If I had to pick a favourite cookie recipe, without a doubt, this is it. My mom has been making these cookies for my family for as long as I can remember and this very well might be the first cookie recipe I ever baked. I absolutely love these cookies and they are my go-to recipe when I am craving some home-baked goodness.
The recipe book, entitled ‘Favourite Recipes’, is a collection of recipes compiled by The King’s Messengers Society of the Christian Reform Church of Everett, Washington, and originally belonged to my mom’s mom. The collection was published in 1953, so this recipe is definitely a classic!
The original recipe actually calls for nuts, which I don’t use because why would I want to add nuts to cookies when I could add chocolate chips instead? (And don’t even get me started on raisins…) I recently also tried changing up the recipe a bit by substituting mini m&m’s in place of the chocolate chips and the results were pretty fantastic. If you look at the picture below, you’ll see the original recipe for the cookies, called Oatmeal Crispies, but I’ll provide our slightly adapted recipe, based on what we have learned from all of the batches we have made over the years.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
– 1 cup margarine
– 1 cup brown sugar
– 1 cup white sugar
– 2 eggs
– 2 tsp vanilla
– 1 1/2 cups flour
– 1 tsp salt
– 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
– 3 cups oatmeal
– 3/4 cup chocolate chips
1. Set oven to 350 degrees. Cream together the margarine and sugars.
2. Add in the vanilla and eggs, and mix well.
3. Add the flour, salt, baking soda and oatmeal.
4. Carefully stir in the chocolate chips (or mini m&m’s).
5. Use a cookie scoop to form balls of dough and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
6. Bake in the oven for about 11 minutes.
Note that the baking times differ based on your oven, baking sheet and cookie preference. I prefer a chewy cookie, so I find 11 minutes just about right. My mom, however, likes the caramelization that develops when the cookies are baked a little longer, so she’ll usually keep the cookies in for a few minutes longer than I do, resulting in a crispier cookie.
These cookies just taste like home to me and they are one of my favourite things to bake, whether it’s for something to bring to a baby shower, as a way to say thank you or for a yummy dessert when friends are coming over. Whatever the occasion, these cookies are always a hit!