These cookies make me want to cry. Partly because they took so freakin’ long to figure out and partly because I love them and am emotionally attached to them. Three months ago I decided to make the best chocolate chip oatmeal cookies ever.
On these conditions:
They must be chewy in the middle and crunchy on the outside.
Absolutely no fake ingredients (i.e. processed junk).
Everyone must love them. Including my kids, husband, friends, youth group, and general strangers who don’t know they are about to eat a super healthy cookie.
I set forth all excited and ambitious. I did my research on combinations of flours and what ingredients generally make cookies the right texture. Then I just started cooking.
My friend came over to help me make multiple batches the first day (because I was naive and thought I could figure it all out on the first day). We ended up with cookies that were really dense. They resembled a hockey puck with the chewy-ness of a granola bar . Not bad, but not what I’d classify as “cookies”, let alone The Best Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies.
The next batch was better in flavor, but not right in texture.
After that I perfected the flavor with maple syrup. However I ended up with flat cookies you had to scrape off the tray and ball up in your hand just to eat. Regardless of the effort, I ate my weight in cookies that day. Stop judging we all have our moments (or days).
Now I was getting frustrated. Did these cookies even exist? How am I getting further and further from the cookie I have imagined in my head??
Two angry batches of cookies later I finally got it right. And I’m not kidding here, it was the same euphoria as when you finish a hike and are standing on the top of a mountain realizing all the hard work was worth it. The sight, the smells, it was all so beautiful.
Enough talk, here is the life changing recipe I promised you.
Mix the coconut sugar, maple syrup, butter and other liquids together in a medium size bowl.
Stir the dry ingredients (except for the chocolate chips) together in a large bowl.
Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
Use a spatula to stir the dough. It will look a little on the wet side and will glisten.
Allow the dough to sit for 7 minutes. If you're like me you'll use this time to wipe down your counters and make sure your dishes are rinsed. If you're not like me, maybe you'll sit and relax for a few minutes. Tell me what that's like.
Add the chocolate chips and gently fold them in.
Using 2 spoons drop a small (think the size of a half dollar coin) amount of dough onto your cookie sheet. Continue until you have 12 cookie dough balls on the sheet.
Bake at 375 F for 8-10 minutes. My batch was closer to the 8 minute side.