After making last week's Five Layer Cake for our anniversary, I was reminded just how much I love baking and eating cookies. They're easier to make and easier to eat (I just need one hand to demolish the whole bag). And. And I don't have many more reasons, except for the enjoyment I get from eating cookies. But my obsession is really for homemade cookies. Unless they're from a stellar bakery (and I'm picky) or Pepperidge Farm (I know, it's crazy!), I'm most content with cookies baked in your standard home kitchen.
My favorite cookies to bake are chocolate chip (see my most delicious recipe here), but I'm a sucker for a good snickerdoodle and I'm obsessed with peanut butter. While my guy is a purist when it comes to baking, I like to try different flavor combinations. Take these trail mix cookies. I don't think I left anything out. I love all the various flavors when enjoying these morsels. And because there's still a lot of chocolate, he's super happy with these too!
We found these pomegranate-infused dried cranberries at Costco. I'm obsessed with them, especially in these cookies, but they aren't mandatory. If you do spot them in your market, however, please do try them. They are so tasty!
Everything but the Alpine Tree Trail Mix Cookies
(makes 4-5 dozen)
2 1/4 Cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
1 Cup peanut butter
3/4 Cup sugar
3/4 Cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Cup chocolate chips
2/3 Cup oats
1 1/3 Cups preferred trail mix ingredients*
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Stir together flour, soda, and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat together peanut butter, sugars, vanilla, and eggs. Add in flour mixture. Add chocolate chips, oats, and trail mix ingredients.
Roll dough 1 1/2-inch balls and place two inches apart on a nonstick baking sheet. Bake nine minutes. With a fork, lightly smash down cookies. Bake for an additional two minutes. Let cool before enjoying!
*You can throw in anything your heart desires. I used almonds, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, raisins, and pomegranate-infused dried cranberries here. Any nut, dried fruit, and seed combination will be delicious!