It is the Holiday season and regardless of anything else going on in the world, the Holidays call for cookies!
Although I fell in love with these chocolate chip cookies a few years ago, I only got my hands on the recipe about a year ago.
You see, I am a connoisseur of chocolate chip cookies. They are my favoritest kind of cookie. In my opinion, the best chocolate chip cookie is slightly crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Also, not little. A small cookie is just annoying.
This recipe delivers.
A few disclaimers: 1) I am not a food blogger, so don't expect a fancy recipe card to download or beautiful foodie photographs. 2) I do not have an uncle named John. 3) This recipe was given to me by a good friend who does have an uncle named John who, evidently, came up with this recipe. 4) I am sharing the recipe with you with permission from my friend.
What could be better than the widely-known recipe printed on the back of the Nestle Tollhouse bag of chocolate chips, you ask? Well, Uncle John added some oats and a secret, quite unexpected ingredient. I don't know how or why this secret ingredient makes the cookies so good, but trust me, it does.
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups golden brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1 cup secret ingredient*
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 1 cup nuts or other add-ins like Reeces pieces or M&Ms, optional
In one bowl mix together the dry ingredients: flour, oats secret ingredient and baking soda. Set aside.
In another bowl cream together the butter and sugars. Add to this the eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients about 1/2 a cup at a time, mixing as you go, or "until all doughy and squishy" as my friend says.
Throw in your chocolate chips and other add-ins. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet and bake for 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges.
Repeat, repeat, repeat. This makes a LARGE batch of cookies!
Cool and enjoy!
By now you might be a little annoyed with me, wondering what the secret ingredient is.
OK so, its.....
Krusteaz Honey Wheat Pancake Mix!
What?? Yup. I don't know, I just do what I'm told.
For the love of all that is holy -- and COOKIES -- store these beauties in an airtight container so they stay perfectly chewy and delicious!
Now you know the best chocolate chip cookie recipe I've ever had. I like these cookies so much I can no longer bring myself to buy refrigerated cookie dough even though that is absolutely what I would rather do (because I'm not a foodie, ahem). No. If I'm gonna eat chocolate chip cookies, I'm gonna go to the effort to make these.
Have you ever heard of adding pancake mix to cookie dough?