Cookies for clearing out…

by Sunita on March 9, 2009

Hope you all had a refreshing weekend ! We had a laid back Saturday and a bit busy Sunday. The weather has been hovering on the borderlines of spring and winter. In the midst of showers and grey skies, there were indeed bursts of golden sunshine, especially in the late afternoons, which added a wonderful touch, and a play of light and shadows all around.

The bird spreads it’s wings into the clear skies…

The following picture was taked by Agastya, which I absolutely adored. Recently, he is showing a very keen interest in photography and does manage to click a decent photo, not bad for a 6 and 1/2 year old, huh?….hmmm, serious competition ;-)

As for the clearing out in the title of the post, I was referring to clutter. I have been cajoling the kids to clear away their clutter, which seemed to have reached upto the ceiling, for quite a while now. After repeated requests, I decided enough was enough, and armed with bin bags ( and a few threats ), I got down to business. Once I started, both Rengoni and Agastya immediately joined in and helped to sort out their things into separate piles; probably they feared I was going to throw away everything and needed to keep an eye on me…don’t blame them though, I was very much in the mood to do so ( think of a fire – breathing dragon) ;-) So, after spending the greater part of our Sunday morning tidying up, I just had time to make a quick lunch for the three of us.

In the evening, however, I did bake up a batch of these delightful peanut butter, oats and chocolate cookies for the li’l ones to enjoy.

They did end up being quite good with the clearing up, and I hope these cookies must have helped to ease the pain of separation from some of their possessions :-)

What’s needed-

5 tblsp of chunky peanut butter (I used Whole Earth organic , chunky peanut butter with no added sugar )
5 tblsp honey
10 tblsp of milk
1/2 C of whole wheat flour (atta)
3 tblsp oat flakes
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
3 tblsp vegetable/sunflower oil
4-5 tblsp of chopped dark chocolate

How to-

  1. Melt together the peanut butter and honey. Stir in the milk and oil and keep aside to cool.
  2. In another bowl, mix together the flour, oats, baking powder, soda and chocolate.
  3. Fold in the flour mixture into the cooled ( but not completely) peanut butter mixture till everything is just moistened. Chill the mixture for about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Pre heat the oven at 170 deg C and line a baking tray with foil.
  5. Drop tspn fulls of the mixture onto the prepared tray, in mounds, keeping it quite rough looking.
  6. Place the tray in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 16- 18 minutes or till golden.
  7. Cool in the tray for a few seconds and transfer to a rack to cool completely.

These are soft and chewy  cookies with gooey chocolate and a bite from the peanuts. Rengoni and Agastya wolfed down a few in record time. Yes, these  are good, wholesome cookies, not flashy, but  with a rustic, old fashioned charm… perfect to snack on.


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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nags March 9, 2009 at 7:23 am

I love chunky rather than thin cookies, so these look really good!

And Agastya’s pic is amazing!

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2 Sunita March 10, 2009 at 6:39 am

Thanks Nags :-)

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3 Lakshmi Venkatesh March 9, 2009 at 8:00 am

The photos look amazing, for a 6 and 1/2 yr old boy. Great.

The cookies are beautiful and I am drooling over it. Nice that my children are not near by me now, otherwise they would have started, mummy will you please make this for us. Yes, sure I am planning to make them some chocolate cookies this week. yours sounds nice.

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4 Sunita March 10, 2009 at 6:41 am

Thank you Lakshmi. Do try these cookies, they’re kid ( and adult) pleasers :-)

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5 sushma March 9, 2009 at 10:57 am

Hey Suni, loved all the clicks.. click by Agastya is truely a competion….

Drooling over cookies.. :)

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6 Sunita March 10, 2009 at 6:41 am

Thanks Sushma :-)

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7 Asha March 9, 2009 at 11:25 am

Lovely cookies. I haven’t made cookies or cake in a while.

Here it is 81F now, weather is crazy. Hotter and drier it is, my allergy comes back. Hope it rains. Enjoy the clearing! :)

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8 Sunita March 10, 2009 at 6:42 am

It’s raining cats and dogs here today, and it’s cold….not like spring at all!

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9 Happy Cook March 9, 2009 at 2:27 pm

He must be getting his intrest for taking pic from his mom.
Love the cokies too andlove the small bundle.

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10 Sunita March 10, 2009 at 6:43 am

Well, A does love following me around when he sees the camers in my hand. He does love handling gadgets :-)

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11 Nicisme March 9, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Great photo from Agastya, you’d better watch out – he’s got the talent!!

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12 Sunita March 10, 2009 at 6:44 am

Thanks Nic, i think all of you have made a li’l guy very happy :-)

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13 snookydoodle March 9, 2009 at 5:29 pm

these must be delicious and so wholesome. Nice recipe :) Just the perfect treat after a day tidying :)

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14 Sunita March 10, 2009 at 6:45 am

Thanks Natalie…actually, even I found it hard to keep myself away from the container :-)

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15 Hélène March 9, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Beautiful pictures! Great treat for a clean up day. :)

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16 Sunita March 10, 2009 at 6:46 am

Thank you Helene…we did enjoy them a lot :-)

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17 Sharmi March 9, 2009 at 6:39 pm

well captured pics by the kiddos!! delicious looking cookies!

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18 Sunita March 10, 2009 at 6:46 am

Thank you Sharmi :-)

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19 mandira March 9, 2009 at 10:57 pm

great treats for clearing up.. if only I got this too, I would have done as well :)

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20 Sunita March 10, 2009 at 6:47 am

Lol, thanks Mandira..wish you were near, would have whipped up a batch for you too :-)

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21 Rosie March 10, 2009 at 2:40 am

Such beautiful pics and those cookies look very delicious!

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22 Sunita March 10, 2009 at 6:48 am

Thanks Rosie :-)

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23 Poornima March 10, 2009 at 2:49 am

Cookies look scrumptious…beautiful pic.

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24 Sunita March 10, 2009 at 6:48 am

Thanks Poornima :-)

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25 Nirmala March 10, 2009 at 4:03 am

Real competition Sunita! Agastya’s click is awesome…Why should u ask him to click a shot for this month’s CLICK ? The youngest participant though ;) The cookies are looking cute tied up together…

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26 Sunita March 10, 2009 at 6:49 am

Nirmala, thanks… aww, A will be in the clouds, when he reads this :-)

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27 Madhumathi March 10, 2009 at 5:15 am

Nice clicks..esp the one by Agastya :)
Love the cookie recipe!

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28 Sunita March 10, 2009 at 6:50 am

Thanks Madhumati :-)

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29 sandeepa March 10, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Beautiful photo. Agastya is so talented !!! Ok my daughter should never see this post, you give cookies for clearing out, ahem

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30 Sunita March 10, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Thanks Sandeepa. Actually, the main reason was that I didn’t have to bribe them to do it… all the more reason to treat :-)

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31 A&N March 11, 2009 at 2:36 am

Agastya’s pic is gorgeous :) And lovely cookies.

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32 RedChillies March 11, 2009 at 3:12 am

6 year old taking that picture, that is awesome. He is following his mother’s footsteps :-)
btw, many many happy returns of the day Sunita. Hope you have a special day.

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33 Suganya March 13, 2009 at 3:13 am

Wow. I am dumbfounded by your creativity, Sunita. Where do you get all these ideas for cookies. You seem to bake a different one every other day…:)

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34 Pinakee February 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Let me try this for the Valentine’s day… Iishaan is almost after me for making cookies… something that i’ve never tried before… sunita’s world is the saviour ! Will let you know the outcome later :)

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