PEANUT BUTTER OATMEAL COOKIES, By Tika

PEANUT BUTTER OATMEAL COOKIES
PEANUT BUTTER OATMEAL COOKIES

There is nothing worse than going to the trouble of making cookies and have them turn out flat and sad looking.  Not a problem with my recipe!

I have been baking these delicious cookies since my kids were little.  They are now 38 and 34 with little ones of their own.  I always put semi-sweet chocolate chips in them, but that is entirely up to you.  I also like chocolate chips and caramel bits together.  Again, your choice.

When you hear the bus pulling away and, “Mom, I’m home!”, start pouring the milk.

YIELD:  Makes 35 plump cookies.

1 cup shortening

1 cup brown sugar (scant*)

¾ cup sugar

2 eggs

1 cup peanut butter

2 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

1 cup Quick Cook Oats

2 cups flour

Beat shortening and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and peanut butter, beat well.  Add baking soda, and salt, beat.

Add oatmeal, mix, add flour, and mix to incorporate.  Use a large cookie scoop to place on ungreased cookie sheet.  I hate a burned bottom, so rather than take any chances I now use a silicone sheet.

BAKE at 350* for 13 – 15 minutes (Bake less time if you want a chewier cookie.  I like mine a bit crisp, so I do the full baking time).

*(Don’t pack the brown sugar too tightly or overfill the measuring cup.  They’re a bit too sweet if you do.)

OPTIONAL ADDITIONS:

Chopped walnuts or peanuts

¾ – 1 cup chocolate chips

Heath Bits

Caramel bits (I usually lay them on top of the cookie just before putting in the oven.  If you don’t, whatever is touching the sheet will melt and be not so pretty.)

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By Tika for CHEW WANNA EAT?

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