Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip CookiesIn the tough times when you want to come back to the states, remember back to January, February, March, all those months where God was pressing in your heart to do something radical for Him.

My friends really speak truth.

Reality check: I have been a bit of a Johnny Raincloud lately.

On the blog, a little. (This came to my attention after I read through a few of my most recent posts and realized they were all stories about my stinky-fish-market-dirty-jeepney-oppressively-hot life in the Philippines. O, woe is me.)

In real life, even more. I have been feeling sick + I long for the comforts of home + I miss my family and friends. Woe is me again.

This whole Philippines thing is a big adjustment, and some of these yucky feelings are normal. Yes. Absolutely.

But I have so many reasons to be thankful. I have enough money to take a taxi whenever I don’t feel like walking. A fridge full of fresh, healthy food. A constant clean water supply. An embarrassing number of shoes to choose from each morning. I wonder what the man on our corner who sleeps on a piece of wood would say if he lived my life for a day. And I mean my “Filipino” life.

I guess I could start with being thankful that I even had the choice to come here in the first place.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

So you came here for cookies, and now you feel like you’ve been punk’d.

This is not punk’d. This is a post about cookies.

Know this → I am so thankful for chocolate chip cookies.

And guess what else? I’m thankful for boxed milk. NOT KIDDING. It’s milk that actually tastes like milk. Can you believe such a thing exists? I’m in milk heaven here, especially when I “accidentally” buy non-low-fat milk. Dunking cookies in heavy cream called milk is something I can get behind.


If chocolate chip cookies are a band-aid for the soul and chocolate chip cookie dough is a double band-aid for the soul, I will take both the single and the double, please and thank you. Twice. And with a glass of milk.

These cookies are classic in a way that only peanut butter, oats, and two types of chocolate chips can be classic. And if you’re a nut person, you better add some nuts. I will judge you for sacrilegious cookie behavior, but whatev.

I think we can at least all agree on the {two types of melty} chocolate part, right? Right.

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
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  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ⅔ cup unpacked brown sugar
  • ½ cup smooth peanut butter (chunky is nice too!)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ¾ cup chopped milk chocolate (or just chocolate chips)
  • ¾ cup chopped dark chocolate (or just chocolate chips)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream together the butter, white sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the peanut butter, vanilla and egg until well blended. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Stir until just moistened. Mix in the oats and chocolate chips until evenly distributed. Drop by tablespoonfuls on to lightly greased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until the edges start to brown. Cool on cookie sheets for about 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
This makes about 25-30 cookies for me.

These cookies are just what you need. For the rest of your life.

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  1. Those look amazingly fat. Good fat. Big and plump like cookies should be!

    And we should all be thankful for what we have, but sometimes I have to admit I think about how my life could be if so-and-so would happen and if this hadn’t happened and so on. But you’re right, I should be thankful for what I do have. And I really hope things get easier for you! A year isn’t much time to adjust so I hope it happens quickly to make the time pass more pleasantly. :)

  2. That looks delicious!
    A week ago, I have also photographed cookies, unfortunately without milk.

    Nice blog!
    Now I will visit you often

  3. Lindsay, these cookies look fantastic. I’m a sucker for chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, but when you add the peanut butter (my favorite), I’m in heaven.

    Do the cookies come out pretty soft (after they cool of course), or are they more on the crispy side?

    • Soft. This particular batch got a little more crunchy after they cooled, but I’m blaming that on foreign ingredients and cooking appliances. I have made this recipe at least 50 times (seriously) at home in the States, with all the normal ingredients, and a normal oven, and they are always soft. And if you really want to ensure that they’re soft and chewy, take them out a minute early. :) Good luck!

  4. It is so hard sometimes to be thankful for what’s right in front of us, especially when we’re wading through (literal and metaphorical) fish guts. I think this is a timely reminder that we could all use. I’ve seen from the pictures you’ve posted the joy that you’re bringing to the children you’re teaching and hopefully that will help carry you through on the rough days. Well, that and chocolate chip cookies 😉

  5. Awww, Lindsay. I was feeling a little woe-is-me this morning too, and I am in the states! That tends to happen when your thrown a little out of your comfort zone…or in your case…a lot. Your doing a great thing there, be encouraged!

    In other news, these are the most delicious cookies I’ve seen in awhile! I may try to adapt them to be gluten and dairy-free so I can eat them NOW:-)

  6. Oh man I love how thick and hearty these cookies look! Exactly what I need right now. I hope they were a hug for you as well.

  7. Aw, homesickness is to be expected. I found that it came in waves when I lived overseas. At least you have your wonderful hubby with you!! AND of course, these cookies!

  8. The key ingredient in any good chocolate chip cookie is oatmeal. And I agree about the nuts – cookies (or brownies) are no place for them!

  9. I think you’ve handled things amazingly well. I don’t think I would’ve adjusted nearly as well as you have. And sometimes just venting helps even if it feels silly when you compare your situation to others.

    And if all else fails, bake yourself some cookies :)

    PS – I bought your e-book and I just wanted to tell you I LOVE it! I feel like it’s helped me understand food photography so much more than ever before. You can definitely tell you’re a teacher with how well it’s laid out and each technique is explained. So thank you and great job!!

  10. I was just thinking about you yesterday, wondering how you’re coping with this MASSIVE adjustment and I wondered how anyone could possibly even understand it until they walked a mile. Just know, I’ve been thinking about you and wishing you the best.

    Currently on vacay where Nestle boxed milk is The Thing. That’s what is sold. And I love cookies that are a trifecta of flavors in one!

  11. This post made me think of all the things I should be more grateful for. Sometimes I’m greedy and just want more, more, more but at the end of the day, I’ve got my health, lots of love, my family, and a great job. There’s always something to smile about. :) Esp these giant fat peanut butter cookies. THIS is what my dreams are made of. Love the texture oats bring cookies, too.

  12. Oh my… I really like this post! For all the complaining I’ve done this week, I take it all back, all of it!! And those cookies…I think I gained 5lbs looking at them, LOL! Cookies are my weakness! yummm!

  13. I want these cookies in my life

  14. Awww, I like hearing about your stinky fish/oppressively hot stories of the Philippines. It just means you are a real human being facing a challenge, and to me that’s way more interesting than another “green smoothie with a glass straw” post.

    Those posts show courage, insight, thoughtfulness, gratefulness and so much more. Some people would take one look and turn around and fly home. You STAYED and are showing us pieces of your life that we would not otherwise see.
    There’s never a time that I’ve read your blog and thought you were ungrateful or complainy in ANY way.

    Take care of yourself, and always speak the truth :-)


    • Thank you Torri! It’s hard to know when sharing these challenges becomes complaining. I’m realizing that there is a need to share both the challenges AND the positives, because there are many! Thank you for your nice comment. :)

  15. I would have a difficult time adjusting to living in an undeveloped nation, which sounds horrible, but it’s the truth. I’d love the experience and completely embrace the diversity and the utter newness of everything, but despite the character building aspects, I would miss my friends and family like crazy too and the comforts I have grown accustomed to.

    When I was in Chile, I drank boxed milk like craaaaaaazy! I actually think it tasted better than the milk we have here in the states…dunno why. Your cookies are literally the EXACT cookie I would make if I were feeling blue. Chocolate. Peanut butter. Oats. Perfection. Chin up, you’re doing good deeds and your readers are enjoying your posts, just keep that in mind!

  16. These cookies look nothing short of amazingly delicious!

    Hang in there. I remember when I moved to Denver after college I felt like it was the WORST place on earth solely because I didn’t have my family and friends. A year will fly by so fast and then you’ll be sad you’re coming back to the states!

  17. These look like cookie perfection – you are rocking that oven :) Great post!

  18. oh god! so delicius! i love it…i´m from brazil and your recipes are amazing!!! all of them make sucess at home!

  19. These look heavenly… *drools*

  20. Sometimes when life is tough it’s hard to remember to be grateful for the little things. But it always gets better and that makes us appreciate the sweet moments so much more. These cookies are something to celebrate.

  21. we have to be indeed thankful for the many blessings- sweet post ! loved these chunky cookies

  22. Lindsay, if I was a really eloquent writer, I would say exactly what Torri posted. So, reread her post and think of me. :) By the way, I have the PERFECT book for you. It’s called Bittersweet, though I don’t remember the author because as soon as I finished reading it, I biked it over to Nan’s and gave it to her. If Amazon doesn’t ship to Cebu, I WILL! (If you look it up online… the cover is light blue and there is a chunk of dark chocolate on the front.) The book bait really doesn’t do it justice, but the pages inside are delicious!

  23. Steph Mork says:

    Ummm yum… I miss you. Come home and hang out with me so we can make these! Or maybe I’ll just come there :)

  24. Khadijah says:

    These are on my “must bake ASAP” list! But so far I haven’t been able to find rolled oats in Saudi Arabia! I know, it’s very sad. But they do have quick-cooking oats. Do you think quick oats would ruin the texture?

    • I’m trying to remember if I’ve used quick oats before, and I’m sure I have (I’ve made them about a million times) but I don’t remember if I added anything to compensate for the difference. I’d say if you bake them right away, it wouldn’t be a big deal. Maybe add a touch of milk or a little more butter or something so they don’t soak up all the moisture. But if you are going to refrigerate the dough, you might notice they get a little more dry. Sorry I can’t be more exact… I know you can make it work, you might just have to play with it a bit. :)

  25. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies says:

    Peanut butter, oats, chocolate… yes, we can all agree on that! These look so comforting and delicious. Thanks for reminding me to have a little more gratitude in my life. You’re amazing!

  26. Oh man the cookies look delicious. They always make me feel better when I am a bit down. Don’t worry I know you will snap out of it. I cannot imagine doing what you are doing. You are an inspiration, bad days and all.

  27. Elizabeth says:

    Oh I want those cookies. Nestlé boxed milk is the only milk my boyfriend drinks in the Philippines (oh we live in Makati). When you’re in Manila give me a shout out!

  28. I love your posts, raincloud or not. This cookie looks fantastic.

  29. Hi Lindsey. Really enjoying your blog and hearing about your experiences in Cebu.

    I’m a food-obsessed Fil-Am who’s thinking of moving back to the Philippines in a couple of years, maybe to volunteer, maybe to work, don’t know yet… so I’m loving your blog on several levels. (A friend of mine in New York is a Filipina adoptee, btw.)

    If I might offer my two cents… don’t be too hard on yourself for venting. Culture shock is real, it’s natural, and it just takes some time to get past. The weather change alone is a shock, going from the Midwest US to steamy dreamy Cebu.

    I’m very sure that in a couple months, once you acclimate more to life in the Philippines and meet more people there, you’ll suss out a lot of fun adventures. Especially for a foodie, there’s really a lot of good eating. I think the key is to connect to Filipinos there who share your interests, and ask them to give you tips. So much is done via networks there, which is very different from how we operate in the States.

    Some of the best, freshest (and cheapest!) seafood I’ve ever had has been in the Philippines, btw. The crabs and prawns there are just insane… I can imagine the wet markets were a bit overwhelming, but I hope you’ll find one that’s not as tough and give it another go. Those places are where you’ll get the best stuff.

    I’m not familiar with Cebu myself (being originally from Manila), but I’ve backpacked around the Philippines a bit. It really has a lot to offer, it can just take a little sleuthing to find it sometimes. If there’s anything I can share that would be helpful, shoot me an email anytime.

    Look forward to reading more about your adventures! Hang in there, it will get better. Especially come winter, when you can blog about sipping coconuts on the beach for everyone shivering in 3 layers of down…

    Cheers, Christina

  30. Ps: One tip…. TOTALLY skip Boracay. Go to Palawan / Coron Islands instead.

    Boracay is mainly a place to go clubbing at the beach and hang out with tourists from all over the world. All the djs from Manila fly out there. But the original beach that was there has been very overbuilt.

    If you want to see real Philippine beaches and experience something more special, Palawan is breathtaking.

    Also, come Feb/Mar, take a trip to Sorsogon in Bicol and swim with the whale sharks. That’s been the most amazing experience I’ve ever had travelling, hands down.

    • That is so helpful!! Wow! Thank you so much! I have been thinking about Boracay as a potential weekend excursion but so good to hear your opinion on it. It’s funny that you said that about Palawan – I’ve already been looking at flights/hotels to Puerto Princesa, El Nido, etc. etc. :) I’m excited to get out of the city and start seeing more of this beautiful land!

  31. The cookies look FAB! One of my favorites too!

  32. I think its ok to rant sometimes. Get it off the chest. I am sure the adjustment is quite huge (being from India, believe me I can understand). And you are only human to crib. But, I am sure you realize that you do have it better off than others there and are thankful for that. And well I bet these cookies did help lift that spirit up a bit!

  33. taradiane says:

    Here via foodgawker – these look amazing. I’ve been craving a good pb choc chip cookie and WOW why did I never think of adding oatmeal to the mix? Will be making these right away!

  34. Printing….this….recipe….NOW! Looks so good! Love you Loo Loo! Moo :)

  35. Wow! These cookies are awesomely delicious! I added less chips and Heath bits and pecans…OMG! Seriously the best cookies I’ve ever made!

    I enjoyed your blog and I hope your homesickness eases! Thank you for posting this recipe!

  36. Thank you for the recipe! I made these for my boyfriend when he was feeling sick and he LOVES them! Definitely will keep in my recipe box :)

  37. Thanks for a great recipe – made them yesterday with my 2 1/2 year old… they came out a little flat, but still delicious – trying not to eat them all in one sitting 😉

    Hang in there… overseas experiences have so many ups and downs but the ups far away the downs especially when looking back!

  38. I totally get it. I’ve been living abroad for two years and am facing at least two more, by choice, I totally made this choice, and sometimes the homesickness gets to me something fierce. Just yesterday I was staring at the teensy jar of peanut butter in my cupboard (I miss normal sized jars!) thinking I should make some peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. I have a favourite recipe, but I’ll totally try these out!

  39. These are DEVINE!! I might have made them twice already….Truly a yummy recipe! Thanks!

  40. These are delicious! I think next time I will try hazelnut spread in place of the pb. Thanks for sharing! I’m adding these to my book :)

  41. Rebekah Masters says:

    These cookies are amazing!!! And they were so easy,Thanks for sharing!!!

  42. Just finished making these and I have to say they are amazing. Thankyou for the recipe. I plan on adding these to my sister and my yearly Christmas cookie baking extravaganza!

  43. Made these last night – awesome! Thanks for sharing. I repinned on Pintrest so I wouldn’t lose the recipe.

  44. Fun fact number one: I wasn’t allowed peanut butter at the summer camp I spent the summer working for.
    Fun fact number two: I made a batch of these and ate all of them. In one sitting. While watching the Olympics.
    Fun fact number three: best thing I did in the Philippines? Visit the underground river in Puerto Princesa. For reals it is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.

    • I am so excited to see that place before we leave!!! I keep seeing deals for it on different travel websites and I seriously can’t wait. We’ll probably go sometime after the school year ends, in April or something. :)

  45. these cookies are wonderful. The dish cleared too fast .thank you.

  46. Hello!

    We just made these and they turned out delicious!!! Really soft and the perfect hint of peanut butter. Chocolate chip oatmeal are my favorite type of cookie and the peanut butter just kicked it up a notch! Thank you! love your site and I admire how well you’re coping to moving to a new country.

  47. Mickey Anderson says:

    Decided to try these for our annual family Christmas gathering. I’m not like the swimmer who sticks his foot in the water before plunging in! I plunged right in and made a triple-batch.
    Since ovens vary, my first sheet full was a bit over-cooked so I backed off the cooking time by three minutes. Oh, my gosh! These things are habit-forming. They have a flavor similar to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, but not nearly as rich in sweetness.
    We will be serving these up Christmas Eve, but I suspect these will end up on the “tradition list” for future gatherings!!

  48. I made these with my little girls today and we LOVED them! We used mini chocolate chips instead and they were fun! I am now going to try out as many of your recipes as I can. :)

  49. ROSE COUCH says:


  50. I came across your website today via Pinterest and it is honestly the BEST food website ever!! I just saved about 70 recipes into my favourites and look forward to making them! Thankyou!

  51. Just made these for my hubby. Used whole wheat flour and I think I will use almond butter next time. Very delish!

  52. This is the third recipe that I’ve tried… Your blueberry scones (I’ve made those twice now :), your chocolate chip cookies and these peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies…I used your half-melted butter trick for this one as well :)…Awesome!!! Can you tell we have a sweet tooth at our house? Can’t wait to try some of your savory recipes as well!!! Thank You Lindsay!!!

  53. Tried to give you 5 stars… It wouldn’t work for me… aghhh!!! ***** :)

  54. Made these again and they’re still awesome. Great recipe!

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