Now that fall has arrived I actually feel like baking cookies again. We have been blessed with a very warm and sunny autumn so far in my part of the country, nevertheless, it’s still cooler than being in the midst of the summer heat.
So this week I dug out the cookie sheets and got back to making some homemade treats. This is a recipe that I came up with when I was trying to create a “cookie template” that I could use to make all sorts of cookies from one basic recipe. (I put that project on hold . . . . because of summer heat as mentioned above). This combo of ingredients turned out to be one the family enjoyed and the chocolate chips and butterscotch chips go well together with the oatmeal cookie texture.
OATMEAL CHIP COOKIES
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks butter or margarine – softened
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine the dry ingredients (the first four listed) in a medium size mixing bowl and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla and beat together well. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, mixing well after each addition. Finally, add the chips and stir into the mixture by hand.
Drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until slightly browned on bottom.
A few more notes:
- I use my electric hand mixture to mix together the butter and sugars. I can usually keep using my hand mixer as I add the dry ingredients until I am down to about the last 1/4 of the dry mixture to still add. By that time the cookie dough is getting a little too stiff for my hand mixer and I switch to just mixing the rest of the dry stuff in by hand.
- These cookies do not spread out too much as they bake so it helps to flatten them slightly on the cookie sheet before baking.
- I have used both margarine and butter to bake these cookies with good results They seem to bake a little faster with the margarine.