Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Irresistibly Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

We had such a great time with family over the holidays.  One of my favorite things about spending time with my brother and sister and their families is that I get to eat my sister's cooking.  We always know we are in for a treat when we see her in the kitchen!  One of my favorite things she baked for us were these irresistible oatmeal cookies.   Everyone else must have thought they were delicious too, as it seemed she was constantly making another batch.  The week after all the family had left, I was having a craving for these cookies.  My sister, understanding my need, quickly sent me the recipe.  As soon as I got the recipe, I began whipping up these little beauties. 

Just a quick warning.  These are very addictive.  Since they have no flour, lots of peanut butter and oats, they are a somewhat healthy cookie.  If you would rather not be eating 5-6 of them a day, you may want to freeze half of the batch.  I froze half of the second batch I made, trying to help myself be disciplined.   It didn't help too much... I would just pull them right out of the freezer and eat them frozen.  I have to say, they were very good that way too!   :0)

Irresistibly Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
12 oz (1 1/2 lb) peanut butter
1/2 cup butter
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 1/2 cups oatmeal
6 oz chocolate chips
1/2 cup M&Ms

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix the sugars, peanut butter, butter and eggs together.  Blend well.  Add in vanilla, baking soda, oatmeal.  After it is well mixed, pour in the chocolate chips and M&M's.  Gently mix until blended.  Drop by tablespoon full on a non greased cookie sheets.  Flatten with a fork.  Bake for 12-15 minutes.  Do not over cook as they will become very hard. 

Makes 25 to 30 cookies

Bon Apetite!

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