Thursday, March 1, 2012

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Peanut Butter Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I absolutely love baking and cookies are one of the quickest desserts you can make. While the traditional oatmeal raisin cookies I grew up with are great, I also like to combine the sweetness of peanut butter to the mix. With these cookies you are getting the fiber from oatmeal and raisins as well as the protein from the peanut butter. I like to bake my cookies to a firm but not crisp stage. I think you will like these as much as I do!

Ingredients:                                      Preheat Oven Temperature: 350 degrees
1 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Lightly Packed Light Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup (1 1/2 Sticks) Softened Un-Salted Butter or Margarine
2 large Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 Cups Quick Oats
1 Cup Raisins
1/2 Cup Crunchy Peanut Butter

Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl and set aside.
Add brown sugar and butter (margarine) to  mixer
and combine until light and fluffy.
This step is VERY important.
Make sure the mixture becomes fluffy before moving to the next step.
Crack the eggs into a small bowl to make sure you have "good" eggs.
With the mixer on, add eggs one at a time until mixed thoroughly.
Add vanilla and peanut butter to mixture.
Once combined, slowly add flour mixture to batter.
Add oats to batter and mix thoroughly. 
Add raisins to batter and mix until just combined. 
Place cookies on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.
I like thicker cookies so I use a tablespoon full. If you want a crisper
cookie, use a smaller amount of batter per cookie.
Bake cookies for 13-15 minutes, depending on oven.
Remember, if you want a crisper cookie, bake a little longer. 
Remove cookies to a platter and ENJOY!
The recipe will make around 3 dozen cookies.
Store extra cookies in an airtight container.

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