Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

There are a lot of cookie recipes out there competing for our love, praise, and affection. I actually thought about that last night as I watched the dramatic season finale of The Bachelorette (part 1) unfold. Yes, I watch The Bachelorette. NO JUDGING! I don’t even care how staged and scripted it is….it’s just so addicting! I never really watched any of the previous seasons before, but now I’m hooked. Ben was creepy. James was fake. Anyone else think Des would’ve been great with Zak? Drew’s weird. Chris is okay, and he’s from my favorite city (Seattle!). And what the heck, Brooks?! So many thoughts.

Mid-commercial, I just had to get up and get a cookie.

Cookie recipes and The Bachelorette kinda have a lot in common if you think about it. I’m serious! You know that most, but not all, of the recipes out there are going to give you a delicious chocolate chip cookie when you’re done. But which recipe is going to melt your heart….huh? Which recipe is going to “MARRY” (…hehe) those flavors in harmony? Is there enough…chemistry….(I’m on a roll!) with the ingredients? Okay I’ll stop.

Ingredients!

So what’s a girl to dooo!?

How do I choose among all of these mouthwatering recipes? Well, I got a little crazy – I made my own recipe. I love to research a ton of recipes out there to get a sense of ratios (I’m still learning) and then I have a little fun. This is what I came up with, and it TOTALLY worked! Sean (NOT a Bachelorette fan, by the way) really loved them and went back for more. WIN!!!

Here’s the recipe:

*Pre-heat your oven for 350 degrees

1 & 1/2 cups – Light Brown Sugar, packed
1/2 cup (1 stick) – Butter, softened (please ignore how the photo has 2 sticks…not sure how that other guy got in there!)
1 & 1/4 teaspoon – Vanilla Extract
1 – Large Egg
1 teaspoon – Salt
1/8 teaspoon – Nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon – Cinnamon
1 teaspoon – Baking Soda
1 & 1/2 cups – Unbleached Flour
2 cups – Instant Oats
1 & 1/2 cups (less than1 bag) – Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

Step 1:

Mix the brown sugar and butter together.

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Step 2:

Keep the mixer on low, and add in the vanilla extract, egg, nutmeg, cinnamon, and baking soda.

Vanilla Extract

Step 3:

Replace the whisk with a more durable stir…er…(is there a better title for that?). Then, add the flour…stir slowly….then the oats….stir slowly….then stop.

Unbleached Flour

Instant Oats

Step 3:

Add the BEST part of this recipe!!!!!!! But stir it in by hand with a wooden spoon, otherwise the mixer will begin taking on a life of its own.

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Best part!!!

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Step 4:

Roll each piece to the size of a golf ball, and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet. Then into the oven they go! About only 10 minutes should do the trick. Sorry…I don’t have photos of this part because Sean’s camera ran out of battery. You get the idea!

They were out of this world. If you want to see how delicious they looked, check it out and follow me on Instagram! Any favorite cookie recipes of your own? Comment and let me know!

Happy baking.

Fire Making & Cookie Baking

Well hello, you.

How was your weekend?! Mine was relaxing. I really needed that break from the long week. I just adore being home.

Today we were pretty productive: Sean worked on photography stuff, I went for an hour long run with Stella, I baked homemade bread for the first time (SO yummy. Super time consuming. Worth it. But more on that in another post), and then…Sean thought of how cool it would be to time lapse a few things around the house. Like, one or two perfect representations of a Sunday at home. We decided to highlight him making a fire in our fire place, and me baking chocolate chip cookies. Two of my obsessions this winter: fires in the fireplace, and baking. I’m so proud of Sean’s photography skills (have you “liked” his Facebook page yet?!). He continues to pick up this stuff at lightening speed, and loving every minute of it. He put his time lapse into a video…wanna see? You know you dooo! Here it is:

I hope you enjoyed 🙂

As for the classic chocolate chip cookie recipe, this was straight from Betty Crocker. My good friend Sarah Baker (hey girrrl!) gave me the Betty Crocker cookbook as a wedding/bridal gift back in November. I ADORE this book, and especially the classic recipes that it provides. The simple chocolate chip cookie recipe is in there. Go get it 😉

Happy Sunday.