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Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Food Processor Cookies

I’m notoriously awful at baking cookies. It’s funny, since I’m usually pretty good at making everything else, but there’s something about cookies that I just can’t seem to get right. My theory is that I really don’t like following directions as a general rule and cookies require that you follow a specific formula, at least as far as fat-to-sugar-to-flour-to-leavening-agent. I get all excited about the possibility of tinkering with that formula and somehow making it “even better” and before I know it I either have tough, chewy disks that look like cookies but taste like hockey pucks or the opposite—an overly buttery, oily mess that spreads out all over the pan and burns at the edges.

The other issue I have is that I don’t own a stand-up mixer or even an electric hand mixer and the idea of creaming butter with a whisk makes me consider pursuing a different career. But today as I was considering giving cookies a try but then talking myself out of it because of my track record, I remembered: I do own a food processor and I use it to make dough for tarts, quiches and pies, all the time—maybe I could use my food processor to make cookie dough?

Turns out that not only can I do so with perfect results, but far fewer bowls got dirtied in the process, since everything happens directly in the food processor making clean-up a breeze. Sweet.

  • ingredients
  • 8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into cubes $1
  • 3/4 cup sugar Pantry
  • 1 cup (packed) brown sugar Pantry
  • 1 tsp salt Pantry
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract $4 for 4 oz.
  • 2 eggs $1.50 for 12
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour Pantry
  • 1 teaspoon tsp baking soda Pantry
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon $1.50 for 1 oz.
  • 1 cup rolled oats $1.50 for 10 oz.
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips $2 for 12 oz.
Total Cost of Ingredients $11.50


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet using the wrapper from the stick of butter (or use cooking spray).

Cream the butter in the food processor by running machine until butter is creamy and whipped. Add the sugars and salt and pulse until combined. Add the vanilla and eggs and run machine until creamy and smooth.

Combine flour, baking soda and cinnamon in a small bowl and stir gently. Add to food processor and pulse until a sticky dough forms. Add oats and chocolate chips and pulse a few times, just until combined.

Drop the dough by the tablespoon onto the greased cookie sheet, making sure there are at least 2 inches between dough balls (you will need to bake the cookies in batches). Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes about 30 cookies.

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Megan, on Dec 8, 05:26 PM, wrote:

With cookies, I just go until I know I put in all the necessary ingredients in somewhat of a standard amount/ratio, and until the dough tastes good and is a good consistencey. I also always err on the side of a raw cookie. . .I hate measuring and I am terrible at following recipes. Usually my cookies are pretty good :) These sound delicious, but I’ll probably never follow the recipe, ha ha. I will though, I think try your food processor idea!

PomJob, on Dec 8, 06:04 PM, wrote:

I wonder if these are at all like Potbelly’s oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. They are delicious but I haven’t tracked down a comparable recipe. Guess I’ll have to make these to find out. Research, right?

Victoria, on Feb 13, 05:25 PM, wrote:

Very good cookies! We had just moved into our new home and I wanted to make cookies for the guys finishing up their work, but couldn’t find the electric hand-mixer. It did take a lot longer using my small blender/ food processor, but worked. My changes were to decrease the brown sugar to 3/4 cup, and I couldn’t find the vanilla extract so used vanilla rum (haha), but everyone loved them.

My suggestions are to be patient when creaming the butter and sugar together; add the sugar slowly and stop to scrape the bowl often. I also decided to mix the flour and baking soda in a bowl, make a “well” in the center, pour the creamed butter/ sugar/ egg mixture in, then mix together, adding the oats and chips toward the end of the process.

Cosmetic Dentists Regina, on Aug 13, 10:59 AM, wrote:

Posts are all wonderful and great. Thank you!