I was honoured to be chosen by Tracy at It’s a T-Sweets Day! to supply this month’s bake along recipe, my grandma’s famous (in my family anyway) Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. You can find the original recipe on her blog or here.
I can remember having these as a child, and they since they were a favourite of my dad I’m pretty sure she had been making them long before I came along. I”m 46, so I’m sure that makes this recipe more than 50 years old. Sadly, we lost my grandma last year, so I would like to dedicate this post to her.
To start with, I didn’t have any shortening in the house, and since I don’t do a lot of baking anymore, I decided to substitute butter. I measured out what I needed, and set it out overnight to soften, because I know how finicky this recipe is if the ingredients aren’t just the right consistency.
When I was ready to make my cookies, I added the butter, sugars, and vanilla to my mixing bowl and used my mixer to blend them until they were nice and fluffy.
Next I gradually mixed in the flour and salt, using the mixer. I dissolved the baking soda in the boiling water and mixed it in by hand. Then I added the rolled oats, walnuts, and chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate, as opposed to semi-sweet), and mixed them all in by hand as well. The result was a fairly soft cookie dough, ready for baking.
I used a teaspoon to place the dough on parchment lined baking sheets. (The recipe does not call for that, but I always use parchment paper when baking.) I then used a fork dipped in cold water to press them down a bit, and popped them into the oven to bake.
The smell while they were baking was heavenly, and I can’t tell you how difficult it was to resist them when they came out of the oven. When they were done, I placed the cookies on a rack to cool before placing them into a cookie tin to store them.
I followed the recipe and made my cookies fairly small, and I got 80 cookies out of the batch. Small cookies are perfect for me…at the size I got one cookies is 3 Smart Points on Weight Watchers, so I can enjoy a cookie or two once in a while without any guilt.
After my baking was done, and everything was cleaned up, I sat down to enjoy a couple of cookies with a pot of tea, and they tasted just like they did when I was a little girl. I’m thinking that the next time, I may be brave and try substituting at least some of the flour with whole wheat flour to see how they turn out.
I hope you all enjoy my grandma’s cookies!
Don’t forget to check out the other bakers at the links below and see how their cookies turned out!