Kids' Favorite Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

You may have guessed that the two little guys in the picture on the right, "My Favorite Helpers," are my two sons. That picture was taken many years ago as #2 son watched #1 son prepare a batch of their favorite chocolate chip-oatmeal cookies.

Recently my daughter-in-law, wife of #1 son, commented on the picture and told me that, unfortunately, #1 no longer bakes cookies and rarely, in fact, gets involved in the kitchen. (I do remember a report from said daughter-in-law about a meal that #1 surprised her with some months ago using a new recipe - after he had inquired of a friend, "What's a saucepan?" But I digress.)

These easy but chewy and delicious cookies are still a favorite, no matter who does the baking. Here's the recipe.

Kids' Favorite Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
1 egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup chocolate chips

Let butter or margarine soften at room temperature for about 30 minutes before starting the cookies. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, beat the softened butter. Add egg, flour, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and baking soda. Beat on medium speed until well mixed. With a spoon, stir in oats and chocolate chips. Use a teaspoon to drop dough about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until brown. Cool cookies on a wire rack. Makes three dozen or a little more.

P.S. Cooking with your kids is very educational (think math), but you don't have to tell them that! Always supervise children closely in the kitchen, especially when working with knives, electrical appliances such as mixers, or around the stove.

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