Finding that magical overlap between the foods you crave and the ingredients you have on hand can be a challenge in the best of times. Last week, Rebecca woke up craving cookies...but with little butter or flour on hand and no fancy mix-ins to fall back on, I was stumped. Opening the fridge, I saw the jar of fresh-ground natural Haitian peanut butter we'd picked up the day before. The resulting cookies combine the nutty roasted flavor of natural peanut butter and oats with a subtle salty sweetness and rich moist texture. Success! The recipe was adapted from King Arthur Flour.
Yield: 1 1/2 dozen cookies
- 1 cup brown sugar (reserve 2 tablespoons for sprinkling on the cookies before baking)
- 2/3 cup natural peanut butter (use 2 tablespoons less sugar if using sweetened peanut butter)
- 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 egg
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Preheat oven to 350 and prepare a baking sheet with silicone mat or parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, combine sugar, peanut butter, butter, and vanilla. Using a hand-held or stand mixer, beat on high for 2-3 minutes until smooth.
- Add the egg and beat for an additional 2-3 minutes until smooth and slightly fluffy.
- In another bowl, whisk together oats, flour, salt, and baking soda. Add to the egg mixture and stir in by hand until the ingredients are evenly combined.
- Using your hands, scoop up 2 tablespoons worth of dough, and roll it into balls. You should end up with around 15-18 cookies. Space the cookies evenly on the baking sheet, leaving about 1 1/2 inches between each cookie.
- Using the bottom of a glass or other flat object, flatten each cookie until it is about 1/2 an inch thick. Sprinkle the top of the cookies with the reserved 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.
- Bake for 13-15 minutes. The cookies will loose their glossiness, and just barely begin to brown. Remove the cookies from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack after 3-5 minutes.