Friday, January 11, 2013

Cocoa Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

  I'm sad to say 2 year old Little Mr. doesn't have very many friends. Let's face it, when you're two and you don't go to daycare your playmates tend to consist of Mom, the puppy, and your parents' friends' kids- which in my case aren't the same age or gender as my kiddo. That is why Little Mr. counts down the days of the week 'til Thursday when he goes to a toddler play group at his big brother's school.

  After a long winter break stuck at home with me he couldn't believe that his Smart Start day had finally come. He was so excited he even got himself dressed before anyone else that morning.

 That was... until we got to school and they informed us that it was canceled because the librarian who hosts the group was out sick. The disappointment on his face was a Heart Breaker.
   I can't handle Heart Breakers.

So to make it all better we came home and made cookies.
Once again I find myself baking at 9am and wondering.... if drinking before noon indicates alcoholism- what does this mean for me and my baking habits.

  Little Mr. is a great helper in the kitchen and together we came up with these yummy little cookies. They remind me of no bake cookies- but baked. So they are nice and chewy on the inside but crispy on the outside.

  Little Mr. approved.

Start with brown and granulated sugar. Mix them together and then cream with softened butter.

While your butter and sugars are mixing combine your dry ingredients.

Once the butter is nice and creamy add in your eggs and vanilla mixing well before moving on to your dry ingredients. Add the dry stuff in gradually. This batter is nice and thick so give your mixer a little break in between additions.

The next step is to stir in 1 cup of peanut butter chips (I dare you to not pop some in your mouth while you measure them out...I find it nearly impossible!)

Having a taste tester near by is never a bad idea.
And yes, I let my kids eat a little raw cookie dough- save your gasps for a mom who isn't fun! 

Drop cookie batter by rounded tablespoons onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.

                                I found that these didn't spread very much so you can put them pretty close together 

Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F. Let rest on cookie sheet for 1 minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

These are super yummy warm and gooey with a glass of milk to go along!

Cocoa Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
Yields approx. 40 small cookies

·         3/4 cup brown sugar
·         3/4 cup white sugar
·         12 tblspn softened butter
·         2 eggs
·         1 tspn vanilla
·         3 cups old fashioned oats
·         1 cup flour
·         ½ tspn baking soda
·         1 tspn salt
·         5 tblspn unsweetened cocoa
·         1 cup peanut butter chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Cream together softened butter and sugars in an electric mixer on med-high speed. Reduce speed to low and mix in the eggs and vanilla. In a medium sized mixing bowl mix together oats, flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa.
Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet. Next, stir in 1 cup of peanut butter chips, mixing until just combined.
Drop batter by the rounded tablespoon-full onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. And bake for around 10 minutes. Don’t over bake them or they will be a little too crunchy!
Let the cookies rest for 1 minute on the cookie sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

1 comment:

  1. I can just hear the Cookie Monster crying "COOOOKIES!" Ingredients added to my list for the next shopping trip. Thanks for the fun-looking recipe. PS. I am so happy that you are a fun mom. I and may others of my generation survived licking the spoon leftovers!