Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Peanut Butter & Honey Cookies

Yesterday I ground up some wheat to make my Mom's Wheat Bread and I had some flour left over. I had also just bought a big jug of honey from Costco, so I experimented and created this recipe for peanut butter cookies that is a keeper! These are light (even with the wheat flour) and a little different, due to the sweetness from honey. I hope you'll enjoy them!

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening*
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
2 eggs
1 cup peanut butter
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Mix butter, shortening and sugars in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer. Add honey, eggs, peanut butter and vanilla and mix until fluffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl to incorporate. 
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the baking soda, salt and flours, then add to wet ingredients. Mix well, scraping the sides and the bottom of the bowl until well-mixed.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and drop cookie dough 2 inches apart with a cookie scoop.
  5. Bake for 6-8 minutes. These should be a tiny bit undercooked when you remove them from the oven. Let sit on the cookie sheet for 1-2 minutes, then remove to cool completely. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
* Okay, shortening no longer contains trans-fats. It does keep cookies softer for longer. You can substitute the butter for the shortening, if you'd rather:)

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