Chewy Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

My friend Ann found this recipe for me.  I love the connections we have forged (or re-forged) on Facebook.  If it were not for new found connections with old friends, I wouldn’t know of her quest for a perfectly chewy oatmeal peanut butter cookie.  And I might not have been inspired to try to make one myself.  So, as I baked these today, I was counting my blessings in this dear friend.   Not sure if she tried this recipe…  Did you, Ann?

Ann and I went to high school together.  We were friends, but in a class of only 34 (36?), everyone is a “friend.”  We didn’t really know each other well.  She was always funny, and I enjoyed her.  I knew she liked to write, because she, Monica, and I won the “America & Me Essay Contest” in the 8th grade.  Our small town life was full.   There were walks uptown for lunch, which may very well have included chocolate covered peanuts from the glass candy counter at Morhart’s Dime store; for $1 we rode the bus to the away games  to root on our Mighty Bobcats, and home games were the best, with the band blasting our fight song.  There were dances uptown, various plays and musicals, and opportunities to play sports; we did it all.  Just a walk down memory lane here for me… the point being… even with all the things we did in school,  I know Ann so much better now.  I know more about the every day stuff, even though she is in Michigan and I am in Washington.  She cares fiercely about her friends, and I want to do that for everyone God puts in my path.  We should get to know each other better, however that takes shape.  I have found quite a few incredible people on FB.  I would not be connected to them at all otherwise, and I am so glad I know them.  Some I may only see face to face once a year, but we are connected.  Some of them are my neighbors!   What a blessing.  If someone makes you smile, or makes you think, or gets your joke, you walk through the day a little lighter.  We need to share our lives with each other (and not just on social media…)

Here is our recipe.  The original was done by weight, and in the metric system…not sure, but maybe Canadian, aye?  Luckily, there are online calculators for us to convert recipes from pounds to cups – and for temperatures from Celsius to Fahrenheit!  (9/5c+32?…find the conversion calculator… so much easier).  The recipe called for castor sugar, which is baker’s sugar.  It is a super fine granulation, and available in your grocery store.  I imagine it adds to the chewy texture.  These cookies baked beautifully.  I may be trying baker’s sugar in more recipes!

Chewy Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies      350 degrees, 12-14 mins

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup baker’s sugar
  • 1-1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • optional: 2 cups milk choc chips (One of the only times I do milk chocolate – with peanut butter – and I liked Nestle for this – just a bit sweeter than Hershey’s – oooh, M&M’s would be good instead!)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cream butters and sugars
  3. Add egg, vanilla, and water
  4. Mix well 
  5. Add the flour, soda, and the baking powder and mix well
  6. Add oatmeal & chocolate, mixing lightly
  7. Bake 12-15 minutes

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Original recipe found here:

http://baking.food.com/recipe/chewy-oatmeal-peanut-butter-cookies-240220?scaleto=36&mode=us&st=true&oc=linkback#

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