Secret Recipe Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: “Secret Ingredient” Restaurant Quality Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 16 min

Secret Recipe Chocolate Chip Cookies

Excellent texture- chewy, and great flavor...


1/2 cup rolled oats regular or quick
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean, scraped (optional)
1 teaspoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
2 large eggs
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts, optional


1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Cover 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats.

2. Place rolled oats in blender or food processor and process until finely ground. Combine ground oats, flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in mixing bowl.

3. In another bowl, cream butter, sugars, vanilla, vanilla bean and lemon juice together using an electric mixer. Add eggs and beat until fluffy.

4. Stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture, blending well. Add chips and nuts (if desired) to the dough and mix well. Using 1/4 cup of dough for each cookie, scoop round balls with an ice cream scoop and place 2 1/2-inches apart on prepared baking sheets.

5. Bake until cookies are lightly browned, 16-18 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Store in a sealed container to keep them soft and chewy.


*If you do not want to grind oats for this recipe, go ahead and use regular oats. Just make sure that you are using quick-cooking oats.

Source: (via Easy to Bake, Easy to Make)

11 Responses to “Secret Recipe Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. postedOct 10, 2009 11:40 AM

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I lost this recipe during a recent move. I have been on the web for hours trying to find it. I originally found it on a recipe card from the Easy to Make Easy to Bake club. I have made these cookies so many times I knew the ingredients but did not know the portions. Tips: If you substitute 1.5 cups of packed dark brown sugar for the sugars, you end up with a fatter, prettier cookie. Make sure to take them out of the oven when they look almost done. I have also been known to substitute different types of add ins, such as white chocolate and macadamia nuts or craisens and pistachios.

  2. postedNov 19, 2010 7:13 AM

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! I love these cookies and used my reciepe card so much it literally fell apart before i could copy it and i have been looking for this reciepe forever. Once you make these no other chocolate chip cookie compares. They are so addictive.

  3. postedDec 4, 2010 4:48 PM
    Laura Patriarca

    These are legitimately the best cookies I have ever made/eaten in my life! All the members of my track team agree!

  4. postedDec 16, 2010 7:11 PM

    Yea, the cookies in the pic look a little thin and burned but the actual end product tastes amazing! I too got this recipe from the Easy To Make Easy To Bake recipe card and also lost it, so thanks!

  5. postedJun 16, 2011 7:37 PM

    These are fantastic! I’ve been searching for my go-to chocolate chip cookie and this is the one.

    • postedJun 17, 2011 6:18 AM

      Good to hear!

  6. postedMay 15, 2012 11:41 PM

    I use almost the exact recipe, but I use vanilla bean paste, I add half of a grated hershey bar to the dough, and use pecans instead of walnuts. Vanilla Bean Paste makes everything better.

    I have tried many of your recipes and have never been disappointed. Thank you for having an excellent site.

    • postedMay 16, 2012 9:27 PM

      Thanks for the tip. I actually just bought vanilla bean paste at Williams Sonoma the other day. I’m excited to use it!

  7. postedMay 16, 2014 2:45 AM

    These cookies are easy to make and a pleasure to eat.
    Thumbs up all the way.

  8. postedSep 21, 2014 6:40 AM

    A question. The “Secret Ingredient” Restaurant Quality Chocolate Chip Cookies link references a vanilla bean as one of the secret ingredients and then links to this recipe. However there is not a vanilla bean included in the above ingredient list. Do you not end up using a bean in the recipe? Or if you do use one, where is it added to the recipe? Thanks!

    • postedSep 21, 2014 11:56 AM

      That’s so strange- how could I forget to add that?! I did add it into the ingredient list- it’s added in with the vanilla. Of course, you can always leave it out if you don’t want to buy vanilla beans. Thanks.

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