Friday, April 5, 2013

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies


½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup brown sugar or white sugar with 2 Tbsps dark molasses
½ cup natural peanut butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 cups rolled oats
¾ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup raisins, dried cranberries or chocolate chips (or mixture of all three!)


Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Add the butter and sugar to a large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar for about 3 minutes, until fluffy and lighter in color. Add the peanut butter and mix until combined. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
In a separate bowl, sift the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda and stir to combine. Stir in the oats. Gradually add the flour/oat mixture to the sugar mixture, using a wooden spoon to stir just until combined. Do not over-stir.

Scoop the batter by the tablespoon to form 1-inch balls and place them on a cookie sheet. Press down on each one with a fork to create a criss-cross pattern.

Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to sit for 2 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool.

Adapted from Daring Gourmet