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Our Christmas Eve Tradition – Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Every year my girls can’t wait to wake up on Christmas Eve and get their bake on.  It’s become one of our favorite family traditions.  Together, we bake the yummiest chocolate chip cookies, pack them up and deliver them to our favorite neighbors, fresh out of the oven.

About 4 years ago, one of our neighbors who is like a Grandpa to our girls, joined in the fun. Every year he bakes and ices cookies for our girls and walks over to deliver him. The girls think they are so yummy and especially love that he adds little candies on top.  I love the heart that goes into them.

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While they may look like regular ol’ chocolate chip cookies, these are definitely not ordinary.  They are packed with oats, chocolate, nuts and tons of love.  We switch things up every year and swap the milk chocolate chips for white chocolate chips, or use pecans instead of walnuts.  We even add a little secret something to give it some added spice… cinnamon or espresso powder!  Everyone is always asking us for the recipe, so this year, I figured we would share it, in hopes that you will make them at home with your little ones.

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These cookies are so yummy on their own, or with a glass of milk, chocolate milk or almond milk!  So print out the recipe below and get to baking!  The only requirement is that you share them with someone you love or someone that can use an extra reason to smile!  It makes these cookies, and the tradition, that much sweeter.

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Love Thy Neighbors Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Quite possibly the best oatmeal chocolate chip cookies you've ever tasted! They make the perfect gift for your friends and family!
Course: Dessert
Keyword: cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 oz milk chocolate chips
  • cups chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)
  • 2 tbsp hot water
  • 1 tsp instant espresso

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 375°
  • Grease cookie sheet.
  • Mix together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar.
  • Stir in eggs and vanilla.
  • Dissolve espresso powder in hot water and set aside.
  • Finely grind rolled oats in a food processor. Combine oats, flour, salt, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda in a medium bowl and sift.
  • Add instant espresso to batter and stir until combined.
  • Slowly add dried ingredients to the wet ingredients. Stir until combined.
  • Add chocolate chips and nuts to the batter. Mix until combined.
  • Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, on cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes.

Does your family have a special tradition on Christmas Eve?  Comment below and tell us about it!

Every year my family wakes up and bakes our favorite homemade chocolate chip cookies for our favorite neighbors. I'm happy to finally share that recipe!

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  • Clair
    December 5, 2019

    Oh my word! These cookies sound and look so good! I love how you added oatmeal!

  • Romy
    December 4, 2019

    5 stars
    Yum! Chocolate chip cookies are my fav

  • Shayla Marie
    December 4, 2019

    They look like the best chocolate chip oatmeal cookies ever! We will try them!

  • Lisa Favre
    December 4, 2019

    5 stars
    These cookies look absolutely delicious! I love the idea of a Christmas Eve tradition – ours is new pj’s and a holiday movie!

  • Monica
    December 4, 2019

    I love the name of these cookies. It’s so nice to have a tangible way of bringing kindness to others. I love how these cookies do just that.

  • Janis
    December 3, 2019

    I like your tradition, those oatmeal chocolate chip cookies look so good. I think I’m going to have to make your recipe tonight for my own family.
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  • Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    December 3, 2019

    What a lovely tradition! I love that you and your family are so close with your neighbor – kind of rare these days! Love it!

  • Chrissie
    December 3, 2019

    YUM! This is my kind of tradition. 🙂 Do you recommend chilling the dough before baking, or are they okay to go straight into the oven?
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    • Heather
      December 4, 2019

      I put them straight in, but it’s totally up to you!

  • Kathy
    December 3, 2019

    These are one of my favorite kinds of cookies. I always try to make these for the holidays. They are so delicious!

  • Emily
    December 3, 2019

    The cookie part of oatmeal cookies are my favorite. I am going to have to make these for my brother so he won’t be mad at the raisins.
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  • Tara Pittman
    December 3, 2019

    I do love chocolate cookies. With a couple of ingredient changes so I can make them dairy free, they will be great cookies
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  • Amy Desrosiers
    December 3, 2019

    Cookies are life around here and something we look forward to making. I think these sound tasty and good for Santa!

  • Eileen M Loya
    December 3, 2019

    I am going to make these for Christmas. I am going to make a large batch and get some gift boxes to put them in. It would be a perfect Christmas gift idea for friends and neighbors.

  • Brianne Tursi Manz
    December 3, 2019

    5 stars
    The holidays are special for the family traditions. I really like your cookies. Chocolate chip oatmeal are very tasty.
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  • Debra Pearlstein
    January 19, 2018

    I never have made chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, usually one or the other, but, these look amazing. Must try them.

  • Aduke Schulist
    January 19, 2018

    I love when cookies are packed full of goodies like nuts and oats. Yum yum!!

  • Lynndee
    January 19, 2018

    Yum! Those look good! Yes we do have our Christmas Eve family traditions…both my husband and son open one gift and then we spend the evening at my in-laws and open more gifts. 🙂

  • Kate | Life of a Ginger
    January 18, 2018

    What a great tradition! My girls and I are big fans of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, but I don’t like nuts in my cookies 🙂 so I’ll leave those out.

  • Claudia Krusch
    January 18, 2018

    Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies are the best! I’m going to be trying your recipe out!

  • Nichole Arnold
    January 18, 2018

    I love creating holiday traditions. This recipe looks so delicious! I’m bookmarking it!

  • Up Run for Life Healthy Lifestyle Blog
    January 18, 2018

    We always make our own cookies for Santa too. Santa loves chocolate chip cookies in our house too. This year we switched ours up too. I added andes mint chips and white chocolate chips too. They were the bomb.

  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes
    January 18, 2018

    What a fun tradition to have! I hope to make memories like that when I have kids.

  • HilLesha
    January 18, 2018

    I have always loved chocolate chip cookies, but I don’t believe I have ever tried the oatmeal version before, though. I’ll definitely have to try it in the future!

  • Ricci
    January 18, 2018

    These cookies sound amazing! I also love that your neighbor is in on your Christmas Eve tradition. I wish I had nice neighbors like that!!

  • Pam
    January 17, 2018

    This is such a wonderful tradition for your family. We make cookies for the neighbors as well but not on Christmas Eve because we have other commitments with family.

  • Marysa
    January 17, 2018

    I love family traditions! And these sound awesome. It really sounds like you guys had a lovely Christmas eve spent with the people who are important in your lives. I’ll have to give these chocolate chip cookies a try!

  • Jennifer Van Huss
    January 17, 2018

    What a great Christmas Eve tradition! I love how you included your neighbour! Those cookies look so good.

  • Bill Sweeney
    January 17, 2018

    Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies are one of the best cookies ever. Now I know what to make for movie night.

  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    January 17, 2018

    Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies sound so good! I haven’t made oatmeal cookies in so long. I can’t wait to try these.

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