Friday, March 30, 2012

The Way The Cookie Crumbles

I've spent all week hunkered down on the sofa under a blanket, surrounded with tissues, lots of pillows, hot tea, and cough drops. The TV remote was there, too, but I don't think I saw a full episode of anything. Four back-to-back episodes of Murder, She Wrote yesterday and I don't know who was guilty in any of them! I dozed off at the end of each one. There is never a good time for a cold, but it always seems worse when the weather is warm. 

There was nothing happening in my kitchen all week. Zip. Nada. Thankfully our tiny nearby town has a restaurant with good homemade soups and other yummy items. And dear husband gladly brought food home from there. We didn't starve.

But while I was home NOT cooking, Mommy was busy in her kitchen trying out a new cookie recipe. She sent some here today. There were actually quite a few cookies in her package, but they were disappearing so fast that I barely got a photo made.

Granddaddy: "She made these?" munch munch munch "You're sure she didn't buy these at a bakery?" reaches for another cookie "Did she find some kind of special mix or something?" munch munch "When did she learn to cook like this???" grabs another cookie    Then I grabbed the camera before they were all gone.

Mommy has always made good cookies. These are spectacular cookies. Can I think of them as get-well cookies? Mommy said if they had oatmeal in them, they must be good for you.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Sea Salt (adapted from

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temp
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
11.5-oz package of Ghiradelli milk chocolate chips
sea salt, for sprinkling on top

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray baking sheets with PAM or line with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, using electric mixer, combine butter, peanut butter and both sugars. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add dry ingredients and beat until combined.
  • Stir in oats and chocolate chips.
  • Drop cookie dough in rounded tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheets, about 3-inches apart. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until cookies are set and cooked through to the middle. (Check first batch at 10 minutes, then keep baking at one-minute increments until done.)

Mommy said she got just over 5 dozen cookies from this recipe. Glad she made enough to share. I think I'm feeling better already.


  1. This is definitely my new favorite cookie recipe! :-)

  2. Sorry to hear you've been sick and glad you are beginning to feel better.


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