Monday, December 17, 2012

Peanut Butter Cookies

Savannah, GA

  I am a peanut butter maniac.  I will never tire of peanut buttery goodness.  I will and do practically eat it every day.  Now I don't have much of a sweet tooth, and I rarely do desserts, but the holidays are here and I need Christmas cookies.   Using fresh natural ingredients really livens up everything you eat, including desserts.  So make sure your peanut butter is fresh and consists of peanuts only, no extra ingredients.  Make sure your sugar is unrefined pure cane sugar.  Try using coconut oil to replace shortening in any recipe for a rich, flavorful boost.  These cookies are sure to please!

Peanut Butter Cookies (some with sesame seed topping)

Peanut Butter Cookies
(makes 30 cookies)

3/4 cup unrefined sugar or coconut sugar
2/3 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup earth balance spread
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Mix sugar, peanut butter, coconut oil, & earth balance in a large bowl.  Stir in remaining ingredients.
Cover and refrigerate approx 2 hours or until firm.

Heat oven to 375ยบ

Shape dough into 1 inch balls.  Place about 3 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Flatten in a crisscross pattern with a fork.

Bake 9-10 minutes or until light golden brown.  Cool 5 minutes; remove from cookie sheet.  Cool on a wire rack.

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