Friday, February 20, 2009

Soft and Oaty Chocolate Chip Cookies


My sister-in-law, Yvonne, introduced me to these wondrous cookiful treasures. She claims she owes the recipe to another family, but I will always associate them with her.

Why I like these more than the average chocolate chip cookie:
  • There are oats. But not so many oats they only taste like oats; enough oats to make them different.
  • They are easy. In fact, they are hard to get wrong.
  • They are fast. 7 minutes in the oven fast.
  • They are soft. Need I say more?
Ingredients:

250g softened butter
1 cap-full vanilla essence
1 egg
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 brown sugar
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups oats
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. I grab one very large plastic (microwave-safe) bowl, and only use the one bowl! (less dishes means better cookies). If the butter has been in the fridge, 30 seconds is perfect to melt and soften the 1 cup of butter (do it in this big bowl - don't dirty another!).
  3. Cream the vanilla, egg and sugars with the butter (I use a wooden spoon).
  4. Add remaining ingredients and mix with the same spoon (so now you've dirtied a bowl, a spoon, and maybe a measuring cup - nothin'!)
  5. Space evenly on two ungreased trays, dropping them on in spoonfuls or blobs (they've already got plenty of butter!).
  6. Cook for 7 minutes - even if you think they need longer. They should just begin to brown around the edges and show cracks on their surface.
  7. Remove from oven and squish down with a spatula (this makes them chewy and flat instead of soft and fluffy, as the baking soda ensures they puff just a little...ready to be squished!).
  8. Hide from husband and/or children until you have had your share.
Makes 24 medium-sized cookies...probably more if you don't eat as much of the dough as I do.

Variation:
I sometimes replace the chocolate chips with one grated apple and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, for a more hearty, wholesome-tasting cookie.

P.S. This post is dedicated to Mariah, who has been longing for some Subway-ish cookies.
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