Three splurge items improve these quite a bit: (1) the best-quality dark chocolate chips you can find, (2) really good cookie sheets—the heavy, high-priced kind from the household section of the supermarket, and (3) a wire cooling rack.
Servings: Serves 6
Ingredients 1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter (don't toss the wrappers)1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour1 cup old-fashioned or rolled oats1/2 cup Grape-Nuts cereal1 tsp. baking soda1/2 tsp. salt3/4 cup brown sugar3/4 cup granulated sugar2 large eggs1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract1 bag (12 ounces) dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375°F (if you want them really crispy, jack up the oven to 400°F). Use the butter wrappers to grease 2 cookie sheets. Combine the flour, oats, cereal, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
In a second, large bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Gradually stir flour mixture into the butter-sugar mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop batter by rounded tablespoons, not teaspoons (I like to use a small ice cream scoop), about 2 inches apart onto prepared pans. Bake until light golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Use a spatula to remove cookies to a wire rack to cool.