Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies...

I made a mistake. A big mistake. But, thankfully, I came up with a WONDERFULLY TASTY fix and a BETTER cookie!!!

Have y'all seen the website The Pioneer Woman Cooks? She's got some great recipes on her site with step-by-step photos of how to cook the recipe. YUM!! Anyway, I found a recipe on her site for Oatmeal Crispies that looked super good. My sister made them last week and told me how yummy they were, so I just had to make them.

The recipe for these cookies is not written out like a typical recipe. The Pioneer Woman has it written throughout her post so I couldn't just copy and paste the recipe. I read the post and wrote out the ingredients and directions as I came to them, carefully making sure that I did not leave out any ingredients.

I mixed everything together and decided that I didn't want to make them into a log and freeze them like she suggests. I just made drop cookies* and baked them all. I tasted the dough (of course!!!) and thought they didn't taste quite as sweet as regular cookie recipes. But, I kept going, thinking that was the way Pioneer Woman meant for them to be. When the cookies came out of the oven, I tasted one and thought that I must have left something out- they still weren't very sweet. I looked back at the website and, sure enough, I left out 1 cup of sugar!!!!! ACK!!!! The cookies didn't taste bad, they just tasted like they needed "something", you know?

So... I put peanut butter between two cookies and they were GOOD!! However, Joshua thought that the peanut butter was a bit too strong, so I added a bit of powdered sugar to the peanut butter and S-U-C-C-E-S-S!!!! We have a new cookie that our family LOVES!!! Peanut Butter Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies have been born in the "U" household and are here to stay!!

Here's my recipe...

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies
1 cup shortening
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
3 cups rolled oats (I used old fashioned oats)
1/2 cup very, very finely chopped pecans (I used my mini food chopper)

Mix shortening and brown sugar well and then mix in eggs and vanilla. Carefully stir in flour, salt and baking soda until all combined. Stir in pecans and oats. Drop onto prepared cookie sheet and bake in a 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Completely cool before making into sandwiches. Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

Peanut Butter Filling
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup powdered sugar

Combine both ingredients and mix well. Spread onto cookies and make yummy sandwich cookies!!!

You can see Pioneer Woman's original recipe here.

*Drop cookies are made from a relatively soft dough that is dropped by spoonfuls onto the baking sheet. During baking, the mounds of dough spread and flatten. Chocolate chip cookies (Tollhouse cookies), peanut butter cookies, and oatmeal cookies are popular examples of drop cookies. (from Wikipedia)


Susan P. said...

Mistakes are the reason that wonderful new recipes are made! They sound so yummy. I love the P.Woman, too. I have never not liked anything I've made from her recipes. I've made the following and they are all excellent! Bacon wraps, M.M.'s steak sandwich (a man pleaser for sure;o)pot roast,ch. sheet cake(like she says it's the best ever,) her lasagna (best ever, too) chicken spaghetti (yummy!) I'm sure there are more I just can't remember!!

Paula said...

What a delicious "oops!"! :)

Niki said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe! A fortunate outcome, and so delicious!

Paula said...

Looks yummy!! The P. Woman has a great website!


Kelli said...

YUM! I'm going to have to try these, Mrs. U. I love peanut butter anything.
I also love the Pioneer Woman. I made her cinnamon rolls for Christmas and New Years and several of her recipes at Thanksgiving. :0)

Anonymous said...

You know, sometimes the greatest inventions of our day started out as a mistake. I did something like that one Thanksgiving.....caught it just in time though.....forgot to add the sugar to the pumpkin pie recipe.....oops. I had to carefully add 3/4 cup sugar to each pie and CAREFULLY stir it into the batter(already added the filling to the pie shells). * parents were watching.

Cyndi Lewis said...

I'm glad you made the "oops"! We're going to have fun trying these!

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