Pollock Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Here's a healthy cookie recipe that you can eat without feeling guilty.  One of the tricks to keeping them light on the calorie count is using a 1-inch scoop to measure out the dough.  You can treat yourself to a great little cookie that's not going to throw off your whole day.

HERE'S ALL IT TAKES

Makes about 4 dozen guilt-free cookies.

  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cup Old Fashioned oats, divided
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon butter

Heat oven to 350ºF. degrees.

In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat peanut butter and butter until well blended.  Add sugar and brown sugar, then beat until fluffy and light in color.  Add egg, milk, and vanilla; beat well.

Mix 1/2 cup oats, flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.  Gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls either by hand or use a 1-inch scooper.  Roll in remaining oats and place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Gently flatten cookies to be just about 1/2-inch thick.

Bake 10 minutes, or until lightly, lightly tan around the edges.  They will look wet or doughy in the center, but don't worry, that's a good thing later on.  Cool slightly then remove from cookie sheet to a wire rack.  Cool completely.

Meanwhile, put chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon butter in a small microwave safe bowl.  Microwave at 70% power for 30 seconds to 1 minute.  Stir chocolate until smooth.  If there is still chips that did not completely melt, pop back into the microwave at 70% power for another 10 seconds.  Drizzle chocolate over cookies.  Allow chocolate drizzle to set before storing away.  Popping them into the icebox for 5 to 10 minutes will do the trick.

COOK'S NOTES

Don't overcook these cookies or they will have a dry texture.  Just know that they will continue to set up while they're cooling on the cookie sheet.  Also, these wonderful cookies get better the next day.  I don't know how or why, they just do.

Oh, and don't even think about skipping the chocolate drizzles to save calories.  You're missing the best part of having the cookie.  If you're gonna eat the cookie, eat it right.  The dark chocolate drizzles just helps the peanut butter sing louder in your mouth.  Don't miss the song.

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Nutritional analysis: 1 cookie per serving| 77 calories| 5 g fat| 6mg cholesterol| 71 mg sodium| 8 g total carbs; 1 g dietary fiber| 4 g sugar| 2 g protein