Food

Simple Peanut Butter Cookies

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If you dropped by our “About Me” page, you already know we cut sugars and that I am more that just a bit lackadaisical about making time to bake treats. I would like to say that is part of our plan to help us limit sugars, but really it is the other way around. My laziness just happens to facilitate our cutting back. Anyhoo, I bumped into this quick and simple recipe for cookies the other morning and figured that since we celebrated HeyBabeDaddy’s birthday with all he could eat salad I could afford him a couple of cookies…a week later. 

I adapted this recipe from the Food Network Flourless Peanut Butter Cookie. For our version we switched out the sweetener and omitted the salt (HeyBabeDaddy likes salted peanut butter so it seemed a bit redundant). For this version I used maple syrup. Next round I will substitute dates and post an update.

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 Ingredients

    • 1 cup of peanut butter
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 3/4 cup of maple syrup
    • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Add the peanut butter, vanilla, maple syrup and egg to a mixing bowl
  3. Mix until smooth
  4. Spoon onto an uncreased cookie sheet
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until the edges start to brown
  6. Remove from baking sheet to wire rack to cool…if you can wait that long

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*Notes:

  • I added my egg last and tasted the batter as I was adding the maple syrup to make the recipe to our liking. I found that with our grade B maple syrup 3/4 cup was pretty sweet.
  • The Food Network recipe called for those lovely little cross hatch fork tine patterns…I found that with the maple syrup substitution the batter clung to the fork, so after several attempts (trying to coat the fork with water and later with coconut oil), I gave up.
  • For a fun variation on peanut butter blossoms I added a fresh strawberry caps to a few of them hot out of the oven.  Yum! You can try variations with banana, berries, chia jam, nuts, oats, cocoa nibs, dried fruit…so many possibilities.
  • You can also try this recipe with other nut butters (almond or cashew)

***FULL DISCLOSURE: Since I didn’t take pictures the first time around m offered to help me re-enact the scene. All photos are a re-enactment with a real unpaid helper for HeyBabeDaddy’s belated birthday treat. Only one hot pad was injured in the making of this post
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