Peanut Butter Oaties


I've had a crazy house lately, which has left little time for baking and posting.  My parents visited one last time before they fly back to Wales.  My son - on a sneaky four year old stealth mission – decided to infiltrate my bathroom, confiscate a jar of red nail polish, and paint his building blocks. As you can imagine, the less than perfect motor skills of a preschooler resulted in red nail polish – ALL OVER his bedroom carpet.

My attempts to scrub the bejeezus out of his carpet, hoping to remove the evil stain, proved fruitless. So, the ruined carpet led us on a trip to Home Depot, to pick out some (cheap) laminate for his bedroom. No more carpet = no more stains.

That is what we will be doing this weekend, and with little time for a weekend post, I whipped up these tasty cookies to fill in the gap.  Peanut butter is a favorite around our house, as is oatmeal, so when you put them together, you've got a batch of cookies that lasts about…4 minutes.  Yum!

Peanut Butter Oaties  peanut-butter-oaties-03-for-web
  • 1 cup  (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quick oats
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl cream together the sugar, eggs, butter and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the peanut butter and mix until combined.

2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and oats. Add the dry ingredients to the sugar mixture, and mix until combined.

3. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a greased or lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-13 minutes, until the cookies are lightly browned. If you want a softer cookie, bake for the lesser amount of time, for a crispier cookie bake for the full 13 minutes. Note: If you want your cookies to be flatter, and not puffy, use the palm of your hand to gently press the cookies a little flatter.

Eat a couple of these with a cold glass of milk, and you’ve got a great afternoon snack. My son loves to munch on these, grabbing handfuls when I’m not looking:)  Enjoy!




Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

Wow, that nail polish incident does not sound fun! These cookies would disappear very quickly if I made them.

Sandra said...

Amber this looks amazingly delicious! Very well done, I would love it right now to eat after my lunch!:))
Have a wonderful day!!!

Belinda @zomppa said...

Oops. You can't knock him for lack of creativity! Have a great time with your parents (and these cookies).

Carolyn said...

Oh, ouch on the red nail polish. But yum on these lovely cookies!

Emily Malloy said...

These cookies are GORGEOUS

kita said...

It totally doesn't help you because I can't remember the old trick to getting nail polish out now!! Why is it when I need this information it never comes to me. Laminate is a brilliant idea though.

These cookies sound like I need a bunch and a giant glass of milk to be in heaven.

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

I am such a cookie lover and these look and sound wonderful! Now to think of an excuse to bake them :)

Betty @ scrambled henfruit said...

These sound yummy! I love both peanut butter and oatmeal so I'm sure the combination is delicious. Hope your budding artist enjoyed them too. :)

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

Your cookies sound so yummy. I love peanut butter and I think adding oats and making cookies out of these flavors sounds genius.

Your story about your son reminds me of a situation many years ago,when I was upstairs with the baby, my other two girls were downstairs and decided to a paint their nails royal blue. They used our beautiful wooden table and painted way beyond their nails onto the table. We all laugh about it now but at the time I wasn't very happy.

Unknown said...

I am now officially hiding all my nail polish from my 3yo daughter! I love your pragmatic approach. Love the cookies - my mouth is already watering at the thought. Something to add to my baking to-do list!

Annie Oakley's Kitchen said...

Lol, this post reminds me of when my son was little and we had to hide screw drivers because if he found one he would disassemble anything with screws. He was great at taking apart, not so much at putting back together. Kids do the funniest things. I know, not funny at the time but in a few years it will make a great story ;)

Melanie Flinn said...

Hi, visiting from Food Blogs. That is a bummer re the stain, but I guess will be worth the trouble in the long run.
2 of my husband's favorite foods- oatmeal & pb. Yum!

Unknown said...

Wow. Remind me to put my nail polish on a higher shelf!

I love your photos of the cookies. They're all gorgeous and make me want to grab one off the plate (along with that jar of milk!).

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wendyweekendgourmet said...

Uh oh! I ended up with paneling on my walls when I was little...I thought it would be cool to draw with crayons on the wall as I rode my rocking horse. My parents weren't impressed :lol:! These cookies are great because I always keep these staples on hand. I could whip these up anytime!!

Anonymous said...

Whoops! Oh well, at least you got a fun family project out of it ;)

The cookies look delicious!

Anonymous said...

I made a batch of these today and they are delicious. If anyone is interested, I was a little low on some ingredients and decided to see if I could cut the recipe in half; no problem at all. I know that is not always the case when you are baking, but it works for these cookies. Also, added some chocolate chips and that does not hurt the recipe at all!

Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie said...

Oh no! Hope the new flooring project goes smoothly for you!

Kate@Diethood said...

4 minutes is too long for these!! Delish!! They would be gone in a snap!

LOL @ son's project. :) We have hardwood floor throughout the entire sucked when Ana was starting to walk...she would slip and fall too often, but now we're good!

Jen at The Three Little Piglets said...

Oh no! Kids will always find a way... My son is 13 and just got in trouble for drawing a bullseye on his closet door with a sharpie! The cookies look delicious though, and sometimes simple is better.

Pari said...

These just came out of the oven and they are yummy! Thank you for an awesome recipe! I baked mine for 9 minutes and so soft and tender.

Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels said...

Oh my these cookies look so good! I love that there's oats in them. :)

Magic of Spice said...

These cookies look wonderful! Wow about the nail polish indecent...I remember those days. Laminate flooring is a good choice :)

Unknown said...

The cookies look so so good!

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