There is nothing more comforting than a warm, gooey, chocolate chip cookie. I fondly remember coming home from school to a platter of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Because the autumn season is upon us, I have concocted a delicious and hearty recipe for spiced chocolate chip cookies that will invite fall right into your kitchen.
My Secret Ingredient
I love all chocolate chip cookies. I love them crispy. Cookies that are pillowy soft make me swoon. I get so much satisfaction when warm, gooey chocolate drips onto my fingers and hands. When I eat a chocolate chip cookie, I want to be transported, if only for a minute or two.
I also love fall. If you have seen my posts for The Best Homemade Spiced Apple Cider and Chicken Thighs with Apple Cider Sauce, you already know how much I love fall. So, when I created this recipe, I wanted to combine two things I love with every inch of my soul: oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and fall. My secret ingredient: apple pie spice.
Apple Pie Spice in a Chocolate Chip Cookie?
I know it sounds SO WEIRD to put apple pie spice in a recipe for chocolate chip cookies. However, you have to trust me. This is a chocolate chip cookie recipe that you will want to make again and again. Apple pie spice is a unique mixture of warming spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and ground ginger.
If you don't have apple pie spice, you can make your own spice mixture using 1 tsp. cinnamon, ½ tsp. nutmeg, ¼ tsp. allspice, a dash of ground cloves, and a dash of ground ginger.
The cookies are crispy around the edges but warm and gooey on the inside. I use old fashioned rolled oats in this recipe because they create a hearty texture and help the large cookies to stay together. The best part about these chocolate chip cookies: the apple pie spice warms you up! So, on a chilly day, these cookies will warm you up even if they are not fresh out of the oven!
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My essential tools when baking any cookies (not just oatmeal chocolate chip cookies) include the following:
- Aluminum Sheet Pan, Silicone Baking Mat & Stainless Steel Cooling Rack
- KitchenAid KSM75SL Classic Plus 4.5-Qt. Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, Silver
- Heat Resistant Silicone Spatulas Set for Cooking, Baking and Mixing
- Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls (Set of 6) Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set
- Fayomir Cookie Scoop (Set of 3)
Spiced Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1.5 cups flour all purpose
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 teaspoon apple pie spice
- 1 cup salted butter 2 sticks
- 1 cup dark brown sugar packed
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- In a medium mixing bowl, sift flour, baking soda, salt and apple pie spice. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter, dark brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Add eggs, one at a time and mix until fully incorporated. Add vanilla.
- With the mixer set to slow, gradually add the flour mixture to the butter/sugar/egg mixture.
- With a spoon or a spatula, gently mix in oats and chocolate chips. The mixture will be very thick - be sure to incorporate all of the ingredients!
- Scoop large balls of dough onto 2 sheet pans lined with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. Space the cookies at least two inches apart (I usually do 6 cookies per sheet tray to prevent spreading).
- Refrigerate dough balls for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Bake cookies for 13-15 minutes, until edges are golden brown and the interior is still soft. Cool on the sheet tray for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack until the cookies are cooled completely. Enjoy!