Who needs a cookie? I do.
Apparently it’s September. I dunno.
Honestly, I love fall. It’s my favourite time of year – the warm sun, crunchy leaves, longer nights (besides food, sleep is my favourite), explosion of fruits and veggies, and then the parade of festivities – Thanksgiving, a round of birthdays (including mine), Halloween and Christmas. The only problem with fall is when you realize it’s September first tomorrow and the huge list of things you were sure you’d get done over the expanse of summer that stretched so indulgently before you back in June still remain undone. Especially when that to-do list involved a new kitchen.
I made these out in Tofino this summer, when we had a house full of hungry kids, no flour, very little butter and only one egg. They’re similar to monster cookies, which are traditionally made with peanut butter and oats but no flour (which makes them thin and chewy), and generally topped with Smarties or M&Ms or some such, which would totally be appropriate here if you’re into that sort of thing. I had a big bar of chocolate I had brought up to test some unrelated recipes with, and I knew if I packed it to come back home it would either be eaten in the car or melt en route, or both.
I realize that it’s the eve of back-to-school, and while I’m thinking that W’s lunches will provide a perfect excuse for me to bake batches of these, most kids aren’t allowed to bring nuts to school. (We have no allergies at our school – or haven’t since W was in kindergarten – so I can send all the PB&Js I want – if you can’t use peanuts, almond butter should work fine, or one of those nut-free butters, like Wowbutter or No Nuts Golden Pea Butter, which in my experience works as well as peanut butter.
As I’ve been typing this Mike came in with Snickers, and it occurred to me that they’re similarly chewy/chocolatey/peanutty, and that chopping one into the batter would likely be a Very Good Idea. I’ll give it a go tomorrow morning (I have an office to bring them to this week!) and report back.
Flourless Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup creamy peanut or almond butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups old-fashioned (large flake) oats
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2-1 cup chocolate chunks, chips, or M&Ms
Preheat the oven to 350F.
In a medium bowl, beat or stir together the butter, peanut butter and sugars until creamy and smooth; beat in the egg, vanilla and salt.
Stir in the oats and baking soda, then the chocolate chunks. Drop by the spoonful onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing them well apart (they spread out pretty thin), and bake for 15 minutes, or until spread out and golden. Let them cool for a bit on the baking sheet, then remove them with a thin spatula. Eat them warm.
Makes about 1 1/2 dozen cookies.