Saturday, June 27, 2009

Elvis-y Oatmeal Cookies

The other day while I was at the grocery I thought to pick up a bag of reese's peanut butter chips! So I was trying to think of a recipe to use them for, and came across this recipe for banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies which I thought would be really good with peanut butter chips and also a great way to use a banana I had that was turning speckled! Well, here is the slightly altered recipe, with the addition of peanut butter and different sugar composition since I ran out of granulated sugar!

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

yield: around 22 large cookies

1 1/4 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
sprinkle of cinnamon
sprinkle of ground nutmeg
5 tbsp. butter, softened
2 tbsp. peanut butter
1/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. light brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. oats (I used quick, but I think rolled would be better)
1/2 c. semisweet chocolate chunks
1/2 c. peanut butter chips
2 bananas, roughly mashed
  1. In a small bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon together and set aside.
  2. In your mixer, beat the butter, peanut butter, and sugars until completely blended.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until blended.
  4. On low speed add the flour mixture until it is just incorporated.
  5. Mix in the oatmeal, chocolate chunks, and peanut butter chips until evenly distributed.
  6. Add the mashed banana and mix until evenly distributed.
  7. Wrap the cookie dough in clingfilm, and refrigerate for 12-36 hours.
  8. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350F, and cook for 15 minutes on a silpat or greased baking sheet!

These cookies are quite rich, but so tasty and chewy! But then again...I love anything with a combination of peanut butter, chocolate, and banana (best sandwich ever: whole wheat bread, peanut butter, banana slices, and mini chocolate's even better when it's grilled)!

Happy Eating!

Update: these cookies got really soft and smooshy really fast in my cookie jar, so I made a peanut butter-chocolate marshmallow filling (using fluff, confectioner's sugar, skim milk, cocoa powder, and some peanut butter), and turned them into whoopie pies! They were soooo good and refrigerated really well!

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