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Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Anyone like peanut butter cookies?

I know--I fixate on baking and all my blogs and photos (well, except for a few) are about food--particularly cookies, cakes, etc.

I wasn't going to post this one but after sampling a cookie, I felt I would be remiss in not sharing this recipe. I'm making roughly 8 doz. cookies for a co-worker for a weekend party. We bartered baking supplies for baking--good deal, right? Her flavors are peanut butter and oatmeal, so I found an oatmeal-peanut butter (or is that peanut butter-oatmeal?) cookie recipe. I'm making these smaller than usual to give her more cookies and making them 1-2-bite cookies for noshing and grazing with ease. Using the smallest cookie scoop for the first time in memory for cookies (I use it mostly at Christmas to make the PB Truffles that Merritt made), I am quite pleased with the size and look. I thought about adding PB chips but decided the chips might make these small cookies hard to shape--feel free to add them, if you wish. I think they would make a great addition (or chocolate chips if you want to go to an oatmeal-PB-chocolate cookie, but I would use mini chips). Perfect size for a tea-party, child, etc.

Here's the recipe. LESLIE, as you will notice, there is no butter in the original recipe, BUT, I switched from margarine to butter. A) because I don't have margarine in my house, B) I think butter cookies taste better. I am leaving the recipe as I received it for you to do as you wish. If you use margarine, always use sticks. The tubs have too much water in the margarine and will take away the thing I think is the best about these cookies--the slight caramelizing of the crust and flavor. Great crunch on the outside but soft yet chewy inside thanks to the addition of the oatmeal. I would think these would be good with crunchy PB since the peanuts are finely chopped. Please see my note at the bottom about the oatmeal. I think the original recipe goes too light on the oatmeal. I increased it by 1/2 the original measurement (weight). You have to try these--they are nearly healthy! :)

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

A nice change of pace from the usual peanut butter cookie. My husband never liked peanut butter cookies until I made him this recipe. Prep Time: approx. 15 Minutes. Cook Time: approx. 15 Minutes. Ready in: approx. 1 Hour. Makes 4 dozen (48 servings). Printed from Allrecipes, Submitted by Michele

1/2 cup shortening [I used the new trans-fat-free butter-flavored shortening
1/2 cup margarine, softened [I used unsalted butter - 1 stick]
1 cup packed brown sugar (8 oz)
3/4 cup white sugar (5 1/4 oz)
1 cup peanut butter (10 oz)
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (7 1/2 oz)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup quick-cooking oats (3 oz) [I'd increase to 1 1/2 cups]

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large bowl, cream together shortening, margarine, brown sugar, white sugar, and peanut butter until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time until well blended. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in the oats until just combined. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until just light brown. Don't over-bake. Cool and store in an airtight container.

**Doubled the recipe for a large batch--doubles well. Note: I thought the oatmeal was too light in the cookie. I increased the quick oats to 1 1/2 cups (for one batch) or (3 oz)

Yum! I have everything on hand except for shortening. Looks like I'll need to make a trip to the grocery store tomorrow. I bet that I could freeze part of the dough too and not make them all at once. I love oatmeal in my cookies. I make orange slice cookies and my mom's chocolate chip cookies have oatmeal in them. I think that it makes the cookies extra good (and better for you!).
Merritt   Thursday, June 12, 2008
I would think that would work great, Merritt. Wrapped well, it would do great to freeze the dough. OR...bake them all and put the extras in the freezer well wrapped and grab a few when needed! I've heard taking baked ones and wrapping them in tin foil in a row and putting them in a freezer bag does well. If you are worried someone might go noshing at midnight and wipe your stash, just write something like "beef hearts" on the freezer bags and you'll probably never have a problem. LOL
LGrant   Thursday, June 12, 2008
Great idea about freezing beef hearts. You give such great descriptions I do believe you could write a column for the paper.
dannie   Thursday, June 12, 2008
That would be fun. My favorite blog is like that--she gets me excited about nearly every recipe, gadget, book, method she talks about. I don't know if she has any business that is worth it to her to do this or if she is just like me and lives to bake and talk about it. LOL

These cookies are very good. I'd bet you could use the Splenda baking sugars to make your own version.
LGrant   Thursday, June 12, 2008
Linda, your Berry Oatmeal Crumble Bars are baking this very minute in my oven! The house is starting to smell very good!! Can't wait till they're done and we can try them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! I'll let you know!
!   Thursday, June 12, 2008
You are too funny! I know I say everything you post is my favorite, but peanut butter in any shape or form REALLY is my favorite and my weakness. I'll refer back to this the next time I need to bake. I'm having company visiting in a week so maybe I'll whip up a batch for them.
Leslie   Thursday, June 12, 2008
I can nearly smell it from here, ! I'll bet your house smells yummy!! Can't wait to hear how you and Steve like it. Don't get into it too soon or it won't have time to set up! LOL

Total count on the cookies=226 (if I counted right) I'm pooped. They are all packed in my "expensive" Dollar Tree shoe boxes for my friend, Debbie, to take them home and share with her friends/family. Considering I was supposed to get 192 out of the recipe--I gave her a few more for noshing.

Leslie, I think you will enjoy these. I love oatmeal cookies and I love PB ones. Marrying the two flavors is inspired! :) Little crunchy nuggets of yum. :)
LGrant   Thursday, June 12, 2008
Do I really have to wait for it to cool before I dig in??? LOL
!   Thursday, June 12, 2008
Leslie   Thursday, June 12, 2008
Not cool but maybe sit for say 15-20 mins? I'm worried you will not allow the bars to set and they will be mushy instead of firmer. Guess it depends on your mood. Too hot and it just melts the ice cream to pieces and you don't get the great warm/crunchy/smooth/cold effect. LOL Waiting isn't easy for berry ANYTHING! :)
LGrant   Thursday, June 12, 2008
I understand what you're saying. I will try my best to wait.....but it isn't easy!!!! It smells heavenly!!
!   Thursday, June 12, 2008
My house smells pretty good too. All warm and caramel-y and oatmeal-peanut-buttery. LOL It's tough to choose what smell is the best for the house. Chocolate does nice--brownies are one of the best. Lemon is heavenly. Cookies--chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal-raisin. But, berries.............. and oatmeal-y, brown-sugary tones.... mmmmmmmmmmmm. LOL
LGrant   Thursday, June 12, 2008
Those look so incredibly delicious! Next time I bake cookies these will be what I make!
Jules   Thursday, June 12, 2008
Linda, we just ate the bars and they were scrumptious!!!!! Really, really, really good!!!! We had them warm with vanilla ice cream.....what could be better. I thought the berry filling was just right - not too sweet as it is sometimes in recipes. And I really liked the combination of several berries as you suggested. The topping was good and crunchy. We enjoyed it so much. Thank you again for the recipe. I'll think of you every time I make it! I think Steve's going to post a picture tomorrow.
!   Thursday, June 12, 2008
Hope you enjoy them, Jules. I think it is a great recipe for a simple yet high-flavored and crunchy cookie.

! - Steve, I'm SO glad you enjoyed the bars! I agree they are not oversweet and really have all the right parts. I don't think the ones at the family gathering lasted long enough for ice cream but then again theirs were cooled so they may not have seen the possibilities or had the ice cream available! LOL

Can't wait to see Steve's pictures on it!
LGrant   Friday, June 13, 2008
Oh good! I've been looking for a recipe to use my oatmeal and jug of whole foods peanut butter (does it matter if it's the kid that the oil has separated? should i pour out the oil to bake with it?)

Although I forgot to make a Father's Day goodie for today at work - so I'll have to make something this weekend (and I've been holding on to my heath bars for a while to make that toffee one from a while back).

Opps..sorry I've taken over this to think aloud.

Anyway, this looks great and hopefully I'll have time to make them this weekend. Thanks for the recipe. Mmmmmmmmm!
Hayley   Friday, June 13, 2008
You can substitute the more organic and less processed PB in recipes but you might see some variation since they are different in texture and substance. If you do, I would stir the oil in it first. Otherwise it will be too dry. A trick I learned in my food-coop days is to turn the jar upside down and let the oil move to the bottom and distribute (watch for loose lids or weak seals!). Inevitably it will collect again at the top but then it is the bottom so it is easier to stir it in. :)

Toffee bits might be good in this recipe. The person who requested the cookies reminded me that I was supposed to do 1/2 with chips and 1/2 without but I didn't write that down and totally forgot. Toffee bits impart some moisture too so your (perhaps) drier PB might get a lift from that addition. Just a thought.

My blog is your blog when talking about baking. LOL Hope you enjoy them.
LGrant   Friday, June 13, 2008
I love the way you incorporated the little rascals into your site. That is awesome!
Leslie   Monday, June 16, 2008
I haven't seen them for a few days. Maybe they are on vacation. :)
LGrant   Monday, June 16, 2008
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