Best Ever Homemade Chocolate Chip-Oatmeal Cookies

I really do believe that everything begins in the home.  What we like, what we don’t like, how we act and how we live outside our homes first get shaped in how we live in our own space.

Take Chocolate – or the love thereof…

My love affair with it began at a very early age.  My dad was a candyholic.  Weekend Saturday and Sunday nights were the best.  He would take us six kids to the store, buy himself and our mom their favorite candy bars (Clark Bar and Almond Joy) and then he would buy $1.00 worth of penny candy for the six of us.  Back home we would each get our own separate sandwich bag full of candy that we had anxiously watched him divide into six equal piles.  Then as a family we would watch TV – black and white of course!

Before long my dad began to fill the crystal bowl in our living room with Peanut M&M’s.  Well, besides Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Peanut M&M’s are my absolute fave.  Saturday mornings week after week and year after year I awoke first in my household, crept to the candy dish and removed a handful of these scrumptious treats.  Then I would go to the kitchen, pour myself a glass of milk, rush back to bed and blissfully read in silent heaven.  Nothing could be finer than chocolate, a warm, cozy bed and a good book to read!

As an adult in my own space I put in my head that part of making a comfy, cozy home was to have fresh baked goodies on hand.  (Must have been that June Cleaver thing.)  Now I have to admit, I’ve never been able to bake a cake- each and every one falls flat upon leaving the oven.  But, I can make a mean cookie – especially ones with chocolate chips.

So, I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to recently hear on the news how good chocolate is for us.  Too bad all those years ago no one asked me, as I would’ve been able to tell the experts. Chocolate makes me smile and makes my heart full and happy.  To this very day, my morning begins with 2 or 3 pieces of chocolate.  Let me tell you – the feel good vibes come rushing in!  Nirvana for sure!  So, now that it’s a health food, I feel it’s apropos for me to share my recipe for the best Chocolate Chip-Oatmeal Cookies ever.  And, as an added health benefit, I recommend all organic ingredients!

Without further adieu, here’s my recipe tweaked over the years to create heaven on earth:

Chocolate Chip-Oatmeal Cookies

Cookies ready for baking

Ready for baking

2 c. butter
2 c. sugar
2 c. brown sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
4 c. flour
2 c. oatmeal
2 c. oat bran
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
24 oz. chocolate chips

Cream together the butter and sugar.  Next add the eggs and vanilla, mixing well.  Add all the dry ingredients and again, mix well.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Make into golf ball size shapes and place on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 in. apart.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

Cookies ready for eating

Ready to enjoy

Helpful Hints:

  • Use all organic ingredients.
  • Remove cookies from the oven while slightly brown, as they will continue cooking on the cookie sheet while cooling.  (I like a slightly soft middle to my cookies.)
  • These cookies freeze well and you can also freeze the cookie dough for future use.

For an extra treat:

Summertime Barbeques are a fun time to make your own homemade ice cream sandwiches.  Simply take two of these cookies, spread the top of one will softened ice cream and top it off with the other cookie.  Freeze until ready to serve.

To enjoying the chocolate part of life…

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Jamie Balzer

About Jamie Balzer

Jamie has worked in the field of interior decorating for over 10 years and has owned B&A Interiors, LLC for almost as long. Partnered with her daughter, Sammi Blake, Jamie has been honored to work in homes and businesses across the country. Knowledge and experience is but part of what she has to offer. As a young girl, Jamie intuitively understood that the placement of things, the color of things, and the arrangement of things evoke certain feelings. Working together with this knowledge, experience and intuition Jamie has answered the call to her life’s purpose- teaching the spiritual truth of what she believes- “Everything begins in the home”. As a branch of B&A Interiors, LLC, Living In Perfect Harmony emerged to teach her philosophy. Jamie believes, “if you live peacefully and beautifully at home, you are well, your family is well and that helps to make the world a better place”. Jamie's most passionate role is as a mother and grandmother. Jamie currently lives and works in the Chicago area but also continues her business in Charlotte, NC as both a decorator and a homespace coach. She is certified in Reiki Therapy which she believes broadens her success as a homespace coach. Jamie is available for private consultations, lectures and seminars.

9 thoughts on “Best Ever Homemade Chocolate Chip-Oatmeal Cookies

  1. Oh, yum! Since I am a serious chocoholic, I so enjoyed this post!! Charlie and I refer to Dove Dark Chocolate as our “heart medication”, and we are on daily maintenance doses. This chocolate chip/oatmeal cookie recipe looks wonderful, and I cannot wait to try it. I never thought to turn homemade cookies into ice cream sandwiches. . . a treat waiting to happen this summer for sure!

    • Susan, I do hope you try this recipe as I guarantee they are wonderful! I have been cracking up over your “heart medication” as I get it completely- chocolate indeed makes my heart healthy as I am filled with joy with every bite of it! A joyful heart helps to make a healthy heart for sure! As for the ice cream sandwiches, they are a real fun dessert for summertime guests as they bring out the little kid in all of us!

  2. Oh….I love the picture of the pink dogwood, tell Susan thank you for sharing it, that shade of pink with my purple would be nirvana in my bedroom. Your childhood story of candy with Dad was so beautiful. I too loved the peanut m&ms best and still do. No muss-no fuss. And I can dump them in a pocket. Lately I have developed a taste for a higher cocoa content, and there is some fun flavor mixed into the chocolate as well. Bacon and chocolate is a bite of heaven. kind of a breakfast chocolate in my mind.
    Joy Stark

    • Joy, I’m really happy that you enjoyed the picture. I
      love dogwoods, and that pink really speaks to me! The trees are in my neighbor’s yard, so I get to enjoy them all spring.

    • Joy, this photo of the pink dogwood is one of my favorites of Susan’s. She truly knows how to capture Nature’s wonders. I chose this picture because of my interior decorator’s mind. Pink and Chocolate Brown go so well together and since I was doing a post on Chocolate Chip Cookies, I thought it made great sense even if on a sub-conscious level readers put the two together. My posts are full of multi- layered meanings and cues so hopefully, some readers got why I chose this photo. You so perfectly describe Peanut M$M’s as ” no muss- no fuss”. Have you ever tried them frozen? I learned the love of frozen candy from my dad as he would always bring home an extra candy bar (usually Snickers) and pop it in the freezer for later. I can still see him sitting in front of the TV watching “The FBI” while gnawing on his frozen candy bar. And speaking of my dad, he was one incredible man. He has been gone for over 23 years now, but I can say that all the better qualities of my personality without a doubt came from him. He was the kindest, most moral man I could have had as a father and modeled well to me (and my sibs) how to treat people equally. I miss him dearly! As for the bacon and chocolate, well gosh, I’m going to have to try that when my son visits. He loves bacon! Thanks once again for your lovely comments and keep reading…

  3. Oh….I have a question, how many cookies does your receipe make?
    This would be a fun surprise treat instead of cake for a chocolate friend’s birthday. Ice cream too!!!!
    Joy Stark

    • Joy, goodness what a good question – I should have put that at the bottom of my recipe! If you make the cookies ” golf ball” size, you will get about 4 or 5 dozen. This recipe makes a buch so it is good for an event such as a party. I say go unique and make these for your friend instead of the cake! Happy baking!!!

  4. I love to bake, it makes your house so good. If you have your house on the market it always looks homey if you have fresh bake cookies in your cookie jar. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    • You are so right Mary Ann ~ nothing makes a home smell better than baked goodies fresh from the oven! I know you love to bake as well, I adore your Angel Food Cakes – now, they are the bomb!
      Have a blissful day…

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