Cookie Time!

It’s cookie time! Actually with me it’s always cookie time. I am basically the Cookie Monster. Minus the fact that I am not blue, I don’t have fur and I’m not friends with Elmo. I wish I was though, who wouldn’t want to be friends with Elmo?
If the Cookie Monster saw the cookies I made today, he would probably enter a state of hyperventilation. Yes, they are that good. They have chocolate AND peanut butter. AND they are healthy. I kid you not.
Believe me, I take my cookies seriously. I wouldn’t lie to you.
The recipe originated from the Cranberry Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies I made back on…November 17th? Really?? Wow time is going by fast! I decided to use peanut butter instead of butter and get rid of the white sugar. They turned out as good, if not better than the first batch. Definitely my new favorite cookie recipe. Winner winner chicken dinner.
Did I mention that we did spatchcock chickens in school today? Isn’t that a fun word to say, spatchcock? Basically it just means that you remove the backbone and the keel bone in order to flatten the chicken out so you can grill it, roast it, whatever. There’s some random information for you, now back to the cookies.
Make them, share them, tell your friends to make them and share them some more! Spread the word, they are AMAZAZING! Yes I said “amazazing”. Not a typo.
You could even make them Christmasy by adding crushed up candy canes. Or you could add a touch of molasses and other gingerbread flavors. Or you could just make them the way I did because who isn’t a fan of chocolate and peanut butter. I am going to shut up now and give you the recipe.

Ingredients:

– 2 heaping tablespoons peanut butter
– 1/2 cup brown sugar
– 1 egg
– 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (if you use sweetened, cut back on the brown sugar)
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
– 3/4 cup flour
– 1/4 cup bran
– 1 1/3 – 1 1/2 cups oats
– about 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (like I say, this is where you can play around. Other ideas include chocolate chunks, white chocolate, coconut, dried fruit, nuts, candy, you name it)

Cream together the peanut butter and brown sugar. I found this much easier than using normal butter because I didn’t have to wait for it to come to room temperature to soften up. Add the egg and applesauce. Then dump in everything else. You could mix the dry ingredients first to ensure that the baking powder, baking soda and salt are all evenly distributed but let’s face it, you are going to stir anyways, aren’t you?

 

Bake at 375 F for about 10 minutes. Could be less, could be more depending on the size you make the cookies. If you make them Cookie Monster size, you are definitely looking at upwards of 10 minutes. I took mine out of the oven when they were still slightly under-baked in the center to ensure optimum chewiness.

PS The dough is especially good raw. As the cook it is your right (if not your obligation) to scrape the bowl clean 😉

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