Take 5 Oatmeal Cookies: #CreativeCookieExchange

Whip up a batch of our Take 5 Oatmeal Cookies. These sweet & salty oatmeal cookies are reminiscent of Take 5 candy bars. Lots of gooey caramel nestled inside chewy oatmeal cookies and coated with crunchy peanuts. And, of course, there’s a chocolate drizzle too!

Take 5 Oatmeal Cookies | 2 Cookin Mamas Whip up a batch of sweet & salty oatmeal cookies reminiscent of Take 5 candy bars. Lots of gooey caramel nestled inside oatmeal cookies coated with peanuts.

I am so excited! This is my first entry as part of The Creative Cookie Exchange. I have admired all the people that put out such delicious looking recipes for months now and finally decided to take the plunge and join in the fun!

This month’s theme was caramel. You know, that gooey, thick and rich sweet taffy that is good by itself or in just about anything – as a brownie, crepe or ice cream topping, flavoring for coffee, cake, bars, trifles and of course COOKIES!

Take 5 Oatmeal Cookies 1 | 2CookinMamas

So what did I come up with? Have you ever had a Take 5 candy bar? Let me tell you, they are really decadently delicious! It’s a crunchy chocolate bar that is chock full of caramel, peanuts and pretzels – sound good?  So I went to work to incorporate all these great flavors in one cookie.

Take 5 Oatmeal Cookies 2 | 2CookinMamas

I cheated a little as I substituted the oats for the pretzels although you could add some pretzels to the crushed peanuts and coat the cookies with both flavors – not a bad idea to try out next time.

Take 5 Oatmeal Cookies prep|2CookinMamas

I also found this great caramel product called Caramel Bits by Kraft and they’re so much easier to use than having to open, what seems like, hundreds of packages of individual caramels and cut them into pieces. I have used the bits for other recipes where I need to make a caramel sauce and they melt a lot faster than the larger individually-wrapped pieces.

Take 5 Oatmeal Cookies baked

I sent half of the cookies into work with my husband and they were gone so fast he didn’t even get one for himself. Now if that isn’t a good endorsement I don’t know what is!

Take 5 Oatmeal Cookies 2 | 2 Cookin Mamas

Let me know if you try them. Would love to here from you. Hope you enjoy!

Prep Time
18 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Whip up a batch of sweet & salty oatmeal cookies reminiscent of Take 5 candy bars. Lots of gooey caramel nestled inside oatmeal cookies coated with peanuts.
Servings: 3 dozen
Author: Linda Warren
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 pkg Kraft Caramel Bits
  • 2 cups peanuts, crushed
  • 1 cup pretzels, crushed (optional)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheets with a nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter with sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and continue to beat until well incorporated.
  3. In a second bowl, combine flour and next 4 ingredients. Add to creamed mixture. Stir in oats.
  4. Open caramel bits and place in a bowl. Crush peanuts (and combine with crushed pretzels if using) and place on large flat plate.
To assemble cookies:
  1. Take 2 tablespoons of cookie dough and roll into round ball. Make an indentation and add 3-4 caramel bits. Re-roll to enclose bits. Roll ball in nuts, pressing slightly with fingers to help nuts adhere to dough. Place cookie on prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all dough has been used. (Make sure cookies are at least 2" apart as they will spread.)
  2. Bake 12-14 minutes or until nicely browned. Remove and let cool on cookie sheets for several minutes before moving to wire rack to finish cooling.
  3. While cookies are cooling, place chocolate & cream in a microwave safe measuring cup and melt in microwave in 30 second increments until mostly melted. Stir until smooth.
  4. Place wire rack of cookies over clean cookie sheet and drizzle chocolate over cooled cookies. Let chocolate set before storing in airtight container.



The theme this month is Caramel–any kind of caramel in any kind of cookie! If you are a blogger and want to join in the fun, contact Laura at thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com and she will get you added to our Facebook group, where we discuss our cookies and share links. Please be patient though, as this month Laura is off to Italy and will not be checking email quite as often!

You can also just use us as a great resource for cookie recipes–be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:




Whip up a batch of sweet & salty Take 5 Oatmeal Cookies reminiscent of Take 5 candy bars. Lots of gooey caramel nestled inside oatmeal cookies coated with peanuts. #cookies #Take5CandyBar #recipe #oatmealcookies

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    Renee Dobbs
    05/19/2015 at 7:10 am Welcome to the Creative Cookie Exchange! Thanks for sharing such a nice recipe too. Now you have me on the search for those caramel bits.
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      Linda Warren
      05/19/2015 at 1:20 pm Love being a part of this group! Can't wait to see what comes next! I was pretty happy to find those caramel bits myself. It saves so much time whenever a recipe calls for caramel.
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    05/19/2015 at 9:28 am So glad you are baking with the group this month! I can see why these cookies disappeared quickly- they would at my house too!
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      Linda Warren
      05/19/2015 at 1:16 pm Thanks Holly! I love being in this group - you are all so talented! So many cookies, so little time! :-)
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    05/19/2015 at 11:04 am Perfect looking cookie, I will take 12 of those Take 5!!
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      Linda Warren
      05/19/2015 at 11:50 am That was my problem, I couldn't eat just one! So I sent them to the office with my husband. lol
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    05/19/2015 at 11:33 am I've never had a Take 5 candy bar but the combination sounds fabulous. I love salty with my sweet, especially when we are talking about caramel. Welcome to the group!
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      Linda Warren
      05/19/2015 at 11:48 am Thanks Stacy! I always love salty and sweet candies so I had to try it in cookie form too. Hope you get a chance to try it.
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    Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories
    05/20/2015 at 2:24 am I just discovered the caramel bits too and love them!! Your cookies looks delicious!! Welcome to the group!!
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      Linda Warren
      05/20/2015 at 10:31 am Thanks Karen! It sure beats having to open 30 or more individual caramels but they are so easy to just pop in your mouth. I have to hide them so I don't keep going back for more. lol
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    Sam - SugarSpunRun
    05/20/2015 at 10:31 am These are such a neat idea, I bet they taste amazing! :)
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    Sarah Reid, CNP (@jo_jo_ba)
    05/21/2015 at 10:20 pm I LOVE Take 5 bars... miss them!
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      Linda Warren
      05/22/2015 at 8:52 am Mix pretzels with peanuts on the outside of the cookie and you'll think you're taking a bite of one!
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    05/23/2015 at 2:42 pm Pretzels in a cookie? Wow I should try this though will have to make pretzels first since they aren't readily available here but by the look of these cookies, I'm aure all the hard work will be paid off.
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      Linda Warren
      05/23/2015 at 4:14 pm I have made them without pretzels too, with just a covering of peanuts, and that is delicious too! If you can find pretzels you can make our triple layer brownies too! :-) https://2cookinmamas.com/2014/08/07/triple-layer-pretzel-brownies/

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