Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

'tis the season for tasty treats!  Allow yourself to indulge in dessert, just keep in mind portion sizes.  Here is my favorite cookie recipe.

*Nutrition Tips:

  • Fiber: using whole wheat flour and oats increases your dietary fiber consumption.  Fiber improves your digestive function and can help prevent diverticulosis and colon cancer as well as decrease cholesterol and regulate blood sugar.
  • Organic: after comparing the food labels, I choose organic foods to reduce the amount of added preservatives and saturated fat.

Cream in a large bowl
  • ¾ cup softened organic butter
  • ⅓ cup organic chunky peanut butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar 

Add and stir until smooth
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
or if you are like me and ran out of vanilla, you can substitute with rum

Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl
  • 1½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  •  ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon

Add dry mixture from step 3 to creamed ingredients.  Stir to make thick cookie dough.

Mix in 1½ cups chocolate chips.

Roll dough into 1½-inch balls and place on a cookie sheet.

Bake at 375° for 10-15 minutes until cookies are golden brown.

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