Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

16 Apr

There is something about Mondays that just makes you want to be healthy. It’s the start of the workweek—well, basically, the start of a new life! Try to look at each week like a fresh start. Like today is the day you’ll cross off that to-do list 1. Get out of bed. 2. Go to work. 3.  Come home. 4. Watch something uplifting like Dancing with the Stars. Or today is the day you’ll start exercising again. (Or preferably watch other people exercise on a show like DWTS.) Or hopefully today is the day you’ll be healthy…starting with these cookies. They have oatmeal in them, so they must be healthy, right?

In fact, here’s a little mathematical calculation that proves the healthy point.

One cookie weighs approximately 0.9 ounces. If our stomachs are the size of our fists, and when I push my fist down on my scale it weighs approximately 3 pounds, give or take how hard I’m pushing, then I can eat approximately 5 cookies because that’s how many cookies can comfortably fit in my fist. I’m really good at math! Hope you like eating these cookies as much as I like calculating how healthy they are.

Recipe from my dear friend Allison

Makes about 3 dozen cookies (depending on how much batter you eat)


1 c. butter, softened
1 c. brown sugar
½ c. white sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
2 ½ t. vanilla
2 ½ c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
½ t. salt
1 heaping c. old-fashioned oats (non-instant)
1 ½ c. milk chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and oats. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar for 5 minutes, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as necessary. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 1 minute after each addition. Add the vanilla and mix thoroughly. Mix the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture by hand, stirring just until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet, and bake for 8-9 minutes.

Baker’s note: I like to take my cookie sheet out a little early, and let my cookies rest on the hot sheet to continue baking for about 3 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.

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