I asked a friend one day what her favorite treat was. Her response surprised me. "I just want a soft cookie", she said. She didn't mind a little chocolate but she didn't want a brownie. Just a soft cookie. I decided nuts were out as were many other additions that added crunch or too much texture to the cookie. I didn't want a sugar cookie--soft but boring.
I made a cookie I had pinned, took one bite and knew I had found the 'soft cookie' I was looking for. It had a little peanut butter, a small amount of oatmeal and just enough chocolate it give it character. And it was soft!
I called my friend and said I had the perfect cookie for her. She took one bite and agreed, it was soft, it was perfect!
Just a Soft Cookie
1 ¼ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
½ cup rolled oats
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
Whisk together flour, soda and salt, set aside
Cream butter, peanut butter, sugars and vanilla for about 3 minutes on medium speed. Add egg and beat to combine. Add flour and mix until just combined. Stir in the oats and chocolate chips. Use a large cookie scoop, about 3 tablespoons and drop dough on a parchment lined baking stone. Bake at 350 for 10-13 minutes or until cookies are lightly golden. They will not look done, but if the edges are set and the cookie is puffy they are done. Let cookie cool on baking sheet. This recipe makes about 18 large cookies.
Recipe adapted from What Megan's Making