MacGyver’s Chocolate Chunk Cookies

O.k. these seem to border on darn near healthy. Hmmmm…I’ve posted several like that lately. It may be time for a new category.  Later.

Now these cookies also score points with me for their MacGyver factor. So much so I renamed the cookie from Chocolate Chunk Cookies to MacGyver’s Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

I love how you take all of the dry ingredients, dump them into a blender and grind until they turn into powder. It also makes it easier to incorporate the ingredients. Definitely a Man’s Cookie. Plus the ingredients and directions are so simple you should have it memorized after making it a few times. So you can call up the recipe if you need cookies in an emergency.

I would recommend making the dough and then letting it sit in the fridge wrapped in plastic wrap for about one hour before baking. Beating the snot out of the butter with a hand blender will make the butter all soft-like and these cookies will start to go flat when you bake.

The recipe comes from the Once-a-Week-Cookbook, page 231.


1 cup of butter

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp of vanilla

2 1/2 cups of oatmeal

2 cups of flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

16 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips ( or beat up semi-sweet baking bars like Mac would with a Swiss army knife and some duct tape!)

1 1/2 cups of nuts (optional)


Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees

In a large mixing bowl beat butter and sugars until creamy. Blend in the eggs and vanilla.

Take the oatmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and put it in a blender and blend until it all turns into powder.

Add the powder to the sugar mixture. Stir in the chocolate and/or/or not the nuts.

Roll into 1 inch balls–I used a melon ball scooper or a small ice cream scoop–and bake for 6-8 minutes..maybe 10 max..or until golden brown. Now my idea of golden brown and the original cooks are dramatically different. at 8-10 minutes parts of the cookie will start to brown. You want to pull it out around this time. Unless your cookies are bigger I wouldn’t go much over 10 minutes or they’ll get hard and crumbly. Transfer to a cooling rack.  Consume. Gather leftovers to bribe guard as you make your getaway.

The dough freezes well for later use.

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