Thursday, December 16, 2010

Milk Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Sometimes I wonder if famous chefs and bakers ever mess up in the kitchen.

Does Martha Stewart ever make a cake and say, "Oops, I forgot the eggs?"

Does Emeril Lagasse ever slice his pork roast and realize its half raw in the middle?

Does Maggie @ Vittles and Bits ever decide to make oatmeal cookies and forget to put the oatmeal in?

Yes... yes she does.

Ok so unfortunately I'm not famous.  But can you believe that I specifically wanted to make oatmeal cookies and almost neglected to put in the main ingredient?

After finishing up mixing the ingredients, I licked some of the batter on the beaters and thought "This batter is awfully buttery."

So I added some extra flour and placed the dough in the refrigerator to chill.

A while later it dawned on me... I had no recollection of opening the canister of oats?

Good to know pre-Christmas baking is off to a glorious start. 

Milk Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 C. + 2 T. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. salt 
  • 1 C. rolled oats
  • 3/4 C. milk chocolate chips
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. Stir flour mixture into the butter/sugar mixture. Then stir in the oats & chocolate chips.

Chill dough in refrigerator 30 minutes, covered.  Preheat oven 350 degrees.

Drop rounded tablespoons of dough 1" apart on a parchment-lined (or nonstick-sprayed) baking sheet. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, taking them out when golden at the edges but still a little undercooked-looking on top. Cool on baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.

Recipe adapted from


  1. This is so funny. A few months ago Martha Stewart as on the Today show pushing a new cook book and demonstrating a recipe from it. The host asked something along the lines of "were any of the recipes you made a flop?" Martha replied no, that she has been doing this so long that everything turned out perfect. I thought YOU B*TCH! YOU LIE! I wanted to scream at the TV.
    I like hearing about it when people make mistakes in the kitchen because it reminds me that we are all human and the important thing is not to give up. Thanks for sharing this humorous mistake. BTW, I love the cookies!

  2. They were all beginners in some therefore I agree with you and with Annie's comment:) These cookies look fantastic! I can almost smell beautiful aroma of the oatmeal!

  3. The cookies are fantastic! I made some yesterday and the kids loved it! They were amazed that they were oatmeal.


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