Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

My little brother Ian is my favorite brother. Okay, so he's actually my only brother, but he's the best. Such a gentleman. Anyway, he makes the best oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I asked him if he would do a guest post on this blog and he (somewhat to my surprise) said "Sure," so without further ado, here is what he said (though it's a bit brief, I'm glad he did it at all...thanks Ian!) :

There's a lot of history behind this recipe. When we were kids, we had them all the time (apparently; I don't really remember) and then, for some reason, I started making them again in high school. I got really good at them after tons of practice. I even memorized the recipe. Usually, I try to get other people to try them and ask their opinion of how it could be improved. Mostly, they tell me to add more cinnamon and that might be a good thing to add to the recipe. Also, in my senior year of high school, I had to make a how-to video for my TV Tech class. My friend and I got together and made a little cooking show in which we made these cookies. Everyone in the class wanted to try them after watching the video. That's about all the history behind the famous oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. By the way, the dough is just as delicious as the end product.

So here's what you need.
2 and a half sticks of butter (1 1/4 cups)
1/2 cup of white granulated sucre
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon of vanilla
3/4 cup of white bleached whatever flour
3/4 cup of wheat flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
about 2 cups of oats
1 regular size bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix sugars and butter in a large mixing bowl.
Add egg and vanilla.
And in flours, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Throw in oats and chocolate chips.
Form dough into 1-2 inch balls and place on greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 9 minutes.
*For high altitude, refrigerate for 15-20 minutes and add a little extra flour.


LP said...

Cool that Ian is a guest blogger. There's more history to those cookies than you realize. The basic oatmeal cookie recipe is from the Quaker Oats company, but it was modified by one of my Mutual teachers back in the day (like 1972). She didn't like the chunky, thick oatmeal cookies, so she made them with considerably fewer oats. When she shared them with us, it was the first time I had oatmeal cookies that I really liked them. They were soft and chewy. To begin with, I didn't add chocolate chips, but somewhere along the line I must've seen someone else who did that, or seen a recipe that called for it, or something. My sister was the chocolate chip cookie-baking queen when we were kids, so I've always liked chocolate chip cookies, but I thought adding the oats would make them a little more healthful (or something), so in my own home I stopped making plain chocolate chip cookies and always made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies ever since. It's not so unusual now, but it was a little different 30 or so years ago.

Shannon said...

Interesting! I think I sort of always just thought you'd gotten it off the oatmeal container or something. But I like that you didn't :) It makes it

Jared and Megan said...

mmmm I seriously want some.

can he provide treats next sunday??

can you??