Maple Peanut Butter Cookies

Okay guys, if your New Years resolution has anything to do with healthy eating, be sure to make these cookies before the clock strikes midnight! That’s right, I am providing you with an unhealthy cookie recipe! Weird huh?? I couldn’t help myself, after designing this delicious Maple Peanut Butter Cookie recipe that melts in your mouth I decided that the taste was well worth the calories. Hey we can’t be healthy all the time, right?

Speaking of unhealthy eating, we definitely took part in overindulging in sweets this holiday season.  Surrounded by the ambiance of great family and friends the holiday joy extended to our over sized plates. As the Moscato shook hands with the candy, pie, and cookies in our stomachs we decided we’re going to take part in the 2012 Whole Living Action Plan (after New Years Eve of course 🙂 ) This plan is primarily meant to detoxify your body and mind in a healthy way, in return you will feel fresh and rejuvenated.

We will keep you updated on how our bodies feel throughout the 3-week plan. If any of you decide to join us, we would love to hear your progress!

I would like to apologize for the lack of pictures in this recipe; my primary means of photo documenting (my phone) has been on the fritz lately! For those of you who decide to make these cookies I have a bit of homework for you. It has to do with capturing your kitchen art on camera hint, hint! I would definitely enjoy seeing your cookie photos, which you can send to TwinTasteBlog@gmail.com!

Our gorgeous gingerbread houses that we created with our cousins on Christmas 🙂

All right Cinderella, put on your finest cooking apron, pour yourself a glass of almond milk, and take advantage of these last few days before the New Year!

Last year I received a fabulous apron from Charissa for Christmas so this year I thought I would do the same for her!

Maple Peanut Butter Cookies

  • 1 ½ cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp. Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp. Salt + extra for sprinkling
  • 1 Flax Egg (1 Tbs. Milled Flax + 3 Tbs. Water)
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • ½ cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup Earth Balance Butter
  • 1/3 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/3 cup Salted Peanuts
  • 1/3 cup Maple Syrup (I used a sugar-free version but pure should be fine)
  • 1 tsp. Imitation Vanilla Extract
  • ½ tsp. Maple Emulsion
  • 5 Pieces of Tofurky Smoky Maple Bacon Marinated Tempeh (Optional)

Preheat the oven to 375 and lightly spray a cookie sheet.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside. In a large mixing bowl cream both sugars with the butter until light and fluffy, this should take a couple minutes at a medium-high speed. While the butter and sugar are mixing, use a coffee grinder or food processor to finely chop the salted peanuts into a powder. It is ok if the nuts start to turn into peanut butter but ideally you should stop just before this point. Add the peanut butter and ground peanuts to the mixer and continue to cream for a few more minutes. Now add the maple syrup scraping bowl when necessary. Once combined add the vanilla and maple emulsion, then the flax egg. Next slowly add your flour mixture. When all of the flour has been incorporated *form the dough into one-inch balls and place on the cookie sheet. Lightly press the cookie dough down with your fingers. If you are using the Tempeh Bacon (which I highly recommend!) prepare according to instructions on the package then crumble and place the bits on top of cookie dough. ** Lightly sprinkle the cookies with salt and bake 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned.

*I found that it helped to slightly wet or grease your hands.

** If you want an extra bacony infusion mix a few strips into the dough!

Don’t forget to send us your cookie photos!

Easy Buttermilk Biscuits

Man Christmas is really sneaking up on me this year! Since I decided to stay at school so I could work over break I’m missing out on my mom’s Christmas decorations and the neighborhood lights. Luckily I have a great neighbor from home that sent me some pictures of our house all lit up 🙂

One thing that never fails to get me excited for the holidays are the festive commercials! I would have to say the Target ones are definitely my favorite. The one that makes my mouth drool the most though is the commercial for Grands Biscuits. Those were soooo delicious; I couldn’t help but try to recreate them. Sadly I failed; I admit it. But don’t worry I won’t give up! Good news is that in the process I made up a tasty buttermilk biscuit recipe! This biscuit turned out crispy around the outside and soft in the center. You can enjoy them with either a savory meal and some butter or sweeten them up with jam or pb!

Easy Buttermilk Biscuits

  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • 1 Tbs Lemon Juice
  • ½ Flax Egg (1/2T ground flax + 1.5Tbs water)
  • 1 Tbs Agave or Honey
  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tbs Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 3 Tbs Earth Balance Butter
  • 2 Tbs Peanut Butter

Preheat the oven to 350. Mix together milk and lemon juice and let it sit to make buttermilk. Stir the honey into the buttermilk. Mix together the flax egg and set aside. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt then cut in the butter and peanut butter until you get a flaky texture. I found it was easiest to use my hands rather than a spoon. Place the flour mixture in the freezer for about 5 minutes to re-chill the butter. Remove the flour mixture from the freezer and create a well in the middle. Slowly add the buttermilk in 3 batches then place the dough on a lightly floured surface.

Knead the dough just until it is not sticky then roll it out about ½-¾ inch thick. Now comes the fun part! I used Christmas cookie cutters but you can form the dough into simple circles if you do not have any.

*Place the biscuits close together on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Brush the top of the biscuits with the flax egg then place them in the preheated oven and bake for 22-24 minutes or until lightly brown.

*Placing the biscuits close together is what keeps the sides and inside of the biscuits soft and the tops brown and crispy.

You could totally use this dough to make dumplings as well, which I plan on doing in the near future 🙂

My attempt to make the stocking look cute with strawberry jam 🙂

Thanks to my tendency to procrastinate I have yet to put up my garland, hence the Christmasy background!

The height of the biscuits is ultimately up to you! If you want more of the soft inside then make them a little taller. If you like the crispy part the best go for the shorter wider biscuits. Either way they are quite yummy!

Do you have any special holiday traditions that you get excited for each year?