chocolate oatmeal crispies

Do you like your cookie crispy or soft? Do you like it with lots of texture, chock-full of add-ins, or are you a minimalist— just a chocolate chip, thank you! Does it depend on what kind of cookie you're having?  I am a cookie fiend and love them all sorts of ways, but I think my favorite cookie has a combination of crisp on the edges and then soft towards the middle.

This chocolate cookie, as the name implies, is crisp, through and through. It makes no apologies and stands proud with its crunchy, crumbly, meringue-like snap. The chocolate flavor is just enough (add chocolate chips if you want more) and complements the coconut and oatmeal beautifully. It's a perfect afternoon snacking cookie, eaten with a large glass of milk.

Chocolate Oatmeal Crispies
adapted from Cookies, by Maida Heatter
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (I used ½ semisweet and ½ bittersweet), cut into pieces
1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking (not instant) oatmeal
3½ ounces (1 cup, firmly packed) shredded coconut

Adjust two racks to divide the oven into thirds and preheat to 350ºF. Line cookie sheets with parchment or silicone mats.

Melt the chocolate in the top of a small double boiler over hot water on moderate heat. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.

Meanwhile, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt, and set aside. In the small bowl of an electric mixer cream the butter. Add the vanilla and the almond extracts and the sugar, and beat until blended. beat in the egg and the melted chocolate. On low speed gradually add the sifted dry ingredients, scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula and beating only until incorporated. Mix in the oatmeal and the coconut.

To divide the dough evenly: On a long piece of wax paper, place the dough by rounded tablespoonfuls in 28 to 30 equal mounds. Roll each mound between your hands to form a ball and place the balls on the cookie sheets at least 2 to 2½ inches apart, no closer.

Press the tops of the cookies with the back of the tines of a fork to flatten them to ½-inch thickness. First press all in one direction, and then press in the opposite direction.

Bake for about 15 minutes, reversing the sheets top to bottom and front to back once to ensure even browning. When done, the cookies will feel crusty on the tops, but semisoft in the centers— they will harden as they cool.

With a wide metal spatula, transfer the cookies to racks to cool.


  1. I love a homemade cookie period. Chocolate preferrably. This recipe looks fantastic. Great pictures.

  2. You sold me...they look wonderful!

  3. Can you ship some off to a lake cabin in northern Minnesota? :-)

  4. I like my cookies any which way - as long as they are sweet and chocolatey! These look like they fit the bill. Count me in! Bookmarking this to try soon.

  5. sweet and chocolatey fits the bill for me too!

  6. i might have to bring them personally- a lake cabin sounds refreshing!

  7. Rebecca, I made these cookies and they were lovely. Mine spread a little, but they were really good. I couldn't stop eating them. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe!


  8. Rebecca - these are wonderful! I'm going to post a couple of pictures on FB - Isaac and I made them this morning. Fun and easy to make!


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