Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Rounds

For a change, here’s a recipe from Sarandipitea. She got this from one of her many recipe books.

Ingredients:

3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
3/4 cups butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 and (1/4) cups flour
2 cups oats
nuts or peanuts if desired.

Method:

  1. Melt the chocolate
  2. In a large bowl, beat together butter and peanut butter (best to use an electric mixer) until evenly combined.
  3. Then add the sugars, baking powder and baking soda.  Beat that until combined.
  4. Then add eggs and vanilla and beat until they are combined (I found that I ended up beating the eggs too much before the batter was ready to go in the oven, which gave the cookies a lot of structure and made them very airy.  Not sure if this is a bad thing, or if it is, how to fix it.)
  5. Then stir in the chocolate  and add the flour bit by bit and stir until combined.
  6. Finally stir in the oats.
  7. Drop dough by the teaspoon full onto a cookie sheet and bake in a 350 degree (F) oven for approximately 10 min or until the edges are set.

You can leave out the chocolate if you don’t want to use it.  I thought it was odd that the recipe does not call for salt, maybe the writers assumed that there would be salt in the peanut butter.  Next time I make the cookies, I might add a pinch of salt.  I also completely stirred in the chocolate so the cookies came out brown, but I think it might be fun to try not completely stirring in the chocolate and seeing if cookies would come out swirled or marbled.  Also, I made a note to try it with more chocolate next time, because I like chocolate.

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