Thursday, June 18, 2009

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

The great food search is a personal one, and the pot at the end of the rainbow is filled with something different for most of us: the perfect chocolate chip cookie, the perfect brownie, the perfect marinara or maybe the perfect homemade sandwich bread. For me it's the search for the perfect peanut butter cookie.

And I think I may have found it.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

I am and always will be a peanut-butter junkie. A junkie to the point that I can't have it in the house or I consume it in a ridiculously quick period of time. My husband shares this affinity - PB&J sandwiches are one of his favorite snacks, and Cash is already attuned to this love. He will eat every piece of a peanut-butter sandwich if one is offered to him - something he doesn't do with every food he's given.

When I was a kid I loved to get cookies at the mall. Some kids want ice cream, and some kids want to hit the candy store, but I knew a good thing when I smelled it. Those cookies smelled fabulous, and I swear they piped that fresh-baked cookie smell into the floor of every store it was so consuming. (Come to think of it I think they still do this, though I have to admit my trips to the mall are much more few and far between as an adult than when I was a teenager.)

My perfect peanut-butter cookie is shatteringly crisp on the edges, with a slight give in the center when you bite into it. It doesn't have anything extra, like pieces of crushed peanuts (but perhaps a few miniature Reese's Pieces thrown in wouldn't exactly hurt it.) It has to be big enough to fill my hand, and thick enough that one or two will do at a time, but it shouldn't fall apart in my hand, and it shouldn't leave a slick feeling on my tongue. This recipe is everything it should be and nothing it shouldn't.

I've made these twice to rave reviews; the first time as little cookies for a party and the second time as big, snack-size, kid-approved cookies to keep at home. (I used my cookie-dough scoop to get a uniform shape. They were the perfect size.) You've gotta make these. You just gotta. They leave the mall cookies in. the. dust. You will not be disappointed.

I promise.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies
Adapted from AllRecipes
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1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup quick-cooking oats

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, beat shortening, butter, sugars and peanut butter until smooth, about three minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda and salt. Add to peanut butter mixture and mix well. Fold in oats, stirring until just combined.
4. Drop by teaspoon-fulls onto cookie sheets.
Bake 10 to 15 minutes, or until cookies are just brown on the edges. Cool for a couple of minutes on sheets before moving to wire racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.


  1. I want to eat these all up! They look SO good!

  2. You had me at peanut butter cookies, friend! These sound delicious! I am definitely going to try them this week as soon as I get some eggs from my in-laws chickens!

  3. Ooooh - with such rave reviews, how can you go wrong? I, too, have been on a search for peanut butter cookies that surprisingly look and sound exactly like yours. Can't wait to make these!

  4. You got me thinking about PBJ sandwiches with these as the bread!! Would it be wrong of me to shape them into squares... and having them for lunch?

  5. These look so delicious! I love oatmeal cookies and I love peanut butter cookies. It's a match made in cookie heaven!

  6. I am the same way always looking for the perfect recipe for something.

  7. my only complaint is the lack of the criss-cross pattern on top--that's the signature for a peanut butter cookie in my world. other than that, if appearance and ingredients (and rave reviews) are any indication, these are heaven in cookie form. :)

  8. Im a huge peanut butter fan! I'm gonna "star" this recipe in my reader so I can make try them sometime in the very near future :)

  9. I'll take your word that this are a must make. They look good though I admit that I will be underbaking mine just a tad. I like my cookies soft and hot right out of the oven with a BIG COLD glass frosty glass of milk!

  10. That's a great recipe. I use the same one to make Sunbutter cookies (the sunflower alternative to peanut butter). For those with peanut allergies, just sub the sunbutter for the peanut butter and add 1 tsp. of lemon juice (keeps the Sunbutter from turning gray). They really taste remarkably like Peanut Butter Cookies.

  11. YOU ARE AWESOME!! these pb oatmeal cookies are da bomb!! my boyfriend ate one and said, "wow!! these are worthy of boxing up and selling!!" thank you so much for a great pb cookie recipe!!

  12. Don't you just LOVE It's one of my favorite sites for referencing recipes! These cookies look great. I love the photos! :D

  13. Well, they look perfect! Now I'm needing a pb fix...

  14. hello, abby! :)
    thanks for sharing this recipe. you might want to find out how mine turned out. feel free too browse through if you have time.

    thanks so much!



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