My Grandmom always told me that an oatmeal raisin cookie at bedtime would help my kids sleep better. I don't know if an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie works the same way, but they sure are delicious!
I was curious if this 'oatmeal cookie sleep remedy' was just an old wives-tale. But, I looked it up and, it is believed that certain combinations of"foods high in carbohydrates, containing a small amount of protein, and including calcium results in the most beneficial sleep inducing foods." So, next time I make this recipe, I will substitute the chocolate chips for raisins and see if this helps my little guy sleep better.
The recipe below was adapted from the one on my gigantic box of Quaker® Oats. These cookies are full of oatmeal and chocolately goodness.
Here are the ingredients for about 4 dozen cookies:
1 softened stick of butter and 6 tablespoons of Smart Balance spread
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup of white flour and 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour(or use 1 1/2 cups of white flour)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups Quaker® Oats
1 cup of Mini Morsels Milk chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Mix the butter and sugars with an electric mixer until smooth. Then, add the eggs and vanilla. Mix these in and then, add the flour, baking soda and salt. Blend that all together and then mix in the oats and mini chocolate chips.
Drop heaping tablespoonfuls onto baking stone or ungreased cookie sheets. I prefer baking my cookies on my Pampered Chef baking stone, because they always seem to bake perfectly. If you don't have a baking stone, it's a great thing to buy before cookie season starts.
Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool & store in a tightly covered.
These cookies have such an amazing texture. They would be perfect for a cookie swap because they keep so well in a sealed container. My batch stayed soft and delicious for days after I baked them. But, if you have cookie lovers in your house, they probably won't last for that long!