Yesterday I made double chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. I was in the mood to bake, it was cool outside, and I needed to bribe the trash people to take my cardboard boxes. You see, in Spearfish, they aren’t supposed to take boxes. We are still unpacking here and there and it is easier to bake cookies than to drive to the dump. Plus, I wanted some cookies. I also wanted some chocolate, so it’s no surprise that I raided the cabinets for chocolate chips and found both milk and semi sweet chips. Before I go on any further, I know you are dying to know if my bribe worked. It did. She was happy to get cookies and I was happy to be rid of more boxes! And yes, I said she. We are a progressive city here in Spearfish!
Back to the cookies. I live at almost 4000 elevation and am still struggling with how the elevation affects baking. After doing some research, I realized that cutting the sugar is the key. This is good for two reasons, one- I want my cookies to turn out and 2- I am trying to be healthier and eat better. I loved the results and didn’t miss the sugar at all! I used to use 3/4 cup white sugar and 3/4 cup brown sugar. it’s up to you how you want to make them, but I think the lower amount of sugar would be fine at sea level as well. Let me know. Also, the cooking time will vary. Another also, sorry for the messy counter. I need to be more aware of that before taking a photo. That is our dump counter.
2 sticks of butter (1 cup) softened to room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons of Vanilla
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs room temperature
2 1/2 cup flour
6 oz milk chocolate chips
6 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups quick oats
This first step is key. Cream the butter for about 2-3 minutes. It should begin to turn light and almost white.
Add both sugars and continue to cream. Then add the vanilla.
Add the eggs one at a time and incorporate after each addition.
In a separate bowl, mix the flour, salt, and baking powder.
Add the dry ingredients, 1/2 at a time.
Then add the chocolate chips and the oats. This looks good enough to eat. Who needs to bake them?
They are ready for the oven.
Fresh out of the oven. Yummm.