As we're in the midst of cookie-exchange-party season, I couldn't resist making one of my favorites, oatmeal with chocolate chips, hazelnuts, and cocoa nibs. I love the texture of oatmeal cookies but can't stand them with raisins, so I began experimenting with different additions. It started with only chocolate chips and slowly grew to other ingredients.
After many trials, the conclusion was clear: creamy chocolate chips, roasted hazelnuts, and crunchy cocoa nibs all nestled in a chewy oatmeal cookie. The nibs are not completely necessary but do provide a more intense chocolate flavor without amplifying the sweetness. They are essential for any chocoholic. If you want to add a little more to your oatmeal cookie, keep reading.
14 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup cacao nibs