Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

January 31, 2012Leave a comment

It’s difficult to please everyone at once around here. I’m sure you can relate. When I’ve made salmon, the kids are delighted and the husband is disappointed. When I’ve made a dish with a bit of heat, it’s the other way around. Every once in a while, I can find something that makes everybody happy. But it’s not very often.
I don’t do a whole lot of experimenting when it comes to baking because it’s so easy to screw it up and it unnerves me to have wasted a load of perfectly good ingredients. But I thought I might be able to create a cookie that brought together all our favorites in one – peanut butter (husband), oats (me) and M&Ms (the kids). I’m pleased to say this experiment worked out!
Though it took a little more effort and made more mess, it was worthwhile to grind half the oats into a fine powder to enhance the texture of the cookie. The result was chewy and hearty, without being too dense. The peanut butter and chocolate came together nicely – slightly reminiscent of a candy bar. You can easily substitute chocolate chips for the M&Ms if you prefer.
Perhaps what I loved best about these cookies (you can do this with other drop cookie recipes as well, such as this) is that I could put them in the freezer for later, enabling me to bake as few as one at a time. One night when we had friends over for a casual dinner, I realized I hadn’t planned anything for dessert. The kids had been promised a treat! Uh oh. These cookies were a terrific last minute plan. I put them in the oven just as we were finishing dinner so we had hot, “fresh baked” cookies ready for dessert. Somehow they taste better when there isn’t a mess of baking tools waiting to be cleaned up. Funny how that works, isn’t it?

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