When these vegan peanut butter cookies are in the house it’s not long until you hear: ‘who finished the last one???’
The Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies Story
Years ago I adapted a peanut butter cookie recipe to accommodate my gluten intolerant mother-in-law and daughter. We always arrived with a big plate of cookies during the holidays and, with their newly identified problem with gluten, I was determined to make something wonderful they could both enjoy. When we switched from a vegetarian diet to a vegan one, I was equally determined to have a cookie that was gluten free and cruelty free that checked all the boxes of taste and texture that we expect in a homemade cookie.
This recipe has become a household favorite. While it certainly isn’t what most would consider health food, it is after all, a vegan peanut butter cookie that will satisfy anyone. It is also a very easy and fast recipe so it is perfect for people new to baking or cooks who want to share the experience with children.
OK, Let’s Make Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies!
- 2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar* (see notes)
- 1 cup granulated sugar* (see notes)
- 2 flax eggs
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup gluten free oat flour or oatmeal ground to flour (easy in a dry blender)
- Start by preparing 2 flax eggs (each egg = 1 Tbs very finely ground flax meal and 3 Tbs water, mixed thoroughly and chilled in fridge for at least 30 minutes)
- Heat oven to 350°F
- Combine all ingredients
- Oil or line with parchment paper 2 cookie sheets
- Shape the dough into balls (~1 lg Tbs)
- Flatten slightly with crossed tines of a fork
- Bake 12-14 minutes
- Let cool slightly on cookie sheets
- Carefully remove to a cooling rack. They will be a bit fragile until cool.
- Flax "Eggs"
- Start by preparing 2 flax eggs (each egg = 1 Tbs very finely ground flax meal and 3 Tbs water, mixed thoroughly and chilled in fridge for at least 30 minutes). The time and cooling is important for proper consistency.
- These will work very nicely to convert many recipes that require eggs.
- * note on sugar: granulated sugar made from sugar cane is quite often processed with bone char which means that it is not strictly vegan. You can also use beet sugar which tastes the same, but has slightly different baking qualities - pay attention to the cookies as they bake the first time.
- More information: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/05/sugar-vegan-bone-char-yikes_n_6391496.html here .