Monday, December 27, 2010

Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip and Pecan Cookies



Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip and Pecan Cookies
adapted from Epicurious via Smitten Kitchen

Makes about 3 dozen cookies (see note 3)

Ingredients

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground clove
1 cup quick-cooking oats
2 cups chopped pecans
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Method

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment or a Silpat (nonstick baking mat). Using an electric mixer, beat the butter in a bowl until light and fluffy. Add both sugars, salt, and vanilla, and beat until well mixed, about three minutes. Stir in eggs, one at a time. Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove in a separate bowl. Add half of the flour mixture to the butter with the mixer on low speed. Once the flour has been incorporated, add the second half. Stir in the oats, pecans and chocolate chips.

Drop the dough, by the tablespoon, onto the cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven and cool the cookies on a rack. Store at room temperature in a cookie jar or other airtight container.


NOTES

Best. Cookies. Ever.

1. The original recipe had a bunch of orange zest in it. Apparently it was too much for Deb and a lot of the commenters on Epicurious. I don't like orange with chocolate much anyway, so, with the complaints in mind, I omitted it altogether. We never missed it.

2. I fresh ground (spice grinder, mortar and pestle) my cinnamon, nutmeg and clove the first time I made these. The second time I did not. You can taste the difference and I prefer the fresh. More work, but it comes across so beautifully in the final result.

3. Original says "makes 3 dozen." *LAUGHS MANIACALLY* 3 dozen COOKIES FOR GIANTS, maybe. But for normal sized cookies, it was more like 6 dozen (almost). I tripled this recipe, thinking I would have 9 dozen total (8 for my coworkers, 1 for us). After 5 hours of assembly-line style baking, I was on my 17th and final dozen and hadn't been able to stop to cook dinner. And it was the same a few days ago when I made a "single recipe" batch and ended up with nearly 6 dozen.

Just be forewarned: you're gonna be there scooping those tablespoon-sized chunks for a while. But is it worth it? You bet.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go shovel more cookies into my mouth.