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Perfect No-Butter No-Egg Peanut Butter Cookies

Should I just say, “Vegan”? I don’t want to turn away any self-respecting meat eater to these yummy cookies, so I decided to just say that these are “no-butter, no-egg”! I promise you, these taste JUST like the ones loaded with butter and eggs, and your favorite creamy peanut butter, so don’t be put-off by this at all!

I make peanut butter cookies a lot around here. My non-chocolate eater, demands that he gets equal treatment as far as the treats-distribution goes- go figure! So, for as much as I thought I’d be making chocolate chip cookies around the clock with four kids….I make peanut butter cookies far more often! Now, the eggs and butter are fine if that is how you bake, but I honestly rarely use eggs in baking unless it’s for cookies. I use the mixture of flax-seeds to water:

1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed, mixed with 3 Tablespoons water= 1 egg

This is sometimes for health, and sometimes, because I am short on eggs, and want to eat them, not use them in baking! I have had great results in my quick breads, like pumpkin or chocolate zucchini bread, where I do flax-eggs almost exclusively, but for cookies, I sometimes like the egg in there. For this cookie, it had great results!! So, when I decided to cut the egg for this cookie, I cut the butter out too, and subbed in this butter flavored coconut oil.

No-butter, No-egg, Peanut Butter Cookies

I have found that this is great for where you would use butter or shortening in baking. I am not a huge coconut oil person, but I do like to use this in the cookies as it gives them a bit softer texture. Plus it allows me to mix by hand, since it’s so soft, if I want to make these a quiet-make for a surprise for my kids: “Whaaaa? I didn’t hear the mixer!!” Always a fun little surprise.

No-butter, No-egg, Peanut Butter Cookies

So let’s get to this and make these perfect…

No-Butter No-Egg Peanut Butter Cookies

1/2 cup butter flavored coconut oil
1/2 cup Your favorite- including the natural kind! Peanut Butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 flax-egg (1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed mixed with 3 Tbsp. water)
1 tsp.vanilla
2 Tbsp. almond milk (or regular)
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. baking soda

Preheat your oven to 350*. Spray or line a baking pan with parchment.

In a large bowl, cream the coconut oil, peanut butter, and sugars until creamy. Add the vanilla and flax-egg and mix. Stir in the milk. Set aside.

In a separate bowl whisk the dry ingredient together: flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Gradually stir this into the peanut butter mixture.

Scoop out 1″balls of dough and roll in your palms until rounded. Place about 2″ apart on the baking sheet. Using the tines of a fork, press down 1st one direction and then the opposite direction (like a tick-tac-toe).No-butter, No-egg, Peanut Butter Cookies

Bake for 8-10 minutes until the edges are lightly browned. Remove to a rack to cool.

Keeps for up to a week in a covered container, or up to 3 months, frozen.

Here’s the printable version:

Perfect No-Butter No-Egg Peanut Butter Cookies

Perfect No-Butter No-Egg Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter flavored coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup Your favorite- including the natural kind! Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 flax-egg (1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed mixed with 3 Tbsp. water)
  • 1 tsp.vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp. almond milk (or regular)
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350*. Spray or line a baking pan with parchment.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the coconut oil, peanut butter, and sugars until creamy. Add the vanilla and flax-egg and mix. Stir in the milk. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk the dry ingredient together: flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Gradually stir this into the peanut butter mixture.
  4. Scoop out 1"balls of dough and roll in your palms until rounded. Place about 2" apart on the baking sheet. Using the tines of a fork, press down 1st one direction and then the opposite direction (like a tick-tac-toe). Bake for 8-10 minutes until the edges are lightly browned. Remove to a rack to cool.
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So easy, and honestly, I often will double the recipe and make them whenever someone feels like they haven’t gotten their fair-share of goodies! For peanut-butter cookie lovers, this is your guy! Or if you love a bit of chocolate and can’t resist…this is a great recipe to make Peanut Butter Blossoms!

peanut butter blossoms

Enjoy!

No-butter, No-egg, Peanut Butter Cookies

Honey Florentine Cookies

Honey Florentine Cookies

Hey, did you know September is National Honey Month?

Now you do! I was made aware of this fact from the Fantastical Food Fight bloggers, who make some kickin’ recipes for all things national holiday- they have some great honey recipe ideas for September at the bottom of this post- so check them out!

If you are celebrating Rosh Hashannah (the Jewish New Year), you know that an integral part of celebrating the sweetness of life’s blessings is with honey! There are a ton of beautiful and traditional honey recipes like honey & poppyseed challah, honey-cake, baklava, or just apples dipped in honey- simple and sweet.

I picked a cookie recipe since my family is P-I-C-K-Y! But they love cookies. I made these super fast and easy and egg-less cookies based on a recipe from Martha Stewart’s- sigh/groan – cookie book, aptly titled, Cookies:

I have actually made lots of recipes from this book, including my gingerbread cookie cutouts, which are probably my boys’ favorite cookies that I make. So, I know she is the maven-diva, but she makes a darn good cookie!

Honey Florentine Cookies

Have you ever made Florentines?

They are super easy to mix together with very little ingredients- But I have some tips:

  1. I doubled the recipe and still was amazed at how economical the recipe is with measurements…Why? Because these babies spread. You have to take care to space them 3 inches apart, or they just run all together.
  2. Because they are so fast to make, you also have to watch them carefully. The recipe states 6 minutes, but for my oven 4 mins plus 30 seconds was the sweet spot.
  3. My third tip, is to use parchment or a silpat. My results were the same for both, but it is a must- there is no way you can make these without one of these options.
  4. And finally, once you remove them from the oven, take your parchment or silpat off the pan and place on a wire rack to cool. They need to cool down on the paper for about 2 minutes before you attempt to peel them gently off the paper.

Don’t over or under cook them, like this- ack!:

Honey Florentine Cookies

Underdone was 4 minutes and overdone was 6- you can do the math!!

So, don’t be put off by my tips- these are an easy cookie to make and really pretty and different- more like a little candy-crisp-cookie. They keep for only 2 days, covered and separated by parchment between the cookies. So eat up & enjoy!!

Honey Florentine Cookies

A nice medium brown!


Honey Florentines

What you need:

4 Tablespoons butter
4 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
3 Tablespoons honey
4 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
a good sized pinch of kosher salt

Here’s what to do:

  • Preheat your oven to 375*
    Line 2 rimmed baking pans with parchment (or a  silpat baking mat)
  • In a small pan, melt the butter, brown sugar, and honey over low-heat.  Transfer to a bowl with a rubber spatula, whisk in the flour and salt until smooth.
  • Using a 1/2 teaspoon measure, scoop batter and drop onto the cookie sheet, spacing them 3-inches apart.
  • Bake until light brown, from 4-6 minutes, watching carefully.
  • Remove from the oven and remove paper or mat to a wire rack, and cool. Remove the cookies by peeling carefully off the paper or mat, and onto the rack.

Enjoy!

Honey Florentine Cookies

*Optional: You can melt a little chocolate and drizzle on top or gently spread on the backside of the cookies. Store covered, for up to 2 days.


Check out these Fantastical Food Fight Honey Recipes!


Honey Florentine Cookies

Classic Sugar Cookie Cake

classic sugar cookie cake

I adapted this from the Dixie Crystals pure white sugar package- yep. Sometimes the best recipes are from the back of the box, if you know what I mean? This is no exception! I love Dixie sugar, and last year was lucky enough to receive a crap-ton of it for Brunch Week– like 12 bags!

So now that my kids are getting off the bus after their first day of school…I am welcoming them home with this beauty!

Classic Sugar Cookie Cake

Isn’t it cute? My kids made so much fun of my writing…”Does that say, Happy 1st Dan?”, “What is that, Play Doh?” No…no it is not. brats. No….just kidding. {sigh}

Okay, so I wrote a little welcome with my butter cream recipe, that isn’t super pretty but you know they did fight over the icing, so I over-did it a bit! They had seconds too- cuz that’s the nice-mom I felt like today.

I adapted it to use canola oil instead of butter. The recipe calls for a cup of butter, and that is two whole sticks. I don’t really want all that saturated fat with my old lady arteries, so I typically substitute 3/4 cups of canola oil for every 1 cup of butter. This has worked great for me most times with cookies only. Here’s the recipe as I made it:

Classic Sugar Cookies made into a Cookie Cake

Ingredients

3/4 cup canola oil
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 egg
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles (optional)

  • Preheat oven to 375*. Spray a 9″ cake pan with non-stick spray or rub with butter (or margarine) completely.
  • In a large bowl, add the oil and sugar. Stir to combine.
  • Add in the egg and vanilla and mix.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Add to the sugar mixture and stir until combined.
  • Add the sprinkles and mix completely.
  • Press the mixture into the bottom of the cake pan, using your knuckles to evenly spread it.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes at 375* until the edges are just lightly browned.

Classic Sugar Cookie Cake

For the optional butter-cream frosting:

In a large bowl, add:

  • 3 TBSP. softened butter
  • 2/3 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 tsp.vanilla
  • 1 TBSP. milk

Mix with an electric mixer until soft and fluffy. Add to a plastic bag, cut the tip off, and pipe your letters. That’s it!

Classic Sugar Cookie Cake


I have a non-chocolate eater in my world, so I opted for sugar cookie flavor. I added some jimmies (sprinkles for you non North-easterners) and frosted the letters with my easy butter cream frosting, but you could also use ready made frosting or even just stick a little hand lettered-sign in the middle with a tooth-pick! Let’s make this easy shall we?

It pops out super easily after it cools too, so it’s better to slice up into sections:

 

classic sugar cookie cake

Well it is super easy and kind of a nice little welcome home at the end of their day. I am sure it was hard work having to NOT be on a screen, and NOT lay around in your PJs all day! I feel their pain and so I hope this helps ease it a little bit~

classic sugar cookie cake


Classic Sugar Cookie Cake