Easy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bar Cookies
Easy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bar Cookies for my picky eater; doesn’t seem like we all have a picky eater? I know some of you have been blessed with healthy hearty eaters but I’ve been blessed with one picky eater who has grown up to be a mature healthy woman who cooks her own nutritious healthy meals for herself. And one very picky eater still in High School.
My second picky eater is my son who has never seem to have the desire to outgrow his limited food his repertoire. We have tried it all, Ignoring, yelling, pleading, coaxing; finally, I have learned to relax and solve the situation by limiting what exists in the house. But as all households, I hear the phrase “There’s nothing to eat in this house”.
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Baking Something Good to Eat
So on Saturday when I had a little time I decided that an Easy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bar Cookies sounded like a great idea, as these are two of his favorite foods. I consider Oatmeal one of his healthier food choices, and he loves peanut butter, so I decided they would make a good combination for something to have in the empty house.
I search the Internet and found a site with a great Easy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bar Cookies. I found this easy and quick recipe from On Sutton Place by Ann Drake. I wanted one that was somewhat healthy with limited ingredients and the main ingredients of Oatmeal and Peanut Butter. Our favorite Peanut Butter is Here. I finished baking the recipe and both my picky eater son and my picky eater husband scarfed them down. I even must admit I had a few slivers myself. They were delicious warm and satisfying.
Problem with My Brown Sugar
The first problem I encounter, and there always seems to be a problem when making a new recipe, was that my brown sugar was hard as a rock. My son quickly did a little research for me on the Internet and found a technique to take hard as a rock brown sugar and make it usable again. I took the brown sugar out of its original package and put it in a Pyrex dish. I then took a paper towel and dampen it, placing it on top of the brown sugar. Placing the cover of the Pyrex dish back on, I microwaved it for 30 seconds. This was almost perfect but not quite what I needed, so I gave it another 30 seconds and to my surprise, the hard as a rock brown sugar was usable for this great recipe.
In following the instructions, I combined the wet ingredients and one bowl and the dry ingredients into separate. Now, this is not my favorite technique as a busy mother of three many times I just dumped everything together, but as we only have one at home anymore I decided to follow the instructions. I did add more peanut butter than suggested, I would say I added a full cup. I spread the mixture in the 8 x 8 pan.
Please note that it was a bit sticky and did take some doing to push it to the edges of the pan. The instructions said to bake for 25 minutes, I did add an extra 10 minutes as it was a little gooey in the middle when I pulled it out it of the oven after 25 minutes.
I have some ideas for some modification of this recipe and please stay tuned for maybe a little more nutritious version that would ease my conscious of only serving probably 10 foods to my son. What I have in mind is adding some protein powder to the mix and substituting some the peanut butter for one of the low-fat peanut butter powder. Not quite sure how I’m going to do this but I’ll do a little research and get back to you with the next post.
Please make these delicious Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies The peanut butter will satisfy your picky eater and the oatmeal will make you feel little better about serving your children a cookie. Would highly recommend these bars and would recommend On Sutton Place where I first saw this recipe.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
1/2 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 Cup Peanut Butter
1 Cup Oatmeal
1 Cup Flour
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. Salt
Mini Chocolate Chips for on top after done baking.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the butter, sugars, vanilla, egg and peanut butter, Mix.
In a separate bowl, combine the oatmeal, flour, baking soda, and salt.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet and combine.
Spread the mixture in a spray buttered 8 x 8 pan.
Bake 25 to 35 minutes depending on your oven.
When done remove from oven and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips.
So always be prepared, and where is a will there is a way,
- 1/2 cup Butter
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup White Sugar
- 1 tsp. Vanilla
- 1 Egg
- 1 cup Peanut Butter
- 1 cup Oatmeal
- 1 cup Flour
- 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
- 1/4 tsp. Salt
- Mini Chocolate Chips for the top when done baking.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the butter, sugars, vanilla egg and peanut butter and mix.
- In a separate bowl, combine the oatmeal, flour, baking soda and salt.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and combine.
- Spread the mixture in a spray buttered 8x8 pan.
- Bake 25 to 35 minutes.
- When done remove from oven and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips.