I love cookies. I especially love cookies that combine chocolate chips, oatmeal, nuts, and maybe a little coconut thrown in. These are my absolute faves. I didn't know that chocolate chip-oatmeal cookies are sometimes referred to as Cowboy Cookies until I read this week's Baked Sunday Mornings recipe.
Lately, whenever I have the urge to bake, which is often, I will look at what's on my cooking groups' schedules and make something from there. I'm a big fan of the killing two birds with one stone philosophy and will bake ahead to stay on top of things and simultaneously satisfy my sweet tooth. However, I kept putting off making these cookies. I was disappointed that they omitted nuts, and unsure about the inclusion of pretzels even after making a cookie recipe a while back that included pretzels and was fantastic. Just couldn't get excited about these.
I decided to bite the bullet (thought I would throw in a cowboy reference) and make these as written. As I have mentioned before, the outcome of a cookie can often be determined by the taste of the raw dough. Nutless and pretzel-filled, this dough was delicious and I found myself anxious to get these baked.
After resting as required, I scooped out the first pan and pressed them down slightly as written. I tossed all of the pretzels directly into the dough rather than pressing some onto the tops. The first problem I ran into was that the cookies baked unevenly. I didn't press down the next batch hoping this would help them bake more evenly but I continued to have some cookies ooze and get too flat and crispy and other not spread and stay pale. I don't experience this problem with other recipes and I even moved the pans around so I don't think it was an issue with my oven.
The next problem, and this is a bigger one, is that this just didn't taste all that good. I don't know how that's possible when butter, chocolate, and oats are involved but apparently it is. We ate a few out of the oven and then I ended up tossing most of them a few days later.
I'm anxious to see what the other Baked bakers thought of these cookies to see if the recipe may be a bit flawed or if this cowgirl just messed up!