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Chocolate Oatmeal Drops

Having parted with the croissants after such a busy- frenzy -packed folding-rolling weekend (say 3 times fast), I needed something simple to bake and nibble on around the house. I brought back many books from France but I have not had the chance to sit down and really read them through so I picked up Dorie one more time because I was sure to find something homy and for which I would have all the ingredients on hand. So far her recipes have not failed me so my hopes were high and I have to say that one more time, she did not disappoint.
She describes these as "deeply and unswervingly chocolaty-closer to the chocolatiness of a brownie than of a cookie(…) a bit crips at the surface and oatmeal-and-brown-sugar chewy through and through." Could not have said it better. These are delicious and great for a chocoholic!

Chocolate Oatmeal Drops, adapted from Dorie Greenspan, "Baking, From My Home to Yours":

Makes about 50 cookies

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

2 sticks (8oz) butter

1 Tb. water

1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar

9 oz. bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

2 large eggs

1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats

Preheat oven to 350.

Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and cinnamon.

Set a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Put the butter in the bowl and add the water, then the brown sugar and the chocolate. Melt on low heat, stirring occasionally. Don’t let the ingredients get too hot, the mixture will remain grainy.

Remove from the heat and whisk in the eggs, one at a time. Whisk in the dry ingredients, then the oats. Do not stir too much.

Drop by tablespoonfuls on parchement paper lined baking sheet and bake for about 12 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool to room temp. The soft center will harden once the cookies are out of the oven.

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Meeta K. Wolff February 2, 2007 um 9:05 am

Ummm! Yes these are wonderfully simple. I need to do some baking again and I believe this will be perfect to make with my son!

Anonymous February 2, 2007 um 9:25 am

Alors celle-ci va dans mes petits papiers tout de suite!!

Anonymous February 2, 2007 um 12:42 pm

They look delightful! Anything with chocolate and oats scores points with me ๐Ÿ˜€

Anonymous February 2, 2007 um 2:18 pm

so what happened to your participation in the BPW?

Anonymous February 2, 2007 um 2:18 pm

so what happened to your participation in the BPW?

Brilynn February 2, 2007 um 3:29 pm

I made these just last week! I love Dorie.

Patricia Scarpin February 2, 2007 um 3:38 pm

I have to buy that book!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Helene, those cookies look delicious – I love chocolate and cinnamon, they go so well together!

Anonymous February 2, 2007 um 3:58 pm

I was reading Dorie’s book the other day and noticed this recipe…I think I must try it! The cookies look yummy!

Lis February 2, 2007 um 4:26 pm

You just have to love Dorie. The cookies look wonderful but your description of them makes them sound even better! This is the 2nd chocolate cookie recipe I’ve seen this morning that I MUST make soon! Beautiful as always, sweetie ๐Ÿ˜€

MyKitchenInHalfCups February 2, 2007 um 6:06 pm

50 cookies!!!
Yes, I think the oatmeal cancels out the butter and the chocolate!
I find it pretty amazing how Dorie is such a presence with us all!

Helene February 2, 2007 um 7:02 pm

anonymous: I just forgot to blog about it yet. Life gets in the way of blogging sometimes.
Please, do not remain anonymous, especially for that kind of comments.

Anonymous February 2, 2007 um 9:35 pm

I know what you mean helen, after those rich buttery croissants i’m looking for simple sweet chocolate flavor.

Alpineberry Mary February 3, 2007 um 1:30 am

I’m trying to resist buying Dorie’s latest because I have to control the size of my book collection but you keep posting such great treats from her book!

Anonymous February 9, 2007 um 8:22 pm

Hello! I have been looking forward to making these all week but now, actually taking down my ingredients, I’m noticing some confusion about quantities, particularly with the flour (should that be 1 1/2 cups?) and cocoa powder (1/2 cup, perhaps?. I hope someone can respond before it’s too late to bake these this afternoon!

Thanks, Anne Marie

Anonymous February 13, 2007 um 2:37 pm

These are the kind of cookies I don’t feel as bad about feeding my children. Anytime I can get oatmeal in them its a good thing!

Anonymous March 10, 2007 um 7:40 pm

Here’s how to make delicious chocolate covered strawberries. First of all ensure that the strawberries you are intending to use are dry, then allow them to be room temperature warm prior to making them. After the strawberries have been covered in chocolate, put them in your refrigerator to cool, but do not store them in the fridge. Consume within 1-2 days.

Belinda July 25, 2007 um 12:05 am

I am fairly new to reading your blog (which I love!) and I’m working my way through previous posts. These cookies sound so good…brownie-like is definitely a positive thing as far as I’m concerned! I’m making them tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

Olalala December 21, 2008 um 2:15 pm

Thank You for nice recipe ;). I’m going to make those cookies, I think somebody from my family will get a sweet present for Christmas :-).

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