I’m talking about her favorite kind of cookie, of course… Not that I’m not her favorite child, too ;)
I love my mom. Sure, we argue from time to time, but nobody quite gets me (or how to push my buttons) like she does. The story of these cookies is a testament to that love… and my insane need to show people love via cookies.
As you can imagine, my mom has been subject to many varieties of cookies over the months that I’ve been obsessed with baking. But these have always remained her favorite. They’re chewy, they’re sweet & salty, they’re peanut-buttery, and most importantly, they’re chocolatey. I’ve adapted this peanut-butter-oatmeal-chocolate-chip cookie recipe from one in Vegan with a Vengeance, and the fact that they don’t call for eggs or butter makes them super easy to whip up in a dorm-room setting. They’ve become my go-to recipe, and are one I’m famous for amongst friends and family. For this batch, I decided to add a little something extra and stick some pretzels in there. But they didn’t need that to be special… Here is their story.
I knew I wanted to bake some cookies for my mom while she was in town, since she was no doubt going through withdrawal without me being at home to
mess up the kitchen bake delicious treats. Thus I found myself staying in on a Friday night slaving away over the dingy little oven in my dorm. Selfless, right?
Baking in the dorm is always an… adventure, of sorts. First there’s transporting all of the goods to the proper locale. Then there’s the oven, which operates kind of funny and seems to run a little hot. Oh, and it’s too small for the cookie sheet. Which means you have to put it in at an angle. Or it gets stuck and you have to pull reeeeally hard to get it out. Plus, of course, I get a little arm workout from not using beaters to mix up the dough…
And the oven mitt? Well, we have to get a little creative. Last time it was magazines. This time I upgraded to a canvas sack.
What made this particular batch most interesting was that somewhere between the brown sugar and the vanilla I was hit with a wave of nausea and headache, apparently friends of the sore throat I’d been nursing all afternoon (though I’d assumed it was from my incessant chatter all day!). My energy levels had a sudden crash. But, of course, there were cookies to be made!
Totally worth it.
Adapted from Gigantoid-PB-Oatmeal Cookies from Vegan with a Vengeance
Makes 48 medium-sized cookies (easily halved!)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups rolled oats
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt (less if using salted peanut butter, or if you want a less-salty cookie)
1/2 cup canola oil
3/4 cup natural peanut butter, creamy or crunchy (I love crunchy, but either is good!)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup nondairy milk (or water!)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2-2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup crushed pretzels (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two cookie sheets.
In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients. In another medium bowl, mix together oil, peanut butter, and sugars until thoroughly mixed. Add in soy milk and vanilla extract and mix well. Stir in dry ingredients until well-combined, then stir in add-ins. Drop tablespoon-sized balls onto cookie sheet about 1 inch apart and flatten with your hand or the bottom of a cup. Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly golden.
Serve to all your friends and loved ones, and enjoy!
What’s YOUR favorite kind of cookie?
What crazy baking adventures have you embarked on where nothing seemed to quite go right?