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Cookies for the Soul

I uttered to my husband over lunch what probably doesn’t matter to anyone but me, that tomorrow–July 21st–marks a whole year that I’ve been plunking away at my blog.

One year.

Happy Anniversary to me.

I had to wipe my eyes.

And then I had to make these cookies.  Because…

because I needed them.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Formerly my mother-in-law’s cookies.  Only I can’t remember her making them since she handed me the recipe eight years ago.  I bet she can’t either.

Somehow these cookies bring life and energy.  Sort of in the opposite way a donut does.  Ain’t no flour in ’em.  And ain’t no deep fried regret.

Not that I would, ahem, know anything about that.

Here are the ingredients for happiness: peanut butter, butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, eggs, baking soda, old fashioned oats, walnuts and/or pecans and semi-sweet chocolate chips.

I start with the butter.  Which in this recipe, helps if it’s melted.

Already in the mixing bowl I’ve got the peanut butter (1 1/2 cups), brown sugar (1/2 cup) and sugar (1/2 cup).

I’ll just pour the melted butter on top and watch the stuff spin.

And…I think I’ll clear my conscience now.  My mother-in-law’s original recipe calls for 1 cup of white sugar.   Which I have faithfully dumped in for years…except the single time I forgot the sugar altogether.  Which then made me wonder if the amount of sugar wasn’t something that could be cut way back.  Like in half.   So I tried it.  And…it’s all I ever pour in anymore.  Half a cup.

I also messed with the number of eggs–out of desperation–as in, how is it we have just ONE egg?  Recipe calls for three.  And I’m hear to attest that THREE it should be.  Eggs hold the whole mess together.  The fewer the eggs, the crumblier the cookies.  Taste doesn’t change a bit.

I’m sliding the eggs in now.  And while I’m at it, I’m adding the vanilla and the baking soda.  Two teaspoons a piece.

And now the oats.  Which are the essence of the dough.  I’m adding all FOUR cups at the same time.

Now, I suppose the cookie would be all right if we stopped right here and pretended the recipe didn’t call for nuts.

But we shouldn’t.

Nope.

The nuts do something.  Like elevate the cookies to greatness.

Which is why I always throw a couple of handfuls down and measure later.  Should be 1 1/2 to 2 cups worth.

This is also where I capitalize on my daughter’s desire to help.  She’s so content chopping walnuts, I almost forget she’s even in the kitchen.

The food processor would work, too. Probably quicker.  But I’ve turned my walnuts to powder before without meaning to.  And I like having my daughter around.

As for which kind of nut, it hardly matters.  I lean toward a mix of walnuts and pecans, but here I’m just using walnuts.

I add the nuts all in one lump and let it mix around.

And then I embrace the chocolate chips.  It’s been a whole cookie recipe since we’ve seen each other. Original recipe calls for 1 cup of chips.  Which is fine, if you’re ridiculously into chocolate chips.  But somewhere less than a cup works a bit better.   And doesn’t leave fifty loose chips chillin’ at the bottom of the bowl.

About this time, I sample the stuff.

Occasionally I have help.

Then I baby these things in the oven at 325 degrees.  For ten minutes.

Here they are pre-oven.

And behold…

ten minutes later.

Um…

I NEED these in my life.

Amen.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 1/2 cups peanut butter

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 teaspoons baking soda

3 eggs

4 cups old fashioned oats

1 1/2  to 2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans

3/4 cup chocolate chips…or less

Mix together, peanut butter, melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar.  Beat in eggs, vanilla and baking soda.  Add oats, nuts and chocolate chips, mixing between each addition.  Bake at 325 degrees for ten minutes.  Thank yourself immensely. Makes 4 dozen.

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6 Responses to “Cookies for the Soul”

  1. Bethany Grasley says:

    Oh Jeanne…I am SO making these today!! Thank you for posting this. I believe you were listening to the Holy Spirit my friend. 🙂

  2. Linda H says:

    Happy Anniversary Jeanne, I have enjoyed your blog very much. You are a very good writer. And I must say a good baker, too. I’ve had your cookies many times and they are wonderful. Thank you for sharing with all of us … Linda

  3. Jackie M says:

    Can’t believe it’s already been a year that you have been putting a smile on my face or making me laugh to the point of tears in my eyes every day. Congrats…I’ve always said you were an amazing writer (hilarious Christmas letters).

    As for the cookies…do you think I gave that recipe to you for any other reason than the fact that I could quit making them? I’m happy to get a few once in a while…without doing the work. I’m thrilled you enjoy them as much as I do. And there’ not a whole lot of guilt eating them…yours are fabulous. Keep baking!! (And I love the cooking lesson…you’ve risen to a new level in your blog and I couldn’t be happier for you). Hugs. J.

    • jeanne says:

      Thanks, Jackie! We both know that it doesn’t matter WHO makes the cookies, only that somebody does…heh! Thanks for such a great recipe!!

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