There it goes again. That nagging, undefined craving comes with no hints of how to satisfy it. You search the pantry to no avail. Staring into the fridge does nothing except let out the cold air. You may do an internet search or ten to see what sparks your taste buds. The final resort is to flip through cookbooks to find that one recipe to end the craving. It’s what happened with me recently and the result was oatmeal peanut butter trail mix cookies.
Savory or sweet? That was the first question I had answer to get on the path of what I was craving. I thought about Shrimp Fra Diavolo for a second or two then crossed it off. The craving started pointing toward sweet so I went from there. I sat on the floor and started going through my stack of recipe booklets. About half way down the pile I ran across THE recipe. The list of ingredients is all it took. Peanut butter, oatmeal, butter, sugar, eggs, and trail mix – oh my! Just the possibilities of different flavors depending on which trail mix caused me to smile. There could be chocolate or bananas or cranberries or pretzel bits or whatever you think would go with oats and peanut butter.
One usual cookie ingredient was missing. Which one? Flour. I couldn’t recall ever making cookies without it. The adventure to see how they turned out was another reason to make them. They are soft right out of the oven. After cooling for a minute on the baking sheet they still need careful handling to transfer to a cooling rack. They become crunchy once fully cooled so be sure not to over-bake.
Enjoy Oatmeal Peanut Butter Trail Mix Cookies any time of the day. I’d say they might even qualify for breakfast. They are full of oats and have the protein power of peanut butter. Plus I’m sure trail mix is another healthy component. And, of course, all things are good in moderation.
What was your most recent craving? Was it specific or did you have to figure out how to satisfy it? It can be tough to pinpoint sometimes. At least you can start with cookies and go from there.
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Trail Mix Cookies
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 1/3 cups creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- 3 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups trail mix
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking or cookie sheets with parchment or non-stick liner.
Beat sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, and butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add eggs and vanilla. Beat to combine.
Stir in oats, baking soda, and salt.
Stir in trail mix.
Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto baking sheets.
Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown.
Cool cookies 1 minute on baking sheet. Carefully transfer cookies to a cooling rack and cool completely.
A recipe for Oatmeal Peanut Butter Trail Mix Cookies. These easy to make cookies are great for snacks and are made with oats, peanut butter and your choice of trail mix.
Recipe adapted from Pillsbury Classic Cookbooks #117 Home Baking November 1990
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