These aren’t your typical oatmeal cookies. To start, there are no raisins. Hallelujah! Even better, these oatmeal cookies are delicious-forward rather than oat-forward, if you catch my drift. Just the right level of sweetness, crackly on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside, there will be not a single leftover (except for your full bag of raisins) after baking up a batch. PS This recipe comes from Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar Life cookbook of amazingness. She’s a rockstar and these cookies prove that, hands-down. Bake up a batch and you’ll show the world that you’re an oatmeal cookie rockstar, too.
The other important fact about these oatmeal cookies is that there’s a secret ingredient. And, you don’t even taste the secret ingredient, but it gives this oatmeal cookie the perfect consistency, height, and chew. The secret ingredient is sweetened shredded coconut! Now, believe you me, no one will even know, especially if you have coconut haters in your circle of family and friends, like I do.
If you don’t yet know about Christina Tosi and Milk Bar, stop what you’re doing right now and go watch the Netflix Chef’s Table episode featuring Christina. She is my new wannabe best friend. She’s young and easygoing and humble and, did I mention, super creative with her baking and use of ingredients?! Nothing crazy or fancy, just regular old ingredients used in innovative ways to breathe new life into standards such as cookies and birthday cakes. For instance, she uses the cereal milk (aka, the flavorful milk the results from soaking your breakfast cereal in it) as an ingredient in many of her cookies and cakes and truffles. Genius!
I was fortunate enough to attend a class at Milk Bar in Brooklyn recently (yay again to my husband for getting this as a gift for me for Mother’s Day!). We didn’t actually bake anything, but we did assemble and learn some of Christina’s secrets for making cakes and truffles delicious and fun in new and interesting ways. For example, we assembled one of her Malted Chocolate cakes and with the leftover cake crumbs, we made white chocolate dipped chocolate malt truffles using Ovaltine milk to bind the cake crumbs together. Brilliant and super yummy!
After leaving her class, of course I was totally inspired to make other recipes of hers. Hence, this oatmeal cookie recipe. What makes this recipe so good:
- Did I mention no raisins?!
- It comes together quickly, nothing fancy
- The cookies bake up thick and chewy
- There’s a secret ingredient that makes these cookies the perfect texture and you most likely already have it in your pantry (if not, it’s very easy to find!)
In Christina’s recipe, she mentions that the secret ingredient (aka, sweetened shredded coconut) is optional. So, I tried her recipe both ways – with coconut and without. The results were very different and I must say, the coconut should not be optional. This is totally my opinion, but the texture changes dramatically without the coconut – the cookie bakes up much flatter and crispier. If you like your cookies that way, by all means, bake away! If you prefer a thicker and chewier cookie, definitely include the coconut. Here is a picture of the two batches – the one on the left includes the coconut and the one on the right does not. See what I mean?
Now go forth and bake! With or without coconut (but definitely consider with!). Then park yourself in front of Netflix’s Chef’s Table episode with Christina Tosi while indulging in a stack of these delicious oatmeal cookies – you won’t be sorry!
If you’re looking for more awesome, easy cookie recipes, try my take-you-straight-back-to-your-childhood-days Fruity Pebble Cookies with White Chocolate Chips or my White Chocolate Chip Chocolate Cookies that will immediately satisfy your chocolate craving or my Fluffy Sprinkle cookies that are vanilla-y and pillowy and every kid’s favorite!
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