back in the day when i worked at the mall, every monday ment a walk with a friend down to the cookie shop to snag a peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookie before our evening shift. a good cookie with a friend can't be beat!
and after a little experimentation, i now get to enjoy these with my boys, and for far less than the $1 a cookie i paid at the mall!
there is something fantastic about this combination. the oatmeal keeps them soft and moist. the peanut butter makes them rich and tender. and the chocolate... well, come on, it's chocolate!
this recipe is based on Nick's great-grandma Mary's peanut butter cookie recipe, with a few tweaks. i think it's fun to change things up now and then! don't you agree?
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 t. vanila (i love my homemade vanilla)
1 c. flour
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 c. rolled oats
1 c. chocolate chips (dark chocolate are my favorite!)
cream together butter, peanut butter, both sugars, vanilla and egg very well, making sure you scrap your bowl a couple times.
in another bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, soda and baking powder. add these dry ingredients to your wet ingredients and mix until just combined (do not over beat).
mix in your oatmeal and chocolate chips, then drop by spoon fulls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or lightly greased. bake at 350 for 10 minutes. allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet in order to keep them soft and moist and prevent them from drying out (i know, this is terribly difficult as they will be calling your name. you may be temped to throw them on a wire rack to make them cool more quickly so that you can indulge in one (or two), but trust me, it's so worth the wait!)
oh, and if you're a gluten-free-er this recipe works great with Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free flour mix and a bit of xanthan gum (the garbonzo beans keep them soft and chewy!)
while i don't think we will ever get tired of the family peanut butter cookie recipe, it's so fun to try a new spin on old favorites. and i will take advantage of any excuse to throw a little chocolate in the mix.
with all the lessons i've been learning about having more joy in our everyday, this is definitely an easy way to put a smile on little faces. sometimes it's the little things...