1 stick unsalted butter (1/4 pound), softened to room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
scant 1/2 tsp baking soda
scant 1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups quick oats
1 cup M&Ms
1 cup chocolate chips
(any other variations you have on hand and want to toss in: white chocolate chips, coconut, chopped pecans and so on)
1. Preheat oven to 350 ºF
2. Line two baking sheets with parchment (baking) paper and set aside.
3. Cream butter and sugars together for about 3 minutes. Add peanut butter, eggs, then vanilla, beating after each addition. In a separate bowl combine the baking soda, flour, and salt. Mix the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture, blending just to combine.
4. Fold in the quick oats, M&Ms, and chocolate chips and any other variations (white chocolate chips, coconut, nuts and so on) that aren't listed in the recipe but you want to toss in.
5. Roll balls of dough (about 2 tbsp / cookie.. you can use a cookie scoop or small ice cream scoop) and place on baking sheets. Bake for 9-10 minutes. Cookies will appear under done. Allow to cool on cookie sheet for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.