Chocolate-Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

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  • prep 45 min    cook 12 min
  • Yield: 3 1/2 dozen cookies


  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans (about 2 1/2 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 ounces (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 1/2 ounces (2 1/2 squares) semisweet chocolate, chopped

    How to make it  About 55 minutes

  • 1

    Mix together oats, flour, nuts, and baking powder.

  • 2

    In a saucepan, heat butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until butter has melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat.

  • 3

    Stir half of oat mixture into butter mixture. Stir in egg, mixing well, then stir in remaining oat mixture. Cool for 20 minutes. Stir in chocolate.

  • 4

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls. Place balls, 2 inches apart, on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten each ball slightly.

  • 5

    Bake cookies until lightly browned, 10-12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Healthy Cooking Tip

This cookie dough lends itself to endless variations. Add raisins, chopped dates, dried apricots, or a bit of grated orange peel. Omit nuts, or prepare them plain without chocolate.

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