Saturday, January 7, 2012

Warm & Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


I'm feeling under the weather today with a myriad of allergy and sinus problems, in turn swimming in Kleenexs at this point.   I'm disappointed because we were going to have my family come over today (they live away, so it's always an exciting visit), but when I woke up with a pounding headache and trouble breathing I knew today wouldn't be a good day for that.  Unfortunately.  So we're going to try to make the visit happen next weekend!

I so enjoy when we have visitors.  Family or friends!  We love having loved ones over to our house while I fix a big meal or watch a movie with some homemade popcorn...or just whatever!  I have to admit that I'm generally a private person ( I don't just spill my problems to just anyone), but I still want our home to  have an open door!!  One day we hope this also goes for our children's friends.  We want to be the "fun house" to come to! :) 

And you know, sometimes it's nice for a girlfriend, sister or Mom to come over and have deep conversation about what going on in life over some coffee or sweet tea.  I think God wants us to be there for the people in our lives.  I know we're all quite busy these days, but when you know someone may be in need of a hug or a listening ear, they should be able to have someone to lean on.   

That someone may be you or I!


Enter these delicious cookies.

I made some of these for Mr. Cozy's parents, who came over for a really nice visit yesterday.  His dad brought his truck over so we could load up some firewood a neighbor-friend was giving us.  While they were doing all the hard work (thanks guys!!) my mother-in-love and I had a cookie with some hot cocoa and a good talk!  It was a good time! 

I decided I wanted to make some cozy oatmeal cookies!  Is it just me, or is there something almost comforting about eating a warm oatmeal cookie?

 I love them with raisins or dried cranberries or nuts, but this time we agreed that chocolate chips sounded the best!  It a perfect combo of the classic oatmeal cookie and favorite chocolate chip cookie!  I decided to add a tinge of cinnamon in these to give it the warmth I'm crazy about this time of year.  This recipe turned out great!  I have to say though, I made just a few yesterday (the ones in the pics) and refrigerated the rest of the dough, and just made a couple more today after the dough been in the fridge 24 hours.  They are better today!  They turned out a little thicker with a richer flavor!!!  So I highly recommend refrigerating the dough before baking...if you can wait that long, that is!

I wanted to show ya'll a bit of my "winter kitchen" nook with my new snowman tea towel Mom gave me for Christmas and my Cookies platter with snowflakes, that I love!  There in front of that is our pretty little red and white hot chocolate maker that was a Christmas gift from my dear friend, Shareen, and her husband.  (Check out her blog if you haven't already!  She is a lovely person all around with some delicious recipes!)  We love to make real hot chocolate on an occasional cold winter's night!  I'll have to feature it sometime. :)

I hope that you oatmeal cookie fans out there get the chance to make a batch of these scrumptious, chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies on a chilly afternoon.  I know that you'll love them, too!

Warm & Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes about 3 dozen
  • 1 c. butter, softened

  • 1 c. packed light brown sugar

  • 1/2 c. white sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract (I used vanilla bean paste)

  • 1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

  • 1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

  • 3 c. old fashioned oats

  • 1 c. semisweet chocolate chips

1 c. walnuts or pecan, chopped (optional)

 


In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth.


Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla.
 
 Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; stir into the
 
creamed mixture until just blended. 


Mix in the quick oats, walnuts, and chocolate chips.
 
Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.
 
They will spread some, so allow ample room!
 

Bake for 12 minutes in a 325 degree preheated oven.
 
Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before
 
transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


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11 comments:

Lisa said...

Those cookies look absolutely delicious and so chock full of oats and chocolate. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog till Monday night and I'd love it if you'd come by and link your cookies up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2012/01/sweets-for-saturday-51.html

Courtney J said...

Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog - The Fig Tree :) I appreciate it!

These cookies look awesome. Mmmmm! I am definitely going to make these in the next week or so. As much as I am trying to eat healthier in the new year...I just cannot give up cookies. :)

Looking forward to reading your blog throughout 2012 :)

Courtney
www.thefigtree.blogspot.com

Cindy said...

They look amazing! My fiance loves oatmeal cookies, I will have to bake up a batch. :-D

Jennifer said...

ooooo....those look so tastey!!! I love chocolate chip oatmeal cookies!! will definitely have to try these! I'm glad the Lord gives us time to fellowhip, too! Feel better soon!

thistlewoodfarm said...

How delicious! Those cookies look so good! I am sorry you are under the weather! BTW....I wanted to invite you to stop by my blog. We are having an "impossibility" challenge for 2012!

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

I think I can smell those cookies right now and they're calling my name!!! Great pics and fabulous recipe!!! Now off to the kitchen for me!!! Happy to be your newest follower!!!

XO, Aimee

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

These look delicious and I agree with the open door policy to the people in our lives. God calls us to community. Beautiful post.

Paula said...

I love Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies! I put cinnamon in mine as well. I ran across your blog and was excited to see that you are in Kentucky! I live in Douglas, Alaska and my son goes to UK in Lexington. Where in KY do you live? Come by and visit me at Home in Douglas!

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

Found your blog via your Patti's Pie recipe...I live in NW TN...Union City.
Great blog!!!

Julie said...

These sound amazing! I could sure use one right about now :)

GypsyFox said...

I'm a new follower here & I just love your blog, so cozy! :)
These cookies look amazing, thanks for sharing the recipe! p.s. hope you feel better I hate allergies. Valentine's Giveaway