Wednesday, August 4, 2010

In the mood for something good

Don't these look yummy? They are vegan peanut butter and jelly cookies! I am definitely not a cook or baker, but every once in a while I find a recipe that looks yummy and sounds like fun.

In theory, the recipe seems simple enough, but we shall see how it goes!
What is your favorite thing to bake?

Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies (recipe from The Vegan Table)
1/3 cup of non-dairy butter (such as Earth Balance - easy to find at your local grocer)
1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
1/2 cup of peanut butter (smooth or chunky - I used smooth)
2 tbsp of non-dairy milk + more if necessary (I used almond - you could use soy, or any other non-dairy milk)
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 - 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour or whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
2 to 3 tbsp of jam (I used strawberry)

Pre-heat oven to 375˚F (190C / gas mark 5) and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, peanut butter, milk, and vanilla until creamy.

In a smaller bowl, combine flour and baking soda.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in parts so the flour doesn't kick up everywhere and make a mess. Mix until combined.

Test some cookie dough to see if it will roll easily into a ball with your hands. If it doesn't, add one more teaspoon of non-dairy milk, mix, then try rolling it into a ball again. I had to add an extra teaspoon and a half. Do not add too much at a one time!

Roll the batter in one inch balls and place 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet. Use your thumb to create a little well in the cookie. This is where you'll be putting the jam. The cookies will crack as you make the well, but just flatten them a little bit and mend the cracks with your fingers. I did this and it worked well for each cookie.

Using a 1/4 teaspoon measuring spoon or a small spoon fill each well with jam.

Bake for 10 -11 minutes. I had to to bake mine for 11. Then remove from the oven and wait 2 minutes before taking them off the cookie sheet. Make sure you complete this step as this is when they harden up a bit and set there shape.

My batch made about 20 cookies. But if you like larger cookies, I would double the batch for sure. Enjoy!

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