Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Tuesdays With Dorie - Chunky Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Chocolate Chipsters

I know I've said this before but I'll say it again. I'm not a big fan of peanut butter in baked goods with the exception of peanut butter cookies. I don't know what it is about peanut butter that I don't like in recipes but I'm pretty sure I like peanut butter cookies because of the crunch factor.

In any case, I have to thank Stefany of Proceed with Caution for this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe as these cookies are fabulous. I even added some peanuts to these after baking my first batch because they needed the extra peanut taste. If I have one thing to say about this recipe, it's don't overbake these cookies! I baked my first batch for 15 minutes and they became hard as rocks upon cooling.

For the next batch, I kept the batter cold and I didn't flatten the balls of dough before baking them. I took them out of the oven after just under 12 minutes and let them sit on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transfering them to cooling racks and they were perfect. They won't look done and they'll have no color at all and that's what you want. They stay moist and chewy once they've cooled. And if you're like me and PB in baked goods isn't your thing, the peanut butter taste in these is barely there. Maybe it's the chocolate or maybe it's the oatmeal that is overpowering but the peanut butter is really only an after taste. I implore you not to make the same mistake I did and taste these cookies just out of the oven, because you won't be able to stop. The texture of these cookies while they are still warm is just perfect. The chocolate is melted, they are crispy outside, soft inside and with a glass of cold milk, well, you'll never want to eat anything else, ever, again.

So now that you've been warned, you can turn to page 73 of Baking from my Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan (or check out Stefany's blog) and make the Chunky Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Chocolate Chipsters, right now and eat nothing else for the next few days or you can control yourselves and wait for next week's recipe, Chocolate Malted Whopper Drops. As for me, I'm not sure I'll have any more self control by then!

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52 comments:

Bria said...

I'm not a huge fan of peanut butter in baking either. I love it on toast but thats about it. I've noticed it's massive in the US though. Your cookies look great!

Lori said...

OH. MY. That melty chocolate chip in the top photos makes my knees weak.

Teanna said...

Those pictures are just gorgeous! The melty chocolate chips are making my mouth water!

chocolatechic said...

We liked the dough best.

Nickki said...

Your cookies look so good, especially the melted chocolate bit! I loved these cookies straight from the oven as well.

karen said...

the first and third picture make me want to eat another almost whole tray of these. not that i did that or anything. :P well, maybe i kind of did. but it was over two days.

ostwestwind said...

My children love peanut butter, they were glad they could eat the remaining in the jar...

Great looking cookies.

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

Peggy said...

I wish I had added some peanuts or pecans to mine! Yours look great.

rainbowbrown said...

Well, your enthusiasm for these make me think that another peanut-butter-in-baked-goods disliker (me) should give them another chance. They look very good.

Sandie said...

I've been craving a hearty cookie as of late, and this sounds like just the ticket! It seems like the perfect pick as we head into fall.

Jessie said...

Your cookies look nice and chunky, yum!

CB said...

Good tips. I agree. If I make these again, I won't flatten them. It just made them spread out more and I prefer rounded to flat cookies. Your cookies look delish! Great job!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Liliana said...

I am with you on the peanut butter maybe because I have an intolerance to it. Your cookies look amazing! Great photos!

Amy said...

Ohhhhh wow - these look fantastic!!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Carol Peterman said...

Those look so good! I found I liked these baked just a touch longer than I normally bake cookies, which if I recall was 13 minutes. I bet the whole peanuts were great in them.

Haley said...

These look so warm and gooey. Chocolate and peanut butter is favorite combination of mine!


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Debbie said...

They look yummy to me!!! your pictures--wow. It's a good thing I DO like peanut butter.
great job.

Isabelle said...

j'adore ta photo avec le chocolat fondant :) Complètement décadent !

PheMom said...

Ooohh - gratuitous melty chocolate shot - I am so there! Your pictures look great and I think I will add peanuts the next time too.

Gretchen Noelle said...

They look wonderful! Glad you enjoyed these, I agree though - more peanuts and underbake them. Yum!

Rebecca said...

Amen, sister. I took a nibble of one before breakfast, and four cookies later I had to get them the hell out of my house. Nom nom nom.

The DeL Sisters said...

I always love your pictures! Your cookies look so good!

Erin said...

These look wonderful! I love your pictures!

Susie Homemaker said...

I am not into PB so much myself...but these pics are amazing!!

Piggy said...

Great idea to add more peanuts to get that extra crunch. I'll try that out if I were to bake again. :-)

Flourchild said...

Yum..Your pictures are wonderful. I agree with the straight from the oven to my mouth part! I love a warm cookie with ice cold milk.

Aimée said...

Whew! It's hot here in Montreal, but I'm considering turning my oven on for these!
PS Happy back to school for your kiddos

Elle said...

Oh, how I loooove cookies right out of the oven. And if I can't stop eating them, well, that's ok, too. hehe.

(I think we were just reading on each other's blogs at the same time--hee!)

Tracey said...

Your cookies look great! And I agree that they were so delicious straight from the oven!

Rachel said...

melty, melty delish!

Heather B said...

yum! Great job! They look delicious!

n.o.e said...

Beautiful cookies. Your pictures really are lovely. I'm glad you liked the cookies. You are so right about the cooking time. I messed up all 5 times I put a sheet in the oven. They were just a touch too done.
Nancy

Prudy said...

Those are gorgeous, especially dunked in milk.

Manggy said...

Hee! I bet you "Proceeded with Caution." ;) But I do like peanut butter in both sweet and savory applications-- in fact I'm craving for yours now! (Since you added peanuts in the end, can we say you've been converted? :)

ChichaJo said...

I do like peanut butter so I'm sure I love this :) They look scrumptious!

Grace said...

well geez, if you're gonna implore me, i guess i'll go ahead and heed your advice. :)
lovely pictures and description, as usual. :)

Sandy Smith said...

Your pictures are gorgeous! Great idea to add peanuts, too!

Helene said...

J'aime tout ce qui a du beurre d'arachide dans mes desserts et surtout s'il y a du chocolate. J'aime les photos.

Gigi said...

...mmm! I love the close ups of the cookies. Yummy!

Di said...

You're right, these cookies are great warm. =) Wonderful pictures, as usual.

Heather said...

ohh lovely shot with the milk dunk! beautiful!

~Kimberly said...

Lovin' the photos! Great job!

Pamela said...

Wow! Your cookies look amazing. And that picture with the melted chocolate is too much!

Katie said...

I love the shot with the melted chocolate, very tempting!

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

You perfectionist, you...LOL! Although baking is a science, sometimes it's all about intuition, isn't it?

Ginny said...

Delicious! I could really go for some of these right now!

Kevin said...

Nice shot of the gooey chocolate!

Erinn@SundayDish said...

Lordy those look good and I love the photo with the cookie sitting oh so gently on the glass of milk.

Jaime said...

wow your cookies look great, esp w/those peanuts in it too!

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Abeer said...

the pictures are sooooooooooooo good!

Elizabeth said...

oh, YUM! I've never thought to combine oatmeal, peanut butter, AND chocolate chips into the same cookie!

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