These Chocolatey Oatmeal Crunch Cookies are technically breakfast.
The first time I made cookies with this base recipe, I realized so this is what cookies are all about.
I was never really a HUGE sweets fan to begin with, but cookies weren’t something I would choose if given the option. To me, they were just crumbly and bland. AF.
These cookies, however, are not crumbly and bland. These are soft but firm, and have so much texture and flavor. The base is an oatmeal raisin recipe, and I’ve used it for years as my go-to for situations that call for cookie making like work shindigs, welcoming a new neighbor, school functions, etc.
It’s actually the recipe on the lid of the Quaker Oatmeal container.
What did I tell you…Breakfast.
Every now and then I go into straight baking mania, and I’ll bake things I have on my to-bake list, along with other things that I probably wouldn’t actually choose to eat myself, but I’ll taste all day if I have to if I’m making it.
Then I have to make a cheeseburger and cleanse my sugary ass palate.
It’s pushing it for me to even eat a whole cookie, as you may or may not know. If you do not know and you’re new to DCC, I’m not a huge dessert eater. I would rather eat burgers and sushi over ice cream and cake any day, but I still make goodies because I have two young adult children that are chocolate fiends, and of course, I do it for you.
I added some things that I thought would make a badass cookie.
M&M’s and Golden Grahams. Yes, the cereal. Golden Grahams was my childhood favorite cereal. That takes me back to ’80’s Saturday morning cartoons and fighting with my brother over which ones to watch. He’s younger that I am, but he still tormented the hell out of me.
It’s quite alright, though because I got his ass back later – I threw him under the bus when he was 12 and I caught him huffing paint in the bathroom.
Such fond childhood memories.
So, anyway, remember the cartoon Shirt Tales from back then? I swear I seriously thought the name was misspelled because I thought surely they meant to name it “Short Tails”. It mattered absolutely none that their little shirts were part of the show.
I have no idea why the hell I thought that, but damnit I was right in my 9-year-old mind.
I didn’t like the cartoons that came on after that, so I would change it to another network to watch the Smurfs. I knew when the ABC Weekly Special came on my Saturday morning bliss was coming to an end because that meant American Bandstand was coming on, and the damn Soul Train after that.
I had no patience for any of that.
So, that was a long way to say I love Golden Grahams so much that I decided to anoint these cookies with them. And the M&M’s?
I threw those in there because chocolate.
We have the oatmealy texture, the healthy sweetness of the raisins, the phenomenal taste of the cereal and texture, but I believed it needed some chocolate – so I had to fix that in order to make the cookie I was kinda imagining in my mind.
I was thinking something like an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink type thing, and I didn’t feel like I could get there without something chocolate.
This adds both chocolate and texture with that signature *snap* when you bite into a plain M&M. Or “em-eee-em’s” as my daughter called them when she was 2 1/2-3 years old.
I wish my kids were little again…
Oh, and by the way, I used plain “em-eee-ems” in these cookies.
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