Sunday, November 20, 2011

Almost Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 stick butter                   1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar        1 egg plus 1 egg white
1/2 tsp vanilla                 1 cup chocolate chips

Combine dry ingredients:
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups ground oatmeal
Dash of salt
Dash of cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder

I was looking to just make plain old, traditional chocolate chip cookies and found this Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe - it called for ground oatmeal (so I put the oatmeal in a food processor until finely ground). It gave the cookies an oatmeal-y taste though - and was definitely a noticeable ingredient, but they still came out good.

Cream the butter in a large mixing bowl and then add both sugars - cream together.
Then add the eggs and vanilla - mix together again. Mix on high for a good minute until the mixture is pretty light and fluffy.
Gradually add the flour (in 3 batches) mixing well after each addition. After that is mixed well you can add your chocolate chips. Sometime it helps to put your dough in the fridge to chill for a bit before you bake the cookies - I put mine in the fridge for a bit but didn't really have the time to wait and they came out good, so don't feel like you have to take the extra time.
Spray your cookie sheet with pam to be sure the cookies don't stick!

Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes - the original recipe I was looking at said 375 for 8 minutes, but I found that the edges browned much too quickly and nobody likes dry, overcooked cookies!

I also noticed once I started adding the flour that the batter seemed kind of dry - so I made an executive decision to add an egg white, which definitely helped. Don't be afraid to doctor your recipe if you notice it doesn't look right!

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