Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
How many times have you walked into a grocery store, found a great deal and stocked up only to find once you got home it wasn’t what you thought? I do it all the time; most recently with Oats. I thought I was getting the regular oats, but instead it was the quick oats. Talk about disappointing!
I had big plans to make lots of Oatmeal inspired goodies so I grabbed 5 containers of these. I donated 4 of the containers to our local food bank and kept one to “play with”. There was a recipe on the label for Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies – it had my attention. I did a little modification to the recipe to make it more of an Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies that suited my tastes.
The end result was a yummy combination of chocolate and oatmeal with a hint of cinnamon and cardamom. Cardamom in oatmeal cookies? Yes! Maybe it’s just me, but I love chai tea. Cardamom, even the slightest bit, reminds me of a tall, hot mug of perfectly creamy chai tea.
So, the moral of this story is that you can turn those mistaken purchases into something positive if you just believe (sorry – that’s my Peter Pan reference for the day.) John wasn’t crazy about these cookies since they were “more oatmeal than cookie” in his words. He’s use to the “Oatmeal Cookies” you buy from the store. You know, the ones that are more cake-like with an icing filling. Crazy man!
I know, I know – you want the recipe already – I’m just babbling on. Let me tell you how to make these delicious Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk cookies so you can make them for yourself. Find the recipe below and be sure to tell me what you think when you make them!
*Lesson: I think I’ve made it very clear that I’m a kitchen novice. I’m constantly learning as I go. Tonight the lesson I learned is that wax paper and parchment paper are not interchangeable. Baking cookies with wax paper at higher temperatures leads to a smoky, stinky mess in the kitchen. You’ve been warned!
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1½ cups flour
- 4 cups quick oats
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. cardamom
- 2 eggs
- 3 Tbsp. milk
- 1½ tsp. vanilla
- 2 sticks butter, melted
- 7 squares of baking chocolate, chopped
- Beat together the sugars and butter on medium speed until thoroughly combined.
- Reduce the speed of the mixer and add remaining ingredients (except the oats & chocolate.)
- Stir in (by hand, not with a mixer – it gets thick) the oats and chocolate chunks.
- Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a parchment lined cookie sheet (not wax paper) and bake at 375 for 9 minutes.