Friday, February 10, 2012

Peanut Butter, Oatmeal, and Olive Oil Cookies with Whole Wheat Flour

I haven't had much time to experiment with baking lately, and since I'm in the middle of filming a documentary about trying to make healthier lifestyle choices despite my occupation as a south Louisiana food writer and radio host, I couldn't think of what to make for dessert in the Bob's Red Mill/California Olive Ranch promotion for Virtual Potluck.  Fortunately Donna Currie from Cookistry came to my rescue.  As a fellow Virtual Potluck blogger, she graciously offered to make me a batch of virtual (not fair, put some in the mail!!) peanut butter cookies using the Hard White Whole Wheat Flour from Bob's Red Mill and some fine olive oil from the California Olive Ranch.

You really should check out Donna's blog when you get a chance.  She cooks up some fantastic food and shares the recipes with her readers.  Make sure to also follow her on Twitter and Facebook!!  Here's the recipe for Donna's cookies.  They look absolutely amazing.  Thanks Donna!

Peanut Butter, Oatmeal, and Olive Oil Cookies
Recipe by Donna Currie at Cookistry

1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup Everyday Fresh olive oil
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the sugars, oil, and peanut butter together. Add the egg and beat well.

In a separate bowl, combine the salt, baking powder, pastry flour, and oats. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet until well combined.

Using a small scoop or spoon, form small balls from the dough. Place them on the baking sheets and flatten them with the palm of your hand or the bottom of a glass to about 1/2 inch thick.

Bake until the cookies are just beginning to brown, about 14 minutes.

Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool completely on a rack.

Donna  Currie from Cookistry's Peanut Butter, Oatmeal, and Olive Oil Cookies

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  1. Those cookies look so good. I love peanut butter cookies. I bet it taste better with Everyday Fresh olive oil. Everyday Fresh is the best.

  2. I follow all three on twitter and tweeted about this giveaway and recipe.!/grobiemum/status/168184063792918528

  3. I wouldn't mind if Donna made these cookies for me 'Everyday Fresh' ... of course not virtually either :p

  4. I follow all three and tweeted too:!/picatasi/status/168253577960239104

  5. Peanut butter and oatmeal...yum! Plus the goodness of whole wheat and olive oil. Great recipe!

  6. Good choice for the pastry flour and Everyday Fresh olive oil. I love peanut butter cookies and have a recipe that my kids love, Monster cookies. They contain some of the same ingredients (peanut butter and oats) with the addition of chocolate chips and M & M's. I think I'll try some olive oil in place of the butter next time. Donna bailed you out with a great looking cookie. Thanks.

  7. Hummmmm...... I don't like peanut butter but I like olive oil. I'm cunfussed. GEAUX TIGERS!!

  8. These sound great, partly because the ingredients are ones you would tend to have on hand.

  9. I love olive oil and whole wheat in my cookies. The peanut butter and oats in these cookies is just lagniappe. Delicious lagniappe. Sweet! I'm bookmarking this one!

  10. Oh these look wonderful! Yum. I love how fluffy they look, thicker than some. LOVE LOVE !!!

  11. Just found this site and these cookies look awesome! Really cool, I got some great ideas. I review Mixology Bars and Restaurants in Los Angeles. feel free to have a little look, I will be checking in to your blog to see whats new though, looks great. Good job

  12. Wanted a sort of healthy cookie not using butter and instead using olive oil. Found your blog recipe looking for cookies / whole wheat / olive oil. I didn't have whole wheat pastry flour, so am trying this recipe with regular whole wheat flour that I use to bake bread. Also put in Splenda for the sugar. I'll know how they are in about 12 minutes.

    Held together. Thought they might fall apart. Not waiting for them to cool down to taste. Surprised they aren't more chewy. --- Verdict: Pretty yummy. Good with cold milk.

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