Today we’re gonna learn how to make things you probably thought could only come from a store. The first is peanut butter. Peanut butter is delicious. Peanut butter: don’t ever change. Cause you’re amazing just the way you are. Next we’re going to take this peanut butter and make peanut butter oatmeal cookies, made popular first by the Girl Scouts as a Do-Si-Do. See, we’ve already taken on Thin Mints, so it’s time to branch out a bit.
Let’s talk peanut butter. Specifically, let’s discuss how easy it is to make. Here’s the recipe in its entirety: you take peanuts, and put them in a food processor. Then you blend them until they become smooth and creamy. The End. I personally prefer to use honey roasted peanuts, cause nothing about “honey roasted” sounds like a bad idea to me.
I wish I could tell you that these cookies are just as easy to make as peanut butter, but it’s sort of hard to compare to a recipe that is one step. However, they’re still pretty simple. I actually think that real live Girl Scouts would have an easy time making these themselves. If a Girl Scout tried to sell me cookies she had made herself, I would buy twice as many boxes, just on principle. Unless she had dirty fingernails. It’s hard to eat food that’s been handed to you by dirty fingernails. One time I was served ice cream by a kid who’s fingernails were almost black from the dirt under them. Super gross.
Here’s your agenda for the day: Make peanut butter. Then make cookies. Wash your hands first.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Cookie recipe adapted from All Recipes
Makes about 16 cookie sandwiches
For the peanut butter:
2 cups honey roasted peanuts (yields 1 cup peanut butter)
Grind the peanuts in a food processor for about 2-5 minutes, or until they are creamy and have become a butter.
For the cookies:
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup quick cooking oats
For the filling:
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
2 1/2 tablespoons heavy whipping crea
In a large bowl, cream together 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup peanut butter, white sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla. Add in the egg and beat together.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and combine. Stir in the oatmeal.
Use a teaspoon measure to spoon dough onto a greased cookie sheet, and press each mound down with a fork to form 1/4 inch thick cookies. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes, or until cookies are light brown.
To Make Filling:
Cream 3 tablespoons butter or margarine with the confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter, and the cream. Spread filling onto half of the cooled cookies, then top with the other half to form sandwiches.