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These homemade chocolate chip oatmeal cookies are serious comfort food!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Dough Balls:

Back in high school, I took a summer job one year at a vet’s office and was initially very excited about it. Someone actually wanted to pay me to play with puppies?! Hello, dream job!

Or so I thought…

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies:

Working in the back room on 100+-degree days with no air conditioning and fans creating a giant whirlpool of animal hair, my allergies immediately hated me. I was assigned responsibilities such as cleaning up accidents, washing down cages, and giving baths to violently uncooperative charges, some of whom were bigger than me. There was certainly no time to “play with puppies.”

I went home that first day with scratches up my legs, red and watery eyes, and uncontrollable sneezing. Such a sorry state clearly called for comfort food. And is there anything that fits the definition of “comfort food” more than homemade chocolate chip oatmeal cookies hot from the oven?

I stuck it out at the job, and many more chocolate chip oatmeal cookies were consumed each day when I’d arrive home. However, the next year I adopted a puppy of my own… and looked for a new summer job!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

(makes 20-23)

  • 1 cup spelt or ww pastry flour (130g) (Gluten-free recipe here)
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats (60g)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp chopped walnut pieces
  • 3 tbsp shredded coconut (15g)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (40g)
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp vegetable oil (50g) (See substitution note in the instructions below.)
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp pure maple syrup (74g)
  • pinch stevia, or 1 extra tbsp pure maple syrup
  • If using the stevia option, add 1 tbsp milk of choice

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies Recipe: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a mini muffin pan or cookie tray. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients and stir very well. In a separate bowl, whisk together all liquid ingredients. Pour wet into dry and stir to form a dough. Chill dough in the refrigerator at least 1 hour. Roll out chocolate chip oatmeal cookie dough balls by smushing the dough together with your fingers. Place in the greased tins or on the pan, smush down if you want flat cookies (Cookies in the photos have not been smushed), and bake 7 minutes. The oatmeal chocolate chip cookies should still look a little undercooked when you remove them from the oven, but they’ll firm up as they cool. Set the tray aside for 10 minutes before removing the cookies. SUBSTITUTION: Coconut oil may be substituted for the vegetable oil. If using coconut oil, roll cookie dough balls before refrigerating the dough, as coconut oil hardens when chilled.

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cookie dough balls

Question of the Day:

What is the worst job you’ve ever had?

Hopefully I didn’t sound entitled with the job story above: The manual labor was good for me, but the allergies more than anything else made me decide I was just not cut out for that type of work. My next summer job was a volunteer position stocking shelves and bagging groceries… no fans, and no animal hair!

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. This is one of those instances where I am happy that I get double emails every time you post, just so I could drool over these photos a second time through! And I’m totally cracking up about the summer job incident… I can only imagine the watery eyes / sneezing that ensued!! That’s how I’ve been feeling in NYC these past few weeks… pollen is not my friend!

  2. Jessica says:

    Ha, I just made chocolate chip oatmeal cookies not too long ago…

    I was very briefly an animal ambulance driver. Other than being exposed to both mange and rabies (and yes I needed shots), it was depressing seeing so many animals in bad shape. Exactly one month in was Easter Sunday and I was on call. I literally had 15 minutes at home between 9am and 10 pm, and had a minor accident in the meantime. I stapled my resignation to to the accident report. Working with animals is never for the faint of heart but it takes a very special person to be able to do that job.

  3. Mmm, chocolate chip oatmeal cookies – always a winner!! I’ll make this recipe gluten free using gf flour instead of spelt, that’ll do fine.
    My worst job ever was not a job but something voluntary. I cared for a sick old Nazi lady who kept making rude comments about my Romanian dad.

  4. Shawna says:

    these look really good. hmm worst job i’ve ever had…probably front desk at a not-very-exciting hotel in Upstate, NY, where i had to be there by 7 am and was usually up way later than i should have been the night before…and then had grad school after work. so not fun.

  5. Michele R. says:

    These look awesome! Would all purpose flour work as well? That’s the only flour I have!

  6. Yummy looking cookies, could eat one right now.
    Worst job I ever had was as a “Cook in charge” at a primary school – other women working there were really nasty and the food we had to cook for the children was dire, cheap and nasty food full of fat and no goodness. Needless to say I didn’t last there very long. I think that I shall make some of these cookies at the weekend, Thank you for the recipe.

  7. That’s funny, I applied to every veterinarian’s office within 40 miles of my home when I was in high school. I realize now it wasn’t the most brilliant of ‘dream jobs’ either since I have horrible stupid allergies too and your right, I would have been on poop duty 😉
    These cookies look great, so big and fluffy!

  8. karaline says:

    Worst job ever?? Probably being a housekeeper in my early college days. You wouldn’t believe the kind of messes people leave for housekeepers to clean up. It was a humbling experience.

    1. Stephanie says:

      @Karaline I was a housekeeper at a Super 8 Motel in high school and part of college. I kid you not I have had several ‘nightmares’ over the ywears of being a housekeeper again… Pushing my cart down a hallway, opening the guest room door, and my heart sinking when the open door reveals a totally trashed room. I shudder to think of some of the disgusting things i had to clean up…

      Well, these cookies sure do look tasty and i look forward to trying this recipe out!

      1. Karaline says:

        Well ladies, we are more considerate and informed hotel-guests for it:)

    2. Samantha says:

      I did housekeeping in High School at a Motel 6. And yes, there were some heart sinking experiences. To this day I still strip down my own hotel rooms when I check out.

  9. samantha says:

    These look delicious as usual! My worst job was hands down a Freight company I worked for. Not so long ago actually. I don’t like to speak ill of people, except on serious occasions, but the owner of the business was a major psychopath who took great pleasure in controlling his workers with fear of him either firing them, or even physical fear. He was a bully, and used to scream in people’s faces, talk over people, and was just down right nasty. Possibly one of the worst people I have ever met in my life, and someone I don’t ever want to meet again. I know this sounds so serious! Ha ha, but honestly I felt like I was on the brink of insanity there. It was awful.

  10. Melissa @ Nourish By Melissa says:

    Yum! I don’t know what it is about these but they look ridiculously good..nothing like your average chocolate chip oatmeal cookie….yum! Definitely pinning to try 🙂

  11. Liz says:

    Thank you so much for your recipes. Our 2year old grandson who lives with us is allergic to eggs and nuts. Thank you so much for the eggless cookie recipes. Now he can a cookie when everyone else does. I’ll have to try this one without the nuts. He loves the sugar cookie recipe.

  12. JJ says:

    I am like so comforted. Cookie balls is just a fun idea. I used regular sized chips which made them tend to not hold together as well but, hey, they’re bite sized, and, all in all, they held together fine. It is so cool to have a raw cookie dough that is safe to eat (no eggs!) and has chocolate chips! Thanks for another great recipe.

  13. The Zen Kat says:

    It’s funny how the jobs we sometimes look forward to or want the most turn out to be the worst! I’ve had a few awful babysitting jobs back in the day that were quite horrendous lol. Nothing that a few of these cookies wouldn’t make me forget though 😉

  14. I LOVE the idea of putting these in muffin tins to bake!!! I myself would opt for rice flour and oats (I think I’ve found the perfect g/f combo!). ime I make t

  15. I LOVE the idea of putting these in muffin tins to bake!!! I myself would opt for rice flour and oats (I think I’ve found the perfect g/f combo!).

  16. It sounds like you had a horrible time at your summer job. Fortunately those cookies could cheer you up. They look so good!

  17. Steph says:

    Awww, you poor thing! Best excuse for cookies though! 😀 I haven’t had a job yet, but I will probably get one at a coffee shop this summer- hope it’s ok! 🙂

  18. Julie @ Book of Julieism's says:

    I’m writing my shopping list and going to the grocery store right now! These look great I’ll let you know how they turn out

  19. Steve says:

    What an absolute pleasure it was to meet you tonight, Katie. As you noted, it wasn’t hard to remember the name of the website. I really enjoyed hearing about your work here. It’s always inspiring to learn about someone succeeding doing what they love. I wish you the very best and I hope our paths will cross again sometime.

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