Grandma’s Choco-Oat Cookies

I happen to have two grandmothers who in the span of two weeks, each produced a batch of strangely similar chocolate-chip oatmeal cookies.  There are different types of cookies, those that are light and fluffy and those that are thinner and crispier.  Some people have their preferences of cookies but to me, it depends on the mood of my sweet tooth.  Sometimes I prefer one over the other and other times, simply any ‘ol cookie will do.  Recently, I’ve been a fan of the flat and crispy cookies, especially those with oats.  Something to do with the crunchiness and extra texture. We always tend to use Quaker’s Instant Oats, but I’d love to find out how rolled or steel-cut impact the recipe.

On one side, Jamma had been in the mountains baking, so her cookies were affected by the altitude.  The altitude always seems to skew our recipes (often times for the better, so I’m not complaining).  She calls these cookies “Brian Head Cookies.”

A week later on the other side, Nancy had created a batch of oatmeal-chocolate chip-walnut cookies.  Hers too came out with a flatter consistency, yet not as crunchy.  We begged her for the recipe and after it made its way down south snail-mail style, Meghan took a shot at it. She achieved the thin, almost transparent style of cookie, but it wasn’t nearly as crunchy.  Reasons?  She took the trays out of the oven as soon as she thought they were starting to burn (the lower amount of baking powder contributes to the flatness) and we didn’t place them in the freezer (yet).  We are trying to bake our way to cookie heaven, or really just to build enough inventory to satisfy my dad’s work party this weekend.

My favorite ways to enjoy these (any) cookies: the cookie dough, hot out of the oven with a glass of milk, paired around a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, and did I mention just the plain ‘ol cookie dough? My other favorite way to consume the cookies is to eat them after I have put them in the freezer for awhile.  Let’s add it to the list of Kaitlin’s weird eating habits. I don’t know why but I love most of my desserts in frozen form, even cake. It makes it more fun to eat 🙂 Probably because it last longer!

Bake @ 375 degrees ~10-12 minutes (or longer depending on the consistency you want)
3/4 c flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c soft butter
6 tbsp sugar
6 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp water
1 egg
1 c uncooked oatmeal
1 c chocolate chips
walnuts (optional)

Combine flour, soda, salt, & set aside.  Blend together butter, sugars, vanilla & water.  Beat in egg.  Add flour mixture and mix well.  Stir in oatmeal & chips.  Drop by rounding half-teaspoons on greased cookie sheets.  Bake away.

If you are a fan of the Call Me Maybe spinoff videos, check out Sesame Street’s version with the Cookie Monster and “Share It Maybe.”  Personally, I think this is the best one yet!

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