Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have tried this recipe with using just peanuts and grinding my own butter, and also with a jar of peanut butter.  The version with the ground nuts wins hands down over the already made peanut butter which I suspect is due to the oils added to the jar.  The short story is make your own peanut butter.  It’s just so simple to make and delicious too.  Throw a couple of cups of peanuts into the food processor, blitz until you have a butter.  You can sweeten it to your own taste without any nasty additives thrown in.   These are currently the number 1 cookie recipe in our house.  What amazes me is just how easy they are to make.  Although I add high cocoa chocolate chips to the mixture, these cookies would be just as delicious without them and perhaps some added seasoning.  Cinnamon perhaps?

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They are just lovely the next day and seem to firm up when left in the fridge, keeping their soft centre.  The joy of cookie baking using nut butters!  Gluten free and low carb goodness in cookie form!

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Hazelnut and Orange Cookies

Mmmm...soft and chewy
Mmmm…soft and chewy

I experimented with ground hazelnuts in place of ground almonds to make a cookie and was pleasantly surprised.  These are a soft, chewy cookie with a lovely hint of orange that combines well with the hazelnut.   The recipe is easy to do.  You could get the children to whip up a batch whilst you sit back on the sofa!    Continue Reading