Oaty Chocolate Chip Cookies – Random Recipes #36

Biscuits | 19th January 2014 | By

This month’s Random Recipes challenge is to make something from a recipe book received this Christmas. Well I didn’t receive any recipe books this year as such, but my aunt has been having a good clear out recently and happened to be staying with us over Christmas. In my stocking I found a Woman and Home magazine supplement from 1986 entitled Irresistible Ways with Chocolate – a real vintage publication and I was delighted with it. Interestingly many of the bakes that are in vogue now seem to have been revived from that era – cakes with meringue, different coloured layer cakes, marble cakes and differently flavoured Battenburgs; lots of fresh fruit and nut recipes too. The other interesting thing is that, by and large, the recipes have less sugar in them than many of our more modern ones do. The sweeter bake has slipped over from the US I suspect.

As there were so many recipes on one page it was a bit difficult to be completely random, but I ended up with a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies. These were made with rolled oats and I do like a good oaty biscuit. They are also simple and quick to make which is an added bonus after so much Christmas baking.

This is how I made:

Oaty Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Chopped 170g mixed chocolate (mostly dark) into bits.
  • Creamed 110g unsalted butter with 85g dark brown sugar until very pale.
  • Beat in a medium sized egg and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract.
  • Added 60g wholemeal flour, 110g rolled oats, scant teaspoon of baking powder.
  • Stirred together with the chocolate until all combined.
  • Placed teaspoonfuls onto lined baking trays placing them well apart. I made 27.
  • Baked at 180C for 11 minutes until golden then placed on a wire rack to cool.

These were not only simple to make, but thoroughly delicious – chewy and very chocolatey. They lasted well in an air tight tin for a few days, but could also be frozen and taken out individually as needed.

Random Recipes is a funtastic blogging event from Dom of Belleau Kitchen which can be very challenging at times. I particularly like it as you never quite know what you are going to get and it stops my recipe books gathering dust on the shelves.

For this bake, I rounded up all my odds and ends of chocolate which had been sitting in the cupboard looking untidy and taking up space. These included some blackberry flavoured dark chocolate, some 56% and some 70% dark chocolate. Other than the chocolate, these are cheap and cheerful biscuits to make so I am sending them off to Credit Crunch Munch with Camilla of Fab Food 4 All and Helen of Fuss Free Flavours.


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    19th January 2014

    These look delicious. I love anything oaty and the chunks of chocolate would be delicious to bite into

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    belleau kitchen
    19th January 2014

    I would just love to have a thumb through that magazine… 1980’s adverts are so brilliantly telling of the era… These cookies look gorgeous and you’re so right, there’s something wonderfully contemporary about them isn’t there? Great random recipes entry, thank you so much… oh and I can’t wait for next month!

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    19th January 2014

    What a thoughtful present to receive Choclette! I love hearing where people have gained inspiration for their recipes from. And really interesting to hear that recipes thirty years ago had far less sugar.

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    Sylvia F.
    19th January 2014

    I’m always up for a good cookies 🙂 I wish I wasn’t that lazy today I would probably have them in the oven by now! x

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    fiona maclean
    19th January 2014

    These look quite delicious! I might even try making some (I like home made biscuits!_

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    20th January 2014

    I agree with you that these days’ cakes and biscuits have far too much sugar. I stopped buying cakes and biscuits from supermarkets as they are just so sickly and often inedible, too much sugar doesn’t mean better flavour! It is the same as having straight sugar. No taste just sugar!
    I find that Italian cakes in Italian supermarkets and bakeries are slightly less sugary.
    These choc chip cookies look heaven. A perfect pick me up for Monday morning!

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    Sarah Trivuncic
    20th January 2014

    I love it when you can scoop up a load of ingredients and use them up in one thing! And the oats can be quite virtuous!!

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    Karen S Booth
    20th January 2014

    Oats in any recipe has my total seal of approval and these biscuits look VERY tasty too! I also always cut back on the sugar in most recipes, I simply do not have a sweet tooth……

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    Phil in the Kitchen
    20th January 2014

    That’s a fine cookie. I still have quite a few recipes from the eighties lying around the place and they often seem very up to date when I look at them. I’d not noticed the reduced use of sugar, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all.

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    Tina Anand
    20th January 2014

    I’m a fan of these cookies. You just can’t go wrong with oats and chocolate.

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    Lou, Eat Your Veg
    21st January 2014

    Mmmm, would really fancy one or two of these right now! Interesting that recipes from that era weren’t so sugar laden. I’m reckoning that these might be a wonderful little bake for my own little monsters (and me too obviously!), loving their oat and wholemeal goodness.

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    rah louise
    22nd January 2014

    OOH. This looks so tempting. As cookies go, they look the healthier option i.e the oats. At least some goodness in them, and no doubt scrummy too! Definetely on my list to try out. x

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