Oatmeal Cookies with a Twist

It’s February and all the Christmas cookies are gone. Mommy has been packing one in my lunch each school day but now that they’re gone we needed more cookies in the house!

Mommy has told me when she was little there was always something for dessert in the house for her to take to school for lunch. And when she was old enough she was the one in charge of making it. She made lots of different things: cakes, cookies, brownies. Generally Mommy had a handful of recipes she used for these desserts – a brownie recipe from her first cookbook, boxed cake mix or the cookie recipe on the back of the yellow bag of chocolate chips.

Mommy has grown a bit braver in her baking ability since those days. She still makes the same brownie recipe and has promised me she will share the recipe when I am old enough to make them. But she has moved beyond boxed caked mixes and has tweaked the cookie recipe in a number of different ways. Today’s post is one of those new tweaks.

This recipe is inspired by a number of different sources: Alton Brown’s “The Chewy,” a good friends oatmeal-chocolate chip, and a cookie Mommy used have a local coffee shop called “The Everything” that has all sorts of ingredients thrown in. These ended up being oatmeal, chocolate chip, craisin cookies.

Cooling

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter

1 1/2 cup flour

1 t salt

1 t baking soda

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg, plus 1 egg yolk

1 1/2 t vanilla extract

3/4 cup oatmeal

1/4 cup milk

1 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup craisins

Start by mixing the oatmeal and milk in a small bowl and allowing it to soak. Melt the butter in the microwave and set aside to cool slightly. Sift together the flour, salt and soda. We do this onto a paper towel so it easy to pour it into the mixer when the time comes.

Sifted Dry Ingredients

Pour the melted butter into a mixing bowl, add the sugars and beat together until well combined, about 2 minutes.

Butter and Sugar

Meanwhile, whisk the whole egg, egg yolk and vanilla together.

Beaten Egg

Pour the egg mixture into the butter and sugar mixture and mix thoroughly. Add the oatmeal and milk combination.

Oatmeal

Gradually mix in the dry ingredients. Stop a few times to scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Dry Ingredients Added

Add the chips and craisins.

Chocolate Chips and Cranberries

Mix thoroughly to combine. Chill the batter for about an hour.

All Mixed

We use an ice cream scoop to make the cookies. Six to a parchment or silpat lined cookie sheet.

Ready for Oven

Bake at 375 degrees for 7 minutes. Rotate the pan and bake another 7-8 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes before cramming into your mouth so you don’t burn yourself!

Cooling

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