I love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Regular chocolate chip cookies are good too, but I love the chewiness the oatmeal provides. I'm definitely of the "chewy cookie" camp instead of the "flat and crispy cookie" camp.
This is my variation of the infamous Neiman Marcus cookies. If you are not familiar with Neiman Marcus cookies, you can read about them here. We received this recipe in our email back in the mid to late 90s and my mom made these cookies every once in a while. They are really good. I made them myself for the first time the other night. I ended up changing the recipe a little bit. Here's my version.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
2½ cups old fashioned oats, divided
2 cups flour
½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
12 oz. chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375°.
Pulse half of the oats in a food processor until powdery. Combine it with the remaining oats, flour, salt, baking powder, and soda. Set aside. In another bowl, cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mixing thoroughly. Add chocolate chips.
Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Makes about 3½ dozen cookies.
I changed a few things about the original recipe. All of the oats were supposed to be processed, but I like having whole oats in my cookies, so I left half intact. It was also supposed to have a 4 oz. Hershey's bar grated in it. I always liked that about these cookies, but when I went to make them myself, I couldn't figure out how to grate the candy bar. I tried using my box grater, and that seemed to work ok, until I realized that the chocolate was melting all over my fingers while I did it. I was already kind of frustrated with the whole cookie-making process at this point, so I said "forget it!", ate the rest of the Hershey's bar, and continued on with the recipe. It was also supposed to have 1½ cups of chopped nuts, but I don't really like a lot of nuts in my cookies so I left that out too.
I decided to rename these cookies from Neiman Marcus Cookies to Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies 1. because I changed the original Neiman Marcus recipe 2. because probably not everyone knows what a Neiman Marcus cookie is and 3. because I can't ever remember how to spell Neiman Marcus and have copied and pasted it every time I mentioned it in this post!
I really don't enjoy making cookies. I don't have a stand mixer, so I have to mix everything by hand, which is a big pain (literally!). I could have used my hand mixer, but this dough is so thick and clumpy that I don't think it would have worked very well. Then when the dough is finally ready, it takes forever to roll it all into little balls and bake them all in batches. The other reason I don't like making cookies is because the intention is to only have dessert once a week (on Thursday nights), but since a cookie recipe makes so many cookies, we end up eating cookies all weekend. I know that we should have packaged some up and given them away, but that didn't happen!