Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

That is a mouthful of a cookie name isn’t it?  But, that is what they are…a mouthful of deliciousness!

Okay, now back story.  So all this week my son has been begging to cook with me.  I mean whole body, whining, begging to cook.  I do think it is the cutest thing ever, but the problem with week nights is by the time I get dinner going, everyone is starving and all I want to do is get dinner on the table.  My patience is zero and on top of that we have homework, baths and bedtime rituals to do after dinner so as much as I love to cook and cook with my kids…weeknights don’t really work for leisurely cooking.  I am sure there are at least a handful of you out there that feel my pain.

Anyway, my son was begging to help all week, so I told him we would bake something on Friday after school and take our time, if he would just let me get dinner on the table during the week.  I kept my promise and we chose to bake some cookies.  Cookies are great because the kids love the measuring and mixing and eating of the cookie dough.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I really am not a fan of baking.  I will probably say that every time I post a baking recipe.  So I when I find a recipe I usually stick to it.  Being that baking is a science and all, I feel the best success is one that you follow.  I found a recipe from Simply Scratch for these cookies and other than adding more salt, vanilla bean powder and substituting dark chocolate chips for milk chocolate chips…all was left the same.  She has great step-by-step pictures.  I am still learning how to use the camera…my pictures are still a work in progress.

Cookies Out of the Oven

The benefit of baking with my son was obviously spending some quality time with him, but my husband was so happy to come home and find out that we were making his favorite type of cookie!  He gobbled three before dinner even started!  I used the really dark chocolate chip (60% cacao) because I like to cut the sweetness of the cookie with the bitterness of the chocolate, but any flavor would be fantastic.  I even think butterscotch or white chocolate chips would be great.  Or throw in some honey roasted peanuts too?  The creative part about baking is the “throw ins” so get creative!

Fresh Baked Cookies

 Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 2 1/2 cup Old Fashion Oatmeal (Not quick cooking or steel cut)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) Butter, room temperature (I used salted, but unsalted is also fine…I like salty cookies)
  • 1 cup Smooth Peanut Butter (although chunky would be great, you will just have peanut chunks in it)
  • 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Tahitian Vanilla Bean (from William Sonoma, this is completely optional)
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips of your choice (I used Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Chocolate Chips)
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degree
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, oatmeal, salt, baking soda and the ground Tahitian vanilla bean.  Stir to combine and set aside.
  3. In another large mixing bowl cream the room temperature butter with the granulated sugar and the brown sugar with mixing beaters.  Beat at a medium-high speed for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add the peanut butter, eggs and vanilla extract to the creamed butter and sugar.  Mix on medium-high speed for another 3-4 minutes.
  5. Slowly add 1/3 of the dry flour and oatmeal mixture to the wet bowl.  Beat till combined.  Add half of the remaining flour mixture, beat to combine and then add the last of the flour mixture…beat to combine.
  6. Now with a spatula add the chocolate chips to the cookie batter.
  7. On parchment lined baking sheets, form cookies onto the sheet pans.  Twelve should fit to a pan.  Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes.  Let the cookies cool on the pan for 3-4 minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack.  If you don’t have parchment paper, spray the cookie sheets with non-stick cooking spray.
  8. Store in a covered container with one slice of bread to maintain moisture.
  9. Makes about 35-40 cookies (depending on how big you want them.

Now go and bake some cookies with your family…Clink!

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