Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Zac's Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

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

2 eggs

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.

Thanks Zac!

And thanks to the Graphics Fairy for the elephant graphic.

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La Table De Nana said...

What a cute cute post..Zak sounds like such an amazing young man:)

And the cookies look delish..

linda said...

oatmeal cookies with a kick…like the idea of cayenne!
adorable post & i love your comments about zac's early baking days…& that tablecloth is fun!

btw: bookmarked graphics fairy…what a great site! thanks!

2 Stews said...

Monique and Linda....yes, Zac is amazing. He is a real Renaissance man!

Linda, Monique introduced me to the Graphics Fairy. She has done some very creative projects with the graphics.

Thanks for visiting and enjoy this beautiful fall weather.

Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...

Hi Diane! I love the retro look of this entire post (I'm a fan of The Graphics Fairy too.)

I especially love your photo, and the colorful vintage tablecloth really makes those cookies and milk pop!

Kudos to you for raising a renaissance young man. Zac sounds like a gem of a person. xo~m

Deana Sidney said...

I was not allowed into the kitchen as a child since I was a menace... look what you get with a little encouragement... great cookies! The pepper is a great little addition--you go Zac!

Susan Payton said...

Just blogging around this morning. Every blog is so interesting and different in it's own way. Some make you laugh, some informative, some inspirational, but they are all great reading. Thanks for letting me visit.

Toyin O. said...

looks yummy.