filling the empty nest with food

Zero to Cookies in 25 (minutes)

In 25 minutes from walking in the door after a long day in the trenches, you could be breathing in the heavenly chocolatey cookie smell of Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies wafting from your oven.  Are you ready?  Start your engines!

0 to 5 minutes:

  • Walk in the door from work, go straight to the oven and preheat to 350 degrees.
  • Take out butter and 2 eggs from refrigerator.
  • Take off coat.  Put on apron.
  • Prepare your mixer and take out measuring cups and spoons.
  • Grease two cookie sheets.


6 to 13 minutes:

  • Cream together in mixer 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup shortening (or 1 cup butter), 1 cup brown sugar, and 1/2 cup sugar.
  • Add 1 cup peanut butter and cream with butter/sugar mixture.
  • Add 2 eggs and beat well.
  • Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla.

14 to 18 minutes:

  • In a separate bowl, combine 2 cups all-purpose or unbleached flour (I used half unbleached flour and half white whole wheat flour), 3/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1 cup rolled oats. Mix well with fork or whisk.
  • Pour into mixer and beat until mixed in.
  • Add 1 12-ounce bag of chocolate chips.  Mix on low or by hand until, well, mixed.


Last 7 minutes:

  • Put large tablespoonsful of cookie dough on greased cookie sheets.  There should be enough dough for about 50 cookies.  (I know that’s a big snack, but I live in constant fear of an empty cookie jar.  Feel free to cut the recipe in half.)
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes. (Yes, I know these minutes are extra.  But you’re at cruising speed now.)

Enjoy your warm and chewy cookies.



2 comments on “Zero to Cookies in 25 (minutes)

  1. Caroline
    October 24, 2013

    I love it! Now I just need to get motivated after my next work day. I did make some PB CC oatmeal cookies a few weeks ago. What a fantastic combination for a cookie. So tasty! But the recipe had me grind up part of the oats (they weren’t quick-cooking oats) to use as a binder or flour substitution, I guess. Didn’t matter, they were really good, just like yours!
    ps: You forgot to add clean up your mess while the first batch cooks, and you enjoy not only a warm, tasty cookie, but also have a clean kitchen.

    • Catherine
      October 26, 2013

      I’m glad your PB CC oatmeal (OM?) cookies turned out delicious. I had never (believe it or not) made that particular combination before. I didn’t know you could put chocolate chips in your PB cookies. And how could I forget the clean up??!! But, then, maybe there are people out there who have other people do that for them. Wouldn’t that be a treat? I’d bake cookies every day for that person!

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