I don’t think I have ever been so excited about peanut butter and Naturally Nutty will be sending one of you readers some!!!!
I just had a batch of cookies come out of the oven and Boucci and I scarfed a couple down and then he asked if he could take “some” for post-ride. Some *cough* half *cough* seem to have disappeared! Something tells me I won’t get any constructive criticism from the guys after they bike for 2 1/2 hours. I have tried these cookies using all maple syrup but they aren’t as sweet as some people may like a cookie – more like tasty little protein bombs. So unless you are looking for a great recovery fuel Powerbar tasting type of cookie, I’m advocating a 50 – 50 approach to sweetener for this recipe. Plus, it is much cheaper than all maple syrup.
1 stick of butter
1/2 firmly packed brown sugar (use a couple Tablespoons extra if you like a sweeter cookie).
1/2 cup maple syrup (if this breaks the budget, use turbinado sugar or granulated sugar instead)
1 cup naturally nutty or another quality peanut butter
1/2 – 1 tsp salt (depending on if your butter contains sodium)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour (I use 1/2 cup whole wheat/ 1/2 cup all purpose) depending on the amount of oil in your peanut butter and type of sweetener, you may want to use a little more or less than 1 cup
Combine ingredients well (I used my mixer for about 1 minute till everything was smooth), roll the dough into balls and squish them flat w/ a fork leaving the marks on top. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes. I am a big fan of using a natural parchment paper. It minimizes clean-up and gives you a little leeway avoiding burning the bottoms if you should happen get a phone call and get distracted from removing them from the oven such as I did.
Naturally Nutty has offered to mail one lucky reader of my blog a jar of their peanut butter!
You may enter to win a jar one of two ways: 1. Leave me a comment on this posting telling me how you enjoy peanut butter OR 2. Share this recipe via Facebook or email. You may email me ( firstname.lastname@example.org )or post a comment saying you shared it. I will contact the winner via email for the shipping address. You have until Friday, October 8th at 10 p.m. Eastern Time to enter. The contest is open to US residents only. Good luck!