The Cookie Story

Once upon a time, many years ago, I could make a decent chocolate chip cookie. My cookies weren't anything special, and when my sister Laura mixed up the exact same recipe, somehow hers always turned out better. I think we were using the recipe that's printed on the back of the Nestle chocolate chips package.

Then I received an e-mail forward {back during a time when I read e-mail forwards}. You might have gotten it, too; it was this one. I started using the recipe contained in that e-mail exclusively, and loved the cookies that it created. {The oat flour gives them a little bit of a nutty flavor, which is awesome, and which I accent with chopped walnuts when making cookies only for myself. No one else seems to want walnuts in their cookies.}

When I got married almost four years ago, I moved out of my parents' house and left that recipe behind. I didn't think about it at the time. And I didn't make the connection when all the chocolate chip cookies I made started turning out like this. I even followed all of the instructions from this pin exactly {well, I followed most of them somewhat closely}, with no significant difference in the quality of my cookies.

In January I visited a friend's house and brought along some of my terrible failure cookies. She was surprised. "How could that happen," she asked, "when I call my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe Mary's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies??" Apparently at one point I had given her a copy of the one recipe that worked for me, and she loved it. Shortly afterward our visit she returned the favor and sent me a copy back.

I made a half batch of the miracle cookies last night. They were awesome.

Christian declared them easily the best cookies I've made since we were married, and I heartily agreed. We ate all 15 cookies in less than 24 hours. If you'd like to taste the magic for yourself, here's the recipe:

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 cup oat flour*
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
12 ounces chocolate chips

*Blend one and a quarter cups rolled oats in a blender or food processor until powdered.

Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until mixed. Add in dry ingredients and mix thoroughly, then add chocolate chips. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.


  1. These sound delish. I need a VT treat for Friday morning so I am going to try these tomorrow night!

  2. this recipe is pretty much exactly the same as my mom's! (except oatmeal instead of oat flour) they really are miracle cookies! :)

  3. I use just about the same recipe - the flour ratios are a little different, in that there's more oat flour, and the cookies are such an amazing texture. Supposedly it's the same recipe source - they are my favorite! I put pecans in every time too. So perfect. Glad you're having cookie success again :)