Tuesday, September 2, 2008

TWD: Chunky Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Chocolate Chipsters

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Recipe chosen by: Stefany of Proceed with Caution
Link to TWD group: Tuesdays With Dorie homepage

I got one tray of these guys baked off before rushing out to the third BBQ/event this weekend.

I only made two changes (for the full recipe, go visit Stefany). I went with extra large eggs instead of large. I've found that the extra liquid helps keep cookies from being too dry at altitude. The other change from the recipe was to use a baking stone and bake the cookies for the full 15 minutes. I didn't rotate pans partway through since I only had time for one (no-fuss) pan.

The cookies went together in a snap. They chilled for a half hour before baking so the dough was too warm to do anything but drop. About the only problem was my KitchenAid Mixer seems close to giving up the ghost. The hubs did some quick emergency repairs, but we'll have to see if it'll last through another round of, well anything.

As for the taste, I'm on the fence. I liked these better than the Granola Grabbers from a few weeks ago, no question about that. They just seem like they're missing something. Maybe more peanut butter... Maybe sub dried fruit for some or all of the chocolate... That's probably what's throwing me off. I could handle peanut butter in my oatmeal cookies (the nutmeg was awesome - I'll have to add some to my regular oatmeal cookie recipe) or peanut butter in my chocolate chip cookies (mmm, peanut butter and chocolate), but the the oatmeal and chocolate chip is just weird. Now, some raisins or oooooh, some white chocolate chips with craisins. Mmmmm.....

Anyway, don't forget to go see how the other TWDers liked this week's recipe! And thanks for another great pick, Stefany!

Edited to add: Okay, so letting the dough chill for the 24 hours is the key. I baked off the rest, and it's a pretty good cookie after chilling. The spices mellowed and the peanut butter becomes just a hint. I still would change out the chocolate for fruit (or white chocolate with the fruit, oooh, or peanut butter chips!) but the dough makes a very pretty cookie. The edges are crisp and the middle is chewy.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chipsters

18 comments:

HoneyB said...

They look yummy (esp the chunk of chocolate I see!) Sorry about your mixer!!

Teanna said...

Sorry you weren't a fan! And I'm very sorry about your soon to be dearly departed mixer! May it rest in peace!

Lori said...

OH NO! A dying mixer! Your cookies look good, though, and I agree with you that there are a bit too many things going on in this cookie. I like them, but will probably leave out the chocolate next time.

Nickki said...

They look really good, sorry you weren't so keen! Maybe the whopper cookies next week will be more succesful for you.

CB said...

Poor little mixer. I think I'd cry esp since my husband isn't handy and probably couldnt fix it. Sorry you weren't a fan but love all the pictures.
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Amy said...

Too bad you didn't enjoy these! They look great though!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Cathy said...

I didn't love these either. Yours look great, though! I hope that your Kitchen Aid makes a comeback for you!

kim said...

they look great! sorry you didnt love them... definitely try the white choc + craisins, that's what i did for the granola grabbers and it was delicious!

Flourchild said...

So sorry about your mixer. I just got a Bosch mixer if your in the market for a new one. I really LOVE it! Your cookies look very good even though they aren't your fav.

Rebecca said...

White chips and craisins ... oh, yes.

Erin said...

Sorry about your mixer- I hope it will be okay! These look great, even if you weren't totally crazy about them!

Tammy said...

I added salted peanuts which may be your missing ingredient? I think they added something delicious

Tracey said...

Your cookies look great! Bummer about your Kitchen Aid. I know I'd be lost without mine!

Heather B said...

Sorry about your mixer! Your cookies do look great though!

ellen said...

I wasn't too sure about all the different flavors in one cookie either, at first. Over time, they grew on me (poor choice of words perhaps - a bit too true?). Yours look yummy though!

Di said...

I used the nutmeg, but left the cinnamon out of mine. I think that made my cookies have a little less of an identity crisis. =) I don't envy you having to cook at higher altitude--I did that for less than a year when I lived in Boulder, and it was a pain. Great job on the cookies!

Pamela said...

I'm so sorry about your mixer! HAve you had it long. That just stinks. The cookies look good, but I'm still stuck on the mixer. :o(

Jaime said...

my PB flavor was still strong, even after chilling overnight!