The other day when I made peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, I was reminded of how easy and good flourless peanut butter cookies can be. Ok, the peanut butter chocolate chip cookie contained a smidgen of flour but it was based on my flourless cookie recipe, hence the inspiration.
So when I wanted to make a batch of oatmeal cookies, I thought, “Why not peanut butter oatmeal cookies?” And then, “Why not peanut butter oatmeal cookies with lots of stuff in them?” Lots of stuff in cookies is always a good thing, right?
I ended up making (takes deep breath) Peanut Butter-Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Chip-Coconut-Almond cookies. (catches breath)
Yeah, it's a mouthful. A delicious, delicious mouthful.
The best part? These cookies are so ridiculously easy-to-make that I didn't even mind turning on the oven during the summer. I mean, the cookies are practically power bars, right? (I know. Wrong. But let's go with it.) The cookies make great treats for hiking, days at the beach, camping, or laying on the couch mainlining episodes of Orange in the New Black.
To make them, whisk together eggs, brown sugar, and peanut butter. Then add all the other good stuff. That's it. Seriously. That's it. I like to chill the dough for about fifteen minutes before baking. (I do this as the oven preheats.) Then drop the cookies onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for about fifteen minutes.
When the cookies cool, thanks to the oatmeal, they're soft and chewy. Oh, and about that oatmeal, use instant oatmeal in this recipe. I found that old-fashioned oats are too tough for the recipe.
And, of course, my “add-in” ingredients are just suggestions. Add some dried fruit, M&Ms (be sure they're gluten-free), or anything else you love.