Oatmeal Peanut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adapted from Maida Heatter’s Best Dessert Book Ever. I made these cookies dairy-free simply by substituting Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks for butter. I also used unprocessed sugar – gluten-free brown rice syrup and raw coconut sugar. To make these vegan, use an egg substitute such as Ener-G Egg Replacer. If you like raisins, by all means, add them in instead of the peanuts or chocolate chips. This makes a big batch of giant cookies, so I only made half this recipe.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, beat Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Stick until soft. 
  3. Add the peanut butter and beat until mixed
  4. Beat in vanilla, brown rice syrup, organic sugar and coconut sugar.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until mixed.
  6. Add baking soda and mace.
  7. On low speed, add oats.
  8. Stir in peanuts and chocolate chips
  9. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup, firmly packed, to form cookies. Shape cookies with your hands (wet your hands a little bit) into cookies, 1/2 inch thick, and about 2 3/4 inches in diameter.
  10. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet, 2 inches apart (place only four cookies on each cookie sheet).
  11. Bake 12-14 minutes, turning sheet front to back halfway during baking time. Do not overbake – these will firm up slightly as they cool.
  12. Let baked cookies stand on sheets for about a minute to firm up a bit. Then, transfer cookies to racks to cool.

Makes 22-24 large cookies.

Please stop by and take a look at what the rest of the group made this week in celebration of Maida Heatter:

Linda from There and Back Again
Val from More Than Burnt Toast
Joanne from Eats Well with Others

Taryn from Have Kitchen Will Feed
Susan from The Spice Garden
Heather from girlichef
Claudia from A Seasonal Cook in Turkey
Miranda from Mangoes and Chutney
Katie from Making Michael Poland Proud

Mary from One Perfect Bite
Kathleen from Bake Away with Me 
Barbara from Movable Feasts 
Kathleen fromGonna Want Seconds
Amy from Beloved Green
Martha from Lines From Linderhof
Nancy from Picadillo
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  1. You've combined all of my favorite cookies into one — how delightful! I love that they're dairy-free, too.

  2. Seriously good oatmeal cookies … but BIG! Wow!I'm with you I think I'd make them smaller … so they'd fit through the opening of my cookie jar! Wink, wink!

  3. A healthier cookie I can feel better about packing into my son's lunch. Fantastic. I love roasted peanuts and would prefer them over the raisins. Sounds so good.

  4. I didn't realize that Maida had so many chocolate peanut butter recipes. These, with the addition of oatmeal, sound just delicious.

  5. I came here from findingvegan. Did you use eggs or replace eggs with something but typed the recipe as is? I came here looking for a vegan cookie recipe.

  6. Maida Heatter does seem to like the combination of oats, peanuts and chocolate in her cookies. I've seen this in a few of her recipes. Champa – thanks for the catch – I have corrected the recipe. Energ-G Egg Replacer would work fine in this recipe.

  7. i agree! a sweet every once in awhile is needed! and peanut, oats, and chocolate – YUM. btw, your kids eat such healthy snacks willingly! wow. awww i can't wait to be a mom! 🙂

  8. Wow! These look amazing! I love your recipe and the combo of flavors here! These would be huge winners with my hubby!

  9. Maida is the best! I always thumb through an old worn copy of her cookbook at my mother-in-law's house. Love the big chunks of peanuts!

  10. It sounds as though Maida was ahead of her time, using whole grains in some of her recipes. These are cookies I would love to feed to my kids.

  11. Jeanette, some very interesting & flavorful ingredients in these cookies…the use of coconut sugar is very intriguing. I do not have any of that but will get my hands on some.

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