The Best Christmas Cookie Recipe Ever: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

For years my sister and I have made batches and batches of these cookies. I’m not even sure when we started or where we got the recipe from. It just sort of became a tradition and I must say that every member of my family is thankful for this tradition because these are some good cookies.

I’m so not kidding.

They are the kind that you could eat, and eat, and eat. They are yummy.

I happen to think they are so good because of the steps taken in the recipe. The ingredients are run of the mill but the way they are used gives these cookies a texture and flavor that is incomparable to any other cookie we’ve ever tasted.

I’ll share with you how Andrea, Tori and I make them by setting up stations but you are free to make them however you choose.

Station 1

Supplies Needed:

  • mixer
  • mixing bowl
  • small bowl to crack eggs in
  • scraper
  • measuring spoon

Ingredients Needed:

  • 2 cups of room temperature butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Preheat the oven to 375°. This station should begin working first. The butter should be room temperature. Toss it in the mixer and let it begin whipping up the goodness. After a minute or so add the sugars. Let it beat that mixture for at least 2-3 minutes on medium speed. Once the sugar/butter mixture is frosting consistency begin adding one egg at a time. Crack the eggs in a separate bowl first to be sure there are no shells. Beat each egg just until combined and then add the next. Once all of the eggs are combined with the mixture add the vanilla. Beat for one more minute then place the mixing bowl at station 3. This job goes to Tori since, well, I don’t know why. It’s just her job. 🙂

Station 2

Supplies Needed

  • blender or food processor
  • measuring cup
  • grater
  • bowl

Ingredients Needed

  • 5 cups of oatmeal
  • Hershey bar
  • 3-4 cups of pecans (usually one bag)

This station will be doing the pulverizing. This is my job! I start by adding the 5 cups of oatmeal to the food processor then I put it on high speed until I have oatmeal flour. Once that is done I put the oatmeal in the large bowl at station 3. NOTE: if you use a blender then you should only do one cup at a time. Don’t try to do all 5. It won’t work unless you have a blender worthy of appearing in Transformers as Optimus Prime’s sidekick. Next I put the pecans in the food processor and pulse it until they are very finely chopped.  I add that to the large bowl at station 3. Finally, I grate the Hershey bar (or drop it in the food processor) until it is finely grated. When I’m done, you guessed it, I add it to the bowl at station 3. Station 2 mission complete.

Station 3

Supplies Needed

  • extra large bowl
  • scraper
  • 4-6 cookie sheets
  • small cookie scoop
  • whisk

Ingredients Needed

  • chocolate chips
  • 4 cups of flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • non-stick spray
  • all completed ingredients from stations 1 and 2.

First, spray the pans with the non-stick spray. Next, put all of the dry ingredients into the large bowl and whisk until well combined. This includes the pecans, oatmeal, and chocolate from station 2. Once the dry ingredients are combined add the wet ingredients from station 1. Manhandle…I mean mix it well. This is my sister’s job. She is the manhandler among us. You may have to take turns with this since this batter tends to get thick and tough to fold. Your goal is to make sure all dry ingredients become wet. Or gooey as my niece says. Once all of that is well combined, fold in your chocolate chips.

Finally, scoop or spoon them onto cookie sheets. We bake 2 sheets side-by-side at one time. They will bake at 375° for 7-9 minutes depending on your oven. Do not bake them any longer than that. They will look like they aren’t baked all the way (wet, gooey inside) but they are. These cookies need to dry out for about 10 minutes before they are ready. The gooeyness is part of their goodness. If you bake them any longer they will be hockey pucks. Trust me. k?

Station 4

Supplies Needed

  • cooling racks
  • spatula
  • containers or plates for cookies

This station is where the cooling takes place. When the cookies are done place them on the cooling racks to let them harden up a bit. Once they are ready remove them from the pans and place them onto plates. You must make room for the next set of pans that are about to come out of the oven.

This batch makes about 100 cookies. We make two to three batches and keep some for ourselves and give away many as gifts. This is a great gift idea for neighbors, the mail carrier, garbage collectors, or anyone else that you’d like to give a thoughtful but affordable gift to. Tomorrow I will show you how I use plain ol’ paper bags and pretty them up to hold the deliciousness that is these cookies. The bags are almost as good as the cookies…almost.

Here is the recipe all together in case you need it that way:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of room temperature butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 5 cups of oatmeal
  • Hershey bar
  • 3-4 cups of pecans (usually one bag)
  • chocolate chips
  • 4 cups of flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • non-stick spray

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Measure and blend oatmeal to a fine powder in blender or food processor. Set aside.

Measure and blend pecans to a fine powder in blender or food processor. Set aside.

Grate entire chocolate bar. Set aside.

Cream room temperature butter. Add both sugars and mix for 2-3 minutes.

Add eggs one at a time and mix until well incorporated.

Add vanilla. Mix well.

Mix all dry ingredients (flour, oatmeal, pecans, grated chocolate, salt, baking soda and baking powder) well.

Add wet ingredients and mix until all dry ingredients are wet and mixture is well blended.

Fold in chocolate chips.

Scoop or roll dough and place on greased cookie sheet 2 inches apart.

Bake for 6-9 minutes at 375 degrees.

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Comments

  1. I’ve looked several times and can’t find an amount for the pecans.  How many?  This looks like a great recipe!  I can’t wait to make it!

    • Agh. I’m sorry, Kelly. I guess that is what I get for not really measuring the pecans. Usually we just buy a bag and use them all. It is about 3-4 cups. I’m sorry about that. 🙂

  2. I am such a ‘slice and bake’ kind of girl, but I made these with my daughters last night, set up the stations, boxed them up to bring to neighbors today. Awesome. I think a new tradition is born.

  3. I have to make cookies for my hubby for work… guess what recipe I’m making?

  4. Okay chocolate with anything is awesome but I love oatmeal – thanks for the recipe and just a question any time I make cookies the bottoms are burnt but the tops are somewhat not done yet – any ideas?

    • You know what, Alaina… it could be your oven. Either the rack is not directly in the center or the oven’s thermostat is off. You can also try cooking on parchment paper. It really helps.

  5. You are so my friend today. You have no idea. We must meet, have coffee, eat these, and shop.

    Seriously, are you heading up the inCourage thing here??

    • I would LOVE that! Yes, I am heading up the inCourage event here. Tell me you’re coming!! We should get together before that though…

      • I was thinking about it. I will have to get with my sis and see what her plans are. We so need to do something… I will email you. 🙂

        Ginger

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