Yields up 12 dozen cookies.
This is a cookie from my childhood. The are really scrumptious. My mother found the recipe in a 1990 collection called: Die Beste van Huisgenoot Wenresepte (published in English as: The Best of Winning Recipes from Huisgenoot). Huisgenoot is a Afrikaans, South African magazine, also published in English as You. The recipe was called “Koekies vir hongerige kinders” (Cookies for hungry-ish kids) and was submitted by a Mrs SJ Nel.
Supposedly this can yield up to 12 dozen cookies (yikes!), but I made mine kinda big so I got about 6 dozen. Yeah, it’s a rather large recipe (so make sure you’re using a LARGE mixing bowl). You could probably half or quarter it. Or make the whole thing and have cookies for days!
500 g/ 1 lb (2 cups) baking margarine*
1½ cups soft brown sugar
1½ cups white sugar
425 g (800 ml / 3 cups + 3 Tbsp) cake flour
1 Tbsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
200 g (1½ cups) peanuts (salt/ unsalted according to preference)
6 cups oats
2 tsp Vanilla essence
*I normally use butter. I sometimes replace 1/5 of the butter with ±¼ cup peanut butter
If you mistakenly use barbecue flavoured peanuts it will be weird… edible, but weird (unless you’re into that kind of flavour profile, then go ahead and try it on purpose).
- Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) — if your oven takes long. I usually do this just before putting the do onto the trays.
- Grease/ spray baking trays
- Cream (with a mixer) the butter and brown sugar
- In a different bowl beat the eggs and white sugar until fluffy and most of the sugar has dissolved.
- Add the egg mixture to the butter mixture and mix well.
- Sift the flour, baking soda and salt together.
- Mix the sifted ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well.
- Add the peanuts, oats and vanilla and mix well
- Roll the dough into little balls and place on the baking tray and flatten with a fork…
or scoop dough onto the trays with a spoon. The dough spreads out quite a bit during baking, so keep it smallish (unless you want giant cookies), with enough space between cookies.
- Bake 16-20 minutes until golden brown.
- Allow to cool on cooling rack.
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