Welcome to my family's favorite chocolate chip cookies for Christmas.


  •  2 1/2 cups oatmeal, blended
  •  2 cups flour
  •  1/2 teaspoon salt
  •  1 teaspoon baking powder
  •  1 teaspoon baking soda
  •  1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  •  1 cup granulated sugar
  •  1 cup brown sugar
  •  2 eggs
  •  1 teaspoon vanilla
  •  12 oz. chocolate chips (2 cups)
  • 1 (4 oz.) Hershey bar, grated (optional)
  •  1 1/2 cups chopped nuts (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Blend oatmeal: Measure and process in a blender to a coarse powder.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and baking soda
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars, on medium-high speed, until well light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until well blended, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Add flour mixture; mix just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips, grated chocolate, and nuts, if using. (Optional: cover dough and chill 30 minutes - add a minute or two to the cook time if using chilled dough.)
  • Roll into balls and place two inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. (Take the cookies out of the oven 1 or 2 minutes before the cookies are cooked, as they will continue to cook on the baking pans.).
  • Let cookies cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet before transferring cookies to racks to cool completely.