When I first created this recipe, I called them breakfast cookies, because I was making them as a granola bar substitute that the kids could run out the door with. Over the years, we've affectionately come to know them as Karate Cookies and, more recently, Track Cookies. Karate tournaments and track meets have got to be two of the longest sporting events on the planet, with no easily accessible food, so I started making these cookies to bring along for fuel. They probably saved some lives a few times, as a hungry athlete is a cranky athlete. Not to mention their parents.
Staci's Breakfast Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs or 3/4 cup egg substitute
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1/4 cup wheat flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 cups oatmeal (quick oats or process 3 cups old fashioned briefly in a food processor, add last cup unground)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine margarine and peanut butter. Add sugars, molasses, vanilla and eggs. Stir well. Add all remaining ingredients. Stir until completely combined. Drop with 1 1/2 tablespoon scoop onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes. Cool.
Makes about 48 cookies.
This is an extremely flexible recipe. You can substitute half of the butter with applesauce. They taste good, but are best eaten the same day they're made. No molasses? Leave it out or substitute some honey. The ground flax seed could be wheat germ, ground nuts, more oats or even ground cereal. Of course, you could use white flour if you don't have wheat.
If I were the only one eating these, I would add some coarsely chopped nuts. Sadly, my kids think nuts are for eating alone and not using in a recipe. I do sometimes throw in some chocolate chips. They don't complain about those. You could add some raisins or other dried fruit, if that's your thing.
Track season is over and there are no karate tournaments on the horizon, so this batch might actually make it to breakfast.