Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Father’s Day reminds me of the weekly Sunday drives I used to take with my Dad to visit my grandparents, NPR always filling the car. Upon arrival: a freshly baked tray of cookies.

But peanut butter also always reminds me of my father–it seems to be a mainstay in the kitchen, whether for sandwiches or a simple dollop straight from the spoon.

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And so, I tested out these Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, with a recipe thanks to Tasty Kitchen and Two Peas and Their Pod. With no butter, these seemingly healthier cookies maintain a great chew thanks to the peanut butter and oatmeal. I used high-quality chocolate for extra oomph–a worthwhile decision. With few ingredients and batter that is hard to resist eating out of the bowl, I was pleased with their simplicity. To say the least, I am a fan.

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Healthier Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I distinctly remember carving pumpkins as a child: the smell of the wet newspaper protecting the kitchen table, the rawness of your skin after hours digging around the orange goop, the sweet yet mild odor, the anticipation of putting a candle in the finished product, and the saltiness of baked pumpkin seeds.

Pumpkin, like banana and applesauce, is moist and acts as a healthier binding agent in baked goods than butter or oil. These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies use only a quarter cup of butter mixed with a quarter cup of pumpkin, making this recipe a great way to use up the rest of an opened can of pumpkin. Of course, with the sugar and the chocolate, these are still “treats.” But hey, everything in moderation, right? The oatmeal insures a true cookie dough texture, and the spices help bring out the autumn flavors.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adapted from Baking Bites

Makes 2 dozen cookies

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/4 cup butter, room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 large egg

1/4 cup pumpkin purée

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. In medium bowl, mix flour, powder, soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. In a large bowl, mix butter and sugars until fluffy. Then add in egg, pumpkin, and vanilla. Slowly add in flour mix to wet mix until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Drop tablespoonfuls of dough onto sheets. Bake for 11-13 minutes until edges turn golden. Allow to cool on sheet and then transfer to wire rack.

Banana Bread Cookies

Banana bread is not easy to transport. Banana Bread Cookies are easy to transport. They also allow you to try your masterpiece without cutting off a chunk of the bread. With what seemed like a million overripe bananas in my kitchen, and an impending trip to Miami, I figured I would be resourceful by making these treats.

Boy were people receptive to these cookies. Even after traveling nearly 1,500 miles, these cookies were still moist, intact, and reminiscent of homemade banana bread. And, they were gone in an instant.

Banana Bread Cookies with Chocolate Chips

Adapted from Simply Recipes

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup mashed banana (2 1/2 large)

1 tsp baking soda

2 cups flour

pinch salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp cloves

1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg and beat until fluffy. Stir in vanilla. In a separate bowl, mash bananas and baking soda. Let sit for 2 minutes. Meanwhile, combine flour, salt and spices in another bowl. Combine banana mix with butter mix, then add flour mix, stirring just until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Drop on greased or parchment-lined tray and bake for 11-13 minutes.