mom’s favorite

26 Jan

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…

Sugar spill on aisle chair…

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.

College ingenuity at its finest

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.

Peanut-Butter-Oatmeal-Chocolate-Chip Cookies
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?


24 Responses to “mom’s favorite”

  1. Jenny January 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    Aww nothing says I love you like cookies! :D

  2. Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) January 26, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    I hate headaches, but I think that making cookies would probably be the best medicine available. :)

  3. BrittFit January 26, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    pretzels in a cookie. SO SMART!

  4. Sophia @ Raven Waves January 26, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    These cookies look delicious! I love my mama too, even though we argue. My favorite kind of cookies are plain old chocolate chip, but honestly, any cookie my mom makes is amazing.

  5. Gill (snaxandthecity) January 27, 2011 at 12:27 am #

    looks yum! i hope you felt better soon after! i’ve never had a pretzel cookie. i don’t really dig cookies that much, but recently i made some salted chocolate cookies that were extremely tasty! pretty much ALL baking goes wrong in my house tho :)

  6. stephchows January 27, 2011 at 6:03 am #

    mmm these sound delicious with the pretzels in them!! My fav is a coconut amaretto chocolate chunk cookie!!

  7. Kelsey January 27, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    these are super adorable and scrumptious cookies! i love vegan with a vengeance and the sparkled ginger cookies are really good. i need to try out some of her other ones tho.

    you and ur mama are so lovely. i admire the bond you have, and even tho (like with any mother daughter relationship) ur bound to have ur arguments, the fact remains that you are still bonded together and will have each others best interests at heart. i feel the same way with my mom and its a wonderful thing!


  8. Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) January 27, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    My favorite cookies are oatmeal scotchies!
    I still want to make your ginger cookies for my mom, but now I also want to make these cookies! Why do you have to make decisions so hard? ;)

    • Nicole @ Of Cookies & Carrots January 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

      Oh my gosh I know what you mean… I have a list of hundreds of cookies I’m waiting to bake! So many cookies, so little time! ;)

      My solution is generally to just make them all ;) <3 n

  9. fashionfitnessfoodie January 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    Everytime I bake something goes wrong! i’m a mess!

    Those look good…I love sweet and salty :)

  10. kristastes January 27, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    Girl, YOUR cookies look delicious!!

  11. Hungry Dancer January 28, 2011 at 12:36 am #

    I love cookies!! Don’t think I could pick a favorite!!

  12. Kristina January 28, 2011 at 3:59 am #

    Awww love mom posts:)
    My fav is peanut butter or snicker doodle….I wouldn’t mind a choc chip w/pretzels smushed in either, haha

  13. allieksmith January 28, 2011 at 5:06 am #

    How sweet of you!!! I LOVE the story about your cookies. I can tell they are special (why wouldn’t they be if they have chocolate AND pretzels!) But hearing the story makes them that much better :)

  14. Sarah @ Flavoropolis January 28, 2011 at 5:28 am #

    My favorite kind of cookie is definitely cinnamon snaps with a hint of banana. But pretzels in a cookie? That sounds like a whole new kind of cookie experience. What’s next? Cookies in a pretzel?

  15. Kristie January 28, 2011 at 6:20 am #

    Peanut butter, chocolate AND pretzels in one? That’s an award winner right now. I will have to save this one! Luckily I have some semi-stale pretzels that need using up. Now I know just what I should do with them!
    I’ve lived at home through my university career (I go to school down the street haha) so I’ve never had to deal with dorm room baking disasters. You seem to do quite alright with it though!

  16. simplynutritiouskate January 28, 2011 at 7:42 am #

    yum what a combo!

  17. Katherine: Unemployed January 28, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    the pretzels definitely make me want to try this recipe! I love salty (even better with some sweet)

  18. kissmybroccoli January 29, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    Haha! Love the “clean up on aisle chair”! Love how you threw in the pretzels in your cookie mix…a little sweet, a little salty! My favorite cookies are almond shortbread! Mmm!

  19. kissmybroccoli January 29, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    Oh and I totally understand the cooking in the dorm situation. My dorm kitchen was about that size and it was nerve racking trying to cook in it!


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