Sometimes you just need a peanut butter cookie.
Unfortunately, traditional peanut butter cookies don't fit into a healthy eating plan. Some recipes call for a lot of butter, while others just use straight up shortening. Talk about calories! Not to mention those with special dietary needs like dairy-free and gluten-free can't enjoy them.
When I found this recipe for peanut butter oatmeal cookies claiming to be healthy I was a little skeptical. Peanut butter cookies have to be the classic example of an unhealthy sweet treat. However, this recipe actually is a healthier version of peanut butter cookies. There's no flour so gluten intolerant folks can enjoy them and there's no butter, so they're fair game for anyone with a dairy-free diet. Still, the recipe calls for quite a bit of sugar, but a cookie is supposed to be sweet, right?
I lowered the amount of sugar from the original recipe and the cookies came out perfect. I have a hard time calling these cookies though, because they come out so thin. I'm not sure if "cookie thins" are a thing, but maybe they'll become the next big trend in baking. A girl can dream, right?
The best part about these cookie thins is that they keep their soft texture even days after baking. They're chewy, rich and peanut butter-y. Try them out this weekend. I recommend a glass of milk (or almond milk) for dunking.
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookie Thins
1/2 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky, your choice)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup oatmeal
- Combine salt, baking soda and oatmeal in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- Cream together white sugar, brown sugar and peanut butter in a large bowl.
- Add eggs, one at a time. Mixing well after each addition. Stir in vanilla.
- Gradually stir in oatmeal mixture until combined.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour or until dough is firm.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drop dough in rounded balls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Make sure there is plenty of space between each cookie as they will spread out a lot when baking.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on pan for a few minutes before placing on wire rack. If you move them too soon, they will be very soft and will fall apart.
What is your favorite dessert recipe?