Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

My friend's 5 year old daughter goes for a baking class and I heard that they whip up quite a few delicacies there - like quiche, sugar cookies, irish soda bread, cakes and so on... It reminded me of the Cooking class that was offered at our school during our 'interest period'. We were allowed to pick 2 classes each year and we could pick from embroidery, carpentry, photography, carnatic vocal, veena, violin, guitar, bharathanatyam, cooking, flute, mirudhangam and so on... I was rather keen on the cooking class - mainly because we got to eat the treats that were made and they were quite different (mostly snacks and sweets) from the usual fare we get a home but my mom dissuaded me saying that I would most probably be doing a fair bit of cooking later on in life and this was my chance to try out something else. We did get a taste of some of the yummy treats from friends who were in the cooking class from time to time.. and I'm glad I picked Veena and Embroidery - immensely enjoyed myself.

So, this little girl came with a recipe card when she visited our place and we set about re-creating the chocolate chip oatmeal cookie she had made in her previous class. She was so excited and helped in measuring, mixing and also putting spoonfuls of the dough onto the baking sheet. We loved the crispy, crunchy taste of the cookies so I wrote down the recipe and made it again a while ago.. Thank you Joshna for this fabulous recipe.

Yield - 30 to 40 small cookies

All purpose Flour - 1 cup
Oats (I used Quaker old fashioned) - 2/3 cup
Butter - 1/2 cup
Chocolate Chips - 1 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup

Brown Sugar - 1/2 cup
Vanilla - 1 tsp
Egg - 1
Baking Soda - 1 tsp
Baking powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - a tiny pinch

1) Preheat oven to 375F. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder and salt with a wire whisk.

2) Beat softened butter, brown sugar and sugar on medium, till creamy and smooth.

3) Add the vanilla and egg, beat on low till incorporated.

4) Add the dry ingredients and beat until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

5) Drop rounded spoonfuls of the dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet (atleast 2 inches apart) and bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until lightly golden. Allow to cool completely to get the crunchy taste...

I wanted to take this opportunity to mention some awards that I've received...
JZ & Ramya were sweet to give me the 'Giant Bear Hug' Award - Thank you girls for your generosity...

I would like to pass this onto my good friends Seema , TBC , Rajitha & Kribha

Madhavi has given me the 'Blogging with a Purpose' Award - extremely kind of her. I would like to pass this onto Viji, JZ, Sig, Easy Crafts and Nandita.

Vegetable Platter - has given me the Yummy Blog Award. Thank you so much! :)


  1. The cookie looks pretty Laavanya...enjoy the awards :-)

  2. cookies look delicious..great entry!!

  3. which schools did all u chicks go yaar...my dummy school had no such crap...only needlework :(..boy did i suck at it..i wish i paid more attention. I think it is cute that lil kids have these classes like cooking..i guess they can be messy! The cookies look yummy....so how many did the cutie-pie kutti eat...and how about u :D

    and thnks for passing me the award and you definately deserve all 3 and more :)

  4. Cookies look superb...Congrats on the awards and thanks for thinking of me...have added the same in the side bar

  5. delish cookies! and congrats on ur awards!

  6. did u say 5-year old.. and quiche?? gosh! i have to start making them then :D nice recipe this one :)

  7. congrats on ur awards..

    the cookies look yumm!! i have made many types of cookies, but i dont know why i've never made these!!

    theres something extra for u on my blog. come and get it!!

  8. lovely cookies..congrats on your awards..

  9. delicious cookies, Laavanya! congrats on the awards.

  10. Cookie is looking delicious Lavanya..COngrats on ur awards.Enjoy it

  11. cute little cookies......enjoy your awards.

    5 years baking quiches ad soda bread is really amazing

  12. lovely cookies and congrats for all the wonderful awards..

  13. yummm, cookies look d-lish! a baker in the making, the lil' one :)
    Congrats on all the awards, Laav!

  14. Wow, how pretty they are :) Congrats on your well derseved awards....

  15. Cookies are looking great. Wish I could bake some.

  16. My school had a crafts class for one brief year - remember some basic embroidery stitches. Don't think we were taught anything else! Enjoy your awards.

  17. that looks absolutely delicious! gotta make this tomorrow! :-)

  18. I believe we called the "interest period" a "hobby period" in my school. You had so many choices! We were forcibly made to knit, crochet and embroider!:-( I hated it but had to finish all the proects so I made my cousin bro( who had just landed up in Bombay in search of a job or something, and hence stayed with us for a bit) do it for me. :D Shame on me, na?

    Cookies are something I've never tried making... don't know why! But if a five-year old can, I can too.:D

    Congrats on all your awards, Laavanya, and thank you so much for mine. Hugs to ya!

  19. Cookies looks great, very nice recipe!!!

  20. cookies looks delicious lavanya & congrats on ur awards.

  21. Yummy cookies, Lavanya! and Congrats on all your awards :)

  22. Congrats all all awards & thanks for passing me one too! Cookies look Delicious....Joshna going for Cooking classes, Latha is lucky :-)

  23. Baking class for 5 year old, now that is something neat. The cookie looks very nice and yummy.

    Congratulations on all the awards!

  24. Your mom is a very wise woman Laav... :) I goofed off in my craft classes... :) Congrats on all your awards and thanks for thinking of me... :)

  25. hard to believe yaar :)they look delicious n u deserve more awards n i have one more for u:)chk it out

  26. 5 year olds making quiche, soda bread..waaahh !
    Getting a complex now..
    Great cookies..the oatmeal makes it easier on the conscience:)

  27. hey laavs, abt ur question on the choco things on the tiramisu plate, they are just chocolate coated raisins. nutties have some wafer like things inside right? :-) anyways, i can have anything with chocolate!! :-)

  28. Thank you Sunita & Divya.

    Rajitha... I love my school for so many reasons and this is one of them :) She did it quite well not too messy but once my daughter intervened and wanted to play a part as well it was a different story! Thanks Rajitha :)

    Thanks EC and you are most welcome.

    Thank you Skribles..

    Nags, it does give us a complex right? :)

    JZ, thank you!! My daughter is a big fan of chocolate chip cookies and goes gaga every Wednesday when they give them out - she screams 'Cookie Day'!! The oats give it a nice crunch. Thanks for clarifying the raisin coated chocs.. nutties have a butterscotch/praline kinda filling :)

    Thank you Sowmya, Uma, Kamala, Bhags, Hetal, Richa, Cham, Hima.

    Sra, I loved these classes.. I gave bharathanatyam a shot as well but always stuck to veena. Loved embroidery too.. kept me busy during holidays as well.

    Arundathi, I hope you do.

    TBC, ha ha.. you big bully of a cousin huh ? :) Of course you can - it's very easy.

    Thank you madhavi, trupti, sujatha.

    Seema, for sure and now joshna has convinced latha to even get a stand mixer and they whip up quite a few delicacies together :)

    Thank you RC. I think it's fun and they learn to follow instructions, measure, even fractions...

    Sig, she definitely is.. :) She always made sure that i gave my extra-curricular activities importance. Even if I had a public exam the next day she just wouldn't allow me to cancel my vocal / veena class. She would justify it as a well-needed break from all that studying.

    Thank you Ramya - you are too kind.

    DB, I know.. it's truly amazing but good for them.

  29. COngrats on ur award. Nice cookies

  30. CONGRATES for the awards dear. ur cookies are delicious by their looks. lovely. will try them.

  31. Congratulations on the awards... The cookies look yummy!

  32. Baking is mainly measurement Laavanya. Very interesting one. Nice cookies and thanks for the award. Viji


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