Monday, January 9, 2012

Peanut Butter Cookies {Egg-free, Dairy-free}

Not only are these cookies delicious, the ingredients can most likely be found in your pantry!  As a result, I make them way too often.  I am including three variations:  moist rounded peanut butter cookies, peanut butter cookies with a chocolate kiss on top and the traditional crispier criss-crossed variety.  The recipe calls for milk, but I think soy milk will substitute just fine for those of you allergic to dairy.  And of course, the kiss topped cookies will likely not work for those with dairy allergies.


Peanut Butter Cookies

½ c vegetable shortening
1 c creamy peanut butter
1/3 c granulated sugar
1/3 c packed brown sugar
1 t vanilla
3 T milk or soy milk
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1 1/2 c flour
3-4 T additional sugar

Preheat oven to 375°.  In a large bowl, beat shortening, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add milk, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda and salt; beat well.  Gradually add flour, beating until well blended.  Shape into 1 inch balls.  Roll in additional granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool slightly on cookie sheet before removing.
Makes about 2-3 dozen cookies.

Variations: 



Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies – Follow instructions above and as soon as you remove from the oven, gently press one unwrapped chocolate kiss into the middle of cookie. 



 Traditional Peanut Butter Cookies – When you place on the cookie sheet, press down on cookie with a fork in a criss-cross pattern.  Then bake as directed reducing cook time by about 1 or 2 minutes.

4 comments:

  1. These are amazing. I have made them twice and they are so easy and so yummy!

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    1. I am so glad! They are a favorite at our house. I like them because I always have the ingredients on hand.

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  2. Found out our 4.5 year old is allergic to eggs this summer - not cool. Trying these today for her preschool snack day tomorrow. She loves anything peanut butter. We'll be topping them off with kisses and doing them in a mini cupcake pan. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Let me know how they work out using a mini cupcake pan. I haven't tried that yet.

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