Being an adult generally means that you have an endless list of responsibilities that we need to complete. However; there are days when we really just want to take that list to crumble it up and pretend that we know how to play basketball and toss it in the trash across the room.
This was one of those days.
As a stay at home mom with a son of my own and a plus one child during the week, my list has a tendency to feel very monotonous. You know what I’m talking about (ie. laundry, dishes, pick up the toys, feed the kids, prepare for dinner etc. etc. etc.).
I have learned over time that even those of us that are 'stay at home' moms need to have sick days. I really should have put that in my wedding vows or something. That would have been amazing. So today was a skip it day.
I decided that I wanted to skip all my responsibilities for the day and just make sure the kids were taken care of. Screw the laundry and cleaning up after the wild animals that roam through my house. Dishes did get done, it was necessary.
Instead of all the “important” stuff the kids and I decided we needed cookies. Cookies are a very important part of a healthy family relationship you know. Well, they are in this household that is.
After some intense deliberation a decision was reached, Chewy Choco Oatmeal cookies it was. As the name suggests these are oatmeal cookies. Everyone has their own oatmeal cookie recipe and honestly they are all amazing depending on what you like from a cookie.
I’m still figuring out what it is my husband likes (he is kinda a cookie snob).
I have determined the cookie needs to have a couple qualities. His description of what he wants is edible. He is kinda a pain, but hey I love him.
Back to the cookies.
This cookie recipe is for a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie with craisins. I LOVE these cookies with the craisins. The combination of the chocolate, preferably dark chocolate, with the craisins is amazing.
I am always trying out new recipes and would love to know what your favorite recipe is for those days you don’t want to adult.
Oh and on a random side know if you don’t like to adult you should check out our “I Solemnly swear that I’m not adulting today" tee. It’s a perfect tee for a day like today.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs (room temperature)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 3 cups quick cooking oats
- ½ – 1 cup Dark Chocolate Chip or Semi-Sweet Chip (whatever your preference is) Ghirardelli Chocolate Baking Chips, Bittersweet Chocolate, 10 oz.,(Pack of 6)
- 1 cup craisins Ocean Spray Craisins Cranberry, 64 Ounce
- I used a mixer, but if you don’t have one use a medium-sized bowl, and with a paddle or mixer cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until they are light and fluffy.
- Beat in eggs one at a time until fully mixed, then stir in vanilla.
- In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon
- Stir into the creamed mixture gradually.
- Add half of the oats to the mixture and mix well. Then add your chocolate chips and craisins to the bowl. Mix until incorporated. Add remaining portion of oats and mix until evenly incorporated.
- Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets or use parchment paper (I like to use the paper).
- I use an ice cream scooper to scoop up my cookie dough. Depending on the size of cookie you like (we like small ones) you want to pick you scooper accordingly. I use a small 1-inch scooper.
- Scoop out the dough and line the sheet approximately 2-inches apart from each other. (if you use a larger scooper I would recommend 3 inches apart. The dough does spread a little)
- For small cookies Bake for 6 - 8 minutes in preheated oven, and then move over to a cooling rack after you remove the cookies.
- For larger cookies Bake for 8-10 minutes in preheated oven, and then move over to a cooling rack after you remove the cookies from the oven,
*You want to the cookies to be lightly browned. The cookies will still be a little soft when they come out of the oven, but if you use the parchment paper you can just slide them off to the cooling rack. Super time saver.
TIP: If you freeze your cookies shortly after they cool the cookies stay fresher longer. You can eat frozen cookies (which are amazing) or you throw them in the toaster oven for a minute or two and have a freshly baked cookie. YUM!!
If you like these cookies and you are a lover of the Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies. I highly recommend you check out Mint Cookies recipe. They are incredibly addictive. You have been warned.