If there is one thing my mom can make and make really good it is cookies.
She makes them one hundred times better than I could ever make them. I am positive it is because of the love she puts into every single individual cookie. Cheesy? Yes, but it is true. She takes the time to hand place the chocolate chips just to make sure every cookie has an acceptable amount. And while she can burn a loaf of bread like nothing, she never burns her cookies. Ok well, almost never. This is my mom we are talking about.
I am pretty sure that all six of my siblings would agree that mom is the very best cookie maker. And yeah, I am aware of the fact that a lot of kids probably feel this way about their moms. I get it, mom’s food just always tastes better.
BUT these cookies ARE better. I have never seen an oatmeal cookie recipe like it.
I actually was not planning on talking about these cookies today, but ever since this post I have had a ton of requests for the recipe. So when I when I woke up to a good foot and half of snow yesterday morning (no seriously that is no exaggeration and now it is over two feet with another foot expected!), I knew it was a cookie baking kind of day.
I mean, I even had these really crazy milkshakes all ready to go for today, but cookies just seemed like a better idea. For one, they are warm and that right there just sounds way better to me right now.
In full discloser this is not really mom’s recipe. Her high school friend Lora gave her the recipe a long while back and she has been making them for us since she was nineteen. <– Yup, my mom was one of those teenage moms, but I am happy to say that my parents beat the statics and have been together since my mom was fifteen. That is so crazy.
Oh, and by the time my mom was twenty she had two kids, a husband and was still going to school full time. Can not even imagine how she did it, but she did and she still managed to make a new batch of cookies every other day. And I do mean every other day. Chocolate freaks over here.
If you know my parents than you know they have a system when it comes to getting food on the table. Dad does dinner, mom does dessert. It worked for them and for us kids, thankfully (if mom had her way we would have been eating angel hair pasta with butter and salt every single night).
So that is how it worked, but ever since I started the blog there has been endless amounts of desserts around at pretty much all times. Oatmeal cookies have sadly become a thing of the past. This is the down fall of always having to try new desserts, you never get to make the ones you love twice.
Except for yesterday of course.
I gotta say, it felt good just to make an old and trusty recipe. One that I knew was going to turn out and not explode in my oven leaving me with a mess that I would probably have just left there and let burn away instead of actually cleaning the oven. Yeah, I do that all the time which is probably why all ovens hate me.
This is a recipe that never fails. Never, ever, ever fails. No matter where I am or at what elevation (trust me, elevation can be a pain in the butt) and no mater what oven I use, it always works. You can make them into cookie bars and even make them a tincy bit healthier like I did here. Either way they will turn out delicious. The bars tend to be a little more crumbly than the cookies, but it does not matter. The texture is always spot on. Ok, well I mean, you shouldn’t over bake them. Under bake them? Sure, that is good (love an under baked cookie). But just do not over bake them. Any over baked cookie is not good and while I do think these are magic, they do not have super powers that can make an over baked cookie taste good.
That would pretty cool if they did though, right?
I know that it is Friday and baking may be the last thing on your mind. Trust me, I know the feeling and the couch is so calling my name, but these cookies need to be made today. Especially if it is cold and snowing like it is here. Every time I glance outside, the snow just gets higher and higher. All the more reason to stay inside and bake cookies if you ask me.
Plus, these are the most no-fuss, homemade, from scratch cookies you will ever encounter. Dump all the ingredients (minus the chocolate chips) into one bowl all at once. Beat them together and then stir in the chocolate chips. Use your hands to squeeze the dough into balls, bake and ten minutes later you will have the most amazing oatmeal chocolate chip cookies ever. No chilling, not weird ingredients and barely any time spent to make them.
Honestly, you could not pick a better thing to make today other than my Mom’s Simple Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Ok, well you could make them for Super Bowl Sunday too. Or better yet just do both. Yes, do both!
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer add the oatmeal, flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, canola oil, eggs and vanilla, beat until the dough is moist and all the ingredients are combined. The dough will be crumbly. Mix in the chocolate chips.
- Using your hands clump together a tablespoon of dough. Use you hands to really squeeze the dough into a ball. If the mixture is not holding add 1 tablespoon more of oil. Place on prepared baking sheet. If your balls are a little crumbly do not worry, they will come together while baking. Repeat with remaining dough.
- Bake for 10 -12 minutes or until set and golden. These are best right out of the oven, so eat up!
Oh, and a lot of times I swap the chocolate chips for chocolate chunks… just because I can… and they rule.