Dr. T’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Dr. T. is a fan of big cookies. He used to get them at work all the time, but decided to try making them himself. He started with a recipe I got from Dina ages ago, and riffed on the original to produce the following.

Dr. T’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snacks
Keyword: Baking, Cookies
Servings: 24 cookies


  • Stand Mixer
  • Oven


  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/8 cup soft butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cup flour (we now use gluten free all-purpose flour which works just fine)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 cups rolled oats scant
  • 1 cup semi-sweet or dark premium chocolate chips *


  • Preheat oven to 375 F (Dr. T recommends 365 F convection if you’ve got it).
  • Cream together the shortening, butter and sugars. Beat in the egg and vanilla until creamy. If you are using a stand mixer you don't have to wait to put in the eggs and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients except the oats and chocolate chips.
  • Gradually add the dry mix to the shortening mix, beating well.
  • Stir in the oats and chocolate chips.
  • Spoon in large dollops onto two big, non-stick cookie sheets. As suggested by Pat in the comments, I use an ice cream scoop. Squash the dollops into rounds. I use my clean hands but if you want to use a utensil you might need to grease it. Let me know how it goes!
  • Bake about 8 minutes if you’re using convection, about 10-12 regular. If you are using convection you can bake both at the same time.
  • Put the cookie sheets on the cool stovetop or wire stands to cool for a few minutes until you can transfer the cookies to plates for further cooling without breaking.


Once I had no table salt available and used kosher salt. It made a nice change, giving the cookies a sort of crunchy zing
*although many oatmeal cookie recipes list chocolate chips as optional or include raisins as an alternative, Dr. T. is pretty adamant that the chips are not optional, and raisins are right out.

2 Replies to “Dr. T’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. I am a VERY big fan of Dr. T(my dad)’s cookies. They make an excellent snack and are sometimes quite fun to make. I agree with him that raisins are not an option and that they taste awsome with chocolate chips.

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