A chewy, wholesome oatmeal cookie with dark chocolate & walnuts
Baking during the cold winter season has me craving wholesome, easy cookie recipes that warm not only my kitchen but also my soul. I often turn to treasured cookie recipes that I baked growing up in our Pennsylvania farmhouse. I like mixing buttery cookie doughs with ingredients that I can easily find in my pantry. Dependable cookie recipes that I can bake over and over again without fail, delicious cookies that evoke a comfort-food emotion. Chocolate Chip Cookies, roll-out sugar cookies, peanut butter cookies and oatmeal cookies have all of these criteria.
For this oatmeal cookie recipe today, I began with a favorite recipe that I’ve baked for many years, Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. For this chocolate version, I tweaked a few ingredients including using all brown sugar and replacing the raisins with dark chocolate chips. I added a bit of molasses to add moisture that was lost from the removing the raisins, and kept the cinnamon. Because cinnamon and chocolate compliment each other so well, I think, to add more warmth to the cookie. Enjoy these chewy oatmeal cookies with a cup of hot chocolate or mug of coffee and improve your wintery, cold day!
- 4 ounces butter (1/2 cup or 1 stick)
- 7½ ounces light brown sugar (1 cup)
- 1 Tablespoon unsulphured molasses (I use Grandma's molasses)
- 1 whole egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
- 4½ ounces all-purpose flour (1 cup), I always use unbleached
- ¾ teaspoon Baking Soda
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 3½ ounces rolled oats (1 cup) I use Quaker Oats, old-fashioned (not quick oats)
- 6 ounces dark chocolate chips (1 cup)
- 2 ounces chunky walnut pieces (1/2 cup)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream room temperature butter and brown sugar together until well blended.
- Add molasses and blend.
- Add egg and vanilla and mix into batter.
- Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and mix until incorporated into batter.
- Stir in Oats just until blended.
- Add Chocolate and Walnuts.
- Using 2 TBL for each cookie or a small ice cream scoop, place cookies on a silpat or parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Bake 11 to 12 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Allow to finish baking and cool on cookie sheet.
I like chunky, large walnuts in my chewy cookies, so I buy walnut halves and and cut into chunky pieces.