Famous Department Store Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe by Janet Matz

This recipe makes an enormous batch of cookies loaded with chips, nuts, oats, and even shaved chocolate. If you're baking for a bake sale, family hike, or a road trip with the soccer team, this one's for you.

20 mins
12 to 15 mins
1 hr 8 mins
about 10 dozen
Famous Department Store Chocolate Chip Cookies


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  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F. Line several baking sheets with parchment.

  2. Combine the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until smooth.

  3. Add the eggs one by one, then add the vanilla.

  4. In a blender or food processor, grind oats until they're a fine powder.

  5. Add oats, flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda to butter/sugar mixture; mix well.

  6. Stir in nuts, grated chocolate and chips.

  7. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto your baking sheet (a tablespoon cookie scoop makes short order of this job). Gently flatten each dough ball with the palm of your hand to about 1/2" thick.

  8. Bake the cookies for 12 to 15 minutes, or until they're beginning to brown. Remove them from the oven, and cool right on the pan.

  9. Cookies will keep for up to a week in a closed container; freeze for longer storage.

Tips from our Bakers

  • Too many cookies at once? Scoop all the dough onto cookie sheets, closely packed together. Freeze until solid, then transfer the dough balls to plastic bags. Freeze for up to one month. To bake, let the cookies thaw on a tray while you preheat the oven, and bake as above.
  • Skip the scooping and cut down on prep time by using an ingenious technique outlined in our blog post, A simple way to shape cookies.