better into a cookie recipe. Steel cut oats are a little but crunchier and don't work as well with this recipe because they are more dense.
The History of the Oatmeal Cookie
According to Food Reference, oatmeal cookies came from the Scotts. The Scottish had a treat called an oat cake. SpoonUniversity writes in this article that "in wartimes, soldiers would carry oat cakes to battle with them for boosts of energy during battle. The first recipe for these babies was written by Fannie Merritt Farmer in 1896." This is where the oatmeal raisin cookie recipe is said to have it's roots. Since then oatmeal in cookies has been used creatively in many different baking recipes whether to add texture, be creative or try and create healthy alternatives.
Try out this chocolate chip oatmeal recipe on the next rainy day, or bring them to a sunny picnic!