I also call these “everything cookies,” and while I don’t know of their exact origin, here is my theory: someone was craving chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, and oatmeal cookies all at the same time, and didn’t feel like making three batches. The solution? Putting them all together in the same batch. Laziness WINS!!! hehehe. Really, you can do whatever you want in here. In mine I like to do peanut butter, chocolate chips, oats, and toffee bits, but I’ve also seen m&ms, peanut butter chips, and cranberries in these. The result is a chewy cookie with a little bit of crunch from the toffee, that is peanut buttery and chocolaty at the same time, with the hearty chew of an oatmeal cookie. Brilliance! Oh, and the other great thing about this cookie is you don’t need any fancy equipment, just some elbow grease and a bowl, and they only take 10 minutes to bake. They’re not one of those cookies that you have to refrigerate for an hour before baking (those drive me crazy with impatience)! haha. Here’s how to make them:
Yield: 2 dozen cookies
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 extra large egg
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup peanut butter (6 oz)
1/2 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup heath toffee bits
1.5 cups quick cooking oats
2 tsp baking soda
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, stir to combine the egg and both sugars with either a whisk or a sturdy spoon. Add the salt, vanilla, peanut butter, and butter. Stir well to combine. Now add in the chocolate chips, toffee bits, oats, and baking soda.
Use a 1.5 tsp disher to portion out little cookie balls about 2 inches apart on a sheet pan:
Flatten gently with wet fingers or your palm. Bake for 10 minutes (don’t overbake or they won’t be gooey and soft). Let them sit on the cookie sheet for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack, so they have time to set. These are cookies that taste good hot, so either enjoy them hot from the oven or let them cool on a wire rack. Enjoy!!!
Adapted from Donna Haney.