Here, for your reading and baking pleasure, is my current favorite cookie recipe. It was originally published by Mazola margarine and Skippy peanut butter, and I've modified it only slightly beyond removing references to those brand-name products. I did add the chocolate chips, though. Can you imagine creating a cookie like this without including chocolate chips?! As it is now, these contain nearly all the elements of a perfect desert.
Grease your cookie sheets and preheat the oven to 350° F.
In a large bowl, whisk together:
1 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cup rolled oats
In the stand mixer (or in another big bowl), cream together:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
Beat in until well-blended and smooth:
1 cup chunky peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed or by hand until well combined. Stir in:
2 cups chocolate chips
Put scoops of dough about 1 1/2 inches in diameter on the cookie sheet and flatten them slightly. I do 8 to a sheet. Bake for 11 minutes. Let them cool on the cookie sheet for a minute or two before you try and move them to the cooling rack, because otherwise they tend to break.
So there you go! And no, these are in no way health food. Well, I guess you do have the oats...