Oatmeal, Chocolate chip & Pecan Cookies


2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup light brown sugar

2 large eggs, at room temperature

1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

2 cups chocolate chips

1 cup chopped pecans.

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Put the oats in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade and process until finely ground. Transfer the ground oats to a mixing bowl. Stir in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

Put the butter in the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with the paddle. Begin beating on low speed to soften. Increase the speed to medium and beat for about 3 minutes, or until light and creamy.

With the motor running, gradually add the granulated sugar and then the brown sugar, beating until very light and creamy.

Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat to incorporate, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula after each addition. Beat in the vanilla, and when blended, slowly beat in the reserved dry mixture.

Add chocolate chips and nuts.

Lightly flour a clean, flat work surface.

Scrape the dough onto the floured surface. Lightly flour your hands and finish mixing the dough by using a gentle kneading motion, working until the dough is just blended. Do not overwork the dough; you want to be certain that all of the ingredients are blended together.

Using a tablespoon or small ice-cream scoop, make mounds of dough. Roll the dough into balls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Place the balls, about 2 inches apart, on the prepared baking sheets. Using your palm, gently flatten each ball to make a pucklike shape about 2 inches in diameter.

When all of the cookies are formed, place in the oven and bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned around the edges and set in the center. Do not overbake; you want some chewiness in the center.

Remove from the oven and, using a metal spatula, transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool.

other cookie add ons…
white chocolate chips and macadamiam nuts
toffee bits and cranberries
whatever you love.