Ranch House Cookies

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These hearty cookies are loaded up with peanut butter, old-fashioned oats, chopped walnut, and chocolate chips.

Ranch House Cookies are filled with peanut butter, oats, chocolate chips, and walnuts

While visiting my Dad last month, I found an old recipe for these “Ranch House Cookies” on an old tattered piece of paper. My name was written across the top in my adolescent handwriting, and my guess is that it came from a middle school home-ec class. The name sounded vaguely familiar, but I have no recollection of them.

So of course, I had to bake up a batch!

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These cookies are pretty much just a standard drop-cookie recipe with peanut butter, oats, walnuts, and chocolate chips mixed in. They’re chewy in the middle and a little crisp on the edges. Nothing ground breaking, but still really tasty!

Peanut butter, chocolate chips, oats and walnuts

Ranch house cookie dough

I’m not sure where the name “Ranch House Cookies” comes from. After doing some googling, it looks like they are similar to “Cowboy Cookies”, whose name may come from the fact that they’re loaded up with mix-ins and make for a nice hearty treat.

Maybe “Ranch House Cookies” came from the same origin— hearty enough for life on the ranch?

Wherever the name comes from, my whole family loved these loaded up cookies. And I’m so glad I found the recipe! I’m gonna have to make them a regular thing.

Scooping out ranch house cookie dough

baking tip:How to bake perfect cookies every time

Pull cookies from the oven when the edges are golden brown and the tops are just starting to turn golden. Once out of the oven, leave the cookies on the sheet pan for a few minutes, where they’ll do a little more baking and setting up. After 5 minutes, transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely and you’ll have perfectly crisp cookies with a chewy center.

Ranch House Cookies are filled with peanut butter, oats, chocolate chips, and walnuts

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Ranch House Cookies

These hearty cookies are loaded up with peanut butter, old-fashioned oats, chopped walnut, and chocolate chips.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (135 grams) creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (105 grams) light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup (180 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (48 grams) old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup (85 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup (56 grams) chopped walnuts

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. With an electric mixer, beat the peanut butter, butter, brown sugar and sugar on high speed until light and creamy, 2-3 minutes, scraping down the bowl once.
  3. Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
  4. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and mix until just barely combined. Add oats, chocolate chips, and walnuts and mix on low just until combined.
  5. Use a medium cookie scoop or spoon to measure out cookie dough and place on prepared pan.
  6. Bake until they cookies appear set and just start to turn brown, 12-13 minutes.
  7. Let cool on the sheet pan for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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