Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Peanut Butter Flax Seed Cookies

I noticed a product at Trader Joe's recently which intrigued me: natural peanut butter with flax seeds. I started wondering what peanut butter cookies baked with this product would be like. High in omega 3s, for one thing, and doesn't everyone need more of that? Studies have suggested that Omega 3 may do everything from prevent cancer to improve mood and lessen depression. Who wouldn't want all that? And in the form a crunchy little peanut butter cookie?  Also, these cookies are gluten free, so hey, you can even make them for your gluten intolerant friends you never know what to bake for...unless of course they are also allergic to peanuts.

The recipe for these cookies seems to be popping up everywhere. My cousin had a picture book when we were young in which (I believe) a little mouse made these cookies, and the book included the recipe. I have been making simple peanut butter cookies like this ever since, but unfortunately have no memory of what the book was called, and my google searching comes up empty.

I simply substituted flax seed peanut butter for regular, and kept the recipe the same: 1 part peanut butter (crunchy is best) 1 part sugar (I used raw cane sugar) 1 egg. The dough will be thick and rather greasy. Roll it into small balls, place on a lined baking sheet, and then flatten the dough balls with a fork, leaving the classic imprint shape. I sprinkled some raw cane sugar over the top before baking. Bake 10-12 minutes in a 375 degree oven, let cool, then enjoy!

Peanut Butter Flax Seed Cookies:
1 cup flax seed crunchy peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg 
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

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