Last night, someone asked me two of the hardest questions I’ve ever had to answer.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes.
- Mix eggs into butter mixture, one at a time.
- Add in vanilla and peanut butter and mix for another minute.
- In separate bowl, mix together the flours, salt, and baking soda.
- Mix flour mixture into butter.
- Add oats to mixer and blend until combined.
- Stir in coconut, chocolate chips, and walnuts until evenly distributed.
- Drop dough by tablespoon, 2 inches apart, on a baking sheet.
- Bake 10-11 minutes until golden around the edges.
- Let cool on sheet for 1 minute before moving to a cooling rack.