Oatmeal, chocolate chip cookies are by far my favorite. Although I love them, I rarely bake cookies for several reasons: 1) Baking is not my favorite thing. I always make a mess and end up with flour everywhere, and it is sooooo exact. It allows for little improvisation. 2) I don’t need three dozen cookies sitting around my apartment for just me to consume. 3) I don’t like using electric mixers and actively seek out recipes that do not require them.
Despite the fact that baking is not my favorite past-time, I do enjoy doing it every now and then -birthdays give me a good excuse to do this. And one of my coworkers had a birthday this week.
I did some searching on-line for cookies and found this recipe. It sounded a little more unusual than the typical oatmeal, chocolate chip cookie recipe, and also sounded great. I pulled out my dusty electric mixer (thanks Mom!) and got baking.
I made little changes to the original recipe found here, except for the following:
decreased brown sugar from 1 c. to 3/4 c.
decreased white sugar from 3/4 c. to 1/2 c.
used less orange zest than called for – I just eye-balled it.
Once everything was combined – it was really hard to stir and I’m concerned I did not incorporate the orange zest as thoroughly as necessary to ensure some cookies did not taste too orange-y…
These cookies turned out great. The different spices created a deep flavor more distinct than ordinary oatmeal cookies. They were crispy on the outside and slightly chewy on the inside. I brought half into work – and they were gone by 2:30. I brought some more to my book club that evening. I’m certainly glad to not have 3 dozen cookies sitting around here now. And not a single cookie that I had tasted too orange-y.
Note to self: Really, buy that baking rack.