2 1/2 cups oats (rolled or quick cooking- not instant)
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
12 oz chocolate chips
4 oz milk chocolate bar, grated
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)
Blend oats in blender or food processor to a fine powder.
In a large owl with mixer, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
In another bowl, combine oatmeal powder, flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add oat mixture to butter mixture, beat until just blended. With wooden spoon, stir in chocolate chips, grated chocolate and nuts, if desired.
Roll rounded tablespoonfuls of dough into balls; place two inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets and bake 10-12 minutes at 375 degrees until golden.