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May 04, 2010

Oh Yeah, These Are Good! - Cookie Recipe

The last time I wanted to make Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, I was lazy and didn't want to look up a recipe. So I thought I would just take my usual Chocolate Chip recipe and substitute oatmeal for some of the flour, and peanut butter for some of the butter. Well, they were okay...but they were dense, crumbly little boogers. When my daughter wanted me to make cookies today I suggested we try again (besides, adding oatmeal makes it health food, right? ha ha). This time I looked up some recipes and adapted them into this...

"Better This Time" Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 1 1/2 c. old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 c. firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 T. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 c. peanut butter (I used natural - just peanuts & salt)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325°F.

Pulse 1 cup of the oats in a food processor (or blender) until as fine as you want (I like about the size of wheat germ). In a bowl stir together ground oats, remaining 1/2 cup whole oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt - set aside.

In another large bowl with an electric mixer beat together butter and sugars until light and fluffy; beat in vanilla and peanut butter. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition; gradually beat in flour mixture. Add chocolate chips and stir just until combined. (At this point you can chill the dough, but I didn't at first, just chilled it between oven batches).

I used a large scoop (about 3 Tbs.) to make the cookies (6 to a sheet). Flatten balls slightly with moistened fingers or bottom of glass.

Bake cookies for 15 minutes, or until just barely golden. Cool cookies on baking sheet 5 minutes; transfer to racks to cool completely.

This made 30 large (3-3 1/2-inch diameter) cookies.

Have a beautiful cookie (and a beautiful day)!