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.
Recipe adapted from Pillsbury Classic Cookbooks #117 Home Baking November 1990