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Making an attempt a New Recipe: Half Baked Harvest Chocolate Chip Espresso Oatmeal Cookies

Posted on September 23, 2022 Posted by Athena Scalzi

I made cookies! And in case you could not guess from the title, they have been oatmeal cookies. With chocolate chips. And espresso powder. And different issues, however for some purpose solely these components are included within the title.

Anyway, as I discussed earlier than, Half Baked Harvest is certainly one of my favourite meals bloggers, so I used to be excited to do that cookie recipe, regardless of not being an enormous fan of oatmeal cookies.

In truth, I had all of the components for these cookies readily available:

Ingredients arranged on a counter.  There is Domino brand light brown sugar, Kerrygold brand salted butter, Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate bar, two brown eggs, vanilla extract, King Arthur brand espresso powder, baking soda, flour, old Quaker oats and syrup Crown brand maple.

So my first mistake will be discovered on this picture of components. There’s maple syrup within the picture, however there isn’t any maple syrup within the cookies. There’s maple syrup within the elective vanilla frosting that you would be able to make to go along with the cookies, however I forgot to make the frosting totally, so at no time did I exploit the maple syrup proven right here. So faux it isn’t there, okay? Glorious.

Shifting on, the very first thing I did was brown the butter. One factor I like about Half Baked Harvest recipes is that they at all times name for browned butter. If you happen to’re not acquainted, browning butter is simply the place you’re taking common butter and warmth it in a pan to the purpose the place the milk solids begin to brown.

A blue frying pan on the stove, the content of which is melted butter.  The milk solids have separated from the liquid butter, so the butter has a white layer on top.

As you’ll be able to see right here, when you soften the butter, the milk solids separate from the liquid. The white stuff is the half that browns. Finally, you may find yourself with what I prefer to name liquid gold:

A glass Pyrex bowl with melted brown butter.

That is what it seems to be like contemporary off the range!

And this is all of the stable, golden goodness that makes browned butter so scrumptious:

The golden brown milk solids from the brown butter at the bottom of the glass container.

So what is the level of browning butter? It is actually crucial? Not likely, you positively do not need to go the additional mile, but it surely does add a lot extra depth and wealthy taste to no matter you are baking! I promise you’ll be able to actually style the distinction. The perfect model of butter I’ve discovered for browning is Kerrygold. It browns like no different butter. I extremely advocate utilizing that model if you understand you may be browning butter for a recipe!

Anyway, I put all of the browned butter in a bowl and added the brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and espresso powder. One factor I discovered fascinating about this recipe was the quantity of espresso powder in it. Each time I see espresso powder in a recipe, it is normally a couple of teaspoon and it is normally listed as elective. This recipe, nonetheless, known as for two to 4 tablespoons of the product. Between 2 and 4 tablespoons looks like so much to me, so I selected 3 simply to maintain it within the center.

It made my dough darker:

A white mixing bowl filled with dark brown liquid.

I believed certainly the flour, oatmeal, and baking soda would lighten it up, and it did a bit:

A white mixing bowl filled with dark brown cookie dough.  You can see a lot of oats in the dough.

For the ultimate step, I added a 4 oz bar of semi-sweet chocolate and a half bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips, each Ghirardelli model.

A white mixing bowl filled with the final cookie dough shape.  Oatmeal and tons of chocolate chunks can be seen throughout the dough.

Actually, this dough was tremendous simple and fast to place collectively. It took longer to brown the butter than it did to measure the components and blend the batter. There was nothing too laborious about this dough, it did not get chilly, the eggs weren’t crushed for lengthy durations of time. It was multi function bowl, and all of the tremendous customary components, and no stand mixer and even hand mixer required!

This dough is fairly moist for cookie dough, so I would not advocate working with it along with your naked arms. I used a cookie dough scoop and simply scooped some out onto a baking sheet. (The recipe says to make use of parchment paper on my baking sheets, however I at all times use parchment paper anyway as a result of my baking sheets are dusty, crusty, moldy, and rusty.)

Twelve servings of thick, dark brown, chocolate oatmeal-flavored cookie dough, spread evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

At this level, they seemed so much like no-bake cookies to me.

I tossed them within the oven for eight minutes, turned them over, and allow them to sit for one more three minutes. And that is what I ended up with:

A beautiful photo of perfectly baked oatmeal chocolate chip cookies nicely displayed with flowers all around them.

It is a joke! That’s what they’re supposed to appear to be (picture from Half Baked Harvest). That is what mine truly seemed like:

The twelve cookies, now fully baked.  They are dark brown in color, crooked in shape, and look extra-beary.

Not fairly twins, proper? And if they’re twins, mine appear to be the evil twin that oldsters conceal within the attic, like that Simpsons episode of Treehouse of Horror.

I am undecided what went flawed right here so I seemed on the feedback in your recipe. Apparently lots of people had the identical downside and complained that they got here out a lot darker than hers. If I needed to guess, I might say the big quantity of espresso powder was the perpetrator. I used to be keen to wager that the tablespoon measurement was truly a typo, however I did not see any point out of it being a typo from her within the feedback, so perhaps it isn’t. They’re espresso cookies, in any case.

Ugly or not, I nonetheless tried to get a glamor shot or two of them:

Me holding one of the cookies.  It's dark brown, filled with oatmeal, and the chocolate chips are melted as they're still hot from the oven.

A small black plate on the counter.  It has two of the cookies, and I'm holding up half of a cookie so you can see inside.  There is a glass bottle of milk next to the plate.

Sufficient concerning the seems to be, what concerning the style? Nicely, they’re fairly first rate. I imply, they’ve chocolate, to allow them to’t actually be dangerous, however they are not tremendous stellar both. I am keen on oatmeal although, so in case you actually like oatmeal cookies, you may most likely get pleasure from these. Not the worst factor I’ve ever carried out, not less than. I ended up with 24 of those dangerous boys, so if you wish to make this, however do not wish to make that many, I like to recommend chopping the recipe in half.

Do you want oatmeal cookies? Do you normally brown butter for baked items? Would you give these cookies a attempt? Let me know within the feedback and have an excellent day!

(Additionally, somebody requested me in my final submit what the M in AMS stands for. I believe that is the second time I have been requested, truly! It is Marie.)

-AMS

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