Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Last night was the annual Great Cookie Exchange at my house. I baked some chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies that were decadent and filling, to say the least. These cookies aren't too difficult to make, but have a bunch of ingredients, so make sure that you have everything you need on-hand before you start! This recipe is a alteration of one over at Kitchen Treaty and makes 18 cookies.

Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes

½ cup of butter, melted
One (1) cup of brown sugar
One (1) egg,
One (1) teaspoon of vanilla extract
½ cup of all-purpose flour
⅓ cup of cocoa powder
½ teaspoon of salt
¼ teaspoon of baking soda
1½ cups of rolled oats

Large handful of peanut butter chips -- I used Reese's chips. You can also use chocolate chips, caramel chips, or peppermint pieces.

Preheat your oven to 300F degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda.

In a separate mixing bowl, swiftly mix the butter and brown sugar until it is fluffy.
Add the egg and vanilla extract to the brown sugar mixture and continue beating.
Slowly mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until blended.

These are magical

Fold in the oats and peanut butter chips.
Spoon onto a baking sheet and let sit in the fridge for a few minutes to let the cookie dough set.

Bake for 10 minutes on lower oven rack, followed by three minutes on the top oven rack.
Let cool & enjoy with a glass of milk, eggnog, coffee, or your beverage of choice!