Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
An Easy Recipe with Instructions for Parents and Kids
These oat cookies are soft and chewy and the most delicious kind of cookie I know. Kids love to make and eat them!
To make it simple for an adult and child to work together on this recipe, tasks are divided up into kid's jobs and adult's jobs. The recipe is actually easy enough for older kids to make unaided and even younger children will be able to do much of it by themselves, but will need some supervision, for instance when sifting flour or to ensure that the butter and sugar has been thoroughly mixed together.
The cookie dough is placed in dollops on a baking tray and then flattened with a fork, and again this is easy for a child and it’s absolutely fine if the cookies look irregular and lumpy. That’s part of their charm and means there's no need to worry about getting them perfect.
This recipe can easily be adapted for a gluten or wheat free diet by substituting gluten free or gram flour for the plain flour. (Be sure to buy oats that are guaranteed safe for those with celiac disease; most are, but some are not.)
- 125g/4oz/1 stick butter, spreadable is ideal, otherwise soften it
- 85g/3oz/⅓ - ½ cup unrefined caster/superfine sugar
- 1 egg
- 125g/4oz/1⅓ cup rolled oats
- 150g/5oz/1 cup plain flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 85g/3oz plain chocolate
- Heat oven to 180°C/160°fan oven/350°F/gas mark 4
2. Lightly cream together the butter and sugar. It doesn’t need to be light and fluffy as you’d need for a cake. As long as the sugar is mixed into the butter that’s okay.
Kid’s job (may need adult help with the egg):
3. Lightly beat the egg and add to the butter and sugar mixture. Then add the oats.
4. Sift the flour and baking powder. (If your children are very young then get them to sift the flour into another bowl. Older children can sift it straight into the oat mixture.)
5. With a sharp knife cut the chocolate into small pieces.
6. Mix the chocolate into the mixture. (And try not to eat any yet!)
7. Using a dessert spoon, place spoonfuls of the mixture on 2 baking trays. Space them out well.
8. Use the back of a fork to flatten them.
Pop the cookies in the oven and cook for 15 minutes. Leave them to cool for a few minutes.
Adult and Kid’s job:
Eat as many as you can before someone tells you to stop! Remember to eat them slowly and savour every mouthful!
A Fun Story about Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies (also known as Scotchies)
My daughter is a Syfy Channel buff and her favourite program is: Warehouse 13. In this various Secret Service agents guard the government’s supernatural artefacts, such as the Looking Glass from Alice Through the Looking Glass, or Marilyn Monroe’s hairbrush that can turn anyone’s hair blonde. The agent in charge of Warehouse 13 is Artie and he likes to eat – guess what?
You guessed it: oat cookies. And of course you also guessed he calls them Scotchies. And so does my daughter. They are made with oats after all, and that's a staple Scottish food.
I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.