I like to bake when I feel stressed or just need to decompress, and since my job has been crazy-busy of late, there’s been a lot of baking happening at 1057 Gales Avenue.
While I adore giving new recipes a try, it’s always nice to have some tried-and-true ones as go-to options, and that’s what I was in the mood for tonight. I wanted something simple that I could count on, and so I broke out my mom’s trusty oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe.
This recipe holds such nostalgia for me, because it’s the chocolate chip cookie recipe my mom used throughout my childhood. She discovered it on the back of a bag of Kroger-brand semi-sweet chocolate chips back in the 80s, and it’s been a staple at our house ever since. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s reliable, and it’s just a little bit different from most people’s chocolate chip cookie recipes. (And, I always have all the ingredients on hand. A definite plus!)
Here’s the recipe, as it appears in the cookbook my mom and aunt Carol put together for my sister, two cousins, and me one year for Christmas. (It’s proudly housed amongst several other family favorite recipes.):
*Note: These cookies can be a little finicky on the first try. If the batter is very dry, I usually add a touch more oil. (The batter should be a little crumbly, though.) Also, I always try to underbake them, to keep them from getting too crispy. I’ve found making them larger helps with that, too.
Does anyone else have beloved chocolate chip cookie recipes to share? Please send them my way!