Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (Baking with Kids!)

7 Feb

My intentions were good. But the road I am on took a turn that was paved completely with…Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.

I was supposed to take Leandro and his buddy, Scott, to the gym with me for their regular weekly play date, where they could scramble in the habitrail (like McDonald’s Play Places without the Happy Meals), watch movies, draw, or just run like the demented maniacs they are after a day cooped up in school. Meanwhile I would do a virtuous hour on the treadmill, go home and make dinner.

It started so innocently...making trail mix!

It started so innocently…making trail mix!

But between one thing and another, we did not go. I attempted to recuperate from said setback by having the boys make their own trail mix for snack. Craisins, walnuts, sunflower seeds and…semi-sweet chocolate chips. Just enough virtue. But mischief was lurking…

I thought we were onto something with the homemade trail mix!

I thought we were onto something with the homemade trail mix!

Leandro was keen, but  Scott, once he had put together a bowl, said, “But I thought we were going to bake with this!”

“No, it’s trail mix. You eat it like that.”

“I don’t want it like this. I thought we were baking.”

I don’t know about you, but when a kid tells me they want to cook, I say, “Bring it on!” And so, instead of burning calories at the gym, we three spent the afternoon piling calories into a bowl, smushing butter, measuring sugar, sniffing vanilla, cracking eggs and talking about the effects of temperature on substances like butter and water.

In your face chocolate chips (why did I have them on hand anyway, if I wasn't planning some mischief?)

In your face chocolate chips (why did I have them on hand anyway, if I wasn’t planning some mischief?)

And then we ate cookies! And have plenty left over to weather the colossal blizzard headed our way. So it wasn’t the path of virtue, but it’s righteous. Very righteous.

Stay warm everyone.

Piles of homey goodness (and sneaky science lessons)

Piles of homey goodness (and sneaky science lessons)

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

(note: these are more crispy than chewy, but have nice tenderness in the centers)

1.5 Cups packed light brown sugar

14 Tbs (1.3 Cups) unsalted butter, softened

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg

2 Cups quick-cooking oats

1.5 Cups whole wheat flour (stone-ground is fine)

1 tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

1 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

(optional)½-1 Cup mixed dried cranberries (sweetened)/raisins/chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In large bowl, stir brown sugar and butter until well blended. Stir in vanilla and egg until light and fluffy. Stir in oats, flour, baking soda and salt, followed by chocolate and optional nuts and dried fruit.

Drop dough (it will be fairly thick and sticky) by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased baking sheet (on foil is fine) about 2 inches apart. Bake about 15 minutes or until tops are golden brown (start checking at about 10 minutes). Cool for a minute and then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

To store: once they are completely cooled, you can seal them in a plastic container and store at room temperature for about a week. Can also be frozen in a sealed plastic container. Get as much air out as possible!

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10 Responses to “Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (Baking with Kids!)”

  1. kathryningrid February 11, 2013 at 1:02 am #

    You can never go wrong with chocolate chips, eh!

  2. cecilia February 8, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    Oh I am like you.. when kids want to cook then drag up the chairs!! more mess more better.. great cookies too!! c

  3. Mad Dog February 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    I was thinking you’ll need those when the snow comes, but you’ve already anticipated that. I bet you’ve got some soup ready too! Good luck with the weather 🙂

  4. Karen February 8, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    Totally kid approved is a very good thing!

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy February 8, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

      Mom approved is even better…mind you, I got a text from Scott’s mom who wasn’t exactly pleased with her care package…cause she had already eaten four by lunchtime!

  5. Brittany February 7, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

    These are the perfect kid approved cookies!

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