Nutty PB and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Last night, someone asked me two of the hardest questions I’ve ever had to answer.

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First – what is my favorite dessert to bake?

And second – what is my favorite dessert, period?

These are not fair questions.

How in the world are you supposed to pick one favorite dessert? I don’t have kids yet, but I would think this is just as hard to answer as if someone asked you to pick a favorite child.

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Although I will say, it was easy to pick cookies as my favorite dessert to bake. Since Nick could handle a new batch every day, I know cookies are always welcome in the house.

Plus, homemade cookies aren’t too complicated, they don’t take too long to make, and nothing beats a fresh out of the oven chocolate chip cookie.

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But favorite dessert to eat? Like out of every single dessert I’ve ever had in my life?

I grew up with chocolate constantly smeared all over my face. Every dentist visit growing up ended with me having to get cavities filled.

Sweets are a big part of my life and sugar is in my blood.

And after thinking about it for a minute, cookies ended up being the answer to both questions.

A warm, straight from the oven chocolate chip cookie when the chips are still melted is just about the best thing ever. Give me a plate of cookies, a cold glass of milk, and I’m happy.

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PS: I made these cookies for Nick before I left on a trip this week. It made 4 dozen. We’ll see how many are left when I get home tonight. Do you think he can eat them all before I get home?

Nutty PB and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Makes: 4 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes.
  3. Mix eggs into butter mixture, one at a time.
  4. Add in vanilla and peanut butter and mix for another minute.
  5. In separate bowl, mix together the flours, salt, and baking soda.
  6. Mix flour mixture into butter.
  7. Add oats to mixer and blend until combined.
  8. Stir in coconut, chocolate chips, and walnuts until evenly distributed.
  9. Drop dough by tablespoon, 2 inches apart, on a baking sheet.
  10. Bake 10-11 minutes until golden around the edges.
  11. Let cool on sheet for 1 minute before moving to a cooling rack.

21 Responses to “Nutty PB and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies”

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    Erica — September 29, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I loveeeeeeeee to bake cookies too. But for some reason, I like baking bars more. These look fantastic. I am loving adding PB/AB into different recipes right now. My favorite dessert ever? Plain graham cracker crust (yup, nothing in it) or a fruit crisp

    • admin replied: — September 29th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

      I love making bars too! Love that you love plain graham cracker crust :)

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    Blog is the New Black — September 29, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I love making cookies! Annnnd I love anything with pb in it!

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    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes — September 29, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Yummm! These sound and look fantastic :)

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    Faith @ For the Health of It — September 29, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Mmm, nothing beats a nice, simple cookie (I say as I polish off a mini packet of oreos…) They’re much more comforting than a crazy elaborate dessert!

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    Sarah R — September 29, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    My husband is a cookie fiend. I think he and Nick would get along. Until they were down to the last cookie ;)

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    natalie (the sweets life) — September 29, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    i wouldn’t be able to answer that question either! too many favorites :) …cookies like these included!

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    Mary @ Bites and Bliss — September 29, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    You’re right, that isn’t a fair question! There are SO many choices. But I’d have to agree, nothing really beats a good homemade cookie.

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    Kelly — September 29, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I agree. Not a fair question. I always struggle when people ask me things like that or what my favorite recipe is.

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    Shannon — September 29, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Yup, I bet they’ll be gone! And I don’t know how to answer that question either… too many options :)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — September 30, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Ever since I started blogging, my favorite desserts to eat and bake are constantly changing!

    These cookies look terrific and definitely would be on my eating and baking approved list:-)

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    A Tablespoon of Liz — September 30, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    People always ask me what my favorite thing to bake is, and it’s such a hard question to answer! These cookies look uuhhh-mazing, by the way!

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    Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine — September 30, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Um, these look amazing!!

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    Curt — September 30, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Yum! I was glad to see you put nuts in. Otherwise, they couldn’t rate as my favorite!

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    Paige @ Running Around Normal — September 30, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Mmm mm mm! I love using ww pastry flour to bake:)
    I’d have to say my favorite dessert to bake is bars.

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    Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — October 1, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Yes, please! If I were Nick my sweet tooth would have gotten the best of me. Hopefully there are a few left when you get home!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — October 1, 2011 at 3:31 am

    I say those cookies are gone by the time you get home for sure. Cookies just have a way of disappearing!

    • admin replied: — October 4th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

      3 dozen were gone! He did a pretty good job in 3 days :)

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    marla — October 1, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    PB & chocolate is just the BEST always :) Love the cookies.

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    Aggie — October 4, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    These might be the perfect cookie in my book. All good things :)

    • admin replied: — October 4th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

      Thanks Aggie! They were up there with some of my favorites – they might be hard to beat now :)

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