Sunday baking: Chewy Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

For me, the best part about getting married was the incredible sense of warmth and connection I felt throughout the process – not only with my (now) husband, but with our larger community…especially the women. A few weeks before the wedding, my (now) mother and sister-in-law threw me an amazing bridal shower that joined their family and friends with my family and friends. They invited all of the women who attended to contribute a special recipe, which my mother and sister-in-law bound in a small book. It’s pretty incredible.

One of the recipes in that book came from my mother-in-law’s close friend Beth, who makes unbelievable cookies. You could call them ridiculously good. I’m certainly no baker, having no skill with exact measurements. But if I can do it, anyone can!

Beth’s Ridiculously Good Chewy Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

  • 1 package Duncan Hines Chewy Brownie Mix
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • Optional: crushed walnut bits
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine brownie mix, oatmeal, oil, eggs and water. Stir until combined (dough will be a bit stiff). Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Heap spoonfuls of dough onto ungreased cookie sheets (I found this made about three trays of about 12 cookies; the last tray I mixed in some walnuts to jazz it up.)
  4. Bake between 10-12 minutes or just until barely set in the middle.
  5. Let cookies cool for a minute or two…and enjoy!
Beth's advice: "Life is short. Eat dessert first!"
Beth’s advice: “Life is short. Eat dessert first!”

 The Verdict:

These are so rich, so chocolate-y, so delicious.  I especially loved the ones with walnuts – they temper a bit of the sweetness while adding a somewhat salty nutty flavor.  YUM.