remember back when i claimed that i had a signature cake? and remember how i determine something as good vs. Kim-Good? this week, i've discovered my signature cookie and oh, dare i say it? it's above the Kim-Good level. i know! this tryst actually began back in december when Shannalee of Food Loves Writing posted about her grandmother's Oatmeal Cookies. her recipe calls for hand stirring only. at the time, i was so enamored with my mixer, Isabella, that i could not bear to NOT use her services. the cookies came out nice, lovely even. but i didn't.love.them. happenstance last week i had all the ingredients handy and i figured, why not? my soldier could use another flavor of goodness to choose from... i followed the recipe exactly, even hand stirring them, except i also added equal parts chocolate chips AND peanut butter chips.
i'll say it, GENIUS addition. the peanut butter just added a little extra ... LOVE to the cookies. i spooned them out with a tablespoon and baked them just shy of 10 minutes. **I** believe that the combination of the lower temperature and shorter bake time make these cookies better. i brought a few to work to nibble on and had one of the account reps try half (i couldn't bear to give him the whole piece...) he said they were the best oatmeal cookies he's ever had, better than his wife's. i admit, i felt smug. when the weekend came, i doubled the batch and added a few tweaks ... the end result... well. i told kelcy i believed these cookies could cure anorexia. an obnoxious statement, yes, but they are that good.
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Oatmeal Cookies
adapted and inspired by Shannalee's Grandma
2 sticks of margarine
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 tbls water
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour (slight, not over)
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsps baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/4 cup peanut butter chips (i used reeses pieces cus i ran out of the chips)
about 1 cup creamy peanut butter (my not-so-secret addition)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients but the oatmeal and the chips. After well-mixed, add the oatmeal and stir together. Then add the chips.
Drop by rounded spoons (shannalee's gma used tablespoons, i used my half tablespoon for smaller cookies) on baking sheet. i baked them at around 10 minutes, until they were just touched golden. cool completely on wire rack.
these cookies make me feel like i could fight crime, but the only thing i'd fight would be my jeans because they'd be hard to put on after i've eatten a few dozen.
today's song: Exile, i want to kiss you all over