Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Now that I’m a mother of four one of the most common questions is, “How is life with four kids?” My answer changes depending on the day and sometimes the hour. Some days I feel like I have it together and other days I feel like a mad woman pulled in all directions losing my mind.

Last week I was feeling awful. I had severe fever and chills and my whole body ached. My OB told me to come in if I ever had those symptoms since it could be a sign of infection. So I grabbed the last appointment of the day and with all FOUR kids in tow, hurried to his office.

Turns out I just had the flu. After a lecture from my doctor about doing too much and stern instructions to take it easy, he asked, “Do you have help or a nanny at home?”

It was all I could do to not laugh out loud. I was thinking the obvious. If I had a nanny at home, do you think I would be at the gynecologist with four kids?

They say the “Joy is in the Journey”. I know that’s true and I’m reminded daily by the funny things my kids say and the kisses they give me. But sometimes I feel like I’m on a journey to Crazy Town.

People always ask how I find time to bake. I think we all find time for the things we love whether it be reading, running, or Pinterest :). Baking is therapeutic to me. It relaxes me and it’s something my kids and I can do together.

Sunday nights always draw me into the kitchen begging me to make some cookies. Usually it’s these cookies but last night I needed peanut butter and chocolate. Peanut butter and chocolate are like my own personal Xanax. These cookies have oatmeal, peanut butter, and chocolate chips which makes for some dangerous dough.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
3. On medium speed, cream together the butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and beat to combine. On low speed, gradually add the flour until just combined. Stir in the oats, and then the chocolate chips.
4. Use a large cookie scoop (3 tablespoons) and drop dough onto prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 9-10 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly golden. Cool completely on the baking sheet and then store in an airtight container at room temperature. Makes 16 cookies.



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  1. making these tomorrow with the boys since we have a snow day off from school. Getting butter out right now.

  2. Well I just happen to have all of these ingredients on hand. What a shame! :)

  3. I can relate to this post so much. I have five kids and when I have a challenging day I want to bake and I want to bake cookies and cookies with peanut butter! We will definitely make these soon.

  4. I make pb choc chip oatmeal cookies too..because I decided it combined 3 fave cookie recipes all in one and I don’t have to pick among favorites.

    These look wonderful!

  5. These look so good!!! i want some right this very moment!

    love K

  6. Nanny. Ha ha ha.

    Where was this post earlier today when I made cookies? I combined a chocolate chip and oatmeal cookie recipe for an okay variation. Oh well. Now I can see where I went astray.

  7. Mmm perfect in my opinion! Yum!

  8. i have 5 kids so i completely understand.. i love it when people ask that dumb question of do u have help at home.. r u kidding me..cookies and brownies are my antidepressant along with my treadmill and a dr. pepper.. u can make it.. like u said sometimes it is taking it day at a time or sometimes even a min or hour at a time.. sometimes all u can do is just breath..

  9. Whoa, Nelly! These are definitely not goof for my diet. There’s something so comforting about oatmeal in a cookie…

  10. Yum! you basically combined all three of my favorite cookies into one!

  11. I love your blog and your recipes. After reading this post I admire even more, with 4 children and the work that gives a house. I have only two problems, first, I am not able to make your recipes because I find the conversion from cups to grams, each website gives a measure, and second, it would be possible to put on the side of your page a translator. Thank you very much and greetings from Madrid

  12. Funny, i use the same meds! Can’t have enough peanut butter oatmeal cookie recipes!

  13. I have been eyeing these cooking on BEB for awhile now, they look so good!

  14. I hope you are feeling much better this week! I seriously can barely blog with zero kids, let alone 4! Amazing.

  15. Chocolate and peanut butter is definitely one of the most therapeutic food combinations. Thanks for the great recipe!

    Some people have NO filter when it comes to personal questions like that. It drives me crazy.

    I also agree that people find time to do the things that they love, no matter how busy they are.

  16. OMG, I want kids SOOO much. I want 4 little baby kids so I can make these cookies. You’re such an inspiration to me. Please trade me lives, PLEASE!!

  17. Thanks for the giggles! I have four too. 16, 13, 12 and 9. I always enjoy your posts full of humor! My daughter and I say we are really fat girls in skinny girls’ body. We love to eat! Thanks for all the inspiration.

  18. I don’t have 4 kids but I know we all have *those* days were everything goes wrong and the only thing to make things better are cookies!

  19. These look perfect! Thick and chewy, just how I like my cookies!

  20. I saw these on another blog, but never made them. Today, after finding your blog through another’s, I knew I just had to do it!!! They’re done, and they are SO good (good, and almost gone, in fact). I’m enjoying trying all kinds of recipes– something I seldom had time for before this year. My ‘baby steps’ blog, http://milkmaidrecipebox.blogspot.com/ has been a fun/easy way for me to share recipes with our kiddos who are now ‘spread out’ (out-of-state). I think your blog is super GREAT– I have subscribed.

  21. The cookies look perfect!

  22. Oh my goodness these sound and look amazing! Bah! Dam this health kick, I cannot wait till after my wedding :)

    Talitha xx
    http://www.ttimechatter.com

  23. Yum….these look amazing! I just made a similar recipe and added trail mix: http://www.partydish.net/peanut-butter-cookies/

  24. Could you hear me screeching to a halt as I scrolled by your post? These are my hubby’s favorite cookie and I haven’t been happy with the recipe I pulled from the net. I’ll be giving this a try. Happy baking (:

    P.S. The word verification if “my rave” …funny.

  25. Madrid,
    I would love to have a translator on the side. I’m not sure how to do that though. What language would you like it translated to or do you just want a cups to grams conversion?

  26. Here’s a tip to make them even more soft and moist…

    Add 3/4 package of a vanilla pudding mix, to the flour mixture.

    With that said, these cookies are amazing.

  27. I follow lots of blogs but rarely ever comment. I too have 4 kids and I have to say its great to hear that someone else feels exactly the same way I do. Do you have those moments when you feel like you have no control of your life? One day I was in the store and an older woman smiled and came up to me. I thought she was going to say something like “enjoy them while they are young” but she didn’t. She said, “They will grow up and this time will end, and it is so wonderful!” Made me laugh! By the way I lOVE your blog and have made MANY of your recipes. Thank you so much for sharing!

  28. These look awwwwwesoooooome!
    And I just had to say oh my how funny is that doctor for asking you that question?! “Yes, I let my nanny have the afternoon off so I could bring my kids to the most fun doctor appointment in the world!” Hilarious!

  29. Kristy, these were just what I needed tonight! Oh so good. The whole family is happily eating away right now. Thanks for another great recipe.

  30. I just baked these cookies. They are officially one of the best cookies I have ever eaten. Thanks for sharing. :)

  31. Made these for peanut butter day, they are delicious!!

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  33. Dear Mother With The Other Ticket To Crazy Town,

    I too am making the winding trip to crazy town and in the middle of my trip — I found your blog.

    Girlfriend — I’m already a fan! Just in this post alone, not only can I tell that we have a similar sense of humor, but the same love for baking & food! I have a feeling your blog and I are going to be great friends! ;)

    I also love how you incorporate your family stories into your recipe shares! Brilliant!

    And the best part — I laughed out loud about your gynecologist asking you if you had a nanny, after dragging the 4 kiddos to his office! What a nit-whit! And yes, it’s so true — us mom’s sure do manage to make the time we need to keep sane, doing the things we love {pinterest & baking is on my list too!}.

    I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures in motherhood and recipes to come! :)

    Your Newest Follower & Fellow Mad Woman,
    Katie

  34. @Katie, I’m glad I’m not the only one. Sometimes I feel like Im being punked. Haha! Thanks for making me feel normal.

  35. I have 3 kiddos all super close in age and your words remind me SO much of myself :) Now that they’re all in school I’m finding that life is becoming a “different” kind of busy! I’ll always find time to do the things I love: baking, running, pinterest :)…that’s what keeps us mommies going, right??

  36. I made these cookies yesterday and wanted to let you know that they are awesome. With a regular, small cookie scoop, I stretched the dough to 27 cookies. They were crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. This one went on a recipe card — a keeper.

  37. Found this recipe via Pinterest and I think it must be the perfect cookie. Peanut butter, oatmeal, and chocolate all together? I’m in heaven! Thanks for the recipe!

  38. Thanks for providing some food for thought with this post.

  39. vHdyNE I truly appreciate this blog.Really looking forward to read more. Fantastic.

  40. Just made these this afternoon and they are absolutely DELISH! They got two thumbs up from all the people I served them to and they are definitely going on my ‘favourite cookie recipe’ shortlist! Loved the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, with the oatmeal to make them extra chewy and fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

  41. These look delicious, I just printed out the recipe to make them soon. Oatmeal/chocolate is one of my favorite combinations and peanut butter just makes it even better!

    I have enjoyed reading your blog for several years now – thank you for the wonderful recipes and I love reading about your life. You seem like an awesome person! :)

  42. My 9 year old son had some friends spend the night last night and I made these cookies for their dessert. I had some mini M&Ms leftover so used half a cup M&Ms and half a cup choc chips just for some color and fun. The boys loved them and one asked me to teach his mom how to make them :) These are definitely a new family favorite! Looking around your site I can tell I will be back often- everything looks delish yet easy enough for a semi-amateur chef like me to make! Thanks!!

  43. Thank you so much for the recipe! I moved to Germany with my husband and 2 year old 3 weeks ago. I don’t speak German well so it’s been rough… Baking (&cooking) is soothing to me too, but I can’t find shortening at the store and all my personal recipes call for it… So I tried your recipe (minus choc chip because they don’t sell them here) and oh they are SO good! Thanks for helping cure some home sickness. :) cheers& God bless you!

  44. Searched your site for anything delicious that I already had the ingredients for! Delicious! Thanks very much, you have brightened my fed up with pregnancy/always hungry day!