Tuesday, May 26, 2009

You Know What's Better...

...than Sunbutter on a Ritz Cracker?

Sunbutter in a cookie!

There's all sorts of posts across these internets of ours about the infamous (famous) Flourless Peanut Butter Cookie.

Well, we don't keep no stinkin' peanut butter around here. But I'm not missing out on a trend, no way!

I call these my PeaNOT Butter Cookies. Have a go - they're pretty tasty!

Peanut Free Mama's PeaNOT Butter Cookies
Recipe Source: The Kitchn (what? you thought I came up with this recipe? no way, i just substituted and tweaked this one a bit and gave it that new fangled name)
yields 18 cookies

1 cup Sunbutter (I used the creamy kind)
1 cup white sugar (the original recipe called for 3/4 cup, but i added 1/4 cup more to bind the mixture together a bit more and to add a little more sweetness)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
additional sugar for rolling

Preheat oven to 375 degrees°F.

Mix all the ingredients up in a bowl. Roll walnut-sized pieces into balls and roll balls in the additional sugar. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and flatten slightly with a fork in a crisscross pattern. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool before removing from baking sheet.


Verdict: These were darn tasty. They aren't identical to peanut butter cookies, don't get me wrong. They are darker than regular PB cookies and they have an undertone of sunflower flavor. The first bite is a little weird because your brain thinks it should be tasting peanut butter. But then you aren't. But it's still good. And warm out of the oven, they are mildly addictive. The recipe got a big thumbs up from B. And the hubs (who can't get behind Sunbutter in any other form).

The true test? One of B's friends ate one and the only thing he said was "I don't see the chocolate." I told him he wasn't going to. He proceeded to eat the rest of the cookie - didn't leave a crumb behind. My brother in law even ate 2 (even after he knew what was in them - although I suspect it's because I'm his favorite sister in law - oh, wait it must have been the cookies since I'm his ONLY sister in law).

Anyhoo - they didn't last long. Case in point. This is the only picture I took of them (and I know it's crappy, thanks). It was the last one left in the batch - before it went into my mouth.

Recipe notes: The dough is pretty wet, so keep that in mind (you kind of make a ball of dough and drop it into the sugar and that sort of helps to hold its place- i used a small ice cream scoop and dropped them in that way which seemed to be less messy). My only other piece of advice is to not over bake them. I think these would be especially delicious with a scoop of ice cream in between two of them. Hee hee.

Try them yourself and let me know what you think.


Tara said...

Have you tried baking with soy butter yet? We love the Simply Soynut Butter in our house-- wonder if it would work in any recipes though?

Jamieanne said...

That's really clever, using sunflower butter instead of peanut butter! I'm not sure how you feel about almond butter, but I've seen the flourless peanut butter cookies done with almond butter as well. I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've seen them made with sunflower butter though - great job! :)

alison - surefoodsliving said...

Here's something you MUST try:
Sunbutter in between two Orgran gluten-free Outback Animal cookies. It tastes just like a Nutter Butter!! A completely allergen-free Nutter Butter.

Cheryl said...

Thanks so much for posting on my blog - so that I could find your blog! I am currently crunching on Enjoy Life Veryberry Crunch Granola - which my son also loves. I can buy it at my local Henry's. I'm going to try your sunbutter recipe. We find it the cheapest at Target, if you can believe it!

Anonymous said...

I recently bought Sunbutter to try something different. We are a IM Healthy SoyNut Butter family. I made the cookies with both Sun and Soy butter. SoyNut butter won in our house, but thanks for the recipe post as it really was good.