Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Author: Matilda Lou // Category: , , ,

One of the things I hope everyone remembers Grandma for is her baking.  She really did do a lot of it in my lifetime.  She baked cakes here and there, but what I really remember her making is cookies.  Chocolate chip, boiled raisin (yuck, but she loved them), and my favorite...oatmeal butterscotch.  Oddly enough, as much as she loved peanut butter, I don't remember a lot of peanut butter cookies.

I've never been able to figure out how, but Grandma's cookies were always perfect.  Round, fluffy, with the right texture and color.  Mine...not so much.  I can make a killer cake or brownie, but my cookies are never anything like hers.  I think she told me once to use a tablespoon or so of extra flour, but I don't remember exactly and suppose I'll just have to keep trying.

As we (the grandkids nearby) got older, she started giving us the option at our birthdays to choose between getting the cash or getting cookies.  I would choose cookies, either oatmeal or oatmeal butterscotch.  When I lived in Seattle and had been home to collect my cookies one year, I remember smuggling them into my apartment and hiding them in a chest in my bedroom so I wouldn't have to share with my roommates.  Go away...those were MY Grandma cookies!

When I was talking to Stephanie tonight about our upcoming birthdays, we were asking each other what we wanted.  She asked for these cookies.  I'm posting the recipe here for her, and anyone else, so she can possibly make them and succeed where I fail.  I believe these measurements make approximately one dozen, so adjust as needed.

Maybe I'll try to bake these with butterscotch chips for my birthday...just because I'll be missing her.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup butter
6 Tablespoons brown sugar
6 Tablespoons white sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup oats
6 oz. (3/4 cup) chocolate chips

Cream together the sugars with the butter in a large bowl.  Add the vanilla and egg.  Mix the flour, salt and soda in until well combined, then add the oats.  Stir in the chocolate chips.

Scoop onto a greased or parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake at 375 for 9-12 minutes. 

Be sure to follow Grandma's rules and drink a glass of milk with your cookie!

Note: If you want to be as authentic as possible, Grandma used Guittard milk chocolate chips in her cookies.  Those are the large ones and I believe the big bag can be found at Costco in the baking aisle.