I set out on a quest the other night. To make the best cookie in the world. I was craving a good cookie, but also had a brilliant idea. I set out looking through the various cookie recipes and made some plans as to what to try. Here are the results from the first attempt.
They were pretty spectacular and here’s how you make them.
Here’ s the usual cookie ingredients:
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 1/2 cups blended oatmeal (measure oatmeal and blend in blender to a fine powder)
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 small box of vanilla pudding
And here’s the brilliant idea. Instead of chocolate chips I had an idea to use Frango’s. I’m not a big chocolate person, but I LOVE Frango’s.
They used to be sold at a store called the Bon Marche that went out of a business a few years ago and now you can find them at Macy’s around the holidays. I bought a box for my wife because they are awesome and because I wanted to eat a few of them. After eating
a few way too many, I had the great idea for an amazing chocolate chip cookie made with Frango’s.
First you need to blend the oatmeal. These aren’t oatmeal cookies, but they have oatmeal in them and it makes them extremely soft and chewy.
Throw it in a food processor and process into a fine powder.
Now add your box of vanilla pudding to this mix. I saw this on a few other recipes and thought I’d try it in the mix. Set that mixture aside and grab your big mixer.
Add in your brown sugar
and white sugar
mix it up
add your butter
Real vanilla from Mexico is awesome. Use it if you have it. If you don’t have it, go to Mexico and get some.
Throw the vanilla in
Then add the flour
finally add the oatmeal mixture
Now for the magical chocolate chips made from Frango’s…
I chopped them up into different sized chunks
I knew I was onto something good at this point
Preheat the oven to 375. Mix the choloate into the dough and spoon out onto your baking sheets.
bake at 375 for 10 minutes and voila.
yeah they were pretty damn awesome. Soft, chewy and a hint of mint.
Did I reach my goal on the first take? Its hard to say. They were amazing out of the oven and everyone in the office devoured the extra’s I brought in, but I think there is room for improvement. I was also going to shave a chocolate bar from Trader Joes and add that in, but I had enough chocolate with the Frango’s so I didn’t end up using that. I also don’t know that I needed the vanilla pudding mix. It was good, but maybe not necessary.
I’m going to continue the quest and tweak the recipe and search for some new ideas, but these are definately a keeper and something I’ll make around the holdiays. The mint in the chocolate is just to die for in these.