I've been busy packing and preparing for my move to Chicago and my friends have been asking, is there anything you want to do before you leave? And my universal answer has been, let's bake cookies! I spent a whole day baking with my girlfriends a few days ago, Wonster came over the other day and in the quest to not waste my last few cups of flour, we managed to crank out a batch of Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies and Chocolate Chip Cookies, which turned out pretty darn delicious. Tomorrow, I'm going over to my cousin's to bake macaroons and Girl Scout Samoas cookies. Man ... I am going to miss these moments. Sniffle, sniffle.
OK, enough sappiness, I know you want to get down to business and figure out, what is the recipe for these glorious cookies. Here they are, courtesy of the Food Network.
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Wayne Harley Brachman
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups rolled (old-fashioned) oats
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Set 2 racks in the middle and upper thirds of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, oats, and pecans together with a whisk or fork.
In a large bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together for 30 seconds until blended. Beat in the egg until smooth and barely fluffy. With mixer running on medium high, drizzle in the maple syrup, and vanilla until incorporated. Turn the mixer down to its lowest setting and gradually add the flour-oatmeal mixture.
Blend just to combine, then mix in the chocolate chips. Drop walnut-sized balls of dough onto a nonstick or parchment-lined cookie sheet at 3-inch intervals. With moistened fingers, flatten and round out the cookies a little.
Bake for 9 minutes, turning the pan once for even baking. The cookies are done when they are lightly browned on top. Set the cookie sheets on a rack to cool.