One day in Target, as I was walking down the aisles (and by aisles I mean the labelled sections of the store!), I saw a bag of chocolate chips. And what was the first thought that crossed my mind? Chocolate chip cookies, of course!
I was running short of time, so I just grabbed a bag of chocolate chips, cashed my groceries and only later did I realise that chocolate chip cookies are usually made with semi sweet chocolate chips. What I had with me were milk chocolate chips. But wait, on the back of the bag was a recipe for Milk Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies. And Nestle wouldn't have put it there if not for the success stories of the recipe. Worth a shot!
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tblsp milk
1 3/4 cups milk chocolate chips
1 cup quick or old-fashioned oats
Mix the dry ingredients - flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and keep aside.
In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar. Add vanilla and egg and beat for some more time.
Beat in the flour mixture little by little alternating with milk.
Add the chocolate chips and oatmeal. Do not beat. Just mix with a spoon or spatula.
The recipe asks you to 'drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.' What I do is refrigerate the mixture for an hour or two. Then scoop out a tablespoon of the batter, roll it into a ball, place it on the baking sheet and dab it a little with my fingers. The advantage of using a tablespoon each time is you get cookies of the same size.
Bake for about 12 minutes at 375F. The edges should look a little golden brown. The cookies will be soft. Allow to cool on the sheet for a couple of minutes. The center will become harder after the cookies cool completely.
Here are the cookies, and your kids will not even know they have oatmeal in them. Nice way of sneaking in some fibre, eh?
[If you'd like to make these cookies eggless, check my post on Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies which explains replacing eggs with flax powder].