Kitchen Sink, Everything Cookies Recipe: Oatmeal, Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Walnut Cookies

October 13th, 2008 · Tags: Chocolate · Dessert · Food · Recipe

So, yesterday was my birthday. If you noticed the number on last year’s birthday cupcakes, you’ll know what year it is for me (don’t make me say it!) I want to give a big shout-out to everyone who sent me messages and left wishes on my Facebook wall (is the new ecard?) – I feel loved.

The best thing about your birthday is, of course, using it as an excuse to use the phrase “since it’s my birthday” a few times. Luckily, when I get my way, often others benefit. Such is the case with these cookies. I decided the pantry could use a bit of an emptying from my “Food Hoarder” ways.

It’s a little similar to Food Blogga Susan’s Food Shopaholics Anonymous but I hoard my purchases and gifts. Being an expat puts your cupboard on a whole different level as some ingredients like mozzarella di buffala and basil are plentiful, and others are not. I start a lot of my food shopping with “Just in case….” – Who knows when I’ll need to use that agar-agar or those black sesame seeds? What about the little silver codettes or the ranch dressing? Better leave them until next recipe.

So I went flying in the face of my food hoarding ways to make these cookies and tackled my cupboard – a bag of peanut butter chips? Zing! Ghiradelli chocolate chips? POW! Walnuts, Quaker oats, coconut….

Who wouldn’t love these cookies?

In honor of the mish-mash of ingredients, I’m calling them a hybrid name as well….Kitchen Sink, Everything Cookies…with Food Hoarder and Birthday Girl thrown in there, too…..since it’s my birthday (or it was when I made them!)

Kitchen Sink, Everything Cookies Recipe: Oatmeal, Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Walnut Cookies

Kitchen Sink, Everything, Food Hoarder, Birthday Girl Cookies: Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chip, Coconut Cookie Recipe

They are a little more caramelized and cook up darker than you might expect from a traditional chocolate chip cookie since the dark brown sugar plays a bit part. Don’t worry, they are good to the last morsel. I suggest having milk or water nearby while eating!

3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 sticks / 1 cup (225g) unsalted butter
1 t. vanilla

1 cup flour
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt

2 cups white oats (Quaker if you got ‘em!)
1 cup (about 90g) unsweetened, shredded coconut
80g walnuts, chopped/chunked into pieces
12oz/340g chocolate chips
10oz/283g (1 2/3cups) peanut butter chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Beat the butter and sugars together until creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix for another 1-2 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, salt and baking soda together with a whisk or very briskly with a fork to evenly distribute the ingredients. Add this mixture slowly to the eggs and sugar mixture.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together all the “extras” – the coconut, oats, nuts and chocolate / peanut butter chips.
  4. Add to the wet mixture and mix using a wooden spoon until all ingredients are mixed evenly and there are no dry ingredients floating freely. Drop by tablespoons onto a cookie/baking sheet lined with parchment.
  5. Cook for 10-12 minutes (watch carefully if you have the convection oven/fan on like me) and take out the cookies when the edges begin to turn golden brown. Let cookies sit for 3-5 minutes on the cookie tray, then remove to cooling rack.

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  • 1
    michelle of bleeding espresso // Oct 13, 2008 at 8:45 am

    OK oddly enough, I think I have all these things in my cupboard as well…perhaps they’ll be *my* birthday cookies this coming weekend?!

    Hope you had a great day Sara :)

  • 2
    nyc/caribbean ragazza // Oct 13, 2008 at 9:51 am

    Happy birthday! I think you should celebrate for the rest of the month.

  • 3
    Erin // Oct 13, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Happy Birthday! I prefer to think of my birthday as taking place over an entire week. It’s much more liberating and chocolate filed that way :)

    PS: Thanks so much for linking to the cookie recipe on my site. It’s one of my favorites nd always a

  • 4
    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) // Oct 13, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Happy birthday, Sara! I think on your birthday, you should be able to celebrate with any type of sweets you want, and these cookies look wonderful.

  • 5
    Cherrye at My Bella Vita // Oct 13, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Those look delish. I hope you had a great birthday. I don’t remember the # from last year, but I’m thinking… 27? 28?? ;-)

  • 6
    Joan Nova // Oct 13, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Cookies and milk…now that’s really trying to recapture your youth! Happy Birthday!

  • 7
    Ms. Adventures in Italy // Oct 13, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Thanks everyone. :)

    @Erin, I was writing up this article when I saw your tweet about making your own version, so I knew I had to include it!! :)

    @Joan Nova – You could say I was trying to recapture my youth with the milk, but I think that it was more like trying to save my life – these cookies REALLY need milk or water with them. :)

  • 8
    Fit Bottomed Girls // Oct 13, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    They sound wonderful, and happy belated birthday!!!

  • 9
    Marla // Oct 13, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    These look fab. I was going to wish you a buon compleanno, but the crowd at face book was daunting. I’m sure you had a fabulous one.

  • 10
    Kalyn // Oct 13, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    My dear, you *are* loved. And as for the number on the cake, Lydia and I were guessing how old you were when we saw it was your birthday and we both guessed 27-28, so no worries!

  • 11
    Amanda // Oct 13, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Happy belated birthday! I hope you had a great day filled with everything that makes you happy. By the look of those cookies, I am guessing that you had a splendid day :) You know what would go great with those seemingly rich and sweet cookies? A big cup of bailey’s spiced hot cocoa. Yes ma’am, that’s how I plan on celebrating my own birthday!

  • 12
    Dad's of San Diego // Oct 13, 2008 at 8:02 pm


  • 13
    Fern Driscoll // Oct 13, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Happy Birthday and Many Happy Returns of the Day. Can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with chocolate. But tell me: where on earth, or rather, where in Italy do you find chocolate and peanut chips?? All I’ve seen are some miniscule chocolate dits that look like, well, I don’t want to say what they look like, but think ‘mouse.’ Do tell!

  • 14
    anne // Oct 13, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Sorry I missed your birthday, hope you had a brilliant day..cookies look yummy :-)

  • 15
    Leesa // Oct 14, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    WOW!! They look DELISH!!!! Happy belated birthday!! Hope it was a fun one!! (I just found your blog via Cafe’ Fernado… LOVE your site…
    Take care,

  • 16
    Patricia Scarpin // Oct 15, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Oh, I like these. I like these a lot.

  • 17
    janie // Oct 15, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    A very Happy Birthday-hope it was wonderful and with those delicious looking cookies., I’m sure it was!

  • 18
    megan // Oct 16, 2008 at 3:50 am

    kitchen sink cookies are the best! what a way to celebrate!

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