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Reg and I have a tough time. I mean… really tough. I needed a fool-proof easy cookie that we could indulge in for comfort without killing ourselves with cholesterol. I of course turned to Janet and Greta Podleski‘s cookbook The Looneyspoons Collection for inspiration and discovered a page for peanut butter cookies that said, “Cookies for Rookies.”
Perfect! We had gotten news that had scrambled my brain. My foodie knowledge was somewhere obsessing about the news I was still processing. I needed a recipe that required as little thought as possible, with few caloric consequences.
They said to use a medium bowl but I recommend using a pretty large one to beat together 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1/3 cup room temperature butter, 1/3 cup light peanut butter and 1 egg. Notice anything missing?
I used my hand mixer to beat together until well blended.
In another bowl I combined 1 1/4 cup flour, 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats (not instant), 1/2 tsp of baking soda and 1/2 tsp of salt. I mixed the dry into the wet ingredients.
That did not look right! I know it is totally dry here in the winter but what happened?
I checked the recipe. Crap! I forgot to add the egg!
So I added the egg after adding 1/3 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and hoped for the best.
I used an ice cream scoop to divvy out the dough and rolled into 1 1/2″ balls. So far so good!
I placed them on parchment-lined baking sheets two inches or so apart. I dipped a fork into flour and flattened the cookies to 1/4″ thickness.
I baked them in a preheated 350F oven for 10 minutes.
Well considering I totally screwed up… Not bad! They were a little brittle as a result of adding the egg at the end but they were still yummy. A little dry for my taste but again, that might have been my fault.
When Reg came home he raided the cookie jar. A few moments later I asked him if he liked them and he replied, “I’ve already had four!”
Everyone has a bad day in the kitchen and mistakes happen. It is so comforting to know that even though I screwed up a “no sweat and no threat, even for the confirmed kitchen klutz” cookie they still were pretty damn awesome. Imagine what they would taste like made properly?!