Apr 18, 2011

Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies (from Easter Candy Chocolate)

Baking Idea:
Don't get me wrong, I really like chocolate (I LOVE it actually) but it seems to me these days that every childhood activity is either peppered or totally showered with candy. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, gummy things, Jelly Beans--you name it, my children bring it home from various places and about 99% of the time it was given as a way to celebrate. And when you are a child, you celebrate a LOT. 
I try to take a middle-of-the-road approach and allow them to indulge a bit, but then we move on to more nutritious things.
One of my tactics for tackling the candy craziness head-on, is to divide the candy, give them a small portion and put the rest away. Then we do something with it at a later date: maybe a craft, decorate a cake or even make cookies. This way we space the "intake" out a bit. 
I have found in terms of size, that the Easter bunny chocolate bars given around this time of year are a little overwhelming for my children since they are still small. So, when we come across those large bars, we chop them up and toss them in a cookie mix.
The milk chocolate is sweeter and softer than semisweet, but "sweet" and "soft" are two combinations I love in a cookie!
So, for today's recipe curtesy of myrecipies [dot] com with slight alterations by me, I am using chocolate from a chocolate Easter bunny, cut into chunks to add to chewy (and the BEST ever) oatmeal cookies.  This recipe is MY FAVORITE of all oatmeal cookie recipes in terms of flavor and consistency as I like a really chewy and soft oatmeal cookie. It's even great without any added chocolate chunks!

Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies

  • 1  cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups uncooked regular oats
  • 1 (11.5-ounce) package semisweet chocolate mega morsels OR 2 chocolate bars (bunnies!) chopped
Preheat oven to 350°.  Beat butter and sugars at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla, beating well. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl, stirring well. Add oats; stir well. Add to butter mixture; stir until well blended. Gently stir in chocolate chunks or chips. Drop by rounded tablespoons 2 inches apart onto baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until brown around edges. Cool on pan 2 to 3 minutes or until firm. Remove cookies from pan; cool on wire racks.

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leigh hewett said...

What a clever way to use those bunnies. I am totally making these after the Easter Egg hunts have settled down.

Erika said...

What a great idea to use the candy. I like to add dried cranberries to my oatmeal cookie recipe when I want a change.

And So I Whisper said...

A very good idea.
Thank you so much for sharing.

Rebecca said...

I want cookies!! These sound great!

Susan Anderson said...

Soft oatmeal cookies are my favorite, and I love the idea of using those bunnies. My kids would always bite the ear off and waste the rest.

Nothing like reclaimed Easter bunny cookies! That's the kind of recycling I can get behind!!


Rebecca said...

Caroline, something that I thought would be fun to do if you dye Easter eggs.....(we've already eaten most of ours and had eaten them before this idea came to me).........Save the colorful shells to do a mosaic with them. I bet your girls would love this activity (my kids would love it but our shells were in the garbage disposal before it occurred to me.

......ohhh and even better? If you can find the paper that has seeds inside it and you can plant your Easter Egg shell creations and wait for the flowers to bloom

Diana Mieczan said...

I was just talking yesterday morning about this with my friend. She has 2 kids and she has such a hard time with the candy-rush that is all around especially during the Holidays. She said that just last week her kids went to 3 different Easter-spring parties and brought tons of chocolate bars home..I love this recipe and I make oatmeal cookies a lot for myself and Balazs. I adore them with a coffee:) Kisses, darling and enjoy your Tuesday
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