Sometimes late at night I am gently awakened from sleep by a sweetness in the air. I know I must be dreaming, because it smells like butter and sugar and all things nice! I roll over, go back to sleep and in the morning find batches of freshly baked cookies on the kitchen counter. Sometimes they are chocolate, sometimes oatmeal and often they are peanut butter. I do believe in Magic, but know they are the late night creations of my son, Zac. When he was young he used to "make dessert" for us. He grabbed a bowl and pulled out all of his favorite things from the cupboard and mixed them together. Almost always there was uncooked oatmeal and peanut butter involved. Mmmmm....we politely took bites as he dished it into individual bowls and then we enthusiastically said it was delicious. And it was, since the main ingredient was love. You just needed a lot of water to get it down and a big hug afterward! He has been helping make cookies since he was a baby. Thank goodness through the years he has refined his technique and makes the best cookies. Sometimes he meticulously follows a recipe to a T, but lately he has been referring back to his youthful Mad Scientist days. He still uses his favorite ingredients and works them into very tasty cookies! When I asked for his recipe, he had it all ready to go and emailed it to me. There is a grownup dash of cayenne pepper in these flavorful Oatmeal Peanut Butter cookies that would even have elephants standing on their hands in joy!Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup turbinado sugar
1 cup chunky peanut butter
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 cup oats
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
sugar for sprinkling
1. Pre-heat oven to 350º F
2. In a large bowl, mix sugars and peanut butter until blended. Add eggs and cayenne pepper and mix until light and fluffy.
3. Add oats, cinnamon and vanilla extract and mix well.
4. Drop dough in balls onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and sprinkle lightly with sugar.
5. Place in oven for 12 minutes, or until done and lightly browned.
And thanks to the Graphics Fairy for the elephant graphic.