When I feel like baking, but don’t want to get super involved in something that’s going to make a mess, I resort to making cookies. Most cookie recipes are very simple, and take no time at all to prepare. This day in particular I was really craving a cookie, but I wanted something a little more snazzy than your average chocolate chip. SO, I decided to make oatmeal chocolate chip. This baking experience was somewhat life altering because I learned the value of chilling your cookie dough before baking. Never have I ever chilled my cookie dough before in the past. Who has time for that? I do not want to delay the eating of the cookies any longer than I have to! This recipe told me to chill my dough for at least 2 hours. After I initially rolled my eyes in disgust and annoyance, I decided to just suck it up and do it. Look at me, following directions. I’m growing up.
Let me tell you, chilling the dough made a big difference.
The cookies came out so nice and thick. All our cookies in the past tended to spread out and bake down. Then once you take them out of the oven, they begin to flatten out even more. They still taste delicious, they are just kind of sad and smooshed looking. Nobody wants to be sad and smooshed looking, not even cookies.
These cookies didn’t do that! They kept their shape and stayed nice and thick. They were dense and perky and filled my heart with glee. They looked like a dream. I will forever be chilling my cookie dough from now on. Good things come to those who wait.
Always chill your dough, people!
These did not last long in our house. I ate 3 at one time. But they are mostly oats. And oats are good for you. Therefore, no regrets.
Recipe adapted from Averie Cooks