Sunday, November 27, 2011

Week One of Christmas Cookies: Holly Jolly Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

I can't say that I'm super-crazy about eating a bunch of cookies.  I may eat a few each week, but I find a greater joy in making them for others.  Something about Christmas makes me want to bake and look at the products in a pretty glass container, but not necessarily eat them... strange, huh?  Each year I make one type of Christmas cookie per week - this year I'm leaving a few at home each week, and then sending the rest to work with my husband for his employees to enjoy, or taking them to work for my coworkers.  I love that homemade cookies can bring a smile to other's faces.  I especially love that my little one can eat them now, and she sure does enjoy them too!
I found this great recipe last year - it is a Peter Pan Peanut Butter and M&M recipe.  Peanut butter is definitely one of my favorite things, but I liked the fact that they had oatmeal and chocolate too.  They are yummy and if you are truly a holiday cookie-eater, then you will love these!  Best dishes and yummy dreams!

Holly Jolly Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

1 c. all-purpose flour
2/3 c. rolled oats
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. butter
1 c. brown sugar, tightly packed
1/3 c. sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 package of red and green M&M's

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spread parchment paper on cookie sheets.
2.  Combine flour, oats, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
3.  Blend peanut butter, butter, and both types of sugar with a hand mixer in a separate large bowl until smooth.
4.  Beat in egg and vanilla with the hand mixer.
5.  Gradually add the flour mixture and blend on low. 
6.  Stir in M&M's with a spoon.
7.  Roll mixture into 1 inch balls, place on a cookie sheet, and press down the dough with a fork.
8.  Bake for 10 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool.  


Wendy said...

My favorite cookie recipe is oatmeal and chocolate chip. A close second is a peanut butter cookie. Now here you've rolled my two favorite cookies into one -- must try!

Cole said...

Those look fabulous!!!!! And you're right. Great minds think alike. :-)

The Better Baker said...

Oh Yeh! Many favorite flavors and a holiday 'flare' besides. Gonna try these soon. I 'like' you at FB....=)

Gisela said...

This sounds amazing. All the best parts of my favourite cookies mixed into one!