Trifecta Cookies*

At some point in your life you are supposed to start learning from your mistakes. Your parents allow you to start screwing up…expecting you to learn from your experiences. My Mom decided to let me start this process a little too late I think. I know I was the first and I was the guinea pig so I don’t blame her (ok, maybe I do, but who doesn’t blame their Mom every now and then?)..but I think that is why I still have not figured out, that if it didn’t work out well the first time…it won’t do much better the second time. I think you should start learning these lessons much earlier then I did. That way, by the time you get to my age, you have it figured out.

When I was 16 and driving my Mom told me I was NOT allowed to go over to my boyfriend’s house after school. That I had to come STRAIGHT home (bold words are when she made the mom eyes and used the mom tone). So what did I do? Well I wanted to borrow my boyfriend’s letterman jacket. So I figured I would stop by for a split second, run in, grab it, and leave. Sounds like a solid plan right? His house was on the way home and it would only take 5 minutes. Well what do I do? I locked my keys in the car…with it running. Yes, I know, I am an genius idiot. So of course who has the spare? And who do I have to call and admit that I blatantly disobeyed? Ya, fun times. And then I got caught going over there two more times before I finally learned that lesson.

And then I got a little older and a little more rebellious and started sneaking out. I thought I was sooo smart. Except my mother started coming in my room, around 10 in the morning, yelling at me. Asking why I was sleeping so late and why are my eyes so red. She would make me sit up and look her in the eyes and then say “Jessie, DO NOT LIE TO ME. Are you doing drugs?”. Because apparently red eyes and a sleepy teenager pointed to drugs–don’t ask me, I didn’t write the handbook. At this point, I should have realized…hmm this whole sneaking out thing isn’t gonna end well. She knows something is up. But no, I figure I’ll just tell her I’m sick. A few more weeks go by of this…and then one night when I came home at around 3 in the morning I see the light on in my Dad’s office. And I think maybe I left it on. So I quietly sneak back in and into my room and start changing into my PJ’s…because I can’t sleep in what I was wearing because then they really will know. And guess who opens the door and flips on the light? My Dad. And there I am, completely naked with glitter and mascara all over my face (stop snickering, I know we all went through the glitter as eyeshadow stage). I made up some story about waking up and wanting to change my clothes…and he was so embarrassed he said “Oh..Uh. Ok.” and left. The next morning, I was grounded forever and all…but I still hadn’t learned my lesson. I did it a few more times, with horrible consequences, before I finally figured out I wasn’t doing myself any favors.

And these days, here I am. Old enough to go to war, to drink, and to vote. I’m married, pay my bills, and do all the grown up things my husband makes me do I should do. But I still have not started learning from my mistakes. For example, today I took out the garbage. And I know I bought the cheap bags and that they will tear if I fill them up too much. And last week I filled it up too much and it ripped on the way to the garbage can. So what do I do today? I pick up a full bag of garbage and think out loud “I should double bag this”. Do I do that? Of course not, instead I make a run for the garbage can… And what happens? It tears and trash goes everywhere. And my dog ate an eggshell before I could get to him and now I get to play poop patrol for the next few days to make sure he’s not dying. All because I can’t learn from my mistakes.

I made these cookies a couple weeks ago for my dear friend Mi’a. She is a cookie lover and I had been promising to make cookies for her for awhile. I knew, from past experience, that I should half the recipe because I would have too many leftover delicious cookies. But no, I tell myself to make the whole batch. That I will have some willpower this time and I will save the leftovers for Jorge.  Instead, I made the whole batch and found myself eating them for breakfast, over the kitchen sink, in shame.

I really thought these cookies were fabulous. I loved that they are a trifecta of the three greatest cookies! They are a mix of peanut butter cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and oatmeal cookies. I plan on making these over and over since they will travel well and are really fairly easy to put together!



Trifecta Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen cookies


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 creamy natural peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate bar, chopped coarsely


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat.

Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl and set aside.

Cream together butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract on medium speed for about 3 minutes. Add the egg and beat to combine. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add in the flour and mix until combined. Stir in the oats and the chocolate chunks.

Refrigerate the dough overnight or up to 24 hours. Allow dough to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes prior to baking.

Scoop the dough with a medium cookie scoop (about two tablespoons) onto lined baking sheet about two inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes until golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes on baking sheet then move to a wire rack. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container.

Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

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45 Responses to “Trifecta Cookies”

  1. 1

    Judy Neb — September 17, 2010 @ 12:23 am

    I will be making these for my grandkids, they look amazing. Your blog is awesome. Love the great photos!

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    Nessie — September 17, 2010 @ 5:01 am

    *lol* I love your stories

    The cookies look delicios. Unfortunately, I can’t make anything with peanut butter in our house. Do you think “NORMAL” butter will do?
    Thanks for replying

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — September 17, 2010 @ 6:56 am

    trifecta indeed!

    those stories are hilarious!

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    The Nifty Foodie — September 17, 2010 @ 7:24 am

    Ok besides the cookies, which look awesome, I’m too known for overstuffing the bags. I totally feel your pain…oh, and poop patrol SUCKS. Ugh..hope your dog is OK!

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    Kerri — September 17, 2010 @ 7:52 am

    that cookie looks awesome jess!

    ps – don’t worry… my parents thought the same thing about the sleeping late/red eyes thing. i got caught once sneaking out… best excuse ever…

    “but, i was helping him studying for a big test.”

    really, kerri? really?!? 😉

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    Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — September 17, 2010 @ 9:09 am

    Oh my gosh, your stories are so funny! I think I was 16 when my best friend and I thought we were soooooo smart and could totally otusmart our parents. Oh how wrong we were. It was an ugly summer 😉 I’m so glad you enjoyed these cookies!!

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    DeAnna — September 17, 2010 @ 9:58 am

    Jess, that is hysterical. I have stories about my teenage years that would make your hair curl..and embarrass George. hehe I’m 46 and still haven’t learned my lessons.

    OMG cookies!! I miss cookies.

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    The Blue-Eyed Bakers — September 17, 2010 @ 10:02 am

    A trifecta indeed! What a superb combo – pb, chocolate and oatmeal?! DELICIOUS!

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    Emily Z — September 17, 2010 @ 10:11 am

    Lovely cookies. And I was watching the slide show at the top of your blog and now my mouth is watering!

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    TheKitchenWitch — September 17, 2010 @ 10:12 am

    I love the cookies, but I love the story more. Ah, why is it so hard to double bag that garbage, Miss Sparkle-Eyes?

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    Debbie — September 17, 2010 @ 10:32 am

    This is hilarious! I used to get caught doing stupid things all the time when I was a teenager…I don’t know what made me think I was smarter than my parents!

    I am loving these cookies too, PB and Chocolate are my favorite so oatmeal can only make it better :-) Thanks!

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    notyet100 — September 17, 2010 @ 11:13 am


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    Amy (Sing For Your Supper) — September 17, 2010 @ 12:09 pm

    I probably don’t have to tell you that I was a total Goody-Two-Shoes in HS! 😉 This post is hilarious and the cookies look fab!!

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    Sharlene — September 17, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

    Ahh getting in trouble for seeing a boyfriend at the wrong time was my specialty in high school! These cookies look and sound fantastic! I think I might make a batch this weekend!

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    Annetra — September 17, 2010 @ 4:48 pm

    1/2 WHAT of creamy natural peanut butter?

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    Miri Leigh — September 17, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

    Hilarious stories about your teenage years. Why do we all think we’re smarter than our parents at that age? Like our mothers never pulled the same stunts…

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    ErinsFoodFiles — September 17, 2010 @ 8:38 pm

    OMG OMG OMG… These look SO amazing! Me wanty NOW!

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    Eliana — September 17, 2010 @ 8:49 pm

    What a great post girl! And I’m sold on these on the fact that you actually had some of them for breakfast. I mean what’s not to love – it incorporates the 3 best cookies ever!

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    ItsBecca — September 17, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

    Ohhhh I know the breakfast cookie (of shame) all too well.

    Also, Glad Forceflex bags have been a Godsend to me. Stuff them full, stick in pizza and cereal boxes, beat them around and they take it all! Brilliant!

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    Liz @ Blog is the New Black — September 17, 2010 @ 10:03 pm

    Those cookies look amazing!

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    kitchen flavours — September 18, 2010 @ 9:51 am

    Delicious looking cookies! Your story is really charming and amusing! Have a lovely weekend!

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    Cookie Sleuth — September 18, 2010 @ 6:15 pm

    I would make a whole batch, too! These look tasty :)

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    Caitlin (EatFeats) — September 18, 2010 @ 7:18 pm

    Is glitter eyeshadow considered a phase if I still use it?

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    1Suki — September 18, 2010 @ 10:30 pm

    You made me laugh. Some things just really hit home. I have one just like you. Great stories and thank-you for the laugh loved reading it.
    Look forward to making the cookies. :)

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    Brilynn — September 19, 2010 @ 8:46 am

    I make a version of these called Team Cookies, because back in my sport playing days a teammmate’s mom used to bake up bucketfuls of these cookies for game days. You really can’t go wrong with chocolate, peanut butter and oats, they’re great cookies!

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    Anne Conover — September 19, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

    I made these this weekend. I did not refridgerate the dough and they came out perfectly! YUM, YUM!

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    Sues — September 19, 2010 @ 5:49 pm

    I love that these involve peanut butter :) They look incredible!! I found you through Foodbuzz, by the way. Yay!

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    Becky — September 20, 2010 @ 12:35 pm

    I hear ya on the “stopping by the bf’s house when you’re not supposed to and getting busted” story. I learned quickly after getting caught and grounded.

    Oh, and these cookies look amazing. I MUST try them soon : )

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    Jenna — September 20, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

    The cookies look fabulous, and your story is super funny. =)

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — September 20, 2010 @ 2:21 pm

    These look insanely good! Glad we connected and that I found your site. It’s wonderful!

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    Sarah — September 20, 2010 @ 3:07 pm

    A reply to Nessie, who asked about a substitute for peanut butter. Use the same amount of another nut butter — almond butter would be delicious. (Unless, of course, your household has allergies to both peanuts and tree nuts…) Do NOT sub butter for peanut butter — you’ll just end up making really buttery oatmeal-chocolate cookies that will spread too much. good luck!

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    Maria — September 20, 2010 @ 9:51 pm

    I am craving cookies now!

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    Katie — September 21, 2010 @ 3:06 pm

    This story seriously cracks me up! Love it. And um…those cookies sound pretty amazing. I think I want one…NOW.

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    mariya — September 22, 2010 @ 11:55 pm

    hahaha, firstly i love your story. i think we all lied at some point in our teenage years especially to our parents. there was always that one thing that you just HAD to do. but i can totally relate to you about not learning from your mistakes its like i forget or something, or just have grown to not care lol. anyway delicious looking cookies! i love a good cookie recipe, will bookmark this one. take care!

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    Meg — October 25, 2010 @ 12:41 pm

    I made these on Saturday evening – and there were gone by mid-morning Sunday. They were SO good. Seriously, SO good! And easy too!
    I saw this recipe and thought, I HAVE to have them! I (unfortunately) did’t have any semi-sweet or dark chocolate – so I used regular milk chips instead, and while I’m sure better chocolate would’ve yielded even better results, they were still awesome!

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    Mel — April 3, 2011 @ 6:41 pm

    Erm, am I missing something here? Comments talk about making these and recipes and such but, all I see is photos and a story, I don’t see any recipe…?

    • Jessica replied: — July 29th, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

      Sorry Mel! I was never notified of your comment. There was an error with wordpress, but I have corrected it and the recipe is showing up correctly above! Hope you get a chance to make them…they are awesome!

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    Kaysee — July 28, 2011 @ 5:28 pm

    Same here. What happened to the recipe?

    • Jessica replied: — July 29th, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

      There was an error with wordpress, but I have corrected it and the recipe is showing up correctly above! Hope you get a chance to make them…they are awesome!

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    Mel — July 30, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

    Ah, no worries. Glad it’s fixed! =)

    And btw, the “story” bit amused me and the cookies look & sound great! I was just too perplexed to mention that bit when I found no recipe but people talking about it! hahaha.

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    Jay — February 12, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    Half a CUP of peanut butter or half of a jar?

    I’m so excited to make these!

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    Aimee — October 20, 2012 @ 1:04 am

    I can’t wait to make these cookies! I found you from a link from Tracie Carlos on Facebook and I’m loving your blog. Thank you! Found an icing recipe to try, too…..still looking around, but had to say thanks!

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    Susana Lorena — January 9, 2014 @ 6:07 am

    Great Recipe! I’m so doing this!

    You seems a lot like me, I also have to learn a lot of grown up stuffs I’m suposed to do… But yet, I quite don’t do them.

    Loved your blog!

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