Friday, December 30, 2011

"Mouthful of Deliciousness" Cookies

Cinnamon + Brown Sugar + Oatmeal + Dark Chocolate = Yum

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour 
Photos by Bake Yourself Happy

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter flavored shortening (we used organic to avoid partially hydrogenated oils)
  • 2/3 + 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 1/4 cups dark chocolate chips

  1. BEAT together butter, shortening, brown sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and vanilla.
  2. ADD the egg and beat until smooth.
  3. BEAT in flour, oats, and cinnamon.  Mix until well combined.
  4. MIX in orange juice and chocolate chips.
  5. COVER the cookie dough and refrigerate for roughly one hour.
  6. PREHEAT oven to 375F.
  7. LIGHTLY grease baking sheets, and place cookies onto the sheets.
  8. BAKE for about 10 minutes, until the cookies are a light golden and beginning to darken around the edges.  The cookies will appear darker due to the brown sugar.
  9. COOL on baking sheets for 2-3 minutes, then remove.  Enjoy!

Cinnamon is such a fabulous spice.  It's so great when combined with brown sugar - especially if that's over a bowl of oatmeal.  When chocolate chip cookies are on the menu but you're craving something oatey, cinnamony, and brown sugary, adaptations are needed!  So that's exactly what we did.

The smell while these are in the oven is incredible.  You get a warm aroma of sweet cinnamon, with undertones of chocolate.  When the cookies finally come out of the oven and are cool enough to eat, your mouth will surely be watering.  The oats provide great texture, adding a slight chewiness to the cookie.  Every now and then, an extra burst of cinnamon flavor pops out.  When combined with a bite of dark chocolate, smiles are all but guaranteed!

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