Spiced Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Spiced Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have always thought of the traditional Oatmeal Raisin cookie as rather boring and bland.  My son won’t eat anything with raisins in it so I played around with the typical recipe (ie. the version printed on the top of the Quaker Oats canister) till I hit upon this combination.  By substituting the chocolate chips for the raisins I was able to cut back on the amount of sugar while making them chocolately.  Increasing the amount of vanilla and cinnamon and the addition of nutmeg, allspice and cloves gave a little punch to an otherwise fairly bland cookie.

Printable Recipe

Chewy and Spicy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Yield:  48 cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) room temperature butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups old fashioned oats – NOT instant
1 Bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1.  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
2.  Combine in a bowl flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves and salt.  Set aside. 
3.  In mixer, on medium, with paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars till smooth
4.  Beat in eggs and vanilla till smooth
5.  With mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture untill well combined
6.  Stir in oats and chocolate chips.  If your mixer has a small bowl this batter may climb up the paddle.
7.  Drop rounded teaspoons of batter onto cookie sheets
8.  Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until slightly golden brown.  If you bake two cookie sheets at a time then be sure to rotate the sheets top to bottom and front to back at about 6 minutes.  This will ensure even cooking of the cookies