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Sydney's Mom's Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies 🍪

Some background on these not oatmeal raisin cookies—Sydney's mom was told that this was a secret recipe when it was given to her by a friend's mom in the 80s. She held it close to the chest for years, until a few years ago, that same friend heard her refuse to share it at a party, saying that "it wasn't her family recipe to share." She then laughed at Sydney's mom and explained that her mom had been joking 30+ years ago. Apparently this recipe came from the back of a chocolate chip package.


  • 1 1/2 cups flour

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 cup room temperature butter (legend has it Land O Lakes is preferred)

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/2 tsp water (don't skip this)

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 cups oats (old fashioned is best, but quick oats work too)

  • 1/2 package semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees

  • Mix all ingredients except for chocolate chips by hand

  • Stir in the chocolate chips

  • Drop heaping spoonfuls of batter onto a greased cookie sheet with enough space in between for cookies to flatten slightly

  • Bake for 9 minutes or longer, depending on oven

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