Not only are these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip easy, but they are incredibly soft, buttery, and slightly spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and loaded with chocolate chips.
Thank you Mrs. Daphne Maxwell Reed AKA Aunt Viv for the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip recipe. I see why they’re your favorite.
I am a huge believer that food brings people together. I especially love when food brings people together for joyous occasions. I believe that food cures everything. I mean beyond the obvious, food hunger, it can make a bad day a not-so-bad day. Or it can make a great day an even better day.
“Food is the universal conduit for creating happy memories and cohesion”.
“With this cookbook, I open a door to my life. Please come in and make yourself feel at home.” – Daphne Maxwell Reid
Like many cookbook authors, Mrs. Reid released this book to share the recipes of her family and she has collected within the past 35 years, in hopes the food that is within the book will bring family and friends to the table without the assistance or need for smartphones and tablets. Her hope is to get people talking again and eat really good food that can’t be cooked within a minute in the microwave. Like me, she wants people to get cooking again and talking again, which are two elements that we fear are becoming an anomaly with changing times and technology.
My thoughts on these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
My initial thought was I didn’t want the cookies to taste as though it had an orange flavor. I am so glad I decided to ignore myself and add the orange zest and I am so glad I did. The zest does not make the cookies taste like orange in any way. The orange zest lifts up the flavor of the cookie in this strange and amazing way. It almost like it turns up the volume on each ingredient by 10. I definitely think I will be adding this trick to my cookies from now on.
Aside from adding the orange zest, the rest of the ingredients are what you would expect in baking cookies such as flour, sugar, brown sugar, chocolate chips, and old-fashioned oats. Although I must say, I did add 2 cups of quick oats and 1 cup of old-fashioned oats because I was worried the cookies would be too gritty for my personal taste. However, that was a personal choice. I am sure the recipe is delicious as is.
Mrs. Reid’s book is a collection of recipes from the heart. They are dishes that tell a story about a place, time, and is connected to a story. For someone to put all of their recipes in the book is like they are putting their most prized memories and their heart in a book. Especially a book such as Mrs. Reid’s. She and I are alike in a few ways. Her book is like my blog. We both want to share food that helps to bring people together and the recipes we both share is connected to a story. Her hope, as well as mine, is for food to help you and your family create cherished memories that you will create and put in a blog or a book or whatever keepsake holder that makes sense for your generation.
If you are a fan of Mrs. Daphne Maxwell Reid like I am, you can check her out in Jacqueline and Jilly, premiering on streaming service UMC – Urban Movie Channel.
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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe adapted from Daphne Maxwell Reid’s book, “Grace, Soul, and Mother Wit”.
- 2 ½ sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
- ½ c. raw sugar
- ½ c. light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
- 1 ½ c. flour
- 1 tsp. Baking soda
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 1 ½ tsp. Ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp. Nutmeg
- ½ tsp. Grated orange peel
- 3 c. Old Fashioned Oats ( I used 2 cups of quick oats and 1 cup of old-fashioned oats)
- 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 c. walnuts, chopped
- ½ c. raisins (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 Degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper and/or spray with baking spray.
- In a large bowl, cream the butter with a handheld or standing mixer. Add the raw and brown sugar and mix until fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until well blended.
- Add the flour one ½ cup at a time; add the baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg until well mixed. Add the orange zest and the oats. Fold in the chocolate chips, walnuts, and raisins if desired.
- Use a cookie scoop and scoop out the batter and place on the baking sheet 1 inch apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes and use a spatula to transfer to a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.