What one item would you want if you were stranded on a remote island by yourself?
I’ve finally figured out my answer to the above question. The one item I would bring (assuming I couldn’t bring a phone to call for help or another person) would be a jar of peanut butter. It could be the high-quality stuff that needs intense stirring prior to consumption or even the knock-off JIF you can buy at the gas station. I’m not picky about PB. Why peanut butter and not a good book or sunscreen or a machete or a firestarter or a sleeping bag or any of the other 1500 more logical choices? First, it’s protein-rich so I wouldn’t need to rely on my (lack of) hunting and fishing skills. Plus, I think it would make the native plants more palatable. It has taken me 28 years to come to this conclusion, but I feel better for knowing my official answer to this age-old question.
At this moment, I’m assuming (and hoping) you aren’t actually stranded on a remote island. If you are, I hope you are enjoying PB and fern sandwiches. If you are not, go into your kitchen right now and make these cookies. I’m always searching for a great cookie recipe, and this one makes the cut. These are chewy, sweet, PB-ish, and soft… and perfect… and magical… and everything else one expects from a very perfect cookie.
1/2C butter, room temperature
1C brown sugar
3/4C white sugar
1C peanut butter
1 1/2C flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup quick-cooking oats
Preheat oven to 350.
Cream shortening, butter, sugars, and peanut butter. Once fluffy, beat in eggs one at a time. Once blended, set it aside.
In a different bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and oats.
Combine wet and dry ingredients. Stir until just combined.
Drop by large tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheets lined in parchment paper.
Bake for 13-15 minutes, until edges are golden. Remove from oven and let cool slightly on the baking sheet. Remove and let cool completely. Store leftovers in a covered container.