cookies just as good as mom used to make

It’s ok if you forgot that Mother’s Day is this weekend. There is still time to whip a tried and true gift option: something homemade! Show Mom all the tricks of the baking trade that she imparted in you by whipping up this Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe from Rebecca Lamalfa via Williams Sonoma Sous Chef Series.

Throw on a cotton or linen monogrammed apron and bake a few batches of cookies for Sunday. You won’t even have to tell Mom it isn’t her recipe!


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Chocolate Chip Cookies



Old-fashioned rolled oats, 2½ cups

All-purpose flour, 2 cups

Baking soda, 1 teaspoon

Baking powder, ½ teaspoon

Kosher salt, ½ teaspoon

Unsalted butter, 2 sticks (at room temperature)

Light brown sugar, 1 cup (lightly packed)

Granulated sugar, ½ cup

Large eggs, 2

Vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon

Semisweet chocolate chips, 2 cups




1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

To the bowl of a food processor, add the:

  • Old-fashioned rolled oats

Pulse the oats until semi-fine–there should be a few larger bits, but most of the oats will be finely ground, about twelve 1-second pulses. Add the oats to a large mixing bowl. Set a fine-mesh sieve over the bowl, and to it add the:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder

Sift the flour mixture over the oats. To the flour mixture add the:

  • Kosher salt

Use the whisk to combine the dry ingredients.

2. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the:

  • Room-temperature unsalted butter
  • Light brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar

Beat the mixture on medium-low speed until combined. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until airy and pale in color, about 2 minutes. Reduce the mixer speed to medium-low and add:

  • 1 large egg

Once the egg is well incorporated, stop the mixer and use a rubber spatula to scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl. Turn the mixer back on to medium-low and add the remaining:

  • 1 large egg

Once the egg is incorporated, add the:

  • Vanilla extract

Beat on medium speed until well combined. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the:

  • Flour-oat mixture

Once the flour-oat mixture is mostly combined, add the:

  • Semisweet chocolate chips

Mix just to combine the chips. Turn off the mixer and scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl.

3. Use a large spoon to divide the cookie dough into 12 pieces about the size of a golf ball, rolling the dough in your hands to make a well-formed ball. Set the cookies about 2 inches apart on the parchment-paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 6 minutes. Rotate the baking sheet and bake until golden-brown around the edges and still soft in the center, about 6 minutes longer.

4. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet until set, about 5 minutes. Use a metal spatula to transfer the cookies to the wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining cookie dough.