Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

Did you ever get a craving for cookies at 10:30 p.m. on a work night…and actually go and make them? I looked at the bake time on my recipe, 10 to 15 minutes. I thought, that’s pretty fast I’ll have cookies in no time. Wrong! With the rummaging through the cupboards for ingredients, mixing up the batch, baking time, and cleaning up, it was 11:15 p.m. before I took my first bite of oatmeal chocolate chip pudding cookie. Was it worth it? I think so. Anyway, somebody has to make use of the caffeine laden diet soda in the fridge at work.

This recipe is made healthier by using whole wheat flour instead of all purpose. Also, the ratio of oatmeal to flour leans much more towards the oatmeal side compared to other oatmeal cookies.

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup butter
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp skim milk
1/2 package of chocolate instant pudding mix
1 1/2 cups oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup nuts

DIRECTIONS
Combine softened butter, egg, vanilla, and 1 Tbsp milk. Next mix in pudding mix, oats, flour, and baking soda. If the mixture looks dry and the remaining 1 Tbsp of milk. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes.

NOTES
Beware, this isn’t health food by any means. Just take a look at the butter involved! But all we need to do is try to be a little healthier right? So…there is a ton of oatmeal in this recipe and I used whole wheat flour instead of regular all purpose. I also added some nuts, in this case it was macadamia nuts. I also didn’t add any additional sugar as other recipes call for.

If you like your cookies on the sweeter side add 3 or 4 Tbsp of sugar. I don’t like things too sugary sweet so the pudding mix and chocolate chips added just enough sweetness for me.

7 comments   -   January 29, 2008

1 Evelin { 01.30.08 at 6:07 am }

Have you had a craving for a cake at 2 am and then made a plum tart with walnut cream filling on patee brisee crust? You should try! ;)

2 White On Rice Couple { 01.30.08 at 2:25 pm }

Thanks for having so many oats in this recipe. When I’m craving an oatmeal cookie I want oatmeal! WE have many, many late night craving and this one will be added to our munchies.

3 M { 01.30.08 at 4:13 pm }

With a husband with diabetes and a teenager who loves chocolate, I think this will be just the recipe for everyone’s taste! Thanks for the healthier changes of no additional sugar and the whole wheat which really seems to keep the blood sugar down.

4 made healthier { 01.30.08 at 10:27 pm }

Hi Evelin –
Can’t say that I’ve ever had a craving like that at 2 am! But with a dessert with that name I don’t think I’d have a choice but to go and make it … and have a nice big piece at about 3 am! ;)

Hi White on Rice Couple –
I know what you mean, whenever I used to buy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies at the store there were never enough oats in it to satisfy my craving for that oatmeal taste. Luckily making it at home I can just overload it. Although I have to admit, once I did a batch that was too much oatmeal (didn’t think that was possible) so now I have the recipe right at that point where for me it is just right! :)

Hi M -
I think this recipe will work well for you. You may want to consider spooning out half of the batter on to the pan for your husband then either adding a little sugar or extra chocolate chips for your son. Unless your son is like me and doesn’t like things too sweet. In that case it should work as is for everyone. ;)

5 LyB { 01.31.08 at 3:58 am }

Those are some gorgeous cookies! And the amount of butter is very respectable considering all the oats in there; you have to splurge a little once in a while!

6 Emiline { 01.31.08 at 8:37 pm }

I’ve done some pretty crazy late night baking, myself. After you do it, you regret it. The later it gets, your judgement gets worse.

Pudding cookies are so worth it, though.

7 made healthier { 02.06.08 at 11:31 pm }

Hi LyB -
I totally agree, I can’t make it through the week without splurging a little!

Hi Emiline -
Yeah, when I think about it now it seems so strange that I would do that. Normally I save my baking for the weekend. But they were good, and I got to bring some to work as a snack the next day. ;)

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