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Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Our crunchy chocolate-chip cookie is enhanced by peanuts and natural peanut butter.

  • Yield: Makes about 6 dozen
Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2005


  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups salted whole peanuts
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

  2. Put sugars, butter, and peanut butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Mix in eggs and vanilla.

  3. Reduce speed to low. Add oat mixture, and mix until just combined. Mix in peanuts and chocolate chips.

  4. Using a 1 1/2-tablespoon ice cream scoop, drop balls of dough 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

  5. Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until golden brown and just set, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

Cook's Note

Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 2 days.

Reviews (40)

  • Mindy Ohman 25 Feb, 2015

    A cooling rack is a must. First pan-full were cooled on the counter and they crumbled apart, then I cooled on pan for 1-2 minutes, and then rack until completely cool. The best! Creates a large batch and are crowd pleasers everytime!

  • bassmeldrum 2 Apr, 2014

    1 star for this recipe! Made it from her cookie book and they melted to flat, paper-thin, crisp over-done cookies and I use the word cookie lightly. I wondered how 1/3 cup flour would bind these together and the dough was delish and thick like a normal drop cookie recipe, but a complete failure to bake. The min 15 minutes was too long as well. I looked up other oatmeal cookie recipes of hers and found one that is identical except its 1 cup plus 1 tbsp of flour and 1/2 cup of wheat germ.

  • jpeery19 7 Feb, 2014

    Ugh. I was so frustrated with this recipe. The dough was DELICIOUS but the cookies came out flat and crumbly. I should have added more flour and definitely will next time if I decide to bake these again. I would also try refrigerating the dough as others have mentioned. Disappointed.

  • kjkdhome 13 Dec, 2013

    *also below recipe: cookies will be beautifully crunchy and thin
    refrigerated batter for half hour before baking
    chose to not add any peanuts or chocolate chips
    decreased/changed the sugars
    check cookies after 15 minutes.
    but baked 20 minutes.... was perfect
    Beautiful crunchy flavorful cookies

  • kjkdhome 13 Dec, 2013

    Great! w/ changes:
    3 cups non-instant rolled oats
    1/3 cup less 1 T whole wheat flour
    1 T oat flour
    2 T sorghum flour
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp salt
    3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
    1 T dark brown sugar
    3/4 cup turbinado sugar
    1 tsp mild molasses (Brer Rabbit brand)
    2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
    1/2 cup unsweetened crunchy peanut butter (Santa Cruz brand dark-roast Crunchy)
    2 large eggs
    1 tsp vanilla, or Tawny Port
    Batter will be soft. Baked 20 minutes @ 350 on parchment

  • oukat96 16 Sep, 2013

    I made this recipe with my Certified GF Oats and palm sugar and it was terrific. For the bit of whole wheat flour, I sub'd sweet sorghum flour (gf) and found that I needed to add something more like 1/2 a cup so that the batter didn't look quite a wet. I also subbed out part of the peanuts for some chopped dried cherries and only had on hand white chocolate chips. The resulting cookies were delish!

  • Cmaryniak 14 Sep, 2013

    I didn't read the reviews first but my cookies turned out well in the end.

    I was suspicious about the icing-like consistency of the dough despite using whole wheat bread flour so I kept a watchful eye on the oven. At 350F cookies browned quickly w soft middle & slight burnt taste that I actually like in PB cookies, but not everyone does.

    I let the rest of the dough sit overnight to hydrate the oats, made smaller cookies, baked at 325. Glorious.

    Will make these again with a pinch more salt.

  • engle74690 4 Sep, 2013

    These cookies are a total failure. There was not enough flower so they turned into crepes. I added some all Purpose flower on the last 3 batched and they were better. If there was 1 cup of All Purpose flower to go along with the 1/4 cup of Whole Wheat flower it would have worked. Sorry Martha you get a big fat " F" in the baking department.

  • judy 23 Aug, 2013

    This is a really good cookie recipe! But I am glad that I read the reviews about the cookies spreading too much. I added a little more flour as well for a total of 3/4 c and they were perfect! Love the whole peanuts, great flavor, nice and chunky.

  • sonya k curry 4 Jan, 2013

    I agree with Shanilee. My cookies spread out quite a bit and were scorched when I pulled out after 13 minutes. Still chewy, not crispy. This wasn't my favorite recipe. I really think more flour would have helped.

  • shanileeward 16 Oct, 2012

    These cookies flattened & spread out quite a bit when they came out of the oven. This made them pretty crispy and airy. I usually like chewy fluffy cookies, so I was skeptical at first, but I actually liked these! They were a hit with other people too. Next time I make them, I'll try adding more flour like other reviewers suggest. Oh, and keep an eye on them- they can burn quickly!

  • ipoipo 22 Apr, 2012

    I veganized this cookie by replacing the eggs with one mashed banana, and beat it with the butter and sugars. Also, I added one third cup of white flour and the cookies came out in a traditional shape and texture. Very good!

  • smokeyandashes 9 Feb, 2012

    This recipe is a hit! It makes a bunch of super tasty, crisp cookies that can't be beat.

  • pcbaker 26 Sep, 2011

    I reduced the white sugar to 2/3c and added 1/3 c white flour to the recipe then about half way through cooking added another 1/3 c WW flour. I am at 7000 ft. so extra flour is always needed. I was looking for a thicket cookie to take camping. Both ways came out good. Next time I might substitute another 1/2c peanut butter for one of the sticks of butter.

  • sandrapiluso 14 Jul, 2011

    This is an amazing recipe!! Not too sweet, the peanut butter taste with the oatmeal is yum. I omitted the peanuts because we have a nut allergy in the family. This is a keeper. :)

  • noamsternberg 14 Jan, 2011

    I just made these and both my hubby and I think that they came out amazing!!!

  • jessicagrzyb 2 Jul, 2010

    Our family gives this cookie two thumbs up. I love whole wheat dessert recipes. We are a white sugar and brown sugar free family. I made these cookies with organic agave as my sweetner. The agave sweetner and ghirardelli chocolate chips where perfect for us.

  • epbreen 25 Dec, 2009

    These cookies are just incredible. Best if not overcooked.

  • mtuppz 5 Oct, 2009

    i easily made these gluten free by using 1/3 cup of gf baking mix and gf oats
    everybody LOVED these cookies and nobody could tell that they were gluten free =)

  • rana_sukhi 4 Aug, 2009

    My daughter has a nut allergy, so I substituted pea butter for the peanut butter, and raisins for the whole peanuts. They were crispy on the outside, and chewy on the inside....delicious. Tasted like real peanut butter cookies to us!!

  • Lesleydi 2 Jun, 2009

    They were yummy, but very runny so I had to add another cup of flour.

  • PJ1 2 Apr, 2009

    Yummmm! Crispy and healthier than most. They beg the question, " Got milk?". I'll keep this one at the front of my file. Thanks Martha!

  • CRISTINAB 28 Mar, 2009

    WannA tRy thIs recipe!!!! lol

  • memoore 14 Mar, 2009

    These were good! I did notice the batter was a little thinner than I expected- but I made no changes and they came out great. I did bake them for less time- about 8 minutes in my oven and they were good to go!I would make these again for sure!

  • nikko26 3 Jan, 2009

    If you like crispy cookies, these are for you! I followed the recipe exactly and didn't have any problems with the amount of flour. They baked up nicely. Flavor was good. Probably wouldn't make them again though because it's not my type of cookie. A lot of sugar and a lot of crunchy "stuff" but no cakey cookie holding all together. More like candy.

  • pumpkinhunt 10 Dec, 2008

    These are some of the best cookies I've ever made! They're very, very good. I did make a few small changes, however: I initially added 1 1/3 C of white flour and then, at the end when I noticed that the dough was still a bit runny, I added yet another 1/3 C of white flour. (I did substitute white for wheat since that's what I had on hand.) I also added a bit more salt than the recipe called for. Lastly, I used dry roasted peanuts, rather than the salted cocktail variety.

  • dylansmom1201 9 Dec, 2008

    This is mine and my families favorite cookie now! I don't add the peanuts or the choclate chips. Instead I substitute white chips for the chocolate chips and leave out peanuts. Everyone that tries it loves them!

  • deavila694 24 Nov, 2008

    These cookies are very good. I read the comments before making and agree that they need more flour. I added 1/3 C wheat flour and 1/3C white flour. I also cut down on the sugar. I used 3/4 C each of the brown and white sugars. The cookies turned out really good and held their shape when baking. I also used unsalted peanuts. This cookie is easy to mix and make and very delicious!

  • MWetzel 15 Oct, 2008

    These are now one of my top ten cookies! I can not decide if they are like candy or peanut brittle but they still have the essence of a cookie with great texture and flavor.
    I skipped the chips this time and I think I would roast the peanuts a little before adding to the dough.

  • Queenammer 11 Oct, 2008

    I do agree on the amount of flour was too little. After I made 12 cookies I had to add 1/2 cup of flour to get it the right consitancy. But other than that we all loved them! It as probably a type-o 1 1/2 cup of flour seems right.

  • skgordon29 10 Sep, 2008

    Not that great. Would not make again or recommend. Although not low-fat my husband tasted them and said, "these must be low-fat/healthy, they aren't that good."

  • emily 20 Jul, 2008

    these are fabulous! I didn't need to add any extra flour, my dough was not the slight bit runny; it may depend on the p-nut butter used ? I did add 1/2 c. finely shredded coconut, just seemed like the riight thing to do. baked for 13 minutes.

  • lovesbaking 7 Jul, 2008

    baking mine for 11 minutes was a lot ... i also need to add some extra flour, it was to runny with just a third of a cup. However the final results were delicious!

  • oililymom 5 Jun, 2008

    They were wonderful. I added walnuts instead of peanuts and they were just as great !

  • sewfun 3 May, 2008

    The cookies were wonderful once I added an additional cup of flour. No one else mentioned it, but the dough was too liquidy. I baked 2 cookies and they spread and didn't hold together after cooled. I added another cup of flour to the dough, then they were great.

  • kristenk 23 Apr, 2008

    These cookies were absolutely wonderful. The peanut butter made the cookies. I loved the fact that it had whole wheat flour and a lot of oatmeal. I don't feel quite as bad eating cookies if there is something healthy in them. They tasted fantastic. I added a bit of flax meal, hemp hearts, and dried cranberries for a little zing.

  • nursepenelope1 15 Apr, 2008

    These cookies were absolutely wonderful! A combination of my three favourite cookies all in one. I used chunky natural peanut butter instead of chopped peanuts and they were still excellent!

  • nursepenelope1 15 Apr, 2008

    These cookies were absolutely wonderful! A combination of my three favourite cookies all in one. I used chunky natural peanut butter instead of chopped peanuts and they were still excellent!

  • DebraN 14 Mar, 2008

    A thin, slightly crispy, peanut buttery granola-like cookie. I chilled the dough before baking in fear of a super thin cookie.

  • punkybunny300 20 Dec, 2007

    These cookies are delicious and very easy to make!

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