Brown Sugar Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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A few days ago I stopped by my parents’ house and sitting on the counter was a can of oatmeal & a package of raisins with a note from Mom asking me to make Grandma oatmeal raisin cookies. Not problem mom, baking is WHAT I DO. Fast forward a couple of hours; eggs are room temperature, butter is softened, I go to the pantry to grab the granulated sugar. Friends, there was no granulated sugar to be had. What’s a granddaughter to do?  When grandma wants cookies GRANDMA GETS HER COOKIES DANGUMIT. I happened to have exactly 4 bags of brown sugar (poor planning if I ever saw it) so on a whim I googled brown sugar cookies and happened upon The Pioneer Woman’s Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookie recipe, made a few tweaks and alas!

It may be here that you are thinking “Kate, if Grandma wanted oatmeal raisin cookies, why on God’s green earth are you sharing a chocolate chunk cookie recipe?” And you would be…right.  Here’s the deal: Grandma is one of the only people in our family who likes oatmeal raisin cookies. So when I make her oatmeal raisin cookies, I always put raisins in half the batch and chocolate chips or chocolate chunks in the other half. So this recipe was half raisin and half chocolate chunk so the true title is Brown Sugar Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk or Raisin Cookies.  Ha.

And chocolate chunks work better than chips. Trust Grandma on such things.  And the addition of cinnamon is magic. Just go with it and try not to eat the entire batch. 😉


Brown Sugar Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
(lightly adapted from The Pioneer Woman)
  • 2 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups chopped semi-sweet chocolate chunks (or raisins if you prefer)
  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking soda & cinnamon.  Set aside.
  3. Beat together butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla. Beat in eggs, one at a time.  Add flour mixture in 2-3 batches, mixing until just combined. Stir in oats and chocolate chunks.  Drop onto ungreased cookies sheets and bake 11-13 minutes.  Let cool slightly before transferring onto cooling racks.

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