Chocolate chip cookies are a favorite of mine, but so are oatmeal raisin cookies, white chocolate macadamia cookies and so many others! Usually when I decide to bake up a batch of chocolate chip cookies, the batter looks so versatile that I always want to add things other than chocolate chips to it. This, time I went for it and turned one batch of cookie dough into 3 different types of cookies!
I started by mixing up a chocolate chip cookie recipe that my mother has been since as long as I can remember. (Except, back then she used an electric handheld mixer!) You can use your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe or oatmeal cookie recipe for this instead if you’d like.
On medium speed, mix together: 1 cup unsalted butter, softened, 1 cup brown sugar and 3/4 cup white sugar
Next add 2 eggs and 1 tbsp. vanilla extract. Mix on low speed.
Then in a separate bowl, stir together 3 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. baking soda and 1 tsp. salt. Mix this one cup at a time to the wet mixture until it’s all combined.
Now, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Divide the dough into 3 separate bowls. I left 1/3 of the batter in the original mixing bowl. For the other 2 bowls, be sure they are big enough so that there is room for stirring! (I tend to choose bowls that are just too small!)
Add 1/2 cup of oats and 1/2 cup of raisins to one of the bowls and mix well.
Add 1/2 cup of white chocolate chunks (or chips) along with 1/2 cup of macadamia nuts to the second bowl and mix well. Feel free to choose other items to mix in instead, such as dried cranberries with walnuts, butterscotch chips or even m&m’s!
Add 1 cup of chocolate chips to the next bowl and mix well.
Line a huge baking sheet, or 2 regular baking sheets with parchment paper (back then my mom would just butter the baking sheet! I remember having to wash those baking sheets. Yikes!)
Scoop the batter out by the tablespoonful, roll into a ball and place onto the baking sheet/s. Do this for all the batter and be sure to place them at least an inch and a half apart.
Bake them for about 10 minutes, then let them cool for a bit before trying to eat one. Otherwise you might get burned just like I do every time! Enjoy!