These cookies hold a very dear place in my heart. They were my mother’s cookies. The ones she would bake every time she knew company was coming over. My dad’s favourite middle of the night snack when he would wake up for a smoke. They were the cookies that filled my lunch kit every single day. Every.Single.Day. Mom had these chocolate chip oatmeal cookies on lock.
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Hoisting my sisters and me up on the kitchen counter, my mother would place a large mixing bowl in the middle and hand us each a spoon. I can distinctly remember her melting the margarine squares in the microwave and pouring the amber coloured butter substitute over the sugar.
We would take turns mixing as she added the flour and oats. Always saving the best for last, she would generously pour in the chocolate chips, never actually measuring them. Mix, mix, mix. Snitch, snitch, snitch. My sisters and I giggled away as we mixed up these chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.
Next came my favourite part. Scooping up the cookie dough with our little spoons and rolling it up into a cookie ball. Bless her heart, my mom would let us do this until our hands tired or our bellies were full of cookie dough. Into the oven, these little rounds of delicious cookie dough went.
Three pairs of watchful eyes would hover in front of that white kitchen oven and wait expectantly as the cookies baked. A joyful buzz would soon fill the kitchen and our ears letting us know cookies were soon ready to be devoured. My mother didn’t have a cooling rack so she would cover almost every counter surface in our tiny little kitchen with baked cookies. I can only imagine how many were quietly stolen when her back was turned.
And that moment, oh that sweet moment, the first bite. I still get that very same feeling when I bite into one of these chocolate chip oatmeal cookies today…20 some odd years later.
I scrounged and I scrounged until I found her recipe and with a little bit of a CAKED by Katie revamp, dare I say, I think they’ve got even better. Mini chocolate chips and coarse sea salt level up these morsels of oatmeal delight. If you are looking for the perfect crisp oatmeal chocolate chip cookie with a chewy center, look no further.
Prefer a cookie without oats? Try my go-to Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe!Print