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Happy Sunday,

I’m so sorry this is being posted late-but my computer seems to have deleted this week’s columns!  I’m an admitted technodweeb, so I have no idea how to re-claim them, therefore, I’m re-writing this for you now.

Most of you have probably figured out that I am a healthy-type cook.  Today though I’m letting you in on my weakness:  really good chocolate chip peanut butter oatmeal cookies.  One is actually a breakfast cookie-but we can’t keep our mitts off them once they‘re out of the oven.  And yes, if you look just a bit askance, they‘re healthy!  Today I’m sharing this recipe with you-Wednesday, the more traditional cookie.

Breakfast Cookies

Preheat your oven to 375 and prepare about 3 large cookie sheets.

Ingredients:

1-1/4 C sugar
1/2 C butter flavored shortening (this will keep them soft and chewy)
1/2 C chunky peanut butter
1/4 C espresso (or very strong leftover coffee)
1 tbsp almond (or vanilla) extract
1 egg
1-1/2 C whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp soda
1 C old-fashioned oats
1/2 C dried cranberries AND shredded coconut
1 C 60% chocolate chips
3 C honey nut cheerios

Cream the first 3 ingredients, then add the next 3.  Blend until smooth.

Add the flour, salt and soda.  Then stir in the rest of the ingredients.  Using either a 1/3 or 1/2 C measure scoop and place onto prepared sheets-flatten to 1” and leave about 4” between cookies.  Bake for 13-15 minutes.  BUT CHECK AFTER 10!!! My oven was running hot during a batch and one tray (even while using the convection mode and lowering the temp by 25 degrees) burned.

This recipe will make anywhere between 15-19 cookies depending on which cup size you make.  They are soft, chewy and thick.  

Some variations?  Switch out raisins or other dried fruit for the cranberries and coconut.  Try other extracts.  If you prefer milk chocolate or the regular semi-sweet-use those.  Only have apple cinnamon or traditional cheerios-who’s to know?  Use some other nut butter.

BIG SUGGESTION AND A MUST!!!  Make sure to leave the cookies on the sheets for 5 minutes before removing.  They will crumble otherwise!  Cool on racks.

Wednesday-a different cookie, with a lot of the very same ingredients.



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