Peanut Butter cookies, just a little healthier

Once upon a time this was the recipe from the back of the Skippy Peanut butter jar…
And it was my favourite peanut butter cookie recipe ever. Going back to my early teenage years (so 1984-ish), when someone gave my step mum an early version of the Best Recipes from the backs of boxes and labels. With peanut allergies making nuts a no-no in so many places, this recipe doesn’t come out very often in our house. That combined with the 1 cup of margarine and 1 cup of white sugar as well as 2 1/2 cups of white flour.
Yesterday morning, I woke up craving peanut butter cookies. (Maybe because I have been training for my first 1/2 Marathon coming up this Sunday? so my caloric intake isn’t what it needs to be? lol). But hmm, no white sugar in the house, and no white flour… So I started to play around a little bit. And here is what we ended up with… Something so so yummy, that my husband (who has been known to point out that it would be great if I could just “leave a recipe along sometimes, and just make plain old Chocolate chip cookies?”), ate four!
“New” Classic Peanut Butter Cookies (makes 4 dozen yummy snack size cookies)
1 1/4 cup natural peanut butter (I like Maranatha Smooth)
1 cup coconut oil
11/2 cups coconut palm sugar
1/4 cup molasses
2 eggs, beaten
1-2 tsp real Vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups Whole grain flour (I used Spelt, but Oat flour would be so yummy too)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
Heat oven to 350F. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or other large bowl), cream PB and coconut oil until smooth and combined. Add sugar and molasses and mix until well combined. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until a bit fluffy (about 2-3 minutes).
In smaller bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Add to wet mixture in mixer. Mix well until a nice dough is formed (It will be a bit gooey). Measure out with a small food scoop onto parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-11 minutes, starting to turn brown on edges. Remove from oven and let stand on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before removing to waiting cooling rack. Store in airtight container for up to 5 days (you think they will last that long?). Or freeze cooled cookies for up to 6 mos.



When you go out in the world today…

I know you expect a food post from me, but this is something that has been rolling around in my universe for sometime now, so I thought I would share these words here.

Treat each other gently…
“We need to use a gentle voice” I often say to the children I spend my days with. We learn about what gentle feels like, and what gentle words are: “Hi”; “Please, and Thank you”; “Yes,”; “friend”; “Why?”; “What are you doing?”; “Can I play too?”; “I like you”, are just some of those words we use every day when talking to the people around us. In fact, I think about 80% of my day is spent helping them be gentle with each other. When we learn to be gentle and open, we attract others and others also welcome us.
It occurred to me that as adults perhaps we should practice this more with each other. If you think about greeting your partner at the end of a long and difficult day, what is the first thing you say? “Ugh! I’m exhausted – what a day!” and then perhaps launch into a rant about a boss/co-worker/client. But what if instead you looked at that person with love and said, “It was a long, hard day, but it is so much better now that I get to see you (or hear your voice if they are far away).
At other times, gentle words can diffuse a stressful situation for everyone. The other day, in the school parking lot, I was backing up in my van. A smaller car started moving forward at the same time, not realizing I was backing up, and our bumpers hit. We both got out. The gentleman went right to inspect his bumper. I said, “Oh my goodness, are you okay?” He continued inspecting his bumper, but the realized what I had said, “Oh yes.” he replied, and then looked at me, “Are you okay?” Gentle words remind us to see the other person.
Gentle words allow us to feel valued and to give value, love and trust. When we use gentle words with ourselves and each other, we model a truly accepting world for our children and provide them with loving, strong, empathetic role models to look up to. When we always act from a place of love, our gentle words are giving everyone around us a safe place to be; a loving connection and the tools to go out and create a more welcoming and accepting world.