Peanut Butter Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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What’s Up, Hungry People

If you’ve ever felt betrayed by an oatmeal raisin cookie masquerading as a chocolate chip, this post is about to flip that script. I know, it sounds like a big promise, but stick with me here. I wasn’t always on team oatmeal raisin, but a certain recipe completely changed my tune. They’ve been lurking in the shadows for too long, and it’s time oatmeal raisin cookies got their moment in the spotlight.

I officially joined the oatmeal raisin fan club after sinking my teeth into a batch that was nothing short of soft, chewy perfection. And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I tossed peanut butter into the mix. The result? A cookie that channels the soul of a PB&J sandwich in the most delightful way.

Now, if I reach for what I think is a chocolate chip cookie and it turns out to be oatmeal raisin, there’s no disappointment. In fact, there’s a bit of excitement, especially if it’s one of those peanut butter oatmeal raisin cookies. It’s a strange turn of events, I know, but trust me on this one – they’re a game-changer.

Here’s What You Need

  • Sugar: Adds sweetness and helps with browning and texture.
  • Brown Sugar: Contributes to moisture, chewiness, and a deeper flavor due to molasses.
  • Butter: Provides richness, flavor, and affects the cookie’s spread and texture.
  • Eggs: Bind ingredients together and add moisture, helping to create a tender crumb.
  • Baking Soda: A leavening agent that helps the cookies rise and become fluffy.
  • Salt: Enhances the flavors of the other ingredients and balances sweetness.
  • Raisins: Add natural sweetness, chewiness, and a fruity flavor to the cookies.
  • Flour: The main structure of the cookie, it provides the framework.
  • Old-fashioned Oats: Offer texture, chewiness, and a nutty flavor, while also making the cookies more filling.
  • Peanut Butter Chips: Add creamy peanut butter flavor and pockets of melty goodness.

Let’s Cook!

Alright, Hungry People, let’s get down to business and bake some cookies that are going to knock your socks off. Grab your apron, and let’s get started!

Getting Ready

First things first, we’re going to preheat our oven to a cozy 350°F (175°C). This ensures that the oven is hot and ready to go once our cookie dough is ready to hit the stage.

Creaming Together

In a large mixing bowl, let’s take our room temperature butter and introduce it to both the sugar and brown sugar. Now, add in the baking soda and salt for a bit of chemistry magic, along with the eggs. We’re looking for a smooth and friendly mixture here, so give it some love until everything is well acquainted.

Mixing Dry Ingredients

Next up, let’s bring in one cup of the oats, one cup of the flour, and all the raisins. We’re going to mix these in with a wooden spoon, combining them with our buttery, sugary base. Once they’re all mixed in and happy, go ahead and introduce the remaining oats, flour, and those peanut butter chips. Stir everything until you’ve got a sticky, clumpy dough that’s just begging to be baked.

Shaping and Baking

Now, let’s get our hands dirty – literally. Scoop up that dough and roll it into one-inch balls. Line them up on a baking sheet, giving them a little room to spread out and do their thing. Slide them into the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes. You’ll know they’re done when they’ve puffed up and taken on a golden brown tan – that’s when they’re at their peak deliciousness.

Cooling Down

Patience, my friends. Once out of the oven, give them a couple of minutes on the pan to gather their thoughts before moving them to a cooling rack. This is the perfect time to admire your handiwork and maybe snap a few pics for the ‘gram.

Tips for Perfect Peanut Butter Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Ensure your butter and eggs are at room temperature for a smoother dough and even baking.Using room temperature ingredients helps them combine more thoroughly, resulting in a more consistent texture in your cookies.
  • Don’t Overmix the Dough: Overmixing can lead to tough cookies.Mix until just combined to keep your cookies soft and chewy.
  • Chill the Dough If Too Sticky: If the dough is too sticky to handle, chilling it for 30 minutes can make it easier to work with.Chilling the dough also helps control the spread of the cookies, leading to a thicker, more substantial cookie.
  • Use a Cookie Scoop for Uniform Size: For evenly sized cookies that bake at the same rate, use a cookie scoop.This also ensures all your cookies will be uniform in size, which is not only aesthetically pleasing but also helps in baking them evenly.
  • Adjust Baking Time for Your Preference: Bake a little less for softer cookies, or longer for crispier edges.Keep an eye on the cookies towards the end of the recommended baking time. The edges should be just golden brown if you prefer them soft; leave them in a bit longer if you like a crunchier texture.
  • Storing Your Cookies: Store in an airtight container to keep them soft and chewy for up to a week.If you find your cookies have hardened over time, adding a slice of bread to the container can help reintroduce moisture and soften them up.

Well, there you have it, Hungry People, a recipe that takes the humble oatmeal raisin cookie and flips it on its head with a peanut butter twist. I’ll admit, it’s a bit of a game-changer. If you were on the fence about oatmeal raisin cookies before, I’m pretty confident this recipe will pull you firmly into the fan camp. And if you were already a fan? Well, you’re welcome for your new favorite variation.

Give it a try, share it with friends, or just hoard them all for yourself (I won’t judge). Remember, baking is as much about the journey as it is about the delicious destination. So, enjoy the process, tweak it to make it your own, and most importantly, Enjoy!

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The Starving Chef
I discovered that if you add peanut butter to oatmeal raisin cookies, you end up with a cookie that tastes just like a PB&J sandwich.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Cookies
Cuisine American, Cookies
Servings 24 cookies

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Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). In a large bowl, cream together the room temperature butter, sugars, baking soda, salt, and eggs until smooth.
  • Add one cup of oats, one cup of flour, and a cup of raisins to the mixture. Use a wooden spoon to combine these dry ingredients into the dough. Once thoroughly mixed, add the remaining oats, flour, and peanut butter chips. Stir until a sticky, clumpy dough forms.
  • Use your hands to roll the dough into one-inch round balls. Arrange the dough balls on a baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes, until puffed and golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes on the pan before transferring to a cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Store in an airtight container for up to a week. Enjoy!

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Keyword cookies, peanut butter, raisins
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