I can't call these a "Fail," because they were good, but they were not at all what I had envisioned when I started. These will have to be filed under "Works in Progress," because there is still some tweaking to be done. I think one thing might have been that I could only find Quick Oats. I don't normally bake with those, but all I had at home was Steel Cut Oats. I had run to Walgreen's for something and looked for another option, but all they had was the Quick Oats. I decided to try that rather than making another stop.
1/2 c (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 c light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 c Jif Peanut Butter
1 T vanilla
1 1/2 c flour
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
2 T cocoa
2 c Quick Oats
1 c cinnamon chips
Cream together the butter and brown sugar until smooth, then add the peanut butter, blending well, followed by the eggs and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa - using a fork for this works fine.
Add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture, a little at a time, until incorporated.
At this point, had I been using a stand mixer, I would have just continued, but using a new food processor, I didn't want to over-tax the motor, so I poured the mixture into a big bowl and stirred in the oats and cinnamon chips manually. Because there were still loose oats at the bottom of the bowl, I got in there with my hands at the end, to make sure there were no strays.
Preheat the oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment (didn't seem necessary when they came out, but I'm a creature of habit, so I'm still including the parchment).
Form balls of dough, about a tablespoon each, and line on the parchment, flattening slightly with the palm of your hand.
Bake for 15", then allow to cool for a few minutes on the tray before removing to a rack to cool completely.
What do I plan to do differently next time?
- Increase the brown sugar and cinnamon chips (or add cinnamon)
- Increase the Peanut Butter
- Try the regular Old Fashioned Oats