Salted Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies & The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

Peanut Butter, Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cancer, Pediatric Cancer, Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, Cookies for kids CancerIf doctors would prescribe baking to their patients, one might say “that the world would be a happier place.” I know, I know, don’t judge me for possessing a bit of childlike whimsy. But what if cookies had the capability of curing the worst of illnesses? And what if you could choose the type of cookie that cured your unwanted illness or disease? What if a chocolate chip cookie were capable of curing the chickenpox , a simple sugar cookie doused with sprinkles could cure pneumonia or just maybe a salted peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal cookie took away your cancer?

My cookie choice for this year’s Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap was inspired by this notion, the notion that cookies have the power to heal. And it was my desire to chock this cookie full with all of my favorite things from chocolate to peanut butter and a warm bowl of oatmeal in the morning. So needless to say, these cookies are best enjoyed fresh from the oven. And don’t cut your self short, I used Ghirardelli chocolate chips, Good Spread Peanut Butter, Dixie Crystals brown sugar, local eggs, and Land O’ Lakes unsalted butter. Lets cut to the chase, if you’re trying to cure an illness or disease, you should probably use the best ingredients available.The Salted Table

If you’re not familiar with the Cookies for Kid’s Cancer, its a non-profit formed to fund research for pediatric cancer, the #1 disease killer of children in the U.S. It’s an organization that is near and dear to me since my father in law, and wife have both fought the disease and my mother in law was currently diagnosed with it. We never plan on life handing us these tragic occurrences but when they do, a cookie in hand couldn’t hurt anything.

When these cookies came out of the oven, I couldn’t help but to smile. For One, they smelled like an autumn day from my childhood — two, they were purty, and when cookies come out looking beautiful and idea, it always puts a smile on this ol’ heart and its my hope that they will do the same for you. Merry Christmas to you and yours, be sure to eat your fair share of cookies, they may keep you from an unwanted illness…fingers crossed and prayers up. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Salted Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup AP flour – unbleached
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp kosher salt
1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, room temp
½ cup Good Spread peanut butter
½ cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
½ teaspoon Nielsen Massey vanilla extract
1 medium egg
½ cup Quaker old-fashioned oats
1 cup Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips

1 Tablespoon of kosher salt for sprinkling

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheet pans with Dixie Crystals silicone baking sheets.

2. Whisk together the AP flour, baking soda & salt; set aside.

3. On medium speed, cream together the butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract, about 2 minutes or so. Add the egg and beat to combine. On low-speed, slowly add the flour until just combined. Stir in the old-fashioned oats, and then the chocolate chips.

4. Use a large ice cream scoop (roughly 3 tablespoons) & drop dough onto silicone baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Sprinkle with kosher salt according to your preference. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly golden (slightly undercooked). Cool completely on the silicone baking sheet & then store in an airtight container. Do not put cookies in the fridge…unless you like cold cookies.

Goo Goo Cluster Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

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Goo Goo Cluster Chocolate Chip Cookies

This summer heat is working me over like crazy and even the sweat beads on my brow are becoming frustrated. Its like the sun has a vendetta and its unleashing hell and taking names, literally. But as far as  I’m concerned it could never be too hot to eat chocolate or break into a textbook chocolate chip cookie. Chocolate chip cookies are my sacred-kind of childhood snack and you may call me a snob when it comes down to it. I mean, cookies run rampid on the inter webs, being stuffed with nutella and laced with truffles for the so-called ‘real foodies’ but you can keep those. I’m somewhat of a purist when it comes to the circular, sometimes amoeba-shaped little puckets that pair so well with cold milk and shakes alike. Yes, milkshakes and cookies are sheer perfection, just ask my inner eight year old, he’ll tell you all about it.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies, Goo Goo Cluster Chocolate Chip Cookies

Goo Goo Clusters were the equivalency of currency in our home and a treat to be savored upon the completion of one’s chores. My mother kept them tucked into the third shelf of what was better known as the snack cabinet. There were bags of Doritos, Moon Pies, Oreos and Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies, because those were my dad’s vice along with bottled coke.

I remember being in the line at the grocery store and spying the sweet treat laced with peanuts and dipped in chocolate sitting snug in the silver packages on the shelf. They were always calling my name and appealing to every desire in my four and a half foot being. Whenever I received my allowance I typically bought whatever I saw first because the money was ‘burning my pockets’ as my mom would say,  and back then you could find the Goo Goos three for a dollar. So quite naturally I bought six.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I find joy in partaking in the most simplistic forms of dessert. I have a great appreciation for those creatives who taking something ordinary and make it extra-ordinary, but at the heart of it, all I desire is the textbook chocolate chip cookie, a moist slice of chocolate cake with the perfect amount of frosting, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and maybe a drizzle of chocolate or caramel sauce. I went on the search for a cookie recipe that gave me the crunch around the edges, the chew in the center and the cookie that when you bit into it, nothing else matters and just for a moment–for a brief and satisfactory moment, you are the only person that matters. And I hope to give that to you today with these cookies. Now, remember to read all the way through the recipe before you begin, and definitely space your cookies the three inches apart because the nougat and caramel will cause your cookies to spread significantly, but thats not a bad thing in this case. Enjoy.

Goo Goo Cluster Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Goo Goo Cluster Chocolate Chip Cookies

Goo Goo Cluster Chocolate Chip Cookies

3 cups AP flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, melt slightly & allow to cool slightly
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons Nielsen Massey vanilla
2 cups chopped Goo Goo Cluster chunks (Original & Supreme)
1/2 cup of %60 cacao bittersweet chocolate chips (I like Ghirardelli)

Method

1. Preheat your oven to 375°F. Cover your sheet pans with non-stick cooking spray.

2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl, set aside.

3. Beat together melty butter & sugars in a large bowl with a Kitchen-aid mixer on high speed until pale and fluffy, but do it gradually so you don’t have a mess on your hands, about 2 to 3 minutes. Lightly beat 1 egg with a fork in a bowl & add 1 3/4 tablespoons of it plus 2 remaining whole eggs to the butter mixture, beating with mixer until creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low and mix in the flour mixture until just blended, then stir in Goo Goo chunks & chocolate chips.

4. Scoop 1/4 cup batter for each cookie, placing the portions 3 inches apart, on 2 baking sheets. Flatten mounds into 3-inch rounds using moistened palm of your hand. Form remaining cookies on additional sheet pans.

5. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, until golden, 13 to 15 minutes. Remember that oven temps vary so keep an eye on your cookies. Transfer cookies to a rack to cool and continue baking off the rest of your batter and cook it off.

Note: I have tried this recipe after dough has been frozen so I’m not sure how well it would work out but if you try it let me know!

Goo Goo Cluster Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Goo Goo Cluster Chocolate Chip Cookies