When I saw this recipe for flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies that Maria posted the other day, I was really excited. It seemed odd to be excited, as I’m severely allergic to peanuts/nuts…but the fact is that recently, a friend of mine whose son also has allergies turned me on to a fantastic and completely peanut-free alternative: SunButter sunflower seed spread.
I don’t know how to convey just how awesome this stuff is. It tastes like how peanut butter smells (that’s all I have to go on, people!), and friends of mine sans allergies who have tried it told me that it is very close in taste to real peanut butter. When I got my first can, I ate it on fresh bread, sandwiches, celery, rice cakes, straight out of the jar – I couldn’t get enough of it. And then, one of my friends suggested I try baking with it. I was practically twitching with excitement!
I wanted to start out simple since I’ve never used SunButter in my cooking before, and Maria’s recipe seemed perfect since it’s quick and so easy. You can substitute the SunButter directly for the peanut butter. Here’s what you do:
- 1 cup SunButter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray (I made my cookies big, so I only used one). Mix the sugars and SunButter together until smooth.
Add in the egg and vanilla extract and mix; then add in the salt and baking soda.
Stir in the chocolate chips.
Drop the dough on to the cookie sheet about 2 inches apart (okay, mine were more like 1 inch). Smash down with a fork and then sprinkle with sugar.
Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let them sit on the cookie sheet for a few minutes, if you can…you can see that one has already mysteriously disappeared.
Move to a wire rack and cool. You don’t want them to overbake, because you want them to be soft. They’re full of nutty flavor, and you don’t even miss the flour, either. Try these today…even you if you don’t have allergies!