Femme Brûlée: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

I am a very lucky woman because next week I’ll be getting in bed with Kristin for the second time on February 21st. What an honor! This is no ordinary Getting In bed With Kristin however, because we will be baking in bed. How cute, and fun, and delicious! Oh, and stressful, it’s also very stressful. Eating dessert in bed, that’s easy, but MAKING dessert in bed? That’s something I’ve never done and feel very nervous about. It seemed like such a great idea when it was suggested, and it still is, but over the last few weeks it dawned on me that whatever I was going to make for this bed baking live extravaganza needed to check a whole lot of boxes. I needed to create a recipe that wouldn’t be messy and put us at risk of spilling anything on Kristin’s beautiful blanket. I’d never forgive myself. I also needed it not to include appliances/electricity for preparation, be something that can happen start to finish in one hour, and be easy enough to make while also talking and answering questions on camera and trying to sound smart and cute or whatever. Needless to say this was a serious challenge, but the only thing I love more than a challenge is one that involves dessert so did I figure it out? Damn right I did, cause cookies. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal cookies to be exact.

These cookies take two bowls, bake in 20 minutes, have the least messy batter I’ve ever met in my life, and based on my solo test run can absolutely be assembled in bed. I just seriously upped my foreplay repertoire. They’re wonderfully chewy but still have a solid texture, or as my girlfriend said “still give you something to do” because of the oats. The chocolate chips are perfectly melty if you eat the cookie while still slightly warm, which combined with the creamy peanut butter is almost too much. We all know peanut butter and chocolate are a culinary dream team so I don’t even have to explain. Plus, if you use gluten-free oats these cookies are perfect for the gluten intolerant cuties of the world! I bet they’d be just as good with almond or sunflower seed butter too if peanuts aren’t you’re friend, AND with the right chocolate chips they’d be vegan too. Talk about versatility. They’re also basically a breakfast food, especially if you dunk them in coffee like I have all week. Just let it happen. I’m so excited to share this recipe, and make it with Kristin next week! If you plan on watching you could even get all the ingredients ready and make them along with us. It’ll be a party! If not I highly suggest you make them in whatever room feels most comfortable to you and get your Cookie Monster on.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies


2 tablespoons ground flax seed
6 tablespoons warm water
1/2 cup unsalted creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup oat flour ( I ground 1 cup rolled oats in the blender)
1 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
2. In a small cup or bowl  (I used a measuring cup) mix together the flax seed and warm water and set aside to thicken.

3. Meanwhile in a large bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, coconut oil, and sugar until fully incorporated. Next whisk in the vanilla and flax mixture. Lastly add the ground and whole oats, baking powder, salt, and chocolate chips and mix with a spoon or rubber spatula until there are no dry clumps of flour left. The batter will be VERY thick.

4. Roll the batter into 12 medium/palm size balls and place evenly spaced on a baking sheet

5. Chill the baking sheet in the freezer for 10 minutes. If there’s no way a baking sheet will fit in your freezer, you can chill the dough in the bowl for ten minutes before rolling the cookies.

6. Bake for 18-20 minutes. The cookies should still give a little and feel soft in the middle when you poke them. Allow to cool for ten minutes on the baking sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool the rest of the way. Just kidding eat them now but don’t burn your mouth.


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Reneice Charles

Reneice Charles is a just another queer, liberal, woman of color using the Internet to escape from reality and failing miserably. She received her MSW from New York University and is an Entrepreneur and Vocalist living in Los Angeles. She spends her spare time wishing she didn't have to use her spare time convincing people that everyone deserves the same basic human rights.

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  1. “Allow to cool for ten minutes on the baking sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool the rest of the way. Just kidding eat them now but don’t burn your mouth.”

    FINALLY! An honest recipe. So looking forward to making these, right now for breakfast !

  2. Oooh! I make a very close version of this recipe with two bananas instead of the coconut oil (a bit fluffier for breakfast time), I can confirm it is delicious, unmessy, nutritious, and allows you to place a maximum amount of delicious food in your mouth first thing in thw morning with no effort whatsoever.

  3. This recipe looks good, and I have all of the ingredients except flax seeds. I like to make “kitchen sink” cookies with whatever combination of peanut butter, oatmeal, chocolate chips, and dried cranberries that I have on hand. Also I appreciate recipes that aren’t too messy!

  4. I can confirm that these were very good with my morning coffee ! So easy to make and I (almost) didn’t burn my mouth off.

  5. Thank you so much for this receipe! My daughter is allergic to dairy, egg and all nuts so I used whole (unhulled) Tahini (sesame seed paste), which is oilier than peanut butter so didn’t need the coconut oil, they came out beautifully! My first ever oatmeal cookies, nay, sucessful any_type_of_cookie… (watching you peeps make them in bed gave me the confidence to try it!), so yay, I achieved something today!! Nom nom…. ?

  6. So I’ve had this tab open since February because I was #committed (to making these cookies; to giving every Autostraddle article it’s rightful due) and also have #waytoomanytabsopen but I finally made this recipe today and it is soooo delish. Thanks Reneice!

  7. four months later and i make these cookies ALL THE TIME. things they are good for: breakfast, snacks, sorry your grandfather died, making your friends 15 yo foster son like you, tricking myself into thinking i’m eating enough protein, lactation apparently?! thanks reneice!

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