How to Make Oatmeal-Peanut Butter Cookies in Your Air Fryer
If you want a bakery-worthy cookie, go for this oatmeal and peanut butter version. It's crunchy on the edges, soft and bendable in the middle, and tastes like the cookies your grandmother made--assuming she made fantastic cookies! The cookies aren't loaded with too much butter or sugar. Rather, the cookies are sweet but not cloyingly so. They are moist but won't leave you feeling like you've got to run a mile per cookie to work off the calories. The cookies are just plain, simple cookies that taste amazingly good. You can eat them as a not-to-bad-for you snack or alongside your fruit or ice cream for dessert. How hard are the cookies to make? Not hard at all. I mix up the cookies in minutes in a Pyrex measure using a wooden spoon. The cookies bake in about 10 minutes in the air fryer. I also bake about half of the dough (nine cookies) and stash the remainder of the dough in the refrigerator so that I can have fresh, hot cookies later in the week. Can you add things--like chocolate chips--to the dough? Sure, but I like the cookies "as is." They're great just as they are--which is why I make only a small amount of cookies at a time to limit my temptation.
Air Fryer Oatmeal-Peanut Butter Cookies -- Makes about 18
3 tablespoons of canola oil
1/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of brown sugar (I use dark brown)
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
3 tablespoons of peanut butter (I use chunky, because I like it!)
3/4 cup of flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 cup of quick oats
In a medium mixing bowl or measure beat together the oil, egg, sugars, vanilla, and peanut butter. Add the flour, salt, and baking soda and stir just until mixed. Add the oats and stir until they're mixed in. Cut sheets of baking parchment to fit your air fryer basket. Drop 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough onto each sheet of parchment (about three mounds of dough for each piece of parchment). Flatten the dough slightly with your fingers (to prevent rolling). Place one sheet of dough-topped parchment in the air fryer basket and cook the dough for about 10 minutes or until the cookies are a light golden brown. The cookies will appear soft, but they'll harden as they cool. Repeat the cooking process with the remainder of the dough, or cook as much as you want and stash the rest of the dough, well wrapped in plastic wrap, in the refrigerator to bake another day. Enjoy!