Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies w/ Cranberries & Walnuts

These are the best cookies! Peanut Butter. Oatmeal. Two popular, old-fashioned classics meet in one recipe. Toss in a few walnuts, some chewy dried cranberries and/or chocolate chips. You won’t be able to resist. I can’t. Not when their fresh out of the oven still piping hot warm. And not later on when they are cooled off and hidden away. Seek and destroy.

One of my taste testers was crazy for them. Said they were the best I ever made. And then went on to prove it by devouring half the batch in record time. The vanishing cookies.

The recipe comes from Better Homes & Gardens and originally calls for cocktail peanuts. If I had them on hand I would of used them along with chocolate chips. The salty sweet combo would be delicious here. Instead I used cranberries and walnuts. Feel free to personalize them with your favorite additions like raisins, m & m’s, a different type of nut or even butterscotch or peanut butter chips. 

I really loved the flavor of these. The peanut butter stands out in every bite. The oats and walnuts give them a hearty texture. Thick, soft, chewy, and totally addicting.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies w/ Cranberries & Walnuts

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Rounds
(adapted from Better Homes & Gardens 75th Anniversary Edition)                  
(Makes 4 dozen)
3/4 cup Butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup Peanut Butter (I used Natural)
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 + 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups Rolled Oats
2/3 cup dried Cranberries,* chopped
2/3 cup Walnuts,* chopped
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Beat together butter and peanut butter until well combined. Add sugars, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Beat until combined.
3. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Beat in flour. Stir in oats, cranberries and nuts.
4. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until light brown around edges.
5. Remove to wire racks to cool.
*Can substitute cocktail peanuts, chocolate chips, raisins, m & m’s or another type of nut.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies w/ Cranberries & Walnuts

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  1. Crystal says

    These came out great! I made a couple changes though. I used 1 cup packed brown sugar and 1/2 cup white sugar because I prefer a chewier cookie. I creamed the butter and sugars first before adding the peanut butter (I had to; I didn’t want to anger the cookie gods). The only thing I added to the dough was butterscotch chips because the only nuts I had on hand were pecans (I didn’t think they would work with peanut butter and oatmeal) and I omitted the raisins because my hubby doesn’t like them. I will be making these again.

  2. Cory says

    absolutely loved this recipe! I had some old fashioned oats I needed to use and stumbled upon this recipe, and I’m glad I did. I used chopped unsalted peanuts and a mixture of dark chocolate and milk chocolate chunks, they turned out perfect!unlike the comment below, it made exactly 4 dozen

  3. Diana V. says

    I had an awesome peanut butter oatmeal cookie recipe that I have misplaced for years not.  I decided to do a Google search and found your recipe, which looks awesome!  As much as I am not a fan of peanut butter, this is one recipe that I will make over and over again.  Thank you for posting it and sharing the beautiful photo above.  ~ Diana V.

    • says

      Thank you Diana! A lot of people have made it and said it’s their favorite. Maybe it will turn you into a peanut butter lover.

  4. says

    Don’t know about others, but this recipe only makes 2 +1/2 dozen rounds of about 2 inches in diameter for me.  I added about 3/4 cup of sliced almonds with good result.  The sliced almonds confuse nicely with the texture of the oats and provide a nutty flavor when not expected.  Also replaced chopped cranberries with raisins.

  5. Sarina Anne says

    These are great! My fella can’t eat butter so I subbed Earth Balance buttery sticks — also I had no eggs in the house so I substituted 2T ground flax meal + 6T water (equaling 2 eggs) –you combine them in a separate bowl, whisk with a fork and let sit for 1 – 2 minutes. Works wonderfully and no one could tell the difference. Veganized and still totally delicious, moist, and chewy. Yum! Thanks.

  6. InsomniacChick27 says

    Just made a batch with white chocolate chips, walnuts and m&m’s! I plan on trying new things like dried figs and almonds as a combo.

  7. Sugarbearcat says

    I used almond extract, crunchy peanut butter, walnuts, raisins multigrain flour and coconut…

  8. Emily says

     Holy cow those were amazing!!  That hit the spot…I have eaten four (of the first batch!).  You are bookmarked on my favorites now.  Thanks!

      • Emily says

        I am baking another batch now.  I suggested to my hubby that I bake a cake…he said No…too much trouble.  Then I mentioned these cookies and he said Yeah make those!  They are so easy and delicious.  Impossible to mess up.

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