oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

each and every time i email a request for a budget, modification, or some other financial request to one of our finance guys at work, the response always starts with "cookies!" followed by whatever information i'm asking for. sometimes - depending on how short i am on time when i put in the request or how involved the request is - i give in and ask him what kind. and it's always the same: oatmeal chocolate chip.

last week we were working on a particularly fussy and annoying budget, so i caved to the request. but who's the real winner?! i got my budget on time and got to eat cookies!

oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
adapted from baking illustrated
1 hour, makes 45 cookies

if you like chewy cookies, be sure not to overbake them and store in an airtight container. i stored mine in a container i thought was airtight, wasn't, and ended up with dried out cookies. a quick trip in the microwave softened them up a bit (and melted the chocolate!).

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  1. preheat your oven to 350F. line a sheet pan (or two) with parchment paper or spray with nonstick spray. set aside.
  2. beat the butter until fluffy. add the sugars and beat until fluffy. add the eggs one at a time, incorporating each egg before adding the next.
  3. slowly add the flour, baking powder, nutmeg and salt to the batter. mix until incorporated.
  4. using a large spatula or wooden spoon, mix in the oats and chocolate chips by hand.
  5. using two tablespoons of dough at a time, roll dough into balls and place about two inches apart on the baking sheet. they don't spread much during baking, so they can be pretty close together.
  6. bake about 20 minutes, or until the edges are lightly brown and the center still looks slightly wet.
  7. cool on a cooling rack and store in an airtight container.

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