You know how Doubletree Hotels give you a warm wonderful cookie when you check in and also some of them have free happy hour?
I stayed at a Doubletree back in January and my flight was delayed approximately 98 times so I got to the hotel at 1am and there was no cookie.
And happy hour was over.
I wasn’t terribly pleased, as you can imagine. I’ve actually been thinking about it since January.
BUT THEN this recipe kept coming up in searches and linked to other blogs I read and I realized that I hadn’t shown a new dessert recipe in awhile because I mainly stink at baking and don’t even get me started on recipe development. Not happening. So I made these. Twice. And they were delicious. And now I’ve gained 10 pounds. Worth every single one.
First, we’ll beat up on the oatmeal a little bit. Measure it in to a little food processor.
Now, we ditch the mixer! Add in the dry ingredients.
Stir really gently to mostly combine everything together.
Then add the chocolate chips and walnuts and stir juuuuuust until the dough is evenly mixed. Don’t mix for too long! I actually used two kinds of chocolate chips (you need about 1.5 bags), and really liked how that worked.
Awful. This was batch one. No joke. I made cookie thins, and thought it was because I hadn’t let the dough chill for long enough. The catch? They tasted great. Then I went back and re-read the recipe and OH LOOK I used half the amount of flour it called for. I mean really. Effing amature hour. So then we ate that entire batch, I made a proper batch, and ahhhhhh.
Try these! Eat a million! It’s a pretty big batch, so I’d suggest having friends over for mimosas on Saturday so they can eat half the batch while you drink and enjoy the warmer weather. Not that I did that last week AT ALL.
We definitely did that last week. It made up for the January Doubletree malfunction times infinity.
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup unsalted butter (two sticks), softened
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 large eggs
- 2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (any kind you have)
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- Pulse the oats in a blender or food processor. In a bowl, combine the oats, flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Whisk together and set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, add the butter and sugars. Cream until light in color, scraping the bowl as needed. Add the eggs, vanilla, and lemon juice.
- Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and stir by hand until almost combined. Add the walnuts and chocolate chips and stir to finish mixing the dough. Don't overmix!
- Let the dough chill for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight.
- When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350F and scoop the dough onto prepared baking sheets 2 inches apart. Bake for 13-15 minutes until done to your liking. Let cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes, then remove to wire racks to finish cooling.
- Eat 5 at once. Enjoy!
- 1. I left the lemon juice out of this recipe and it was just fine.
- 2. The original recipe calls for 1 cup walnuts, but I use 1/2 instead and like that ratio a little better!
- 3. For a little extra health, swap one cup of flour for whole wheat flour - it works great!