Peanut butter cookies, notoriously tasty and notoriously bad for you.
How can you make a peanut butter cookie that isn’t as unhealthy? Is it even possible? Those were the two questions that lead to my believing that I could actually make a healthier version of the classic peanut butter cookie. Of course, it still is not 100% good for you, but sure has a lot of good healthy stuff in it which does make it better for you. Also, remembering moderation will help too. Most peanut butter cookie recipes have butter or shortening in them, are chalked full of sugar and then loaded with white flour….not mine thanks to some interesting substitutions.
Healthier Peanut Butter Cookies
1/4 cup extra light tasting Olive Oil
1/4 cup Honey
1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
3 tbsp Milled Flax Seed
2/3 cup Unbleached White Flour
2/3 + 1/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour
In bowl mix olive oil, honey, brown sugar and egg until well combined (if you add ingredients in this order the honey will not stick to your measuring cup because of the olive oil remnants). Add in sea salt, baking powder, baking soda, and peanut butter, mix well. Add in flax, white flour and whole wheat flour and mix by hand until fully incorporated. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Roll dough into 1/2 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Press balls down with the flat bottom of a glass, fork or whatever you have handy that will squish the balls into about an 1/8 inch thickness (can be a little thicker, not an issue). Place cookies in oven and bake for 8-10 minutes…8 for a lighter colored softer cookie, 10 for a more tan cookie that has a little crunch on the outside but is still soft on the inside. When done baking remove from cookie sheet and let cool on rack. Makes almost 2 dozen cookies (depending on how big of cookies you make).
I hope that you enjoy my latest experiment as much as we are in my house. Still all the wonderful flavor of a peanut butter cookie, with just enough sweetness and a few good things tossed in.