Fool For Cookies
Somehow I convinced myself that baking cookies today would be a really good idea.
Despite the fact that I have about a million school-related things to do, I dove right into the cookbook cupboard and immersed myself in Ye Olde Better Homes And Gardens (not-so) New Cook Book.
Circa 1989. Why does that feel like such an eternity ago?
I flipped to my favorite section. Obviously.
Peanut Butter Cookies it is!
Immediately I realized that I just finished off the whole wheat flour for bread, but we had a little bit of all purpose left.
I always group foods into “healthy” or “bad”. But I’m realizing that it’s a nasty habit and needs to stop.
Instead of classifying all-purpose flour as “unhealthy” or “bad”, how about we just say that whole wheat flour would be a “better” choice. So I used the all-purpose, but there wasn’t enough! I still needed more flour.
Oats to the rescue. I blended oats into oat flour and the crisis was averted. I have used oat flour in a lot of things, but never cookies. It was worth a shot.
Peanut Butter Cookies
adapted from an old Better Homes And Gardens Cookbook
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter (I didn’t measure….it was probably more than 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 + 1/4 cup oat flour
3/4 cup agave nectar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. vanilla (plus more, because who doesn’t love more vanilla?)
Oven, put it at 375º.
With an electric mixer, beat butter and peanut butter until smooth. Add all-purpose flour, agave, egg, baking soda, baking powder and vanilla. Beat till thoroughly combined. Beat in oat flour.
With spoon, place dallops of dough onto silpat cooking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, or until edges are just starting to brown.
Um these were surprisingly delicious. I devoured 9.
Clearly, I have issues.
The most important thing to me in a cookie is the texture. They should NOT be cake like, but a little chewy and kind of dense.
Did they pass the texture test?
With flying stars.
To say I am impressed with how these came out would be an understatement. Are they the healthiest cookies? Uh, no. But they sure are delicious! Plus they’re made with oat flour! How many cookies can say that?
What do you look for in a cookie? What’s most important? Texture and taste (obvi) for me!