In another season of life, I used to pry smiles out of my sullen piano students by pulling oatmeal chocolate chip cookies out of the oven. It worked every time. Chocolate chips are skilled that way.
Here’s a bonus tip for music teachers: eating cookies shaves a good 5 minutes off the lesson.
Since I haven’t tasted every possible recipe for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, I can’t really claim these cookies are the best. Except they are.
Here’s what I love about this particular oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe:
- It’s easy
- It’s chewy
- You have to double it, because you’ll regret it if you don’t.
What more can I ask for?
Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are best shared with friends or piano students, along with a nice warm cup of coffee. (Milk for the kiddos, unless you are looking for an easy way get fired).
To make the cookies, the first step is to cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Then you’ll take out your egg beater, and beat the eggs and vanilla until smooth.
When I lived in a cabin off the grid, I used a hand beater.
It was from the forties and very romantic. Now I use a very unromantic electric beater, and I feel no shame, friends, no shame.
I do, however, grind my cinnamon straight from the stick, and that’s a little romantic, isn’t it?
Then come the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon (store-bought is fine, don’t worry) and a dash of cloves. Mix it all together, then add your oatmeal. Combine your dry and wet ingredients, and now you’ve got cookie dough.
I usually try the dough at this point and tweak it according to how I’m feeling that day. Some days require more chocolate chips. Sometimes I am a cinnamon girl.
Now you’ll want to cover and chill your dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or so. It’ll help prevent the dough from spreading and makes for a rounder, thicker cookie.
If you love soft cookies (like I do), take them out after 8 minutes. For crispier cookies, let them bake up to 10 minutes.
- Don’t forget to double this recipe, especially if you have little ones in the house.
- Keep an eye on the cookies when they’re in the oven, and take them out even if they don’t look ready. They’ll finish browning according to their own internal clock, not yours.
- If you’re a music teacher, keep a warm cloth nearby. Sticky piano keys are no fun, even when your truly beloved – chocolate – is the culprit.