If you are looking for a cookie that keeps well but aren’t interested in recipes calling for shortening or vegetable oil, these Nutty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with butter and stay surprisingly fresh tasting on day 2 and 3. In fact, years ago I made these for a friend stationed in the Middle East. After reluctantly sending them overseas and worrying they wouldn’t taste good after the journey, I got a report back that the troops loved them.
Through the years I’ve played with the recipe by mixing and matching different kinds of nuts and chocolate and experimenting with various flours, my favorite being a mix of bread and all-purpose. The cookies have a lot of sugar, but it’s offset by the nuts, oatmeal and unsweetened coconut. The recipe also calls for cinnamon which gives the cookies a little something when used in a very small amount.
For the nuts I usually roast whole almonds and chop them up, but for this latest batch I used a mixture of whole almonds, sliced almonds and walnuts. Here’s another lovely old photo from my pre iPhone camera days.
And here’s the updated recipe! Feel free to make changes, but one change I don’t recommend is taking out the nuts. If you are looking for a good oatmeal chocolate chip or oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies without nuts, my favorite as of late is Barbara Bush’s Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe.
- 2 sticks (230 grams) unsalted butter, cold and cut up
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar (190 grams)
- 1/2 cup cane sugar (95 grams)
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (can use more if desired)**
- 1 teaspoon plus a tiny pinch. Reduce to 1/2 teaspoon if using salted butter
- 250 grams of flour. This is about 2 cups of sifted AP, but I recommend weighing. Also, I like using a mixture of half bread flour and half all-purpose.
- 2 cups oats, old fashioned type
- 1 cup (56 grams) finely shredded unsweetened coconut (I use "Let's Do Organic!" brand)
- 10 oz bittersweet chocolate chips (or your favorite chocolate)
- 130 grams (1 generous cup) roasted almonds, roughly chopped or whatever types of nuts you like
- Optional: A handful or so of butterscotch chips
- In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attached, beat the butter until creamy. Add sugars and beat for about 4 more minutes, scraping the bowl often.
- Add eggs one at a time and beat until just blended, then beat in vanilla, baking soda and salt, scraping bowl often.
- Add flour and mix at low speed until just blended. Stir in oats, coconut, chocolate, and nuts.
- Using a 1/3 cup measure as a scoop, scoop up about 18 mounds of cookie dough and set on a plate lined with plastic wrap. Mold each mound into a compact ball and then flatten slightly.
- Chill flattened dough portions overnight or for as long as you can stand to wait. If you are in a hurry, you can skip the chilling, but the cookies are better when made with chilled dough.
- When ready to bake, place on parchment lined baking sheets.
- Arrange oven rack so that it is in the top third of the oven, and bake the cookies for about 15 to 18 minutes at 375.
- Alternatively, you can just bake at 350 for slightly longer or at 325 for 20 minutes. I sometimes find that baking cookies in the higher part of the oven at a higher heat makes for thicker cookies, but ovens vary.