Thick Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

14 Mar

In honor of National Nutrition Month, I’ve decided to devote all of my blog entries to healthier eating. I’m one of those people who has tried go for healthy eating (NOT a diet) in such an extreme way (i.e. eliminating too many foods that I love) that I quickly fail. This is my continual mantra: healthiness is moderation. The idea of balance, from the size of my food servings to the amount of sugar I consume, is how I check in when I’ve defenestrated any sense of control.

My first instinct was to not post desserts this month. Then I thought, ‘wouldn’t it be great if I could practice moderation by baking a somewhat healthy cookie?’. So I searched. I’ll be honest, it was a multiple-day effort. At the end of this mini-journey, I found Smitten Kitchen’s ‘Thick Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.’ The recipe fit my criteria:

  • not dry
  • larger proportion of oatmeal than flour
  • flexible with the raisin/chocolate chip/nuts/etc options
  • from a blog (supporting fellow bloggers is a recipe search priority)
  • thick cookies, none of that thin and flat stuff

Thick Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (adapted from Smitten Kitchen)

Makes 30 small cookies.

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
(optional: 1/2 cup of raisins/dried cherries/chopped nuts/other inspirations)

That's a beautiful, home-grown, free-range egg!

Cream butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla in large bowl until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir into creamed butter. Add oats and chocolate chips, stir.

Chill dough for about 20 minutes & preheat oven to 350F.

Spoon onto baking sheet. Bake until edges begin to brown (10-12 minutes). Remove from oven and let sit on baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Enjoy with milk or tea.


8 Responses to “Thick Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. Heather December 9, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    These cookies are now MY FAMILIES favorite!! we do choc. chip with a few tablespoons chuncky peanut butter!!! YUMMY!

    • Liz December 19, 2012 at 8:28 am #

      Glad you like them! Adding a little peanut butter sounds amazing.

  2. rsmacaalay March 19, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    Wow this is a great twist to the normal oatmeal cookies. They look so yummy and chewy as well.

  3. Megan March 18, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    I’m not great at going healthy either. But if I can eat these cookies, I think I’d be okay. They look chewy and delicious!

  4. Carrie von Glahn March 16, 2011 at 11:46 am #

    Smitten Kitchen is one of my favorite blogs! I’ve made so so many of her recipes. De-lish!

  5. Toni March 16, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    Oatmeal cookies are one of my favorites! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I’m gonna try making these! yum!

  6. Elizabeth March 14, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    Very cool. I had a healthy baking obsession back in high school. I would highly recommend trying a variety of flours. I always liked spelt, acts pretty similar to wheat. You could also try other sweeteners.

  7. mollyparr March 14, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    I LOVE oatmeal cookies, and these look absolutely delicious! Thanks for the recipe, it’s already bookmarked. Yum!

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