Chocolate and Orange Oatmeal Cookies with Walnuts

oatmealCookiesI think of this as my secret recipe. I guess it isn’t a secret any more! It’s a great cookie for a snowy winter day.

2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Zest from one orange
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks (or chocolate chips)
1 cup walnuts, chopped


  • Heat oven to 350° F.
  • In large bowl, beat butter, sugars and orange zest until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats, chocolate chunks and walnuts; mix well.
  • Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased or parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool for a minute on the cookie sheet, then remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

Makes about three dozen.

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