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O.N.’s Community Cookbook launches with Nana’s Peanut Butter Chews

on November 21, 2010

We’ve been collecting your Thanksgiving recipes and now we’d like to welcome you to our Online Community Cookbook.

Our featured recipe today is Nana’s Famous Peanut Butter Chews. It comes to us from Michael Stamm, former Olympic Swimming champ, and current Executive Chef Instructor for the Kitchen of Champions, a culinary training program offered by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County.

Nana’s Famous Peanut Butter Chews


  • 2/3 cup shortening (butter or margarine)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp milk

Directions: Chews

  1. Combine shortening, sugar, peanut butter, eggs and vanilla. Blend at low speed.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, salt. Add to first mixture.
  3. Add oatmeal – mix well.
  4. Spread onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. DO NOT OVERCOOK.
  5. Cut chews when warm, remove from pan when cool.

Directions: Icing

  1. Mix powdered sugar and milk together.
  2. Spread on warm chews.

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