VTM: Cookies for Cancer

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RICHMOND, Va (WTVR) - Amber Van Der Meer has been a part of the Richmond chapter of 'Cookies for Kids' Cancer' campaign and shares a personal connection to it. Proceeds from the annual bake sale help raise awareness to fight pediatric cancer.


Makes 3 to 4 dozen cookies

Background: Chocolate chip cookies are universal favorites at bake sales, but this recipe was developed specifically for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer’s first bake sale – the 96,000-cookie one. No matter the season, these dense, buttery, yet light cookies –thanks to the oats—sell more than any other.

Use the best-quality chocolate chips you can find. Don’t bother making these cookies if you are scrimping on chips.

2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter

1 cup light brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

1 large egg, at room temp

1 large egg yolk, at room temp

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned rolled oats

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon kosher salt

3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place the butter and sugars in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle and beat until smooth and creamy. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla, one at a time, beating well between additions.


  • Place the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl; mix well and add to the butter mixture. Beat until everything is well incorporated. Scrape down the sides of a bowl, add the chocolate chips, and beat again.
  • Form the dough into heaping-teaspoon-size balls and place them about 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheet. Using your palm, gently press down.