Wait wait, you thought Sunday was just dinner? No way, I went all out. While the Minestrone Soup was simmering and after the chicken strips were out of the oven, I went on a crazy turbo mode and whipped up some cookies to put in the oven while we were eating. Any guesses on what “Cookies for Rookies” is? Seriously, isn’t the name just so fun? I love these recipe titles in my new cookbook. It makes cooking and baking even more fun. I made these ones not only for my boyfriend but also we were dropping by my boyfriend’s parents place so it was a little something to bring over.
Cookies for Rookies everyone? Any ideas up to now? Okay okay, I’ll tell you. Its a mix of three ingredients: Chocolate chip, Oatmeal and…Peanut butter! Doesn’t that sound amazing?
While I was mixing it all together, the smell of peanut butter was surrounding me. As it was baking, man, it was a fantastic smell that filled up the kitchen and dining room of chocolate and oatmeal and peanuts..yummy stuff right there!
So lets get straight to it..the recipe.
COOKIES FOR ROOKIES (from The Looneyspoons Collection by Janet and Greta Podleski)
Makes 24 cookies
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats (not instant)
1/2 teaspoon each baking soda and salt
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup light peanut butter
1/3 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1) Preheat over at 350F. Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
2) In a medium bowl, combine flour, oats, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
3) In another medium bowl, beat together brown sugar, butter, peanut butter and egg on low speed of electric mixer until well blended. Add dry ingredients and chocolate chips and mix well using a wooden spoon. Dough will be stiff.
4) Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet. Using a fork dipped in flour, flatten cookies to 1/4 inch thickness. Bake for 10 minutes.
5) Remove cookies from tray immediately and cool on wire rack. Store covered in plastic wrap or in an airtight container.
And thats it! Easy stuff, right? Look at the texture of it. It was amazing!
So back to what I did different. There really wasn’t much. As usual, I changed the butter to margarine and the mini chocolate chips to chocolate chunks. Other than that, all the ingredients stayed the same. The only other thing I did was that I had beated the peanut butter blend by hand then mixed in the dry mixture by hand as well. It wasn’t a complex recipe so it didn’t cause any big issues with the dough consistency. It still turned out pretty stiff.
Definitely a winner for people who like peanut butter. It smelled wonderful and tasted wonderful. Nice easy batch of cookies. It took me less then 30 minutes to get it in the oven and only 10 minutes to bake. Less than an hour and its ready to be served. Efficient stuff, I like it!