Peanut Butter Cookie fans and Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Fans rejoice, for tonight we settle our differences and come together for the holidays. I know, lately tensions have been running high between our cults, but if anything can bring peace to our warring sides it is this cookie.
Creamy peanut buttery, chewy raisin oatliciousness, this cookie is not only flavor packed, but texturally symphonetical—made up a whole bushel of words in that sentence. But miracles happen when cookies like this enter our hearts. Enough dawdling, let's get on with the recipe.
1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup white granulated sugar
2 cups of creamy peanut butter
2 teaspoons of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups of rolled oats, the good stuff not instant oatmeal
1 cup of raisins
demerara sugar for sprinkling over cookies before baking
1. Preheat the oven to 350F. In a large bowl, beat together the brown sugar and white sugar with the two eggs. Beat until pale and thick, about 2 minutes by hand. Add the peanut butter, baking soda, and salt and fold with a spatula until homogeneous. The mixture should be fairly thick. Don't forget to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to fully incorporate the egg mixture with the peanut butter.
2. Add the oats and raisins, and fold until all of the ingredients are evenly combined. Originally, I was going to use cranberries, but I forgot to buy any. As it was, I barely had enough raisins. The donations to Chow Creations have been slow lately...
3. With an ice cream scoop, portion the dough into 2 1/2 dozen golf ball sized cookie balls. Sprinkle with demerara sugar and make the classic criss-cross pattern with the tinges of a fork. The sugar will help the fork from sticking. If the fork does stick, you can always wet the fork with a bowl of water between indentations. Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until the edges are slightly golden and the top is dry. Remember, cookies should be taken out before you think they should be taken out. Over-baking cookies is how hockey pucks are manufactured.
Serve warm with milk! Individually, every part of these cookies is delicious—the creamy peanut butter, the chewy oats, the sweet raisins—but combined they form something truly magical. I hope ya'll liked this super easy holiday cookie recipe. When you make these cookies for your family or coworkers, I really do hope these cookies bring your universe a little sliver of peace in these difficult times. Happy holidays all. And as always,
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