Sometimes you just want a good old fashioned cookie. I love traditional oatmeal raisin cookies but my family doesn’t. So, I came up with this recipe to satisfy my oatmeal wants with their chocolate and peanut butter needs.
Oats are a rich source of fiber, thiamine and manganese. Oats have been proven to lower blood cholesterol and they also have cancer fighting phytochemicals.
The base is adapted from Martha Stewart’s recipe for Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies. I decreased the butter and granulated sugar a bit and added chocolate chips. I also obviously omitted the cream filling.
This is a great cookie that will travel well. Which is especially important because we are going camping again! This will be our fourth camping trip so far this summer. Four days of sleeping under the stars, swimming in the rivers and lakes, hiking in the woods and cooking over an open fire. Roasted marshmellows, here we come!
Homemade Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup chocolate chips!
Preheat oven to 350F. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder. In another bowl, combine butter and peanut butter. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Beat in granulated and brown sugars until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla just until combined. Stir in flour mixture and oats. Fold in chocolate chips.
Drop dough by teaspoon onto baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are browned. Cool for a minute on baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack.
Tomorrow I will be making 2 or 3 dozen peanut butter chocolate chip cookies for my son’s elementary school. The PTO is having a teacher appreciation luncheon. These cookies are my go-to cookie recipe. They aren’t necessarily wholesome or healthy but hey, there is peanut butter in them! Anytime I see that someone is in need of baking services, I am glad to help out. This enables me to get my baking fix in without having a dozen cookies on the counter staring me in the face every time I go into the kitchen. I must confess I have a MAJOR sweet tooth and it is hard to not think about those cookies sitting there all by themselves waiting to be devoured. Baking is something I learned to do on my own when I became a young wife. I found myself drooling over the pictures in Martha Stewart magazine and then one day it hit me, I could make these things too. I really enjoy the process of baking and the outcome. Here is the recipe for the best peanut butter chocolate chip cookies in the world.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 Tbs. milk
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
½ cup chocolate chips
½ cup peanut butter chips
(or use 1 cup all chocolate chips)
1 Tbs. granulated sugar for coating
Combine flour, baking soda, powder and salt. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and peanut butter until fluffy. Add the sugars and beat until smooth. Add the egg and mix. Mix in milk and vanilla. Add the flour and beat until completely mixed. Stir in chips. Place sprinkling sugar on a plate. Roll dough into balls and roll in the sugar to coat. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 9-10 minutes or until slightly browned on the edges.