Saturday, January 8, 2011

Chocolate Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

As a cookie fanatic, I feel that we have been failing you, the reader, in some respects. We can talk about the advanced tactics in bread making all we want, or show you how to make a delicately balanced soup... but without a solid cookie recipe this food blog is lacking. Therefore, I introduce you to quite possibly the easiest and most scrumptious little cookies I've ever made!

Chocolate Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies!!! That's right, chocolate is in the name TWICE! The best part? It has a little bit of oats in it, so you can pass it off as a healthy snack! At least that's the excuse I give myself...

The cookies themselves are rather tender and have a slightly gritty texture (which sounds gross, but really isn't) while the oats give a nice textural change and provide a little bit of a chew. All in all, these are some quick and simple crowd pleasers. The recipe itself is adapted from epicurious and can be found here.

Chocolate Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes about a dozen

3/4 cups of all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temp
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons steel-cut or other type oats
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350F and butter a baking sheet. Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together in a bowl. Beat the butter in a separate bowl (an electric mixer is recommended to save you a lot of trouble) until nice and fluffy, then blend in your sugar and vanilla extract. Beat the flour, cocoa powder, etc. mixture into your creamed butter. Next, fold in the oats and chocolate chips.

When I made the cookies, I found the dough to be very crumbly. It was kinda gravelly... perfect for our gritty cookies! You are going to want to moisten your hands a bit, then try to compress the dough into small balls. Depending on the size of cookie you want, I might suggest around a big tablespoon worth. Also, the cookies are apt to REALLY flattening out, so if you don't want a thin and crispy cookie don't flatten them out on the baking sheet (or you could even chill the dough for a bit).

Bake for about 10 minutes or a tad more and pop em out! They may not feel very done, but they do stiffen up as they cool.

As I said, super easy and delicious!!!
Ith gu leĆ²ir!

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