Friday, June 15, 2012

Men Love Cookies.

Surprisingly, I have found that men (in general) tend to be picky about their food, especially dessert! For instance, my husband doesn't like cake! What's up with that? How can you not like cake? However, I've never known a man who doesn't love cookies! So, concluding my Father's Day Menu, of succulent Plank-Grilled Salmon with Dill Sauce and boiled red potatoes, I must end the meal with my "Perfect Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies!" These cookies are crunchy on the edges, but soft and chewy on the inside! Mmm! The oatmeal gives them heft, and the addition of chocolate chips, cinnamon, and a pinch of nutmeg, really makes them stand out! Yum! So, to avoid any hissy-fits and make him truly happy, just give him cookies!

Perfect Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes about 3 dozen


1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 cup unsifted flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups plain oats
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (I like Ghiradelli)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

Beat the butter and sugars in a stand mixer, at medium speed, until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the vanilla extract and egg, mix on low speed until incorporated. Mix the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a separate bowl. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture until incorporated. By hand, stir in the oats, and fold-in the chocolate chips. Drop heaping tablespoons of dough onto ungreased baking sheets, leaving a couple inches between each. Bake for about 8 minutes, until the edges are browned, but the middle looks a tad under-cooked, like this:

Let cool on baking sheet a minute or two, before transferring to a wire rack to completely cool. Store cookies in an airtight container, at room temperature.

These cookies are so fantastic, you might have trouble keeping you're kid's from eating them all!

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