Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

My friend Becky recently asked me why these weren't on my food blog, and the simple reason is that I forgot all about them! Not sure how I forgot about them, since they are like the perfect blend of three cookies in one. I can't remember where I first got the recipe...it's been a while.

The cookies in the photo don't look that great because I made them big this time around but forgot to flatten them a bit with the bottom of a glass before putting them in the oven. So I did it after they had already been in the oven for about 5 minutes = odd shaped cookies.

These cookies are a great choice for those on gluten-free diets because they don't have any flour in them.

(these need a new, shorter name - any ideas?)

1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
3 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup chocolate chips or M&Ms

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars. Beat in eggs then stir in vanilla and peanut butter. Mix in the baking soda, oats, and chocolate chips until well blended. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Flatten slightly with a fork or the bottom of a glass.

Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool 1 minute on cookie sheet before transferring to wire rack to cool completely. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

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