Sunday, April 20, 2008

Mom's Best Cookies

My kids think that this is the best recipe in my stash. They have named these "Mom's Best Cookies," and you're a few simple steps away from sampling one yourself.

Here's what you'll need:

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together the butter and the sugars until well incorporated. Please don't use margarine. It wouldn't be right.

Add the peanut butter. (Quick tip: spray the measuring cup with cooking spray before scooping in the peanut butter; it will slide right out into the mixing bowl.) Add the eggs and vanilla.

Beat well.

Don't tell my Grandma, but I have a confession to make. When I add the flour, soda, and salt, I just dump them all in on top and swish them around with the measuring spoon. I gave up sifting it all together sometime between my second and fourth baby. And guess what? Nobody noticed. The cookies still disappear within hours despite my heinous crime.

After mixing in the dry ingredients, add the oatmeal. If you find yourself in need of oatmeal, you can have it shipped right to your door by a nice little company in Montana that may or may not be associated with one of my relatives. But I digress.

Add the chocolate chips. I'm not a purist here; if you want to add some peanut butter chips or some milk chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet, you'll still be happy with the results. Dark chocolate works, too. M&Ms work in case someone has pilfered the chocolate chips from your pantry without your knowledge. Not that I would be familiar with such a situation.

Now the mixing stage is compete. At my house, this is the time that someone shows up in the kitchen, looks at the dough, and with wide eyes asks, "Can I lick the beater, Mama?"

Round up some subordinates; it's time to put them to work. This nifty tool has revolutionized my cookie making experience. The kids love it, the cookies are uniform in size, and it's dishwasher safe. Amen.

My only regret is that I only have one nifty tool. I have four subordinates. That math doesn't work. So I invent jobs for them. This one has the job of "patting" the cookies.

This one is a bit overzealous, so she's referred to as the "flattener."

This is what the cookies look like when the subordinates have effectively smashed prepared them before baking.

Miraculously, this is what a flattened cookie looks like after baking.

They're lightly crisped on the bottom with a soft, chewy center. It's cookie perfection.

Bake for 12 minutes at 350 degrees. This recipe yields 4 dozen cookies, which lasts approximately an hour and a half at my house.

"I need choc-at, Mama."

Girl after my own heart.


Colleen said...

Speaking of a "heinous crime," only 1 CUP of CHOCOLATE CHIPS??? That's only 1/2 of a package. Surely you're jesting?! You need at least 1 1/2 cups (or maybe 2) of chocolate or mixed chips, don't you? Do you know how much cookie would be wasted on my choc-o-daughter if there was that much blank cookie space between each chip? Hee Hee! BTW, they look yummy! :-)

Pony Girl said...

Mmmmmm.....I think I can smell them baking!! All my favorite ingredients in one! Thanks for sharing.

jeanie said...

Mmm - simple and look delicious - a combination I am fond of with bickies! I love the scoop method of doling them out - luckily I only have 1 child so she can do ALL the hard work.

Anonymous said...

Yummy! Those look so good! Thanks for sharing..


Treasia said...

Those look great. Even with the kids smashing them. LOL. I think I will try them this next weekend. Cookies is one thing we can never have enough of here.

Haf Dozen Reasons....... said...

First time commenting on your blog. Enjoy hearing the country way of life.
I will try those cookies tomorrow. They look really good and I'm sure my kids will love them.

jane said...

I need choc-at, Erin...
Great recipe...can do...

Happy Mommy said...

Great recipe. I am going to try it!

Christie said...

Colleen, the solution to the partial bag of chocolate chips is just to double the recipe. :-) I do everything I can to avoid having partial containers of things left over. Besides, an open bag of choc. chips is dangerous in my house, because people (usually ME) get into them and EAT them right out of the bag.

Thanks for the recipe! I want to try it in the morning.

Andrea said...

Oh I love those cookies. I put butterscotch in them instead of chololate chips!! Soooooo good!

Julia in Sweden said...

My knees get weak, my stomache starts to growl... Is it insane to lick the screen?
I need chocolate chips! I need peanutbutter! I need to get off this blasted diet! Is the vanilla liquid? Where is my transformation chart? If you ever want a challenge, write your measurements down in metric and celsius :D It would get me a few minutes closer to those b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l cookies.... Yum yum, kitchen, here i come!

northernimpatients said...

love these - I mixed raisins, choc chips and dried cranberries, and did 3/4 whole wheat flour, 1/4 white - worked great and the cookies are disappearing instantly - great recipe!!!

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