Which is to say, this recipe didn't start with me. I got it from a bag of Ghirardelli chocolate chips, and then made a number of changes. Somewhere along the way, the modified version became my default cookie recipe, to the point that friends started referring to them as The Cookies.
So: Start with Clementine's Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.
1. Use bittersweet chocolate (60–70% cacao), not semisweet.
2. Skimp a little on the sugar and brown sugar.
3. Add a pinch of cardamom to the dry ingredients.
4. Use salted butter (the original recipe doesn't specify, but a lot of sweet bakes call for unsalted).
5. Replace the walnuts with dried Montmorency cherries.
I usually cut the recipe in half, which means 6. I make it with an egg white, not a whole egg.
Does this mean I can claim it? I doubt it. I think we're still in cover-song territory, but the sort of cover where you have to listen for a minute to be sure.