Friday, September 5, 2008

Dark chocolate oatmeal cookies

Dark chocolate oatmeal cookies

Eating fibers and grains is a key element for one’s good health – I have no problem there, but know that many people can’t stand them, especially kids. And my husband. :S

One alternative is tricking the kids into eating oats by adding them to baked goods - I have already done that with my nieces, without much success.
It’s like Brad Pitt’s “rich” acting skills - they only become tolerable with these gentlemen I love so much.

So, for those who don’t like oats I recommend these cookies. They taste amazing and will be gone in no time – oats and all. :)

Dark chocolate oatmeal cookies

Dark chocolate oatmeal cookies
slightly adapted from here

1 ½ cups (210g) all purpose flour
½ cup (45g) unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup (226g/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup (200g) sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons thin rolled oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chunks

Preheat oven to 180ºC/350ºF; line two large baking sheets with baking paper.

Whisk first flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together in medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until fluffy. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until blended. Add flour mixture and beat until moist clumps form. Mix in oats with spatula until evenly distributed (dough will be very firm). Add chocolate chips and white chocolate chips and knead gently to blend.

Using moistened palms or a cookie scoop, shape 1 generous tablespoon dough into ball. Place on prepared sheet; flatten to 5cm (2-inch) round. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing rounds about 5cm (2 in) apart.

Bake cookies until center is slightly firm and top is cracked, about 14 minutes – mine needed 16. Cool on sheets.

Makes about 2 dozen

Dark chocolate oatmeal cookies

27 comments:

The Food Librarian said...

Lovely looking cookies!!! I'm going to need to try these.

ovenhaven said...

"So, for those who don’t like oats I recommend these cookies."

I believe that would be me, and to have you recommend them, I'll definitely give these a try!

Btw sweetie, I've an award waiting for you at my blog :)

Sarah said...

What a great idea! These look great.

Breadchick Mary said...

These are being bookmarked for my Christmas packages! Never too early to start thinking about what you are baking for the holidays ;-)

Deborah said...

I was just telling someone else this morning that I only like oats if they are in my cookies! These look delicious!

sammyw said...

These look amazing! Happy Friday!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

You don't have to trick me into eating these -- I love oatmeal cookies, and I love chocolate cookies. And the two together? What a great idea!

noble pig said...

I've never had dark choclate with oatmeal, it sounds like the perfect combo to an oat lover like me.

Peter G said...

Dark chocolate is delicious, yet combining it into a cookie is even more delicious! Love how you added he oatmeal in this...a clever disguise!

Manggy said...

Frankly I have no idea what's so objectionable about oats. They add texture and make the baked goods more wholesome! So when you combine it with dark choc-- that's even more heavenly for me! :D

Laura said...

These cookies look great! I love a good double chocolate cookie and I think the oatmeal would add a nice chewy texture to them.

Arfi Binsted said...

I love dark chocolate. When making cookies like this, I always eat them when they are still warm as the chocolate chunks are still wet and melted. YUM!!! with a glass of milk before going to bed? Well, not for me, otherwise I'll be up all night hehehe... I guess, for some people this can be the ritual anyway. I am sure everyone will love this cookies!

RecipeGirl said...

Great idea! You can also whir the oats in the food processor to make them more into an oat flour so they're not so chunky in the cookie.

Tartelette said...

We like our oats in cookies too, but chocolate cookies? Yum!!

Gigi said...

Patricia where do find such great recipes? These cookies sound divine!

Leonor said...

I love chocolate cookies and yours with oatmeal look delicious!!

Great job!
:)

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I LOVE oats in baked goods! I think it really makes their taste come out and gives great texture!

Dragon said...

These could be my new favourite cookies. Yum! I've given you an award. Come by my blog to collect it. :)

Allen of EOL said...

Mmmmm, a delightful looking chocolate cookie!

Passionate About Baking said...

Great cookie this...oats & dark chocolate...YUM!!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Food Librarian, you should, darling! :)

Hey, beautiful, thank you for the award!
xoxo

Sarah, thank you!

Mary, darling, I think you are right - it's better to start in advance!

Deb, thank you!

Sammy W, thank you for stopping by!

Lydia, they were gone pretty fast, so I think people here love oatmeal more than I thought they did! :)

Cathy, do try these, sweetie!

Pete, good for kids! :)

Mark, I love them too - but many people don't and like you I don't know why either! :)

Laura, a chewy and healthy touch! :)

Arfi, and I ate lots of dough, too... It was delicious! :)
I don't drink anything before bedtime for the same reasons, darling! lol

RecipeGirl, that sounds like a plan - tks for sharing!

Helen, thank you, darling!

Gigi, you are so sweet, thank you!

Leonor, thank you, darling!
xx

Jenn, and it makes them a bit healthier! Isn't it a plus? :D

Dragon, I'll be checking it out, tks!

Allen, thank you my friend!

Hi, darling! Thank you!

Lorraine E said...

I need no convincing, I love oats, I love chocolate and I love cookies! Great stuff Patricia!

LyB said...

Tricky, tricky! I love oats, and chocolate, so no problem here dear! You sure have a way with cookies, they look delicious!

diva said...

great looking cookies! and definitely a great way for adding fibre..which is what we usually do with leftover muesli - chuck it into cookie batter. still tastes great and i always love the bite it adds to em cookies :)

Niki said...

These are awesome because I'm trying to eat better myself and this way, I can have my chocolate AND goodness too!

kbunni said...

just made these. they're so delicious, i could eat them all myself! thanks for sharing :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Kbunni, thank YOU for letting me know how they turn out! That is great news!

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