Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are one of my favorites. They’ve got all the texture. Chewy and crunchy and sweet. Plus, the real maple syrup gives them a unique depth of flavor. Get your glass of milk ready, kids. Let’s get into it.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m determined to have my own business someday. I’d like to be well on my way to that by the end of the year. I don’t know if this blog is going to make it, though. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to keep working at it, but the evidence that I can make money at this is not strong. Lucky for me, I have about ten thousand business ideas. If only I had as much money to invest in them.

One of the things I’ve been toying with is selling cookies online. Based on my experience, people like to read my blog, but they actually just want me to make the treats and feed them endlessly for free. As much as I love sharing my leftovers and experiments with my co-workers, baking for people on demand for free gets tiresome. I’ve seen mail order cookies and brownies, and it doesn’t seem terribly complicated. I’m sure I’m missing something, though. Most of the cookies you can buy in my city are pretty mediocre. I think I could do better.

I’m curious, is this something you’d be into if it was offered in your area? Would you buy a box of cookies to be delivered to you or your office by mail? Would you give this as a gift? What about a monthly cookie subscription box? Let me know in the comments if you think this sounds like a great idea or a total disaster.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

If I did have an online bakery, these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies would feature prominently. They’re a classic for a reason. The oats are so chewy, and the brown sugar and maple syrup bring a deep caramel flavor. Then you hit that burst of chocolate and you just want to sing and dance. I can’t stop eating them.

Baking these cookies is pretty basic. The only uncommon ingredient is the maple syrup. Use the good stuff. All we do is combine the dry ingredients, then cream together butter and sugar. Next add egg, maple syrup and vanilla, and finally, fold in the dry stuff and the chocolate chips. Give these cookies plenty of room to spread out on the cookie sheet. They’ll be thin and crispy on the edges. AKA totally awesome.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Does my future involve me being up to my eyeballs in cookie dough? I kind of hope so, especially if I get to enjoy a few of these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies along the way.

Are we hanging out on Instagram? We totally should. And for more cookie love, why not try these Giant Sea Salt Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies.

20 Awesome Cookie Recipes

20 Awesome Homemade Cookie Recipes

20 Awesome Homemade Cookie Recipes

I’ve put together a list of 20 awesome homemade cookie recipes just for you. No store-bought cookie can ever compare to a fresh baked cookie out of your own oven. Plus, I’ve never heard of a bakery that lets you sneak some cookie dough between each batch. Get to baking, friends.

Caramel-Studded Snickerdoodles – the traditional cinnamon cookie made extra awesome with bits of chewy caramel throughout

Caramel-Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies – made with an entire box of apple cider powder mix, these cookies are seriously tangy and sweet with a chunk of chewy caramel hidden inside

Chocofied Peanut Butter Cookies – a big pool of chocolate right at the center of your peanut butter cookie

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blossoms | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blossoms – a chocolate chip cookie with a peanut butter cup nestled in the center

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies – just when you thought peanut butter cookies couldn’t get any more awesome

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies – fudgy cookies with delicious peanut butter chips

Chocolate Wafer Cookies – A great palm oil-free alternative to the store-bought version

Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies – the taste of childhood

Giant Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies – basically the best thing ever

Gingerbread Dudes – crispy ginger people without any gross molasses

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies – Andes Mints chopped up and tossed in with a classic cookie dough

No-Fail Sugar Cookies – beautiful but also seriously delicious

Nutella No-Bake Cookies – you don’t even need an oven for these

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies – these ones are extra awesome with pure maple syrup mixed in

Stem Ginger Biscuits | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Stem Ginger Biscuits – packing a punch with some serious ginger heat

Super Simple Shortbread – crisp and buttery with only three ingredients

Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies – add crunchy bits of sweet toffee to a classic cookie

Triple Chocolate Cookies – that’s right, three kinds of chocolate

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies – all the textures are happening in this one

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies – chewy, tart and sweet all in one

For more awesome cookie ideas, follow my cookie board on Pinterest.

Super Simple Shortbread | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Super Simple Shortbread

This Super Simple Shortbread is made with only three ingredients. They’re crispy and buttery and so easy. Perfect with a cup of tea, the hardest part is sharing.

Super Simple Shortbread | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I saw something on Instagram the other day about being a lazy perfectionist. This blew my mind because I didn’t know, until that very moment, that this is me. I can be very meticulous and methodical, but I also don’t like doing one more thing than I actually have to. I can sit still for ages, but I need to be taking in information so the time is not wasted. I love being lazy, but feel guilty about it.

I’m definitely going to look into this more in the hopes of getting some insight into my own personality. Does this describe you at all? Have you even heard of this? Please leave me a comment so I can understand what’s wrong with me.

Super Simple Shortbread | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

This Super Simple Shortbread is the epitome of lazy perfection. With hardly any work at all, you can get a buttery little cookie that tastes absolutely heavenly. You can also tell that I’m a lazy perfectionist because I did not measure my shortbread fingers before cutting them, so they’re all slightly different sizes. But I assure you, they tastes just as delightful.

How to make Super Simple Shortbread

To make this shortbread, you simply need to mix together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then mix in the flour and a pinch of salt. Yes, technically that’s a fourth ingredient, but everyone knows salt and water are free. You may have a bit of a shaggy mixture, but not to worry. Transfer it to an 8×8 baking dish, and simply press it evenly into the pan. It will all come together as you press it into the edges. Bake the dough for 20 minutes or until it just starts to go golden.

Super Simple Shortbread | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Let the shortbread cool in the pan, then cut it into fingers. You can dust them with powdered sugar if you like, but they’re perfectly delightful as they are. Enjoy a finger or two with a cup of tea or coffee. They’re even better if you get to share them with a friend.

Super Simple Shortbread | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

There’s never been a perfect person anywhere in the world ever. Maybe those lazy perfectionists are on to something? Let’s take a break and eat some shortbread. It’ll all be fine.

What else can you snack on with a cup of tea? How about a Stem Ginger Biscuit? They’re pretty awesome.

70 Totally Awesome Chocolate Treats | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

70 Totally Awesome Chocolate Treats

70 Totally Awesome Chocolate Treats | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

February is National Chocolate Lover’s Month, so I’m bringing you 70 totally awesome chocolate treats. You know you can’t get enough. Drive away dementors, create some love, and indulge in this food of the gods every day. Let’s get to it.

Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Breads, Scones, Pastries, & Pancakes

Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche

Chocolate Orange Scones

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Mini Chocolate Cinnamon Croissants

Nutella Fairy Toast

Pumpkin Butter Dark Chocolate Stuffed French Toast

Double Chocolate Muffins | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Muffins

Orange Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Double Chocolate Muffins

Chocolate Banana Muffins

Orange Cheesecake Brownies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Brownies, Blondies & Bars

Orange Cheesecake Brownies

Millionaire Shortbread

Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies

White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies

S’mores Brownies

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Mexican Brownies

White Chocolate Chip Brownies

Classic Fudge

Kahlua Brownies

Mint Brownies

Monster Cookie Bars

Hint of Cinnamon Chocolate Cake | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cakes

Hint of Cinnamon Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Fudge Cake

Buche de Noel

Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Mascarpone Meringue Cake

Chocolate Pound Cake

Chocolate Orange Cake

Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake with Margarita Cream (Gluten-Free)

Chocolate Olive Oil Cake (Gluten-Free Dairy-Free)

Winter-Spiced Flourless Chocolate Cake (Gluten-Free)

Practically Perfect Chocolate Cake

Molten Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Butter Cake

Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Orange Frosting

Cookies and Cream Fridge Cake

Chocolate Cinnamon Bread

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blossoms | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies

Triple Chocolate Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blossoms

Nutella No-Bake Cookies

Giant Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Wafer Cookies

Chocofied Peanut Butter Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Pie, Cheesecake, & Pudding

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Giant Peanut Butter Cups

White Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake

Chocolate Lime Pie

Grasshopper Pie

Nutella Cheesecake Parfaits

Chocolate Amaretto Tart

Chocolate Orange Mousse

Homemade Chocolate Pudding for Two

Mini Oreo Cheesecakes

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cupcakes

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

Semi-Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Better Than Sex Cupcakes

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

Chocolate Kahlua Bread Pudding | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Bread Pudding

Chocolate Kahlua Bread Pudding

Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

Vanilla Hot Chocolate for One | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Drinks

White Hot Chocolate

Chocolate Candy Cane Cocktail

Vanilla Hot Chocolate for One

Be sure to follow Awesome on 20 on Pinterest for more awesome chocolate recipe ideas.

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies are filled with all the good stuff. They’re buttery and crisp and full of texture. Crunchy nuts, tart cranberries and sweet white chocolate make a practically perfect cookie.

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve been writing this blog off an on for over six years. I’ve shared hundreds of easy, approachable, affordable recipes completely for free. Delicious recipes that are totally achievable even by inexperienced cooks and bakers. And yet people still want me to bake things for them. I don’t get it.

Freshly baked homemade cookies are better than anything you can get from those ubiquitous shopping mall cookie places. They require minimal effort and skill. Okay, they do take a bit of time to make at home because, especially if your oven sucks as much as mine, you can only bake 8 cookies at a time. But you can just chill out rewatching Friends on Netflix for the hundredth time. I’m starting to think I need to set up an online cookie shop.

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

These White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies would definitely be a big seller in my imaginary cookie shop. They got tons of compliments from my co-workers, even from people who said they don’t normally like cranberry or had never eaten macadamia nuts. These cookies are all about texture and contrast. Buttery crispy edges and a chewy center. Crunchy nuts and sticky fruit. Sweet white chocolate chips and tart cranberries. These cookies have it all.

The only slight twist to the cookie-making process here is that the cranberries need to be soaked in hot water while you’re mixing up the rest of your dough just to soften them a bit. Everything else is pretty standard. Cream together butter and sugar, add egg, mix in dry ingredients, then toss in your add-ins. Bake. Done. Simple. Awesome.

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Hopefully, you’re up for making your own cookies this holiday season. White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies are an awesome place to start.

This recipe originally appeared on How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day in September, 2013.

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