Sunday, October 19, 2014

Cooking Cove: Cookies!

When Adam wants cookies, these are what he craves. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, just like his mom used to make. The only thing I switched was Crisco for real butter. I also make sure my ingredients are all at room temperature. I heard somewhere along the way that room temperature eggs, butter, and ingredients in general are best for baking. Not sure if this has been scientifically or culinarily proven, but I do it.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour (all purpose, I use unbleached)
1 cup rolled oats (or a tad more if you prefer it extra oaty)
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
12 ounce package of semisweet chocolate chips

Beat butter and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat some more.

In a separate smaller bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt, and oats. Here I sometimes add a dash of cinnamon or allspice, depending on how I feel. 

Gradually add flour mixture to butter and sugar mixture with a beater. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop onto lightly greased cookie sheets (I made these ginormous). 

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-14 minutes. Watch out! These are best just golden around the edges and a little chewy in the center. Cool on wire racks.

As mentioned previously, my hubby is a purist and likes these just the way they are but sometimes I take half the dough and add in my own things like chopped Twix or Snickers or Heath bars. If he knew I add a bit of cinnamon to his Mom's recipe he might revolt. But the secret is safe. Hee hee hee

Do you have a favorite cookie recipe? I would love to have it! Christmas is creeping around the corner and cookies will be churned out.

We are off to watch the Cleveland Browns play the Jacksonville Jags today in Jacksonville. About a 3 hour drive from where we live. Adam will be rooting for his Browns. I hope for his sake, they win.


  1. I know you like to cook with the basics and I'm glad you do. I was a margarine eater when I was younger. Manufactured fats are less likely to break down, which doesn't do much good when we eat them. (It's butter)

    With Halloween approaching, there are a number of things that have these types of fats. Anything in a wrapper that is chewy with fat, like starburst, skittles, 3 musketeers. I put a list on FB last year.

    Sorry for a soap box comment on a Sunday morning, I hope Adam has a great time at the game.

    1. I do enjoying using whole ingredients when possible. Butter tastes way better than lard anyway. Thank you for the link! I will read it tonight.

      I will have a hard time keeping hubs away from Skittles. Lol!

  2. Yum!! On regular day i am all about some chocolate chip cookies, but come Christmas time we make Italian Christmas cookies. They're more like little cakes with frosting, but a must have! Ill send you my recipe. :-)

    1. I would love your recipe!! They sound excellent. I know if you make it, it will taste awesome.

  3. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH JUICY J! YUM! I am going to make these soon, Josh might even like them (he's doesn't really like oatmeal, but it is my mission to make him a fan!). Thank you for sharing. These sound like a good Christmas exchange recipe, too! <3

    1. Start with half a cup and see what he thinks ;-) or finely chop them. I love cookie exchanges. I have done them the past two Christmases. How fun would a cross country cookie exchange be?!

  4. Oh they look yummy, but I've never been a big fan of oatmeal cookies. I think my hubby likes them, so maybe someday I'll give it a try again! I do love most other types of cookies, but chocolate chip are my fave! I don't have a cookie recipe to share, I just grab a bag of Nestle chips & follow directions! If you like mint, you should try the mint choc chip recipe -- so yummy!!

    Hope y'all had a fun weekend!! :-)

    1. Our weekend has been nice. Started out rocky with a sick child but she feels better now. I love looking on the back of boxes or bags for recipes. They are usually pretty good! Hope your weekend was good too.