Shut your eyes and dream. What does your perfect oatmeal chocolate chip cookie look like? What does it smell like? And most of all, taste like?
When you imagine the perfect oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, do you picture a warm, gooey center with a crispy edge? Do you dream of the aroma of rich chocolate and toasty oats wafting through your kitchen? And most of all, do you savor the thought of that first bite, bursting with flavor and satisfying your sweet tooth? If so, then this is the recipe for you.
In this post, we will show you how to make the ultimate chocolate chip cookie. From choosing the right ingredients to baking to perfection, we have all the tips and tricks you need to create the perfect oatmeal chocolate chip cookie.
Here are the ingredients required for this recipe.
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1cup of unsalted butter - softened (if you've only got salted butter to hand, then reduce the amount of salt to 1/2 teaspoon)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
- 3 cups rolled oats (you can substitute rolled oats for quick oats as the last resort but don’t expect the same results)
- 1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
These ingredients are easy to find and won't be too heavy on your wallet. While you don't need to splash out for high-end ingredients, make sure to buy quality. Cheap chocolate chips and oats might end up affecting the overall taste and texture of your cookies.
So spending a couple of bucks more will mean that your hard work doesn't end up tasting just meh or, at worst, in the trash.
No fancy gadgets are needed for this recipe, and you'll likely have most of these in your kitchen already. If not, we're sure a friendly neighbor will be able to lend you some.
- Mixing Bowls - two bowls, one large for wet ingredients and one medium for dry ingredients.
- Wooden Spoon - Used to mix the ingredients together.
- Measuring Cups and Spoons - To measure out your ingredients correctly for the best results.
- Baking Tray - You'll need a baking tray lined with parchment paper or a silicone sheet for baking your cookies on.
- Hand or Electric Mixer - To ensure that the ingredients are thoroughly mixed together.
- Cookie Scoop or Tablespoon - For scooping out the right amount of cookie dough.
- Cooling Rack – For letting your cookies cool down before tucking them in!
As with any journey, in this case, a cookie-making adventure, we need to get prepared; having your equipment and ingredients easily on hand will make the process smoother and faster. After all, you want to be able to enjoy your delicious cookies as soon as possible.
Let's get baking!
Step 1: Fire up the oven and prep your baking tray
The first thing to do is preheat your oven to 350°F. If your oven isn't hot enough, there's a good chance your cookies won't bake evenly and will end up raw in the middle. We're not teaching grandma to suck eggs or bake cookies in this case (would we dare!), but messing up this first step will definitely cause problems later on.
While the oven is heating up, line your baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone sheet - you don't want them sticking to the tray.
Step 2: Combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt)
Gather your dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and whisk them together. Doing so will prevent the formation of lumps in the flour and ensure that the salt and baking powder is evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
Once the dry ingredients are well combined, you can set the bowl aside and move on to the next step.
Step 3: Make the cookie dough
In step 3 of the recipe, you will begin making the cookie dough by mixing together the butter, eggs, granulated sugar, and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl.
Blend the ingredients together using your mixer. Beat the ingredients until they are light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. This will get air into the mixture and help create a tender and moist cookie.
Once the butter and sugar mixture is light and fluffy, add the vanilla extract, molasses, and cinnamon.
After the wet ingredients are well combined, gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Mix until the dough comes together, and all of the dry ingredients are fully incorporated. Be careful not to overmix the dough at this stage, as it can make the cookies tough.
Finally, add those two essential ingredients; the rolled oats and chocolate chips.
Use a wooden spoon to gently fold the oats and chocolate chips into the cookie dough until they are evenly distributed.
And with that, your cookie dough is ready for baking!
Step 4: Bake and cool those delicious cookies
Using a tablespoon or a cookie scoop if you own one, drop spoonfuls of the dough mix onto the baking tray. Leave some space between each cookie, as you'll find they'll spread during baking. Bake them for 12-14 mins; the sides of the cookies should be lightly browned.
Once baked, remove from the oven and leave on the baking sheet for 5 minutes or so to allow them to firm up. Transfer them to your cooling rack, and voila, your delicious oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are ready to eat!
If you store them in an airtight container and hide them from any hungry hands, your cookies will keep fresh and last a couple of weeks. Another option is to freeze them for up to 3 months - just defrost them before eating.
So, there you have it - the perfect oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe is now firmly in your repertoire. Now that you've mastered this one, you can try out different mix-ins or flavor combinations - for example, raisins instead of chocolate chips or almond extract instead of vanilla.
Let us know how you got on and if they rival grandmas!