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Peanut Butter Cookies - Crunchy on the outside, with a slight chew in the centre. {vegan}

Peanut Butter Cookies

I’ve been working on these cookies for a long time. They originally appeared on the blog as Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies back in 2013. Honestly, I really was pleased with them back then, but as my skills and knowledge have evolved, so have many of my recipes (not to mention my expectations).
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Peanut Butter Bars topped with Chocolate Ganache and toasted peanuts. This no-bake treat is super easy to make, but so decadent! {vegan}

No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars With Chocolate Ganache

We have officially entered into summer. I don’t know what it’s like in your neck of the woods, but so far my summer has been more hazy (and rainy) than lazy. Not that I’m complaining, I think that we established here that the dog days of summer aren’t exactly my favourite. But I had all these no-bake treats planned out, to save you from your oven, and I have a sinking suspicion that they’re going to run out just as the heat kicks in.

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Peanut Butter Cat Treats

For those of you who may not have been introduced to him yet, meet Harvey Dent.

 

Harvey

 

Harvey is my beloved fur baby… my pride and joy… my crazy feline companion. He’s a tough little surviver with a big loving heart. His favorite time of day is bedtime, when he snuggles up with me on my pillow (or hogs it, however you want to see it). He fakes hairballs, when he feels he’s being ignored (you have to see it to believe it). And he is not fully convinced that he is not a vegetarian.

Recently, Harvey discovered the wonderful world of peanut butter. He liked it so much, that I wondered if I could make a cat treat out of it for him.

 

Peanut Butter Cat Treats

 

These treats are soft and chewy, made up of only a handful of ingredients, and are free of both wheat and soy. Harvey loves them, as you can tell by his invasion of the photo shoot.

 

Harvey invading my photo shoot

 

Before making the treats, you may want to check that the cat in your life likes peanut butter too. Harvey, after all, is a bit of an oddball. But if they give peanut butter the paws up, I’m sure they’ll love the treats as well.

 

Peanut Butter Cat Treats

 

Peanut Butter Cat Treats

1/2 cup Buckwheat Flour

1/2 cup Quinoa Flour

1/4 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 cup Smooth Peanut Butter (I used natural)

1/2 cup Applesauce, unsweetened

 

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Stir together the flours and baking soda. Set aside.

Stir together the peanut butter and applesauce until thoroughly combined and smooth. Scrape into the flour mixture. Stir until it becomes difficult to stir, then finish incorporating the flour by kneading it into the dough.

Roll out the dough to 1/4″ thick then transfer to an ungreased cookie sheet… I rolled mine out on a sheet of parchment paper, then just pulled the whole thing over onto the cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes. Immediately transfer to a cutting board and slice into cat sized treats (mine ended up being about 1/2″ x 1″). Spread the cut up treats over the cookie sheet and bake for another 2 minutes.

Cool completely before serving.

Store tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks… I keep a small jar in the refrigerator and freeze the rest (refilling the refrigerated jar when depleted).

 

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ok, I know it hasn’t been long since I shared my recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars. However, considering the popularity of the CCC, not to mention it’s immense potential for diversity, I figured (hoped) that you’d forgive my repetitiveness… The truth is, beyond containing chocolate chips, these two cookies share little in common. The bars were thick and soft, with a slight chew. On the other hand, these cookies are much thinner and crisper, featuring a nice peanut butter flavour and a hint of banana.

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

So is there room in your recipe book for more than one CCC or are you a loyal, one CCC kind of person? And more importantly, have you found your ideal CCC or are you still searching for love at first bite?… I doubt I’ll ever settle down with just one, there’s just too much delicious fun in the search 🙂

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup Margarine

1/2 cup Brown Sugar

1/2 cup Sugar

1/4 cup Pureed Banana

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1/2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar

1/2 cup Smooth Peanut Butter (I used Natural)

1 1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour

1 tsp Baking Soda

2/3 cup Chocolate Chips

 

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Stir together the flour and baking soda. Set aside.

Beat margarine until soft and smooth. Add sugars and beat on medium, until light and fluffy. Beat in the pureed banana, vanilla and vinegar. Add the peanut butter and beat until thoroughly combined. Stir in the flour mixture, then the chocolate chips.

Scoop rounded tablespoons of dough and roll into balls. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and press to about 1/4 inch thickness (the cookies grow a lot, so keep at least 2 inches apart).

Bake for 12 – 14 minutes.

Allow to cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack.

Makes approximately 20 cookies.