Chewy, chocolatey, and loaded with both colorful goodies and some bonus good stuff. For fresh-out-of-the-oven cookies every time, just freeze the dough and bake off a few at a time. So easy!
1cupunsalted butterroom temperature
1/2cupdark brown sugar
1 1/2cupswhite whole wheat flour
1/2teaspoonfine-grain salt or table salt
1/2cuptoasted wheat germ*
1/3cupflaxseed mealaka ground flaxseeds
1cupsemi-sweet chocolate chips or chunksplus more for topping if desired
1cupcandy-coated chocolatesplus a few more for topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a medium bowl using a hand mixer, add the butter and sugars. Mix until well-incorporated, about one minute. Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix until combined. Add the flour, baking soda, salt, wheat germ, and flaxseed meal. Mix JUST until combined (do not overmix). Add the oatmeal, chocolate chips, candy-coated chocolates, and sprinkles if using. Mix just until incorporated.
Option 1: Bake 'em all now
Scoop into 1.5-inch balls and top with two or three extra chocolate chips or candies if desired. Place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake until slightly golden around edges, 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 4-5 days.
Option 2: Freeze now, bake later
Scoop into 1.5-inch balls and line them up right next to one another on a cookie sheet. Top with two or three extra chocolate chips or candies if desired. Transfer to freezer. When frozen, break apart the cookie dough balls and place in a freezer bag. Put back in freezer until you're ready to bake.
To bake, pull as many cookie dough balls as you want to bake out of the freezer. Place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake until slightly golden around edges, 9-11 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 4-5 days.