Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chips

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chips

When I first started this site in 2007, it was devoted to baking. I had fallen in love with everything baked which eventually led me to a job in a bakery. I had every intention of opening my own bakery. I joined Tuesday's with Dorie somewhere in 2008/2009 (a blog group that baked their way through Dorie Greenspan's beautiful book). But in the end it was the freedom of cooking that stole my heart. Now my baking is few and far between but a series of events led me to these peanut butter oatmeal cookies.

I visited a friend last week who had a baby two days after I did and she had cookies. This started my desire for cookies but when I went to make my favorite chocolate chip cookies recipe over the weekend, I didn't have brown sugar. Then, at Mack's two month appointment the doctor mentioned doing laps around her house, popping an oreo in her month when she would pass through her kitchen. All in the name of getting through baby crankiness.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

My desire for cookies was rekindled and I took to the internet. I knew I wanted peanut butter and chocolate chips, but I still didn't have brown sugar. By some stroke of luck, I stumbled upon my friend Ashley's one bowl peanut butter oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips. My version of the cookie is a rough adaption primarily because I didn't feel like leaving them vegan (cookies = butter). If you're into gluten-free and vegan baking, I'd highly recommend giving her recipe a go.

These peanut butter oatmeal cookies are soft and have just the right balance between peanut butter and chocolate. My first few versions of these cookies were with coconut oil (like Ashley used). The coconut was a nice addition but I found it not quite what I was looking for in this cookie. However, if you're a coconut fan, definitely try it and maybe add a few coconut flakes into the batter as well.

Coffee Mugs from Vitrified Studio



Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chips

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 1 dozen 1x


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chunks


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚ and cover a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Combine butter and peanut butter in a sauce pan skillet and heat over low heat until butter has melted and mixed with the peanut butter. Transfer to a bowl and add in the maple syrup and make sure the mixture is slightly cooled. Add the egg and vanilla extract.
  3. Stir in the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Stir in the oats and chocolate chunks. Scoop the dough into balls roughly 2 to 3 tablespoons (dough will be a bit sticky). Place on the sheet tray and press down with the palm of your hand until the cookies are flat. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until cookies are lightly browning. Remove and let cool on the tray for 5 minutes then transfer to a rack to finish cooling. Cookies will firm up as they cool.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
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120 comments on “Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chips”

  1. Gorgeous mugs! Cool campaign, I hadn't heard of the etsy campaigns before, but it sounds like a great idea! My favorite thing to enjoy from a mug is really good, really hot coffee

  2. I know I'm not allowedto enter as I live in South Africa. But I love those cups and really hopes there is a way to send them to SA!! I use my cups for absolutely everything! Coffee, tea, homemade coconut hot chocolate, dreamy chicken soup, creamy scrambled eggs, sliced banana with almond butter, sometimes for water, cacoa mugg cakes etc etc. I have an absolute obsession and I cried when one of my cups broke the other day.

  3. Favorite way to use a mug is coffee! I have a coffee every morning with my fiancΓ©. Our collection of mugs keeps growing and we have a love for beautifully crafted mugs. πŸ™‚

  4. A warm drink, whether it be coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, is my favorite thing to enjoy out of a mug! I would love to win these:).

  5. Hi, it's my first time leaving a comment. IΒ΄m a newly law graduate and I just can't live without coffee, and my favourite way to drink it is in a mug. Some people think that coffee taste better in a crystal glass or mug but I differ.
    Thank you for all your awesome recipes and tips.

  6. Love those mugs! Coffee is by far my favorite but there is also a time for tea, cocoa, warm milk, even broth.

  7. I've been resisting a mug collection compulsion, but my Etsy favourites are full of them! I think I need a new addition soon. One of my fav mugs is the handwarmer mug from Clay in Motion, I have it in "ocean". It's large and fits a lot of very milky coffee in it, the best!

  8. Lots of great uses for mugs - but my favorite is curling up at the end of the day with an herbal tea in a beautiful handmade mug and a good book!

  9. Those mugs are beautiful! My favorite uses for mugs are coffee in the morning and a cup of herbal tea after dinner every night.

  10. I see a mug and I think really good hot coffee and everything is going to be ok! πŸ™‚

  11. My favorite way to use a mug is for coffee, but I use them for cocoa, tea, and soup also!

  12. It's funny how kitchen desires/what we want to make in the kitchen change over time. I've been super into baking the past few years and can't imagine that changing, but you never know!

  13. These cookies also remind me of Angela Liddon's from her cookbook, but I'm excited to try this recipe since I don't always have almonds around, but I most assuredly have chocolate chips, pb and oats! My favorite way to use a mug is with my morning cup of black tea. While I am a Lipton lover, any black tea with a splash of half and half and a spoonful of sucanat is simply divine!

  14. Coffee is a given in the mornings, my mug is a seriously over-utilized workhorse. Though, my absolute favorite is using mugs for guilt free and perfectly portioned desserts! The ultimate is warm homemade apple-pear cobbler with ginger ice cream! Desserts are a great way to end any day!

  15. I don't like drinking out of glasses so I use a mug for everything, from milky Earl Grey tea in the morning to water throughout the day to sleeping potions at night. These ceramics are stunning, thank you for featuring them.

  16. Aside from the fact that I am sweltering in my apartment right now, my favorite thing to enjoy out of a mug is rich hot chocolate.

  17. Tea! I drink tea basically everyday, and a pretty mug always enhances the experience. Also, now I really want cookies...

  18. Our babies share their birthday! Was so fun to follow along with your pregnancy and baby birth in the midst of my own. So new baby - naturally coffee in the cup and I wish I could have more, but I relish my one cup of pour over in the morning. Lovely mugs - awesome recipe. Can't wait to try it out!

  19. I love tea and trying new teas in handmade pottery. They just taste better!
    My husband will eat his cereal out of a mug. His niece thought that was the strangest thing ever when she was a little girl, but now in her twenties... she eats her cereal just like her uncle. πŸ™‚

  20. Growing up we are ice cream out of mugs!!!!! It's still my favorite way to eat ice cream!!!!

  21. My favorite way to use a mug is to make microwave chocolate cakes. With a clump of ice cream it is fantastic!

  22. These cookies sound fantastic! And what a great giveaway. My favorite thing to put in a mug is always and forever black tea. (Hopefully with a few of these cookies alongside.) πŸ™‚ So good! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  23. These look AMAZING! As far as mugs go, I use one every morning for my coffee -- but the really pretty ones? I keep them on my desk and use them to store my pencils/pens πŸ™‚


  24. Mugs are so great for everything from coffee to soup to ice cream! Okay, ice cream wins, although coffee is a close second. Cheers!

  25. Beautiful mugs! My boyfriend and I are obsessed with finding unique, crafted mugs. We mainly fill them with coffee however soup, ice cream, and even late night cereal have all made their way into our collection. Checking out the Etsy campaign now!

  26. I basically live in two places, I love having mugs that stay in both locations and look forward to that first cup of coffee in each upon my return! Also for some reason a mug of ice cream tastes better than a bowl...faster mushing capabilities I think!

  27. My mugs are for early morning coffee made by my partner and 2.5 year old (he pours in the coffee grounds). Currently I'm on half-caf as we are expecting our second baby.

  28. I too have a mug obsession; here in our house we have a weekday mug, a Saturday mug, Sunday mug, statutory holiday mug, bubble mugs for small brews of tea, soup mugs and of course the obligatory Christmas mugs which we use all through the month of December!

  29. As a confirmed tea drinker -- point of interest -- I only drank skim milk in the morning until I was 34 and my son was born. Then I started drinking hot tea every morning (bet you can guess why). I love hot (black) tea with lemon. I've never drunk coffee -- don't like the taste, so my mug will always have tea in it (unless someone's making hot cider). :>) Love your blog!

  30. I'm so excited to make these cookies! My sister used to make a similar cookie when I was a teenager...I thought they were the best cookies ever.
    I have a small cupboard devoted to lots of different teas. Every morning I enjoy a cup of coffee made with my Aeropress, and once the weather turns cool, until it turns warm again, I enjoy various teas throughout the day! Beautiful mugs! I will definitely check out the Etsy site!

  31. mugs are the best! I love using them for tea (Ginger is my fave) with honey but also eating (soup, chili and ice cream :))

  32. My favorite reason to use a mug is for whiskey and hot cider with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in the winter!

  33. Honestly, I love using a mug to eat anything! I think it's the handle, but if I had to choose soup is probably my favorite.

  34. I would mostly use them for Yerba mate tea with almond milk or hot cocoa in winter. I got hooked on mate a couple of months ago and now I drink it practically every morning. It's so good, a small cup just wouldn't do.

  35. Beautiful mugs! Tea drinking with scones (or peanut butter chocolate chip cookies!) is how I like to use my mugs. Soup from a mug on a cold day is my runner up though. (:

  36. I also have a small mug obsession, but most of our mugs come from places we've visited. Those mugs are gorgeous, and would make an excellent addition to our morning tradition of French pressed coffee, which is my favorite way to use my mugs.

  37. Don't judge me, but i've been known to sip red wine out of my favorite mug by the campfire~

  38. I'm a big tea drinker, but honestly these mugs look perfect for a morning coffee whilst watching the sunrise πŸ™‚ xxxx

  39. Oh yum - these cookies sound delicious, can't wait to try them! And I adore those mugs, her work is gorgeous! (I can't get over her spice bottles - amazing!!) My favorite way to use a mug will always be coffee, but a close second would be for affogato - coffee and ice cream together, the best of both worlds! πŸ™‚

  40. I too love drinking out of mugs. Nice mugs turn a regular cup of coffee or tea into a special moment πŸ™‚

  41. Mugs are good for containing cocoa, with marshmallows, of course. It would be fun to win them. BTW, I visited Shelley's site and purchased ( or I guess I hope to if the funding goes through) the salt and pepper shaker duo.

  42. First of all, thank you for these glorious cookies. They look absolutely magnificent and combine the very best ingredients from all the very best cookies.

    My favorite uses for mugs are hot lemon water and ice cream (separately, because whoa.) When I graduated from college my mom filled up a mug from the Oprah store in Chicago with peanut butter M&Ms and a check. The mug says "Live your own dreams, Oprah." If there was a fire in my house and I could only grab one thing, it would be that.

  43. These cookies are on my to do list today. We made it through last nights thunder and lightening storm and we are on our way to accumulating 4 inches...(we live on the Central Coast of California) .My husband and I have been outside since 3am shoveling mud from our driveway, so I will reward him with these. My favorite way to use a mug is for sipping bone broth, yum, that sounds good right now too.Thank you for your always inspiring recipes.

  44. I love mugs also. I have certain ones for coffee, others for tea. I prefer certain coffee shops depending on what they serve their coffee in. Hate glass cups!!

  45. Hi! I also have a love for coffee mugs, so this awesome idea! The things I love about a great mug is that it is the first dish my husband and I use in the morning to spend some quality time before he goes to work! So I find it special and intimate! And then I go back for a favorite mug in the afternoon for a cup of Matcha Tea. That time I savor before I start dinner and everyone comes home from school and work. Then it's on!!! And at night I enjoy a healthy snack sitting in my favorite barrel chair with a mug back in hand! Thanks, Jean

  46. Definitely on our to do list! these look incredible. You've been such an inspiration and your app is a great help! thanks πŸ™‚

  47. Coffee coffee coffee and jasmine tea. As a coffee snob who needs a daily morning fix I do my best to support sustainable production. Check out Grounds for Change- shade grown (no razing those rain forests!), fair trade, organic, carbon neutral, and roasted on demand and shipped directly to you. Awesome!! And no, I have no connection or interest in this company except as a committed customer who loves feeling good about the origins of my cup 'o joe. When the pot is empty it is on to jasmine tea. Good quality fine green tea layered with jasmine blossoms. Ahhhhhhhh!!!

  48. Crazy, but I use my coffee mugs for everything BUT coffee! My favorite is warm unsweetened vanilla almond milk with a dash of cinnamon. Your peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies will make an excellent companion!

  49. My favourite way to enjoy a mug is when it is filled with my first cup of coffee of the day.

  50. While I love your photos in every post, I think that your baking photos are my favorite. I feel that I could sit right down at that table with you and have a cup of coffee and a cookie or two. Feels like home. πŸ™‚

    Every morning, I sit down with two mugs: one for coffee and one for oatmeal. Something about eating my breakfast out of a mug makes the morning that much easier to wake up to.

  51. Pretty much all we own are mugs! Usually used for coffee or tea but I also love eating cereal out of them πŸ™‚ higher sides so I don't spill it everywhere πŸ˜‰

  52. The only way to eat ice cream is out of a mug - the handle keeps your hand from freezing!!

  53. The mugs are beautiful. I use mugs for absolutely everything - soup, ice cream, hot chocolate, cereal, coffee, tea (even my oatmeal). But my favorite mug is filled to the brim with m & m's. Yum.

  54. Those cookies look hearty and delicious! And I love those mugs!! They would be perfect for an afternoon cup of tea. Thanks so much!

  55. For a cozy cup of tea at work! Or for oats in the morning. Mugs are just the best.

  56. There is nothing more comforting than drinking a good up of coffee while curled up on the couch. I do also love my cereal and ice cream from a mug (it just tastes better!) and being a new mom (our little peanut is 1 week old today!) we are doing a lot of eating cereal out of mugs at the moment. Beautiful mugs and delicious recipe!

  57. I use mugs for many things - soups, tea, coffee, hot chocolate. But I also enjoy them as decorative objects. I have three open shelves above my coffee maker and kettle which house my cookbooks and a small, select assortment of beautiful mugs. These would be an excellent addition!

  58. I love Vitrified Studios too! My favorite mug drink is black tea with foamed milk and some maple syrup. A little slice of VT heaven in Oregon!

  59. I love using mugs for my coffee in the morning πŸ™‚ Bible and coffee time is my favorite time of day!

  60. i love unique mugs (my collection is a serious contrast to my partner's set of white identical mugs)! i love mine just for a good cup of dark roast, lounging in bed and reading first thing in the morning πŸ™‚

  61. I absolutely love a warm cup of coffee (in a homey mug πŸ˜‰ with a good read on the living room sofa on a lazy Sunday afternoon--feels so free!

  62. Peanut butter oatmeal cookies are my favorite! I would use the mugs for coffee, my favorite afternoon pick-me-up πŸ™‚

  63. Coffee, always! Love this giveaway and supporting women (mama!)-owned businesses. Thank you!

  64. I live in the UK so I know I can't enter the competition but when I think about my mug I see tea with milk (terribly British, I know) or hot chocolate. Good luck to everyone entering!

  65. I am making these cookies this afternoon! We are heading downtown to catch a summer concert this afternoon after a day at camp for me kids - and this will be the perfect afternoon treat on route. These mugs are very cute - - I use mugs for many things: coffee, of course! but also ice cream, snacks, and cereal/oatmeal. It feels great to snuggle up with a beautiful mug at the end of the day.

  66. Used to be coffee, but lately I'm a tea drinker! Great luck to you with the cranky baby - you deserve a cookie, or 10!

  67. everything in this post is gorgeous! the mugs and the cookies!! I'd most likely use the mugs for coffee on lazy Saturday mornings. Or ice cream. Or maybe coffee and ice cream at the same time!?

  68. Mugs! I absolutely adore mugs and use them for anything and everything. I've even almost stopped using bowls and eat my meals in oversized mugs (smoothie bowls in a giant mug is one of my favorite ways to start the day!). These are some of the most beautiful ones I've seen!

  69. Yeeesssss. Aren't mugs just the most comforting piece that you can have in your kitchen? Sigh. I'm all about the decaf pour-over in mine these days.

  70. Wish I could say I'm more original, but really my main mug obsession is for my morning americano!

  71. Those mugs go beautifully with your cookies! You can never go wrong with a handful of freshly baked goodness and a hot mug of coffee (or tea, of course!). Alright, now I'm craving for some sweets!

  72. When I had my son I absolutely relied on tiny bite sized snacks to get me through the day, and night! My friend made me some walnut blondies the day I got home from the hospital- they saved my life! These look like lovely cookies- perfect for good strong black coffee! Incidentally, my favourite use for a mug is strong, black coffee πŸ™‚

  73. I find a good mug is critical to my morning tea, kinda like a nice pen is to writing-- It solves a practical problem in an aesthetically-pleasing way and creates a little momentary perfection in my ritual.

  74. Made these cookies today - DELICIOUS!! I did adapt the recipe a bit. Made then vegan with coconut oil and a flax egg, in place of butter and egg. Love your site!

  75. These mugs are great! - perfectly natural, with an organic feel. I love to make an earl grey tea latte w/ almond milk & a hint of honey to calm me down to make for a restful night of sleep. Better yet - I love to put warm homemade cookies with a dab of ice cream in ideal evening in my books πŸ™‚

  76. Just made these. Unfortunately they did not turn out well at all. I followed the recipe, no substitutions, but they turned out bland and dry. I am going to end up throwing them out.

    1. That's strange- what was the dough like before shaping them? I'm wondering if they were overcooked and/or not mixed well enough (my first two guesses).

  77. I made these a couple of days ago, and same as Lauren above me, they also turned out simple in flavor and on the dry side. Do you reckon I did something wrong? I ended up bathing them in honey to eat them.

  78. I love this recipe! Peanut butter cookies are my favourite. And these photos are so beautiful! Great job!


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