Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Pecan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These cookies were requested by my husband.  Poor guy doesn't always get what he asks for.  The majority of the time I'm thinking about you all and wondering what recipe you want to see next or keeping in mind what holiday is approaching and the recipes you're going to be in need of.  So when he has a particular craving he wants satisfied, I often say "sure I'll make it" and am guilty of forgetting about it later.  It's time I dust off his list of recipe requests and surprise him with a few treats this week!

My husband's sweet tooth has been most neglected.  Due to my very busy wedding filled Spring I've been taking a bit of a break from desserts.  They're more time consuming to blog and so as a result, have been making infrequent appearances.  So when I was thinking about what recipes to make him, these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies were on the top of the list.

I'm not sure where his craving came from, but recently he came home and said, "I have a request, can you make Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies?" My answer as usual was yes, but he wasn't convinced he'd ever see them.  To his surprise, while he mowed our lawn Saturday morning I had a fresh batch of cookies waiting for him in the kitchen.

I don't mean to brag, but these cookies were pretty darn amazing.  Deliciously buttery and perfectly flavored, these cookies were devoured all weekend long.   Half way through baking and a few cookies deep, my husband took a moment in between bites to mentioned he had oatmeal chocolate chip cookies once that were sweet on the top.  I thought it was a great concept to experiment with so I tried sprinkling a little brown sugar with about 5 minutes left to bake. Wow! Adding something as subtle as a sprinkling of brown sugar sent these cookies over the top.  It was the perfect finishing touch! 

While the flavor was delicious, I think consistency in a cookie is most important.  I look for thick and voluminous cookies that have a chewy bite to them.  I have to say, these were perfectly chewy with a subtle crunch along the perimeter.

Cookies are always great out of the oven, but I think the true test to determine whether you have a great chewy cookie is to taste them a day or two later.  If they haven't hardened and remain moist and chewy, you've got a great cookie on your hands.  I'm pleased to say this recipe has continued to be deliciously chewy from day 1 to day 3- officially labeling these cookies a great success!

Hope you and your family enjoy them as much as my husband did!



Begin with combining your softened butter and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer:


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Using the paddle attachment, mix on medium/high speed for 30 seconds until your mixture is smooth and creamy:

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Add your egg and vanilla extract:

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And beat on medium/high until mixed:

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Then add your flour, baking soda, salt, and oatmeal:

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Mix on medium speed until just combined.  You don't want to over mix your dough and break down your oatmeal:

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Meanwhile, roughly chop your pecans:

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Add your pecans and chocolate chips to your cookie dough:

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And mix with a large spoon until your ingredients are evenly incorporated:

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Then cover with plastic wrap, preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and put your dough in the freezer for 20 minutes to quickly refrigerate:

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Roll 2 tablespoons of dough into a ball:

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Place it on a buttered cookie sheet, leaving about 1 1/2 inches in between each:

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And bake for 12-14 minutes. During the last 5 minutes of your baking time, sprinkle the tops of your cookies with additional brown sugar and allow your cookies to finish baking until golden:
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Transfer to a wire rack to cool:

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Serve and enjoy!

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes: 28 cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 12-14 minutes
(Printable Recipe)


Ingredients
2 sticks butter, softened (1 cup)
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar (plus more for sprinkling)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup pecans, chopped (optional)


Directions
Begin with combining your softened butter and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer.  Using the paddle attachment, mix on medium/high speed for 30 seconds until your mixture is smooth and creamy.  Add your egg and vanilla extract and beat on medium/high until mixed. Then add your flour, baking soda, salt, and oatmeal and mix on medium speed until just combined.  You don't want to over mix your dough and break down your oatmeal. Add your pecans and chocolate chips and mix by hand with a large spoon until your ingredients are evenly incorporated. 

Cover your bowl with plastic wrap and freeze the dough for 20 minutes to quickly refrigerate. Once your dough is chilled, roll your dough into 2 tablespoon sized balls of dough and place them on a buttered cookie sheet, leaving about 1 1/2 inches in between each.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes. During the last 5 minutes of your baking time, sprinkle the tops of your cookies with additional brown sugar and allow your cookies to finish baking until golden.  In between batches, transfer your remaining cookie dough in the freezer to keep it cool while your cookies bake.  Transfer your cookies to a wire rack to cool.  Serve and enjoy!

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24 comments:

  1. Sounds delicious! I love soft cookies and agree that the best ones last for a few days.

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  2. Delicious! I agree with you about consistency. Those look delicious!

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  3. Those look heavenly! Such a nice tutorial of how to make them too!

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  4. Smart man for requesting these! I'd like to do the same.

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  5. You forgot to instruct us to eat a heaping spoonful of dough before cooking it. Because I need validation.

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

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  6. These look like great cookie! Way to go from your Hubby for asking for these. They look like a winner.

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  7. fabulous looking cookies delicious

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  8. That batter looks heavenly to me, can't wait to give these a try!

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  9. Ohh I would eat the batter how good it looks! I can see why your husband requested these...your cookies are absolutely irresistible!!!!

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  10. Oh, boy! I'm with Sandra, I just want some of that delicious dough! These look incredible~

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  11. These certainly do look pretty darn amazing.

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  12. These look so great chels!!!!

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  13. These cookies look so chewy and delicious!!!

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  14. These look amazing! I often sprinkle turbinado sugar on top of my cookies. Never tried brown sugar... but now I will! Thanks for the tip!

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  15. The first paragraph of your post summarizes perfectly how it works in my home too. I often neglect my hubby's wishes for the readers. But if it were for him, I should be making mostly simple cookies and I want to try new things. These cookies though seem like something that would make both happy. I must try them. (Hubby says thank you!)

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  16. These look like great hearty cookies, delicious!

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  17. What are the benefits of chilling the dough before baking?

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  18. I would have been asking for these too. :) Fabulous cookie. I like the finishing sprinkle of brown sugar on the top.

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  19. I bet those pecans add a delicious crunch to your cookies. They look wonderful. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog right now and I'd love it if you'd come by and link your cookies up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/06/sweets-for-saturday-20.html

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  20. Oh, I love oatmeal choc chip cookies! I'm unfortunately allergic to walnuts even tho I like them so pecans are a perfect alternative! I'll try this recipe next time my husband mows the lawn. ;)

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  21. @The Chocolate Priestess- I've read that refrigerating dough ensures that the cookies bake upwards into a nice puffy form instead of spreading into thin crisps. I had never tried that method before, but was happy with the results. Hope that answers your question!

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  22. Hi, these cookies look great! Did you bake these at 350?

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  23. Ah! I'm excited :-) These look absolutely amazing and I'm totally saving this recipe to make in the future. Coconut flakes would totally rock out in this, too. I'm so glad they turned out great and your Hubby got some sweet tooth love :-)

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