How To Turn A Chocolate Chip Cookie Into The Best Oatmeal Cookie
You can make almost any cookie into an oatmeal cookie.
Chocolate chip cookies are an easy favorite. It's got that vanilla-infused cookie base with its caramel¬†notes and it's studded with chocolate chips. If you use chunks or even buttons, you get mini pools of melted chocolate.¬†
You can easily eat more than one cookie if you're a cookie monster but if your aim is to make it a heartier cookie, there's an easy way to do that: add oatmeal.¬†
Oatmeal is a versatile ingredient, especially for cookies. There are two ways to make any cookie into an oatmeal cookie: stir it¬†right in or finely grind it before adding it to the mix.¬†This however is dependent¬†on the kind of oatmeal you use. There are at least three kinds of oatmeal readily available in markets: instant oatmeal, quick-cooking oatmeal, and rolled oats. You want to either use quick-cooking oatmeal or rolled oats for cookies.
Avoid¬†using instant oatmeal¬†(and steel-cut oats) in any cookie recipe, including the no-bake versions. Why?¬†Instant oatmeal isn't meant to be cooked. It's precooked which is why boiling water will soften it in a few minutes. This is great for quick breakfasts and snacks, but¬†the way it's been processed will result in a gummy and dense cookie that you won't find appetizing to eat.
Quick-cooking oats¬†are less processed but yields a better-textured cookie while rolled oats give you the chunkiness that you might be looking for in an oatmeal cookie.
Whether you love oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips or chocolate chip cookies with oatmeal, you can just as easily fall in with this¬†combination. If you're not sure how to add¬†oatmeal into existing chocolate chip cookie recipes, here's how to to make almost any cookie recipe into an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe:¬†¬†
1¬†Stir oatmeal into the dough.
If you have just made your cookie dough, you can easily stir in either quick-cooking or rolled oats. You can stir in as much as 2 cups¬†oatmeal¬†or oats to the dough. You want to add just enough to keep the cookie dough from becoming too stiff and ruining the texture of the final cookie. You also don't want to add too little that you're left guessing if there is any oatmeal at all!¬†
If you're adding quick-cooking oatmeal, you can add as little as 1 cup up to¬†2 1/2 cups. Even 1 cup is a good hearty amount to add. If you're using rolled oats, you can add more as this will not affect the cookie dough's texture as much as quick-cooking oatmeal will. Instead, it¬†will¬†make a chunkier cookie in the end.¬† ¬† ¬†
2¬†Make oatmeal flour.¬†
The other way is to finely grind the oatmeal. You can do this with either¬†kind of oats. The quick-cooking oatmeal or rolled oats can be turned into a powder or oatmeal flour by grinding it in either a blender or food processor. The result is a chocolate chip cookie with oatmeal that you might never know if you didn't make it at home!¬†
Here's how to do it: In a food processor, process the oats until finely ground. (You may need to do this in smaller batches if using a blender.) Transfer to a large bowl. Sift¬†if desired to remove any large pieces that didn't become ground as finely.¬†
You can even use this oat flour in place of wheat flour for a¬†gluten-free flour option.¬†¬†
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