Crispy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Author Notes: Chocolate chip cookies are delicious. So are oatmeal raisin cookies. But in my opinion, the king of all cookies is a hybrid of the two. For years, I'd been sampling and comparing oatmeal chocolate chip cookies but had never tried making my own. Until this week, that is. After one misguided attempt resulting in insipid, cakey little domes that dried out almost instantaneously, I took a step back for a minute. I thought about a standard chewy oatmeal raisin cookie -- the kind that bends as you bite into it and leaves behind a rich, spicy aftertaste. And then I thought of the chocolate chip cookies my mother used to make when I was growing up. She took the recipe from the Nestle Toll House chocolate chips bag and tweaked it so that the cookies came out flatter and crisper around the edges, with rich caramel undertones. I decided what I was really looking to achieve lay somewhere in between these two.
The resulting cookies were crisp indeed, almost lacy, with little pockets where butter and sugar had pooled to create crackly deposits of caramel. The spices were pronounced without being overbearing, and every cookie promised at least half a dozen chips. It was difficult to wait until they were cool enough to handle. I may never make plain old chocolate chip cookies again!
Merrill Stubbs

Makes about 5 dozen small cookies

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips or chunks
  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda and spices. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream the butter and two sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl once. Add the flour and spices in three additions, beating until just combined and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Do not overbeat!
  3. Stir in the oats and the chocolate chips, distributing evenly. Drop the dough in heaping tablespoons on parchment-lined baking sheets, keeping the cookies at least 2 inches apart. Flatten gently with the back of a spoon and bake for about 10 minutes, rotating the baking sheets halfway through. The cookies are done when they turn lightly golden around the edges, and the tops look almost dry. Cool on the baking sheets for a minute, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. The cookies are best still slightly warm, but you can successfully store them in an airtight container for up to a few days.

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19 days ago Manhattan Tart

The NY Times had a great article several years ago about making cookie dough early and allowing it to chill in the fridge overnight, but it also addressed the freezing question (and it's good news): http://www.nytimes.com...

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19 days ago Eva Vooijs

Thanks very much for the article, what an interesting read! But it doesn't mention freezing, just cooling in the fridge for up to 36 hours. Although I'm confident that freezing could have the same effect!

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16 days ago Manhattan Tart

Sorry, I could've sworn that was the right article. At any rate a) it WAS an interesting read, wasn't it? (I went back and re-read it;-) and b) whichever article it was that I DID have floating around in my head said that almost without exception cookie dough could be frozen to great effect. There will no doubt be some exceptions that someone can point out here; please don't, as all the dough I've frozen has worked just great. I even froze an unbaked berry cobbler -- with great results -- over the weekend. Freeze-y is easy!

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20 days ago Eva Vooijs

Has anyone tried freezing the dough? Id love to be able to make a batch on a moment's notice!

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20 days ago Crispy

Hi Eva, yes freezing works perfectly!

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19 days ago Eva Vooijs

Excellent, that's great news Crispy! I've fot a lot of baking and cooking plans this weekend, can't wait to taste and share the results!

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19 days ago Crispy

They won't last long! I cut back on the chocolate chips by about 1/2-1/3 and add currants and chopped walnuts. I roll and freeze in parchment paper (then put in a ziploc). I'll cut off a few at a time for my husband and I as a treat!

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19 days ago Eva Vooijs

I'm sure they'll be gone in a heartbeat! By freezing a couple of batches with different ingredients I can make sure my friends with various allergies don't feel left out. If they're as good as I suspect they are I might make them for the office bake sale too.

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7 days ago Eva Vooijs

They're in the oven now, straight from the freezer!

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about 1 month ago Paige Arnold

Just used your recipe and by far, the best oatmeal cookies I've ever made. Thank you!!

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about 1 month ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

You're welcome!

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about 1 month ago LLCorrado

Thank you for the recipe! Perhaps it's because I haven't baked cookies in a while, and then there's the fact that one can't go very wrong with 2 sticks of butter....but apparently, these are everyone's new favorite cookie! Received lots of praise. I substituted half the flour with whole wheat pastry flour and also added chopped toasted pecans.

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2 months ago Toby

Are rolled oats the same as old fashioned oats?

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5 months ago MaryDD

These are my new favorite! When i first went to make them i only had 2 cups of rolled oats so i added a cup of dried cranberries and i had half chocolate chips and half chocolate chunks. I was also skeptical after only 10 mins but DO take them out! Even if the top looks a bit wet. Once they have a chance to set out of the oven they are AMAZING. I left some in the oven a bit longer at first and they get pretty crunchy.

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7 months ago mitchlund

Nice and crispy. We don't have quick cooking oats, just regular get your fiber on oats. Mixed white and semi chips, added pecans. Following another comment and putting half the dough away because we have three dozen already made. Smalls are thrilled.

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11 months ago Louise Baxter Field

Whole family love these! I ran out of dark choc chips so used one cup of those plus one cup of sultanas.

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12 months ago Bente Thernøe

How much is "a stick of buttet" in punges or gram?

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11 months ago HRH

1 stick of butter is about 113 grams, or 1/2 cup :)

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12 months ago Wendy

A little to much cinnamon for me, but Alvin liked them.

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about 1 year ago Rick

Spice mix was excellent. I replaced some of the butter with coconut oil and added some shredded coconut. Came out beautifully after 10-12 minutes.

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over 1 year ago Jef

Just made these and they are wonderful. I did make a few adjustments to my liking… I substituted half the flour with whole wheat pastry flour. I added 1 tbs barley malt power and omitted the allspice and nutmeg. They have a wonderful, warm flavor.

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over 1 year ago Pat in SoCal

These are pretty darn good! I added nuts and made half with chocolate chunks for the husband and the other half with raisins for me. They are crispy and chewy at the same time. The dough is very crumbly and dry feeling. I found it easier to pick out a small ball and shape and flatten by hand. These won't last long! Thanks for all the experimenting you did to get here.

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over 1 year ago grace

These are fine: definitely crispy but the flavor isn't vastly different from other oatmeal cookies. I also tried browning the butter and using orange sugar but that didn't put it over the top either. I wanted a more pronounced nuttiness, but I think the chocolate blots this out. I might try it with nuts instead of chips.

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over 1 year ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Wasn't aiming for a unique flavor, as much as a texture I love -- let me know if you try them with nuts!

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over 1 year ago Abbie C

Just took a batch out of the oven! So delicious!

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over 1 year ago Kelly Dennison

Wow. Just...wow. I made these last night and they are gone. All gone. I decided it would be the height of selfishness to keep these to myself, so I shared them with my neighbors. All were disappointed when we ran out! Thank you so much for this recipe! It's a keeper!

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almost 2 years ago M. Burke

Heed the addiction warnings in previous posts! To prevent eating an entire batch in one sitting remove all cold milk from your home, and if necessary, bake in the presence of a vegan.

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almost 2 years ago Zagrod

Simply astounding. These were my first go at baking cookies, and everyone at my work said they were absolutely heavenly and devoured them :)

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about 2 years ago Guinevere

I made a new batch of these every couple weeks for a few months. They are so addicting, and they truly are the best cookies. I tweaked the proportions of a few ingredients to account for my poorly-insulated oven in my current apartment, and to achieve my preferred cookie texture. I will certainly be making a lot more of these as the holidays approach.

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about 2 years ago rpacheco

These are delicious. The spices definitely make them more interesting than your typical cookie...