Tuesday, September 2, 2008

TWD - Chunky Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Chocolate Chipsters

After my emotionally damaging experience with the Daring Bakers, I approached this week's Tuesdays With Dorie selection with trepedation. What would it be? Would be pride take another serious beating?

Oh my, it's cookies! Hooray! Oatmeal, peanut butter, and chocolate chip cookies, to be exact.

So easy to make, too! Just use the normal cream method for cookies ... slam it all together ... bake ... eat.

I read the recipe and it said not to use natural peanut butter. Yeah, right. Like I'm going to use some brown-tinted industrial goo in good cookies. No thanks.

I used the peanut butter I made earlier this week. The cookies turned out amazing. Really very good. Lots of peanut flavor.

Test Results

Primary Test Group: Delicious. At them all quickly.

Test Group C: Bring more next time.

Test Group J: Really good!

Test Group M: Doesn't like peanut butter cookies.

Conclusions

Glad that it was something where I could coast a little.

15 comments:

Nickki said...

Your cookies look awesome! I loved these. You made your own peanut butter?? Nice one! :)

slush said...

They look amazing. Mine are in the fridge resting now. Hoping to get them baked up tonight and then packed up for the PTA bake sale on Wed.

Great job James!!

n.o.e said...

It's good to know these can be made with real pb. I stuck with Simply Jif and the cookies were good. I love reading of your resourcefulness, James - what an adventure you're having!
Nancy
The Dogs Eat the Crumbs

nancysrecipes said...

Your cookies look great! We loved them.

Lori said...

homemade peanut butter -- i'll bet they had more PB flavor than everyone else's!

Teanna said...

Hahah love the test group reactions! those look great!

HoneyB said...

I am impressed you made peanut butter! Great job on the cookies.

Liz said...

Your look great! Mine turned out fairly flat, but I love how chunky and substantial yours look. And it's nice to know they turned out with natural PB, since Dorie told us not to use it. I greatly prefer natural PB for eating, so I'd love to cook with it too.

Bridgett said...

Cool deal with the homemade peanut butter, I am totally impressed! Your cookies look fantastic and am glad to see most of your testers enjoyed them as well.

Maya said...

Your own peanut butter? WOW!

Libby said...

I am in test group 1.

James said...

Nickki: Thanks! Yes, made the peanut butter. Didn't want to ruin good cookies with some industrial badness.

Slush: Good job! The two-hour cooling in the fridge turned out to be important. Without it, the cookies became too flat.

Nancy (n.o.e.): It's a great adventure! Thanks for reading about my travails.

Nancysrecipes: Wish I could take credit for the recipe ... just the implementation. Thanks!

Lori: I can only presume so. The peanut flavor was strong. I'm looking forward to make peanut butter cookies with the homemade PB. Haven't done that yet and I'm just assuming that the peanut flavor will be amazing.

Teanna: I love it when people like what I cook ... probably an ego thing. :)

Liz: did you let them chill for 2 hours in the fridge? I think that was important. Also, some people mentioned that they pressed their cookies flat a little. I left mine as little heaping-tablespoon-sized balls on the baking sheet.

Bridgett: Thanks! I'm really glad I went to the little bit of effort it took to make the homemade natural peanut butter. I highly recommend that others do so.

Maya: Thank you! It wasn't very hard, just took a little time. Definitely worth it!

Libby: :)

HoneyB: Thanks!

The DeL Sisters said...

I so wish we would have used the natural peanut butter! But Dorie said not to !!! I can't figure out why? I like the more peanutty family.

Pamela said...

They look fabulous!

James said...

Del Sisters: It may be because sometimes using natural peanut butter can make things dry. To that I say: try harder! I was worried about that and had a backup plan (add more butter). Fortunately, Plan A worked this time.

Pamela: Thanks!