Favourites in my queue (and the world’s best oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe)

Do you memorize recipes? I do. Most of the time it’s not deliberate – it’s just that after you’ve made the same cookie recipe five or six dozen times, you’re bound to remember the details. And so Chocolate O’Chippers* are a permanent part of my repertoire.

Same for scones, pancakes, and baking powder biscuits. For me, they’re all comfort foods, and there’s nothing more comforting than being able to walk into the kitchen and start baking – no cookbook required.

Just this weekend I realized that I’ve started to do the same thing with my knitting. I’ve got a few standby patterns that now reside permanently in my head. Glenna‘s Nice Ribbed Socks have taken up residence, as have the Cutest Booties from the Yarn Harlot. Given a repeat knit or two, I think that the Classic Raglan might move in, too.

I’ve also got a simple shawl pattern stored away up there. It’s based on Simple Things – a super basic triangle shawl built with symmetrical yarn overs, with rows of garter stitch and yarn overs as decorative edging toward the bottom of the shawl. It was just the ticket for Sunday afternoon, when I had a movie to go to and nothing simple to work on in the dark. This is Noro Silk Garden, knit on 5 mm needles. I’m loving it.

* You didn’t think I’d let you go without providing that cookie recipe, did you? Of course not! This recipe was shared with me by my friend Ali. I don’t know where she got it, but I do know it’s my favourite.

Chocolate O’Chippers
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Cream butter with sugar until light. Add vanilla and egg; mix well. Add flour, oatmeal, baking soda and salt; stir til incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 min, or until edges are golden and tops are just beginning to set. Makes approx 36 cookies.

(You can play with the add-ins if you like: I’m also a fan of raisins, pecans and coconut, in any measure.)