I know what you’re thinking.
Peaches? Summer is nearly over, haven’t you looked at the calendar?
Oats again? Give them a rest.
Okay, hear me out. The calendar may suggest that summer officially ends today, but it is still blisteringly hot here in Boulder. The constant rays of sunshine bake the walls of my house and classroom, implying that summertime is lingering.
And the oats? I admit it, I’m an oat fanatic. When bulk bin oats go on special, I buy embarrassingly large bags to stock up. I eat the same bowl of oatmeal for breakfast every morning. I love oats.
Perhaps this is due, in part, to the fact that every time I scoop a cup of rolled oats, I am transported back to my childhood visits to Quaker Square in Ohio (former Quaker Oats factory turned unique shops). I see the silos once filled with flaky oats and feel the warmth of the just-baked oatmeal cookie in my hands as I walk the cobblestone path. I imagine the irregular texture of the oats rolling on my tongue as the soft cookie melts away in my mouth. This sensation washes over me with every bowl of oatmeal, crunch of homemade granola, and bite of oatmeal cookie.
For these Oatmeal Peach cookies, I thought about all of my favorite aspects of that Quaker Square cookie of my past and mixed it up. Instead of raisins, these cookies are packed with sweet, fresh peaches. To complement the fruit, velvety white chocolate morsels and crunchy pecans stud each moist bite. With just the right amount of added sweetener, the peaches sing through with welcomed notes of summertime.
I began working on this recipe in the height of peach season. These little nuggets of heaven powered my colleagues and I through our back-to-school meetings and fueled a hungry mob of friends playing an intense game of nighttime capture the flag. Now, as summer comes to a close, I finally nailed the recipe.
After a few iterations of these cookies, I should report that the fresh peaches can cause the cookies to soften after a day stored at room temperature. My solution was to use peaches that were just barely ripe to limit the peach juice thinning out the dough. If you can keep yourself from eating all of the cookies within the first two days, you could also store them in the refrigerator. I quite enjoyed the refreshing bites of the slightly cool cookies.
These truly are the perfect treat to help you enjoy the final moments of summer.
“So long, sweet summer…”