Once upon a time, I was one of those 4-H kids who submitted projects into the county fair. No, I didn’t raise pigs or chickens and try to show them off for blue ribbons. I was more of a ‘What’s the least poopy project I can do?’ girls. I love animals, but not enough that I wanted to scoop poop ( mad respect for those who did)! Anyway, most of my projects were along the lines of horticulture (still bad at it), photography (I took a lot of pictures of my cats), and cooking. One of my favorite and most popular entries was a batch of oatmeal cookies that I entered into the baking category at the state fair. You would have thought the recipe I used was my great grandma’s cherished recipe that she used to make at her rural farm, right? Nope! The recipe I took to the state fair and won prizes with was..out of the 4-H baking cookbook. Kind of a letdown, right? But not really, because they produced some pretty amazing oatmeal cookies that always came out just right, crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. I honestly hadn’t thought about that winning oatmeal cookie recipe in years, like several years, until last week. For some reason, I got a crazy craving for oatmeal cookies, and not just any oatmeal cookies, but the always reliable 4H cookies. Luckily, a quick Google search led me to the simple, but satisfying recipe I had forgotten about so long ago. I subbed in peanut butter for the insane amount of shortening, added in an egg substitute, and voila! Next time I would probably use the brown sugar the recipe calls for instead of white sugar, but I didn’t have any this time and didn’t feel up to making my own for one batch of cookies. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did, I have a feeling they will be gone soon.
Crispy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all purpose flour
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease 2 cookie sheets and set aside.
In a medium bowl, beat together the peanut butter and brown sugar until combined. Add in the salt, baking soda, oats, granulated sugar, apple cider vinegar, vanilla, and flour and beat until throughly combined.
Drop by the tablespoon onto the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until tops are lightly browned.