Aug 5, 2010

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with walnuts and a dash of orange zest!

A few weeks ago I started to have a craving for oatmeal cookies. However, as I’ve shared with you before I also cannot go without my chocolate for dessert. That’s when my search began. I wanted a cookie that didn’t skimp on the oatmeal cookie taste but also had my chocolate to satisfy all cravings. Of course I could have made normal oatmeal cookies and thrown some chocolate chips in the mix but when I was taking a look at one of my favorite food blogs smitten kitchen (love!) I found a cookie that immediately caught my attention! She had these oatmeal chocolate chip pecan cookies but they had an addition of orange zest. I was intrigued!

These cookies made my list of “needs to be baked soon” recipes and once I made a up a batch I was sold! They hit the spot and were so delicious that I just had to share them. I switched up a few things and while some people may not be a huge fan of the orange addition, we thought it was almost refreshing! It’s not overpowering at all but you just get this slight bit of orange flavor that I think is wonderful with the chocolate and oatmeal spices! YUM! Lucky for us, I used my small scoop to form the cookies and we found ourselves with oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for over a week!! No complaints here!

You’ll need the following to whip up these yummy cookies:


(Slightly adapted from Smitten Kitchen. Made approximately 60 small cookies.)

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 12 oz bag of semi sweet chocolate chips

Like most cookie dough, this was supper quick to throw together! Start by beating together the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in a mixing bowl on medium speed. Once this is completely combined and at that creamy mixture stage, add in the eggs, one at a time. Make sure they are completely incorporated. Next pour in your vanilla extract.

Cookie dough in the making.

That’s all your wet ingredients. Now, I know most baking recipes like you to combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and then add them to the wet ingredients. I’m not going lie, I usually skip this step because I don’t want to dirty another dish and so far, the times I have skipped out, my baking results have tasted delicious! No tragic losses as of yet! So, I usually add the dry ingredients in a particular order. For these cookies, I add the baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt, and orange zest and let that mix for a minute. Then I add the oats, mix, and then the flour. I am not exactly a fan of adding all the flour at once, as you make the dough and mixer mad and it reciprocates by spitting half the flour right back at you! So, I usually add half a cup at a time and allow the flour to slowly become incorporated with the everything. Once you’ve added all the flour you can add the last ingredient (what I believe one of the most crucial ingredients) the chocolate chips!

Cookie dough complete and ready for baking!

I usually preheat the oven for cookies when I am done making the cookie dough but that’s just because I’m a little slow putting everything together! Preheat to 350. I took smitten kitchen’s suggestion for these and lined my baking sheets with parchment paper and that was one of the best suggestions I’ve followed. The cookies held their little shape AND, the best part, clean up was a cinch! Definitely go for the parchment paper! I used my little scooper and put the dough on the sheets, and let them cook approximately 12 minutes. Be sure to start checking around 10 minutes though, as all ovens cook a little differently!

Cookies ready for oven!

These cookies were a perfect addition to my chocolate chip cookie variation repertoire! I’m always looking for new ways to make a chocolate chip cookie with a twist! The dough is very sturdy so it would also hold up pretty well in the freezer if you wanted to make the dough, bake a few cookies, and then store some for times when you want to bake some fresh for company or yourself! We didn’t try this, but with the oatmeal cookie spices and the chocolate chips, I think they would be great cookies to crumble and top a wonderful bowl of vanilla ice cream with! It’s so hot outside, I have ice cream on the brain I suppose! No matter if you pair the cookies with another sweet or just eat them plain they are a winner in my cookie book!!! For now, that’s oatmeal chocolate chip walnut cookies…in the shell of a nut!

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