Sunday, February 5, 2012

Peanut butter and chocolate...oh my

Remember on Friday when I was debating whether or not to leave my son playing video games for the day? Well, my conscience won out, and I asked him if he wanted to make cookies with me. He was so excited about it, I was glad I asked.

We decided to make peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.  This recipe is great for kids, because they can run the electric mixer while you add the ingredients.
My husband asked me why I put peanut butter in the chocolate chip cookies. Why not? I have a new-found obsession with the chocolate and peanut butter combination.

It seems I’m not the only one. I find ample inspiration for this combo on Pinterest all the time. Look at my Pinterest “Sweets” board for examples.

I took these pictures at 10:30 in the morning, then promptly ate two cookies and drank the glass of soy milk. It's healthy when you make it yourself, right? Plus, there are oats in this recipe, and you know oats are a breakfast food.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Joann MacDonald
Keywords: bake dessert vegan vegetarian chocolate chips oats cookie

  • 1 1/2 cups light spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening (I used Earth Balance)
  • 1/4 cup light olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp egg replacer
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips and/or chunks
Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
Combine spelt flour, oats, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
In a large bowl, beat sugar, shortening and oil with an electric mixer until smooth.
Add peanut butter and beat until combined.
Stir together egg replacer and 5 tbsp water.
Beat egg replacer mixture and vanilla into sugar/peanut butter mixture until smooth.
Slowly beat flour mixture into wet ingredients.
Add the chocolate chips or chunks and stir with a spoon.
Spoon balls of dough onto ungreased cookies sheets, two inches apart, and flatten slightly with your fingers.
Bake 9 to 10 minutes until golden on top. Watch carefully, as they can quickly go from done to over-done!
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  1. YUM! Those cookies look like the kind of thing I could eat an entire batch of in one sitting! :)

    1. Why not? They are best when they are warm, after all ;)

  2. Peanut butter cookies are always a healthy breakfast, if you ask me... Especially these, with all those wholesome oats and spelt flour. Forget about it! Nothing to feel guilty about at all. :)

    1. Thanks Hannah. It's true...protein in the peanut butter, plus oats and spelt...maybe this is my new breakfast food. :)