Is there anything as deliciously good and as comforting as an old-fashioned peanut butter cookie? I don’t believe so! Even though my daughter, McKenna, would argue that anything is better than a peanut butter cookie! In my lifetime, I’ve only met three people who refuses to eat peanut butter – my daughter, her mother, and her grandmother. (Must be some strange hereditary DNA mix up!) In fact, not only do they refuse to eat it, but even touching it is an issue! My ex wife would not even wash the knife I was using in the peanut butter jar. I remember when McKenna was about three years old, I promised that I would give her twenty dollars if she would eat a teaspoon of peanut butter. You see, kids can be easily influenced by the actions of others, and I was sure that her mother’s hatred for peanut butter was the only reason McKenna wouldn’t eat it. In the end, twenty dollars or not, she really didn’t like it. Such a shame!
Growing up, peanut butter cookies were not a common occurrence for me. In fact, I can’t remember my mom ever making them. But, my friend’s moms used to make them all the time and I would occasionally get offered one of those. Now, as a adult, I often forget how good a simple peanut butter cookie can be. Paired with a cup of tea, it can’t get much better!
I have a wonderful peanut butter cookie recipe that I’m about to share with you, but I like to add oatmeal to mine. I like a cookie that has some chew to it, otherwise, a peanut butter cookie alone tends to be sweet and rather bland. Adding oatmeal and a little extra kick of vanilla can really turn that simple, boring cookie into something way better!
- ½ cup salted butter, softened
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups quick cook oats
- In a large mixing bowl, with a wooden spoon, vigorously mix together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar
- Once completely incorporated, add the egg, vanilla, and peanut butter. Once again, using a wooden spoon, mix well to combine
- Next, add the flour, salt, and baking soda. Mix well
- Stir in the oatmeal
- Using a medium-sized ice-cream scoop, which will allow for more even and uniform cookies, position mounds of the dough evenly on a cookie sheet. Be sure to leave room for growth
- Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes
- Allow the cookie to cool for two minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack for the remainder of the cooling process.