Saturday, December 4, 2010

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

After sharing the monster cookie recipe, a reader asked how to substitute peanut butter for a child who has a peanut allergy. Since peanut butter is such a big part of monster cookies, I have no idea how to make them without it. I'd probably just make a good oatmeal cookie and add chocolate chips and M&Ms.

I love oatmeal raisin cookies and have tried many recipes. This one, slightly adapted from Mennonite Girls Can Cook, is my current favorite. I know it sounds picky to use to different types of oats. You can do as you like but I've tried numerous variations and this combo is my favorite texture. These cookies are actually rather sweet, and I may further adapt them by decreasing the sugar.

Chewy Oatmeal Cookie

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup quick oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup raisins (you can use dark or golden raisins, craisins, currants, or a combo)

Beat butter and sugars. Add eggs and beat well. Add dry ingredients. Stir in raisins.
Place on baking sheet and bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Do not over bake.


  1. THANK YOU for answering my peanut butter question. I am definitely going to try these.:) Sometimes it is a challenge with a nut allergy but usually I can just leave them out. I really appreciate you taking the time to post this. :) LOVE your blog.

  2. We just made your monster cookies and they were great! We didn't have enough peanut butter so we used almond butter for half the peanut butter. All almond butter would be good, too. Hope that helps.

  3. This is my families favourite recipe. I don't put in a lot of sugar but rather more dried fruit. They never last the evening.

  4. Gina,

    I made these lovely cookies for my family using only 1 cup of loosely-packed brown sugar. They turned out wonderful !

    Thanks for yet another great recipe !


  5. These are my favorite cookies! I have been using this recipe for years, shortly after finding your blog. Have you ever added pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice? I'd like to try it but I'm not sure how to incorporate it without making the cookies a flop. :/

    1. I'm so glad you enjoy this recipe! I don't know how pumpkin puree would affect the cookies, but I know you can add more spices with no difference to the texture of the cookies.


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