Friday, October 3, 2014

The BEST Oatmeal & Chocolate Chip Cookies

Kids love cookies. It's a fact. So whenever I decide to do special treats cooking with the kids we usually end up raiding the pantry for cookie ingredients.

These oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies are to-die for! The kids inhaled them. I inhaled them. They were an all around success!! 

You can also substitute the chocolate chips for raisins, dates, currants, dried cranberries, etc for a healthier option. They will still be delicious- bc they are soft but with crunchy edges- which in my world- is a perfect cookie!

The BEST Oatmeal & Chocolate Chip Cookies 

1/2 cup or 1 stick butter, softened 
2 eggs

1 3/4 cups ap flour 
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar 
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda 
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
2 1/2 cups quick cooking oatmeal 
1 1/4 cups semi sweet chocolate chips 

Two large bowls
Baking spatula
Electric hand mixer 
Measuring cups/spoons 
Large spoon or ice cream scoop
Large baking tray 

Preheat oven to 350. 

In one bowl add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well. 

In the other bowl add the butter and brown and white sugars. Cream together with electric hand mixer. Once creamy add the applesauce and mix again. Then add one egg and mix and the second egg and mix. Add the vanilla extract and mix once again. I like to pulse mix this- only 10 seconds and then I add the next ingredient. 

Once the wet ingredients are combined, slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredient bowl- add a little at a time and then mix. It's easier than cleaning up flour everywhere! 

Finally add in the oatmeal and chocolate chips. Hand mix them into the dough. After they are evenly mixed in, use a large spoon or ice cream scoop to drop the dough onto an ungreased baking tray. 
Place the cookie dough a few inches away from each other as they spread and rise.

Bake for 12-14 minutes and allow to cool. 

Enjoy these warm with a glass of cold milk! Oh yah!! Xo

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