autumn leaves and pb honey oatmeal cookies make the world a nicer place

Autumn is in full swing here now. The streets are lined with a brilliant array of red, orange and gold. So far the weather has been perfect as well. Crisp sunny days and cool clear nights. This time of year puts me in the mood for cozy fires, warm soups and...cookies.

I'm always trying to come up with fun before school breakfast ideas. I thought breakfast cookies would be a nice change from breakfast burritos or muffins. If I was going to serve cookies for breakfast, however, they had to be low in sugar and packed full of nutritious ingredients.

Emily at Sugar Plum posted this fantastic peanut butter honey oatmeal cookie recipe back in April of 2008. One of the things that really caught my eye when I first read the recipe was the fact that the oats are toasted before adding them into the batter. I changed just a few things...you know me. I replaced the 1/2 whole wheat 1/2 all purpose flour with only whole wheat pasty flour, threw in some golden flax seeds, cranberry and cinnamon, reduced the sugar and replaced the honey roasted peanuts with plain old roasted peanuts.

These cookies were a big hit! I don't even feel all that guilty admitting to you that I ate several of these for breakfast.

Peanut Butter Honey Oatmeal Cookies
adapted from Sugar Plum

makes about 18 cookies

1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp golden flax seeds
3 tbsp softened butter
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
2 tbsp honey
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup coarsely chopped roasted peanuts
1/2 cup dried cranberry
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Scatter oats on a large parchment lined sheet pan and spray oats lightly with spray oil. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and flax seeds. In a large bowl, whisk together the butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, honey, egg and vanilla. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and stir just until combined. Fold in the peanuts, cranberries and chocolate chips. Using a small scoop, form dough into balls. Place onto a parchment lined sheet pan about an inch apart. Flatten each ball slightly with your palm. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

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Double Yum!
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Have an amazing week everyone!

One year ago: Pumpkin Cookies For My Little Pumpkins



Bo said...

I don't know which is prettier...the leaves or the cookies.

scrappysue said...

wow - that RED!!!

Joanne said...

Only 3 tbsp of butter!! Exciting. I agree that PB honey oatmeal cookies make the world a better place. In fact, that shall be my justification for making these today!

Pamela said...

Wow! What stunning photos of the leaves. And the cookies look tempting, too!

Jeannie said...

I love the photos of those leaves, so beautiful! And the cookies sounds good too!

TKW said...

Those leaves are awesome! As are the cookies, because they can suffice as breakfast. Brilliant!

marla (family fresh cooking) said...

Kim, you took a great recipe & made it even better! Love all that PB in these cookies & I too would have no prob having a few for breakfast or tucking them inside the lunchbox :) xo

Lisa said...

Your cookies look so chewy. PB and honey is definitely the way to go.

UrMomCooks said...

Oatmeal and peanut butter!!! Gotta try these! They look fantastic! Fall and oatmeal cookies go together for me too... (Thanx for putting us in New Loves! Ur a dear!)

Jennifurla said...

I would totally hand these pics up in my home! W O W

Faith said...

What pretty autumn pics, Kim! Mmmm, your oatmeal cookies look delicious! I just made butterscotch-oat cookies this weekend, I'll have to give this recipe a try next! :)

Julie said...

I wonder if my picky girl would eat these. I love the pic of that red leaf :)

Evan @swEEts said...

I'm always looking for something delicious I can eat on the go when I have to go into work early! these will be perfect

Monet said...

Nothing starts a day better than a plateful of cookies. Thank you for sharing such a tempting fall recipe and such beautiful pictures of fall foliage. It was just what I needed to see tonight.

Taylor said...

I am loving the fall we are having in the Pacific Northwest! I am also loving the idea of a good-for-you cookie...these look yummy!

shealennon said...

These look delicious! And I wouldn't feel too bad about eating a whole bunch of them.

scrambledhenfruit said...

Those leaves are gorgeous! Cookies are too- I love that these oatmeal cookies are chock full of goodies, and not one of them is a raisin! :) Thank you!

Kim said...

These cookies are packed with terrific and healthy ingredients. I wouldn't feel bad eating them for breakfast either :)

Thanks for sharing the beautiful autumn leaves with us. I never get tired of seeing them.

jacqueline said...

WOW look at these gorgeous fall colors!! Im really loving them lots ~ beautiful treess and leaves.
And one of my favoirte kind of cookies ~ oatmeal!! Yummiee...thanks so much for sharing. Have a lovely merry happy week and love to you!

Angie's Recipes said...

They both look very pretty, but I love the cookies more! Excellent photos!

Olive said...

beautiful trees and yummylicious healthy cookies...love em both...wish we have that kind of tree here, so beautiful, at least I can replicate the cookies :)

Thanks for sharing!

Claudia said...

I'm ready to have breakfast at your home. The whole family wants to come. The autumn photos are so welcoming - Love this time of year - in MN autumn usually lasts 5 minutes so one must enjoy when one can.

Emily Z said...

Wow those fall picture colors are absolutely gorgeous! I love fall! We have a Japanese maple tree in front of our house that always turns gorgeous colors this time of year. It's just now starting to turn so I will be sure to get pictures and post them on my own blog! The combo of flavor in your cookies sounds delicious!

Randi Troxell said...

oooh those cookies look amazing!!

Reeni said...

Cookies for breakfast are genius! I bet your kids were loving them! They are packed with delicious flavors. The leaves here aren't nearly as pretty...yet.

Beth said...

Your cookies sound great. I'm always looking for new cookie recipes and this one looks awesome! Love the autumn leaves, too.

Katie@Cozydelicious said...

I agree! Fall makes me want cookies too! These look awesome.

Jenn said...

I love the bright colors on the leaves. Such a beautiful color for the season.

Ah cookies...they do make the world a little better.

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather said...

I love fall leaves, they're the prettiest then for sure.

Cookies - always pretty and tasty! They looks great!

Juliana said...

Wow, beautiful pictures...and the cookies look so yummie...love the ingredients in it :-)

Indie.Tea said...

What pretty, pretty oatmeal cookies. The peanut butter makes the color of them so much nicer.
Your photographs of the leaves are pretty swell too :)

Kristin said...

OH MAN those cookies...YUM!

Bridgett said...

My kids would be shocked to come down to these for breakfast. They look and sound delicious. Your photos are stellar. I wish Fall would hit here so I could do such pics. I am loving your site and will definitely be a follower. Take care!

Magic of Spice said...

The best combination ever...these are delightful :)

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