May 31, 2011

you know how i feel about cookies. we are made for each other- the cookie and i. and you probably know how i feel about sheena's cookies. we are all forever in her debt. lately i've been playing around with the recipe.. cutting back on sugar, adding more oats, figuring out the eggs, etc. one time they baked up like meringues (yuck), and ever since then i've been timid with my eggs. but this week i landed on what i think might be perfection. the best batch yet. it's very exciting.

what's to love about them? peanut butter. chocolate. chewy softness that lasts for days.

i feel like i will never need another cookie in my life.


best batch peanut butter cookies
adapted from this recipe on the little red house

1 cup peanut butter or another nut butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, divided (preferably not too large)
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

i'll be very specific in my instructions, since i'm not sure which step caused the best batch result.

mix peanut butter and brown sugar on medium speed until well blended, about 2 min. add one of the eggs and mix just until combined. add oats and soda, blend. mix in chocolate chips. add the last egg, using a fork to blend it into the dough. line a baking sheet with parchment paper and use your hands to pack dough into 1-2 inch balls. (dough will not be very cohesive, so the hand-packing is necessary.) bake at 350 degrees for 7 minutes, use a fork to flatten at this point, then continue baking 2 minutes more.

*if you're concerned that your eggs are a little large, you could try using just the yolk of the 2nd egg.

enjoy! they blew us away. i hope that's how it is for you.

ps. wow. guys, thanks for the amazing response to the work-hating lesson i gave myself last friday! i love when a conversation is born through a blog post. and i'm hoping that now that i've bared my soul, it will help me stay accountable.


donya gjerdingen said...

Hey Summer, I just made almond butter for the first time (seen on Sheena's blog) and I was thinking about trying to substitute it in a recipe, perhaps like this one. Have you ever done so? I suppose I could just try it, but I figured I'd ask you first since you are pretty much a pro at cooking compared to me :)

Hannah said...

These look delicious, Summer. I think I might just have to try baking them this week. We've got a week off school in England at the moment (Summer holidays don't start properly until the end of July here), so I've got a bit more time to bake on my hands.
I always enjoy hearing about how you've adapted your recipes : )

Learning to Simply Live said...

Oo I need to try this updated version! I made the original recipe other day and my husband and I LOVED them. You are right, there may never be the need for another cookie again.

I was just wondering, have you ever tried dark chocolate chips? They are the only kind I use for my chocolate chip cookies and every one says they make all the difference. Thanks again for a fantastic post!

Christina said...

I am not fan of peanut butter, but every once in a while I get a mad PB-and-chocolate-chip-cookie craving, and these look so good that I'm feeling one come on right now!

Alejandra said...

Oh I want to try these out! They look good, and I'm a fan of peanut butter and chocolate together.

Jennifer said...

Can't wait to try a GF version of these!!! Thank you again!

Anonymous said...

i made these with my gluten free oats and used raisins (so i could justify having them for breakfast ;) ... and they were phenomenal!!! we will be making these often. thanks for sharing a great idea!



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Hello, I'm Summer. A people-loving introvert whose hope and life is in Jesus. His promises are my passion and my ministry is homelife. This blog is a place for me to write about everyday things. Especially food. My favorite thing to do is sit around a table, lingering over a long meal with good conversation. I live with my husband and our 2 littles. We like blizzards, thrifting, grammar, guacamole, cheerful hearts, nice manners, good movies, and making simple, real, nutrient-dense food.

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