Cocoa-Oat-Peanut Butter Cookies

Really, you might as well call these health food cookies.  I know, we all pledged to "eat better" in 2013, and I'm here to help you out.
cocoa oat pb split
Chocolate: anti-oxidants
Oats: fiber
Peanut Butter: protein

cocoa oat pb one rack
I even threw in a little white whole wheat flour, but you can totally use all all-purpose, if you don't want to make them super-healthy like I did.

Not too peanut-y, not too oat-y, just right.

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Cocoa-Oat-Peanut Butter Cookies
{adapted from Midwest Living, makes a bunch!}

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup white whole wheat flour (not regular whole wheat)
2 cups rolled oats
3 TBSP natural cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup salted butter, softened
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 & 1/2 cups sugar
1 & 1/2 cups light brown sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Whisk together the flour, oats, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.

In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and peanut butter until smooth. Add the sugars and beat until combined.
cocoa oat pb whip

Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until incorporated, scraping down the bowl as necessary.  In 3 additions, add the flour mixture on low speed, just until combined.  Stir in the chips.

cocoa oat pb batter
(You're going to end up with a LOT of dough!)

Drop the dough by the rounded tablespoon onto the prepared sheets and bake about 12-14 minutes.  Removed from oven and let sit on the cookie sheets for 1 minute.  Remove from wire rack to cool completely.

Make some cookies now and freeze some dough for later.  Wrap well and freeze up to 6 months.  Thaw in the refrigerator and bake as directed.

cocoa oat pb right split
Eating healthy for 2013; I've gotcha covered.
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