These Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal Cookies have the texture and flavor of brownies in cookie form. Two kinds of chocolate, cream cheese, oats, and nuts create this deliciously rustic cookie.
Place the dark (bittersweet) chocolate chips in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds on 50% power. Stir and then microwave in 30 second intervals at 50% power, stirring in between, until completed smooth and melted. Set aside to cool.
Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well. Add melted, slightly cooled chocolate and mix again until well combined.
In a separate bowl use a spoon to combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Add the oats, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and nuts and stir again to combine. Add the dry mixture to the chocolate mixture and stir with a spoon until well combined. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or longer.
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Shape chilled dough into 1-inch balls and place them a couple of inches apart on an ungreased or parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Use the palm of your hand to flatten them slightly. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until cracks begin to form on the surface and cookies are almost set but still soft on top. Cool for 1 to 2 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to wire a rack to cool completely. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.
Store completely cooled cookies in an airtight container.