Hearty PB Oatmeal Cookies

Raise your hand if you like peanut butter.

My hand is high in the sky!

When I ventured into my kitchen recently I had two things on my mind; peanut butter and oatmeal.  And here is what those two ingredients will get you when you put them in the same mixing bowl – Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies.

These cookies are hearty, soft, not overly sweet, and slightly denser than most kind of cookie.  The old-fashioned oats gives them a wholesome texture, while the peanut butter gives them a kick of protein. These are a great anytime cookie, but if you’re looking for a cookie that you can grab on your way out the door in the morning, and call your breakfast, then these are the cookies for you.

Hearty Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

1/2 c. margarine, softened

1/2 c. brown sugar

1/4 c. white sugar

1 egg

1/4 c. peanut butter

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 c. all-purpose flour

1 c. old-fashioned oatmeal (not quick cooking)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper.  Makes about 20 cookies.

In a large bowl, cream together margarine, sugars, eggs, peanut butter and vanilla.  Add baking soda, salt, and flour; mix thoroughly.  Fold in oatmeal.  Using a dining sized teaspoon, drop equal sized amounts of dough onto prepared cookie sheets.

Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes.  Remove from the oven and cool on cookie sheet before moving. Storing these cookies in an airtight container will make them even softer.

What’s the last cookie you made?



Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies and Breaking the Rules

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I know food photography rules.  Don’t take pictures head on, don’t get to close to your food,  and good photographs have good composition. 

So, explain to me what is it so wrong with taking a close up, head on picture of a stack of delicious homemade Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies.

These cookies are packed full of peanut butter flavor.  They are heartier since they have oatmeal in them, and they are soft and chewy.

The recipe was adapted from The Mennonite Treasury of Recipes cookbook.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix together thoroughly:

1/2 c. butter, softened

1/2 c. peanut butter

1/2 c. granulated sugar

1/2 c. brown sugar (packed)

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

Stir together, and stir in:

1 c. all-purpose flour

1/4 c. quick cooking oats

1/2 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

Drop with dining tablespoon (approximately 3 inches apart) on prepared cookie sheets.  Bake for 10-12 minutes until cookies are set, but not hard.  Makes 1.5 dozen large cookies.