This summer I found a product that has forever change my life. I regained the 19 years of childhood I lost without peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, peanut butter cookies and Reese's peanut butter cups.
Enter in Sun butter.
I happen to be a big fan of sunflower seeds, and when I came across this bad boy I just had to try, I wanted to fit in like all the other kids and eat a darn peanut butter and jelly sandwich (10 years too late)
My mother and I pulled a pretty like trick on my roommates and dad and sent them this picture and said, my mother is making me suck it up and eat peanut butter, here goes!
Silly them. They all got so excited and believed me because I get the "you're faking it, you're fine" on the daily. Jokes on you!!!
Anywho, now that sunbutter has entered my life, I'm not letting it leave. I think I rush to get ready in the morning so I can sit and enjoy my sunbutter and jelly sandwiches, it just never gets old. And how can you not start you day with a smile when you're bread looks like this?
Since I still will never be able to enjoy a Reese's or anything of that sort, we decided to make sunbutter cookies for me and peanut butter cookies for Maria. We used every bowl in our house as we had to separate everything but let me tell you these are the best cookies I have ever consumed OH MY!
Puffy Sunbutter (
adapted from How Sweet It Is
makes about 18 cookies
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoons baking soda
8 tablespoons of salted butter, melted and cooled
6 tablespoons of creamy sun butter, melted and cooled
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Add butter and peanut butter to a microwave safe bowl, and heat in 30 second increments until melted. Let cool completely.
2. Mix the flour and baking soda in a bowl and set aside.
3. In another bowl, mix the cooled butter/sun butter and sugars until they are combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and stir until mixed.
4. Gradually add flour and mix until a dough forms – it will look crumbly at first, but it will come together. If necessary, add 1-2 teaspoons of milk, but I did not need this. Fold in chocolate chips.
5. Shape the dough into a ball the size of a golfball. Place on a lightly sprayed baking sheet two inches apart and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are slightly brown. The centers should be soft and puffy. Do not over bake. Try and let cool, but it will be hard.