Perform a simple search on Google for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies recipe and chances are you will find tons of recipes online. While some are strictly oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, others vary in the ingredients used - some with nuts, others with fruits, etc. These cookies are so common that I think I would not be wrong to say that it is hard to find anyone who don't like chocolate chip cookies. The recipe I have on this page is one such variation - and my variation is in the inclusion of salted peanuts.
Why salted peanuts? Well, I love salted peanuts. Period. And since salt flakes work so well in salted caramel, I was kind of convinced that salted peanuts in a cookie would work well too. I like the random taste of the salt flakes in the salted caramel and thought it would be nice to have tiny bits of salt (along with peanuts) in chocolate chip cookies. And so I decided that I would add some salted peanuts into my chocolate chip cookies and try and and see if the taste matches.
Long story short, I added salted peanuts into my oatmeal chocolate chip cookies batter and true enough, the taste was superb. This is coming from someone who loves peanuts (that is me!) and so having them in my equally favored cookie recipe was like a double joy.
In case you are wondering what salted peanuts are, these are basically shelled and peeled (the thin brown coating you see after you shell the peanuts) peanuts roasted in oil and sprinkled with fine salt. The ones I used in my recipe below are store bought but if you intend to make them your own, this is basically how you can prepare the salted peanuts. And I chose to add them in halves (they are almost all already halved when I purchased them) so they went into my cookie batter just that way. You can chop them further if you like, if entirely up to you.
The other ingredients I used in this recipe are pretty basic. I used a combination of castor sugar and brown sugar and I find that this combination helps in getting me the crispy texture in my cookies.
As for the oats, I used regular rolled oats and given that the oats I've added into the batter is only about 40% of the flour used, they don't overpower the taste of the cookies with oats, its just a nice combination.
As for the chocolate chips, I choose dark chocolate chips, and I believe milk or white chocolate chips would be just as fine.
The recipe also uses baking soda which means the cookies do rise a little during baking. They don't however, spread and flatten as much when baked which is why I press them down with a fork before baking. That way, I get nice crispy cookies that are perfectly baked through.
And that brings me to the texture of the cookies. I love this cookies in their crispy texture so I make them in rather small sizes which is 1 tablespoon measure of batter, and flatten them so that they are cooked thoroughly.
The cookies last quite well (at least 2 weeks), just make sure to keep them in an air tight container.
And that's about all I have to say about my oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with salted peanuts. Let's take a look at the recipe and method below:
180g plain flour
70g castor sugar
80g soft dark brown sugar
75g rolled oats
75g chocolate chips
50g salted peanuts
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
Happy baking :)
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