The basis of this recipe came from my boyfriend's mother's secret, "blue-ribbon-winning chocolate-chip cookie recipe" more than 20 years ago. The secret recipe happens to be nearly identical to the one in my Good Housekeeping cookbook :) I added the peanut butter and oatmeal for variety and changed the shortening from Crisco to butter. It usually takes about an hour to turn out a batch of cookies. I just split the time evenly between prep and bake since cookies require babysitting. The nutrition information appears to be for the entire batch. I usually get about five dozen small (--2") cookies from this recipe.
- 1 cup butter (softened)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
- 2 1⁄2 cups flour (expect to add more or less to get the right consistency)
- 2 cups chocolate chips (more or less, depending on your preferences)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cream butter, sugars and eggs. An electric mixer makes this easier, of course.
- Add vanilla and mix.
- Add peanut butter and mix until the sugars have dissolved. There should be very little or no grittiness left. This should take only a few minutes.
- Sprinkle in baking soda and salt, making sure they mix throughout.
- Add rolled oats and mix just until blended.
- Remove bowl from mixer and stir flour in a cup or so at a time. I like a "medium" dough -- soft enough that I can roll it but not so soft that it sticks to my hands. If you like flatter cookies that spread out more, you might cut back on the flour. If you like rounder cookies, you might add a little more flour.
- When the dough is the consistency you prefer, stir in the chocolate chips. If DH weren't a nut hater, I'd stir in a cup of walnuts or pecans here, too.
- Form balls (or drop dough) of approximately heaping tablespoons size onto an ungreased cookie sheet, flattening the balls or blobs of dough slightly.
- Bake for 9-11 minutes. I like to pull them right after the cookies have risen to their highest point and then "fallen."
- I hope you enjoy them!
I made a double batch of these, and they went so fast I am make more today. I didn't use the white sugar, but I did add a 1/2 tsp of almond extract, and instead of chocolate chips, I used peanut butter M&M's. This is a recipe that I will return to over and over. Thank you!
Thanks! First cookies I've made by myself that didn't turn out badly, but that's probably because I finally found my measuring utensils XD<br/>Has a salty rich taste that I love. Probably from the peanut butter. ^^
5 Million Star Recipe! OMG - these truly are delcious & beyond. They're so good. I'm usually not even a fan of PB & chocolate together that much, yet the combo with the Oatmeal & everything makes them unbelievably good. I added approx 1 C. chopped peanuts to mine since I only had creamy PB on hand. Also used a bit of the PB/Chocolate Swirl chips (Nestle) to put on top - cause I had some to use up on the 1st couple batches I baked. They're really tasty, AWESOME without though too.
Have a feeling once my husband has a taste they won't last long. Thank you for sharing the great recipe. Will definitely be baking them again, & again!