Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Best Cookies in the Entire World. I Promise.

In honor of me feeling the need to energize, I have decided to dedicate this blog to my all-time favorite cookie. It seemed like the natural thing to do.

I first made this recipe at the tender age of eight and I have not looked back since. It has become a family favorite. Perhaps it was passed down from generation to generation. Perhaps the recipe was stolen from the back of a bag of chocolate chips. Or perhaps it was sent from heaven, especially designed to bring an untold amount of bliss to my palate. I have no idea where it came from...it just sort of magically appeared one day, like it was destined to be apart of my life. It was cookie fate.

Or something like that.

So, since I have been abundantly blessed with cookie goodness, I thought I would share this most magnificent recipe with the rest of the world...namely the four people who still read my blog even though I am back home in Littleton and no longer hanging with my peeps in the Middle East.

Are you ready? Do you think you can handle this recipe?

I think you're ready. You are a fairly mature audience.

Okay, here it is: the BEST Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. Ever.

So, let's get started.

Grab a bowl, strap on an apron and prepare to be amazed:

Mixing, pouring and baking performed by Claire.

Throw in some oil, sugar, brown sugar and a couple of eggs...

A couple teaspoons of the good stuff: vanilla.
Love, love, love that smell.

Now, mix the heck out of it.

Keep going...

Now that's what you're looking for: totally mixed up
and gloopy (that is a technical culinary term).

Next, add flour, baking soda and salt. Pay no attention to the fact that the flour is sitting on top of the oatmeal. That is what you call "a short cut to cookie dough."

A picture of the salt container. I have always loved salt containers. There is just something neat about the fact that they are round and made out of cardboard. And the little metal flip-top thing that pours out the salt is so cool. Weird, I know.

Next, stir that up.

Now add the oatmeal. You know, the stuff underneath the flour.

And stir that in.

Okay, so here is the most important part.  Don't skimp, people. Think of this as an investment. Buy the good stuff. And if your grocery store doesn't carry this, just buy the richest, darkest chocolate you can find.

Come to Mama.

Now, mix that up and throw in a handfull of pecans if you are feeling wild.

I call this "perfection." A little salmonella never hurt anyone. Oh it has? Well, just don't think about it.
(Kellie F., this is for you!)

Pop them in the oven for a bit and get on the treadmill. This way it will all balance out...like eating a Snickers and a Diet Coke.
They balance out.

Now comes the good part...

Oh baby.

Oh baby baby.

I cannot tell you how good these are. Eat them as soon as they come out of the oven. I promise, you'll thank me for it.

If you are a stickler for details and measurements, here is the official recipe:
1 cup canola oil
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
3 cups oatmeal
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup pecans, chopped

Mix oil, sugars, eggs and vanilla until combined (and gloopy). Add flour, salt and soda and mix. Add oatmeal, chocolate chips and pecans and mix again.

Drop onto cookie sheet (make them as big as you want!) and bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees.

Eat them.

And you're welcome.


  1. haha... thanks for the precise measurements. The whole time i was reading, I'm like "sarah, you need to tell us how much! If i just wing it, i will end up with sweetened flour bricks!" Sarah and I will certainly make some... hope all is well!

  2. I love how you're stealing from PW! Hope you don't get hauled away for "copyright" infringement - unless she hauls you right to her ranch to meet a hottie cowboy! Somehow we have to get you two to meet. You're similar senses of humor is uncanny.
    Will you bring us some cookies??? My mouth is watering from the yummy goodness!

  3. Oh, for shame!! I agree... you seriously need to contact PW and ask her if you can apologize to her in person. Take some of those cookies. Just in case you run into a cowboy. Or four.

    Nice pics!! One thing missing from the pictorial is a photo of the apron you and/or your assistant "strapped on".

    A faithful blurker:

  4. Oatmeal chocolate chip are my very fav, so I'm totally going to make these. Thanks for the recipe, Sarah!! Oh and I agree that you and PW need to hang out (as long as I can come too!). BTW- I think you're so funny! =0)

  5. drooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool. why did i give up sweets for Lent?! these will officially be one of the first things i makde once easter comes around. i may just need to stick my head in the bowl and not even worry about the whole baking part of it.

    ps: take me with you when you go to PW's ranch, please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Ok, kiddo...we have to give credit where credit is due, so here goes: This cookie recipe came from your Aunt Dedra out in West Virginia. We all lived in Oklahoma... our kids were around the same age...and you guys were hungry all of the time! The original recipe card looks like we've baked cookies on it more than once : ) There...my conscience is clear.

  7. Thanks Mama! Now we know. So Aunt Dedra, if you are reading this, THANK YOU for the best oatmeal chocolate chip cookies EVER. You are dearly loved for so many reasons. :)