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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

That's a mouthful.  And they are. These are my boyfriend's favorite cookies and my contribution to Selection Sunday in the office.  <sarcasm>Yay, March Madness.</sarcasm>

Stacey's Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Ingredients:
2 sticks of butter, salted, organic, softened
1c dark brown sugar, organic (can also use light brown)
1c white sugar, organic
3/4c unsalted, unsweetened smooth peanut butter, organic
1 tbs vanilla bean paste
2 eggs, organic

1 1/4c unbleached white flour, organic
1c whole wheat flour, organic
1/4c cornstarch
1c old fashioned oats (not quick-cook), organic
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2c peanuts (roasted, unsalted)
1c Guittard milk chocolate chips
1c Guittard semisweet chocolate chips

First, I preheated the oven to 350F. Then, I put the butter and sugars in the mixer and blended them together.  I added the eggs and blended at medium speed until fluffy.  Then I added the vanilla bean paste and the peanut butter.
I mixed that at medium speed until combined.  I put the peanuts into my food processor until they were crumbly, with some big pieces still in tact.  If they're too big, they don't mix in as well.  Then I threw in all the dry ingredients (including the chopped peanuts) minus the chocolate chips.  I pulsed the mixer until somewhat combined (I could still see some flour) and then threw the chocolate chips in on top. From there, I mixed by hand.  It's a pretty hearty dough, so I don't like to put that kind of pressure on my mixer.  Poor thing gets stressed out.  Or at least sounds like it. ;)

Halfway through mixing:
And mixing complete:
Then, using a tablespoon, I put 1.5" balls of dough about 1-2" apart on my favorite Wilton cookie sheets and then flattened them a bit with a fork.  I did a sheet without doing this, and they seemed a bit too tall and less cookie-like.
I put them in the oven for about 9-10 minutes, rotating once at the halfway point.  Using my trusty temp gun, once the cookies were at about 200-210F on the surface, I knew they were done.  I let them cool on the cookie sheets for 10 minutes before using a spatula to remove them.
Mmm... cookie closeup...

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