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Biscuit's picture

Sorry - the other thread about "Baking from My Home to Yours" has over 200 messages.  Time to start new.


Especially because - these are bleeping-awesome!  IMNSHO, of course (G).  Oh, and also in the NSHO of Maxasaurus, expert in all things related to "cookies" and DH, who is quite the cookie fiend himself.  I guess Max comes by it naturally. (G)


Um - yes, well.  P. 73, Chunky Peanut butter and Oatmeal Chocolate Chippers.  Seriously.  Awesome.  Not too sweet.  Not too peanut-buttery.  Not too chocolatey.  Not too oatmeal-y.  Not too cakey.  Not too crispy.  But a very appealing little bit of all. 


See - it's a cookie day.  Cold, you know.  They day you wake up, go outside, and say, "Hey - it's a day for baking something homey, I think."  So Max and I looked up recipes for chocolate chip (I'm teaching him to use an index and a table of contents).  Then we decided they were too plain, maybe peanut butter?  Then we saw a recipe for oatmeal raisin and thought, "Yea!  Oatmeal raisin!" and then I found this recipe and it was so darn WEIRD - peanut butter, oatmeal & chocolate???? - we figured we had to try them especially since it combined our 3 favorite cookies into one. 


They are weird.  And they are delicious.  Try them today.  Your kids will love you.


Oh, we followed Dorie's suggestiion and used chunky peanut butter.  And they need to be refrigerated for 2 hours before you bake, so plan for it.


And - these are the perfect companion to icy-cold milk.  Really.  You will be happy.


Edited to say:  DH and Max are so impressed with these that they say they want them in our "All-Star Cookie" book - the book that only contains our favorite cookies.  That's a huge compliment.  We might add a new cookie to our All-Star book once every couple of years.



"I just don't think we should go hellfire damnation around the globe freeing people, unless it is directly related to our own national security" - former President Gerald Ford


Edited 3/6/2007 9:38 pm ET by Biscuit

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

helena1's picture

(post #62828, reply #1 of 34)

Thanks for the recommendation :o). Gives me another place to start! I have to ask though, to all you 'From my home to yours' fanatics: did you find the recipes to be on the sweet side? I made the brown sugar bundt cake last weekend, and while it was beautiful and perfect in form and texture, it was *way* too sweet for me. I knew it when I was adding the sugar, but didn't want to mess with the first recipe I treid from the book.

Biscuit's picture

(post #62828, reply #2 of 34)

I've read through some recipes and thought - "hmmm" regarding the amount of sugar, I admit.  But since sugar is such an integral part of a bakers recipe, I have always made it according to the recipe the first time, then tweaked it later.


These cookies I found not to be over-sweet.  And I am sensitive to that.  I'm not a big on sweet-for-the-sake-of-sweet, you know?


"I just don't think we should go hellfire damnation around the globe freeing people, unless it is directly related to our own national security" - former President Gerald Ford

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

helena1's picture

(post #62828, reply #3 of 34)

That is good to know, and means I can trust the recipe as is :o). I'm with you on not messing with a recipe on the first try, that is why I added the full amount of sugar while seriously doubting it woulnd't be too sweet the first time I made it (it was even the first recipe out of the book I tried). I hope that the recipes are not too sweet in general. I had a Nancy Bagget book that I just gave up on after trying out a couple of recipes that were *all* sweet for the sake of sweet as you call it!

helena1's picture

(post #62828, reply #8 of 34)

Okay, thought I'd report back as I made these cookies last weekend as my second recipe from the book. I bought chunky peanut butter that had little caramelized pieces of pecan (I tried it plain first, before using it in the cookies and loved it). They cookies came out well, but I can't say I loved them. And I did find them rather sweet, still, (but I do think most cookies are).


So I had my BIL, one of the biggest cookie lovers I know, try them. His comment: 'these are different from the ones you usually make, right?'. As in: 'I like those other ones better'.  My sister thought they had coconut and found them too sweet, and Marco's coworkers also asked him why I had tried another recipe.


So unfortunatly, these weren't a big hit with us and I'll probably won't be making them again. Different strokes, I guess! I do think I need to give up on trying to make people stop asking for the same old cookie recipe I have been making for years now (white chocolate / macadamia). I will hunt me until I die ;o).


Do you have another recommendation for a recipe from this book? I don't have a preference for the category of goodies it comes from, I'm just looking for a winner from this book. I always make three recipes before I make some kind of judgement, but the two I have tried haven't been able to convince me I'm going to like this book..

RuthWells's picture

(post #62828, reply #9 of 34)

I'm sorry the peanut butter chocolate chippers weren't a hit for you, Helena. Try the cranberry lime galette -- that was a real winner for me over the holidays. The lime is an outstanding flavor complement to the cranberry.

Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

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helena1's picture

(post #62828, reply #11 of 34)

Thanks for the recommendation Ruth, I'm going to stick a post-it to that page. I had such high expectations of this book and want them to be true, LOL!

Biscuit's picture

(post #62828, reply #10 of 34)

Wow, I think that's so odd that you all found them too sweet, because my family - and especially me! - really hate over-sweet anything, and we thought these had the perfect level of sweetness.  Despite my never-ending baking, I'm not one to eat sweets very much.  Now, put a bag of chips or crackers anywhere in the house and they're mine! (G)  Still, I found these had the perfect level of sweetness for us.  Weird.


Isn't it funny how taste-buds differ?


I'm not mean - you're just a sissy.

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

helena1's picture

(post #62828, reply #12 of 34)

There's nothing more subjective than a 'good recipe' I guess :o). I guess I've been extremely picky lately over baked things in general. For some odd reason, there isn't much that can excite me in the baked goods department these days, maybe I'm just a brat ;o). I need new inspiration!

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #62828, reply #13 of 34)

It could also be your peanut butter. I know the only brands available to me in Germany were extremely sweetened compared to what I was used to back home.

helena1's picture

(post #62828, reply #15 of 34)

Now that's an interesting thought. I can easily imagine the particular brand I bought would be quite sweet. I never thought to look there. I thought it didn;'t matter because the recipe specifically sais to not use natural peanutbutter, so I just assumed any brand would work. Hmm..

Biscuit's picture

(post #62828, reply #22 of 34)

FWIW, I used Jif Extra Chunky PB in mine.  It doesn't seem as sweet as most, to my taste, anyway.

I'm not mean - you're just a sissy.

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

helena1's picture

(post #62828, reply #27 of 34)

I'm not sure I can get that here, but I'll definately look for it. Thanks!

Debby's picture

(post #62828, reply #14 of 34)

so odd that you all found them too sweet


I've found that some peanut butters have quite alot of sugar in them, and I wonder if this might be the case here.  Personally, I make a point of buying the natural peanut butter without the added sugar.


Debby

helena1's picture

(post #62828, reply #16 of 34)

I will definately pay attention to the sugar content. It just never occured to me that it might be a problem!

Adele's picture

(post #62828, reply #17 of 34)

I bought chunky peanut butter that had little caramelized pieces of pecan


Your probably getting your extra sweetness from the caramelized pecans!


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

helena1's picture

(post #62828, reply #19 of 34)

Slapping forehead...DUH!!! Okay, I feel silly now!

DeannaS's picture

(post #62828, reply #4 of 34)

You know, I've avoided buying this book. But if you keep posting tempting things like this (sans recipe), I'm going to have to break down. ARgh!

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists." - Joan Dye Gussow

assibams's picture

(post #62828, reply #6 of 34)

Same here. I just might have to ask my stepson to get this book for me before he comes over in May - if DH doesn't get to the States before that.


Biscuit, your description made me salivate, and I don't even like peanuts or peanut butter with anything sweet.



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RuthWells's picture

(post #62828, reply #5 of 34)

If I forgot to, I really did mean to post about these months ago....... they are fabulous, and I agree with every word you posted.

Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

http://www.pkdcure.org/Default.aspx?TabI...

RecipeGirl's picture

(post #62828, reply #7 of 34)

Woo Hoo!  Thanks for the cookie Rec.  I'm always on the hunt for new cookie recipes!  I just received this book TODAY in the mail from Ebay.  So, I'm excited to read through it and go back and read all of the suggestions in the last thread.

I'll make these cookies for my DH & DS's camping trip this weekend.  As always, the men on the camping trip think I'm some sort of god for simply sending yummy food along.  It seems the other wives don't cook.  :)

Thanks again- can't wait to try out the recipes in this cookbook.

Lori
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wonka's picture

(post #62828, reply #18 of 34)

I have just sat at my computer with Dorie's book in hand and was going to go through the thread to pick a cookie to try today. The first thread to come up was yours. Although the recipe says to not use natural peanut butter, it is all that I buy, I'm going to try it with natural peanut butter anyways with some added peanuts. (my kids are getting tired of rice cakes and will be happy for the change in after school snack)

helena1's picture

(post #62828, reply #20 of 34)

O please, do report back!!

wonka's picture

(post #62828, reply #21 of 34)

It's in the fridge as I type. I did a bit of madmomming as I didn't have enough peanut butter so I did 3/4 peanut butter (natural) and 1/4 almond butter. I also subbed my Gluten free flour mix for the flour (it's a high protein mix and with the flour amount at just 1 cup I thought I'd try the sub). I added some peanuts to the mix and roughly chopped up 3-3oz dark chocolate bars (school fundraising chocolate for grade 6/7 camp - with 3 kids I ended up buying a lot of the dark chocolate). I'll let you know how it turns out (at least I can taste these and give my report instead of 3 11 year olds doing the reporting).

wonka's picture

(post #62828, reply #25 of 34)

Go ahead and try this with natural peanut butter. Mine turned out terrific and they aren't icky sweet at all. In fact I'm having a lot of trouble staying away from them. Yum.

helena1's picture

(post #62828, reply #26 of 34)

Aaah, good to know!! Glad to know it was just my silly mistake :o). I'm glad they came out so well for you! Did you even taste the almond butter?

wonka's picture

(post #62828, reply #28 of 34)

You can't really taste the almond butter. I had added a goodly amount of peanuts to the batter to up the peanut hit in them.

helena1's picture

(post #62828, reply #29 of 34)

I'll do that too next time. I love the extra crunchiness :o)

Biscuit's picture

(post #62828, reply #23 of 34)

Let me know how it comes out - I've thought of trying them with natural PB but haven't done it yet.

I'm not mean - you're just a sissy.

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

wonka's picture

(post #62828, reply #24 of 34)

OMG these are good. I don't know what the fuss about no natural peanut butter was because these are wonderful with it. I think I should have put regular flour in these instead of my gluten free flour because these are really hard to resist.

madnoodle's picture

(post #62828, reply #30 of 34)

I wonder how they compare to the oatmeal/pb/choc chip cookies I make.  I found the recipe years ago in the Canadian Lutheran church cookbook.  The kids and I think they're the perfect cookie; DH, who is a cookie purist, can't stand them.  As far as he's concerned, those are three separate cookies which should never be combined.

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