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Recently my mom visited my grandparents and since I know they all love cookies, I decided to send my mom along with some cookies.  My papa’s favorite cookie is a basic chocolate chip cookie, which is great, but I always find myself always wanting to add a twist and try a new recipe.  I found a great recipe for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies here and they add a dash of cinnamon, which my nana ended up loving!  My papa told me he had to hide the cookies from my nana so he could get enough!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (I used a mix of whole wheat and white)

3/4 cups rolled oats (old-fashioned)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 1/4 cups chocolate chips

optional: 1- 2 tablespoons milk, if dough is crumbly

Directions:

– Preheat oven to 375.

– Beat butter and sugars with a mixer until smooth.  Add egg and vanilla, mixing until combined.

– In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.  Slowly add this mix into the wet mix and beat on medium.

– Add in oats and mix until combined. If still crumbly, add milk.  (I ended up adding 2 tablespoons, which helped tremendously).

– Fold in chocolate chips and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

– Set onto cookie sheet.

 

– Bake for 9-11 minutes.

Tip: Refrigerate your dough in between batches too to keep dough cool.

 

What’s your favorite variation on a chocolate chip cookie?

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I spent part of Memorial Day Weekend at my Grandma’s lakehouse in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  A lot of my family was there, so I decided to bake some chocolate peanut butter brownies from a recipe I found here.  They were simple to back and turned out well!  The batter was pretty thick, so I really had to spread it in the pan. I got a little lazy with appearance, so the top isn’t super smooth and pretty, but  taste is more important, right? They tasted good enough that I couldn’t take a picture once they were cut because they were already eaten!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon canola oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs

1/3 cup creamy peanut butter

1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

– Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8X8″ pan with cooking spray. (I only had a 9X9″ pan, so I used foil to make a smaller pan).

– Combing flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.

– Combine sugars, oil, vanilla, and eggs in a mixing bowl.  Beat until combined.  Slowly add flour mixture and beat until just blended.

– Mix in peanut butter and chocolate chips by hand.

– Spread batter into prepared pan.  Bake for 25-28 minutes, or until toothpick comes out of center with just a few crumbs.  Cool on wire rack completely before cutting.

What’s your favorite brownie recipe?