Friday, August 5, 2011

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn't like big, fat, chunky, crunchewy chocolate chips cookies,  with a glass of ice cold milk?

I know that my just busted daughter Ashton does as she just got caught snatching some of the milk and a cookie before I got my pictures taken!  Half the time I can't get food settings ready to photograph without my kids finding their way to it first.
Yeah, she thinks it's hilarious.
It was.  Kind of.

The first time I had these, Shawn's Mom made them to sell in  a garage sale we had to raise a little money for our upcoming wedding.  That was 25 years ago.  My Mom always made cookies with pecans in them when I was growing up.  I think these were the first ones I'd had with walnuts.  I know it's a personal preference but I prefer the walnuts over pecans.   Some of my favorite recipes come from my Mother-in-law and it's funny because she always says she doesn't like to cook. 

Chocoloate Chip Oatmeal Cookies 
(adapted from my MIL's recipe for Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookies)

2 1/4 Cups butter softened
2 Cups sugar
2 Cups brown sugar
4 eggs
5 cups oatmeal (ground in blender)
4 cups all purpose flour
3 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup Ghiraldelli sweet ground chocolate or 1 Hershey bar melted 
12 oz milk chocolate chips or chunks 
12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
1-2 cup chopped walnuts (optional...I usually use two cups)

Cream together butter and sugars.  Mix in eggs.  Add vanilla, mix.  Add dry ingredients a little at a time and blend.  Stir in chocolate and nuts.  Sometimes I use all semi-sweet chocolate buy my family likes them best when I mix milk chocolate with the semi-sweet.  for this batch I broke a big Hershey bar into chunks along with the semi sweet chips.

Roll into golf sized balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet (about 6-8 per sheet).  Slightly flatten.  Sometimes...well most of the time actually...I make ginormous cookies about twice this size.  There's something fun about eating a cookie bigger than your head!
Bake at 350 for about 8-10 minutes until lightly golden brown on top.  

This cookie dough is addictive by itself.  It's so good mixed in with some vanilla icecream and our newest way we love to eat it is sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies that are cooked.

Enjoy warm with a big ole fashioned glass (or quart) of cold milk... Ashtonelli did. 
This is so random, but I know that if I don't bring it up now, some of you will.  You'll email me to tell or ask what the heck it is and why the heck it's let's play a type of Where's Waldo?  Notice anything odd about the pic above and below?  
I know you all have good eyes because you've emailed me before when something's amiss to let me the time I had a book upside down on my bedroom dresser.  
Tell me what you think it is...

...and I'll tell you just what and why it is in my next post!


  1. The cookies look great Nancy, I really need to make cookies soon! Could you be talking about the microwave? :@)

  2. My mouth is watering as I scroll down your post :)! I just love how you mixed the light blue and red dishes to co-ordinate with your strawberry table cloth, so summer-y. Christie

  3. Hee, hee! Your daughter is making me laugh! Those cookies look so good. I love your dishes and that wonderful milk bottle.

  4. Oh, I could use one of those cookies with my afternoon coffee.
    I recently picked up a strawberry table cloth and napkins in this same pattern. As for the Where's Waldo, could it be the microwave?
    ~ Sarah

  5. OMG, I want those cookies!! Is Mrs. Fields even still around? Happy PS!

  6. Yum! Everything tastes better when served on beautiful transferware, doesn't it? Where's Waldo? What's the thing mounted on the microwave?

  7. Really cute pix! Your DD is adorable!

    My guess is also the "thingie" on/by the microwave! Looks to me like either a robot or a locking device. (tee-hee)

  8. Great post! The cookies & milk look delish. Your daughter is totally adorable! I've made those cookies and oh my, makes about 5,000 I think. At least that was my thought the first time I used the recipe. :-) They are delish!

    Well, I see something mounted on the microwave. Is it a thermostat or something similar?


  9. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip are my favorite cookies and your photos are making my mouth water! Can't wait to try your version.
    I have a holder like the one on your microwave to mount my cell phone in my car. Have you got the phone on speaker?

  10. These cookies look phenomenal! I'm going to save this recipe for our annual Christmas cookie swap. As for the Where's that a stick of deodorant dangling from the air??

  11. Mmmm, Nancy, these look delicious! I use a VERY similiar walnuts too. Your daughter looks like she gets into the spirit of things! Fun~
    Happy Pink Saturday,

  12. I'm with your daughter -- Those cookies look way too tempting and when you add that bottle of's a gal supposed to resist?

    What IS that on the microwave -- it almost looks like a black hand holding a remote of some kind.

  13. They look really good...and the milk in the bottle. I haven't seen fresh milk in a glass bottle for along time..well since my mom used to get it at the farm when I was young...they used to buy the raw milk...with the cream on the top..but this looks good...really good..

  14. I love chocolate chip cookies so I am definitely going to have to give that recipe a try. Yum!
    Can't wait to find out what the microwave mystery is.

  15. I love how thick and chunky your cookies look. They must have been super tasty. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd love it if you'd come by and link your cookies up.

  16. I just printed that off. I have to make those tomorrow. That big recipe will feed all 10 of my grandkids. Thanks for sharing. Your daughter drinking from the glass bottle is funny.

  17. The cookies look great, but I can't get over your table covering. They had the tablecloth and napkins at Tuesday Mornings last week, but I was trying to be "good" and passed them up. Now I wish I didn't.

    Great to have your post being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  18. OMG!!! You had me at "Chocolate" and sealed it with "Cookie"!!! I am so going to give this yummy recipe a try. Thank you for sharing ;D

  19. Your cookies look wonderful and plated up on transfer ware, what is not to love! Your daughter is cute too.

  20. Oh gosh, I'm going to say whatever it is that looks like it is on your microwave, Nancy. Those cookies look soooo good! It is things like this I miss eating being diagnosed with Celiac a few years ago. Your mother-in-law is smart to say that! I always say that, too, and then I get requests for "Oh Mom, make your clam dip!" or "Are you making your stuffed mushrooms?". I've got a handful of dishes I can master and they make me look good! : )

  21. What size Hershey bar? A regular one serving size or one of those BIG ones?...Can't wait to try it!!

  22. Hi Anonymous,

    Use a regular sized Hershey bar. I think they are 3.2 oz.




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