Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Copycat Potbelly Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

So this month, I have been on a major sweets kick. Don't get me wrong, I always love sweets...but this month, it's been exceptionally bad. I've been giving into temptation way too much (as evidenced by my Instagram) but I've been trying not to beat myself up about it too much and I've just been going with it. I've realized that health is a journey and when I have little detours like this along the way, it makes me realize why I like eating healthy overall because it does make me feel much better. As we start to head towards spring, I look forward to re-focusing myself on making more healthy (and Paleo!) recipes...but in the meantime, I have a really delicious cookie recipe to share!

If you've been reading my blog for basically any length of time, you'll probably know I'm a big fan of chocolate chip cookies. Seriously, they are my favorite! I got the urge to bake something last week while watching the Olympics and got it in my head that I wanted to make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I stumbled on this recipe for copycat cookies resembling the ones they serve at Potbelly, which are SO GOOD. I don't know if this recipe gets it exactly, but it's pretty darn close!

Copycat Potbelly Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe Source: Adapted from Pardon the Dog Hair

1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2½ cups quick oats (or regular, which is what I used)
2 cups flour
1½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, cream margarine and sugars. Add in egg, one at a time, beating after every addition. Mix in vanilla.
In a separate bowl, combine oats, flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix together then slowly add into the margarine mixture. Add about a cup at a time, mix, then add another cup. Do this until it is all blended together. Mix in chocolate chips.
Form dough into medium size balls, place on cookie sheet covered with a silpat or parchment paper, and bake for about 10-12 minutes.

 The key to make these cookies similar to the ones from Potbelly is to make them BIG. I made my cookies more golf ball sized vs. my normal rounded tablespoon size when putting them on the cookie sheet, so they took awhile to bake. However, it's really important NOT to overbake them. You actually want to underbake these cookies slightly, that way, they stay really moist and chewy when they cool. 
(Plus, this way they taste much more like the ones from Potbelly's!)

I had high hopes for this recipe going in, so I actually made a double batch, which ended up being a great choice. I put chocolate chips in one half of the dough and then put butterscotch chips in the other half. Cameron isn't a fan of butterscotch but I LOVE it! The butterscotch and oatmeal together is divine, and I'm sure that the cookie would be great with other types chips as well.

I feel like I say this a lot, but these cookies are truly some of my favorites that I've ever baked and I'll definitely be making them again in the future!


  1. mmm they look so perfect! chocolate chip cookies are definitely my thing too. yum!

  2. I LOVE POTBELLY WUT WUT. Making these.

  3. ahhh the cookies are delish at potbelly so these must be amazing!
    ladies in navy

  4. Those look amazing. I LOVE oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!

  5. Looks delish! I'll be trying these soon!

  6. Those look amazing!! I am a huge fan of chocolate chip cookies as well, and these look delicious!

  7. Oooh these look delicious! I may have to try and make these next and do a gluten free version which shouldn't be too difficult. I just made some amazing gluten free chocolate chip cookies which I posted on my blog today. Plus they're the high altitude version -- it's too bad you moved from Tahoe! Check it out at TaoOfSchnoll.com :)

  8. MMM I am so gonna try to veganize these over the weekend! They look amazing! There was a potbelly's right down the street from my dorm my freshman year of college I've eaten way to many of these cookies in my life.

  9. I love baking, too! I bet you could make these with almond flour or a blend of almond and coconut, and if you used gluten free oats, they would be gluten free! You could also play around with natural sweeteners - coconut palm sugar tastes a lot like brown sugar!

    Beautiful photos!

  10. Jane I always on the hunt for a good cookie recipe and will have to try these. :) I have a mean sniker doodle if you ever need one.

  11. Oatmeal and butterscotch for the win!

  12. I wish I could bake! Just found your blog - added your button to my blog www.himandme.org

  13. I just made these cookies and they are amazing!! Thanks for sharing the recipe! :)


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