Weirdo me prefers my chocolate chip cookies minus the chocolate chips.
It must be because I like the rich, smooth cookie base but the semisweet chocolate coats my tongue.
So I asked myself, “Is it possibly to make a classic cookie classy?”
Well, I think yes. And guess, what? This recipe is just a bit healthier without compromising buttery, crunchy goodness. I use vegetable oil, an unsaturated fat source, and oatmeal for added fiber. Classy and lighter. A win-win.
By no means are these cookies a health food. They are still a treat…just a little less heavy.
I finally decided that I need to start experimenting with my own recipes. It’s fun and all to adapt other people’s recipes, but a unique sense of ownership comes from making up your recipe from scratch.
Welcome to my first original recipe.
The magic ratio for the standard 2 dozen cookie recipe, according to Baker Bettie:
- 1/2 cup fat (butter, oil)
- 1 cup sweetener
- 3/4-1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt (this is essential)
- 1 egg (binder)
- 1 tsp baking soda/baking powder (leavening agents)
- Liquid flavorings (1 teaspoon)
- Fun add-ins (chocolate chips, coconut, candy, nuts)
Classy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 60 cookies
8 tablespoons (1 stick) softened butter
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, cream butter and add oil. Add sugar and mix together well.
- Beat in eggs and vanilla extract
- Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add all at once to wet ingredients and stir.
- Fold in chocolate chips.
- On a baking sheet, drop by tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake 10-12 minutes until edges are golden brown.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for five minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack.
I hope you all enjoy these cookies with a tall glass of milk! Comment below to tell me how they turn out.
P.S. I donated 50 of my cookies to the Ronald McDonald House for pediatric cancer patients located in my hometown. I hope these cookies brought smiles to their faces!