April 1, 2013

Maple-Peanut Breakfast Cookies

Happy day after Easter and April Fool's Day and Spring Break day {at least for me}, all in the same day everyone!  Mark and I just got back from spending Easter weekend 'home' with our families.  We had a very nice and relaxing weekend ... Mark got to spend time doing two of the things he loves best - working with our bees and working with his tractor.  I got to do two of the things I love best - be Mark's assistant beekeeper and hang out cooking with my Mom.  Good times.

And one of the kitchen treats I was spoiled with this weekend by my Mom were these scrumptious Maple-Peanut Breakfast Cookies.  Cookies for breakfast?? ...

... Well, sure! ... when they're chock full of good-for-you-stuff, why not?

And these cookies are indeed chock full of good-for-you-stuff.  And great maple flavor.  Oh, how I love maple.  A lot of times when you mix peanut butter and maple syrup in baked goods, the peanut butter flavor totally takes over, drowning out the maple.  Not in these cookies.  Somehow in these cookies, both flavors shine through in a tasty complimenting kinda way.

And since they're not overly sweet, they'd make a wonderful any-time snack, too.  I don't think they need to be relegated to just breakfast at all.

Now, I just had to share that I had a helper during the photo shoot for these cookies.  Mmm, hmmm ... here he is! ...


That's my parents' dog, Max.  He's a sweet little Yorkie ... and totally wanted to be involved in my photo shoot, barking at the camera each time I'd snap a picture and running between my feet.  So I decided he needed to be in his own picture.  He's lookin' kinda scruffy in this shot ... apparently he hadn't been to see his  stylist before his blog-debut photo shoot ... but I think he's cute none-the-less!

Despite being so cute, he didn't get any cookies for his breakfast.

But you can.  So, sure ... go ahead!  Whip these up and have cookies for breakfast.


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Maple-Peanut Breakfast Cookies
Source:  Adapted from Sweet and Easy Vegan, as published by Get This! weekly newspaper



Ingredients
  • 2 T. ground flax seeds
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour (or 1 c. all-purpose flour & 1 c. white whole wheat flour)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. pure maple syrup (I use Vermont Grade B)
  • 1/4 c. canola oil
  • 1/4 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 c. honey-roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
Directions
  1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and lightly spray parchment paper with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the ground flax seeds with the milk and allow to stand for 5 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; whisk until well mixed.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the maple syrup, canola oil, peanut butter, and vanilla. Stir vigorously until thoroughly blended. Add the flax seed and milk mixture; stir until well combined.
  5. Pour the wet mixture into the flour mixture, add the chopped peanuts, and mix well.
  6. Using a tablespoon, drop dough onto the prepared baking sheets, using about 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie and leaving about 2 inches of space between them.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 16 minutes, until firm to the touch and lightly browned on the edges. Let cookies cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

18 comments:

  1. You're killing me with all this maple stuff, Tracey! :) I love it, as much as I love the idea of a cookie for breakfast.

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    1. I knew I could count on a fellow native Vermonter to go for the maple stuff, Nicole. It IS sap season!

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  2. I love this! If I can eat cookies all day, I'm happy. Maple is an amazing flavor, I am so in love with it!

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  3. This is such a great recipe and idea for breakfast. My kids are so picky lately and this I don't think they would have an issue with for breakfast :). This would be a great snack to for school but it's a peanut free school which drives me nuts! (no pun intended) We can enjoy this at home! Thanks for yet another great recipe :)

    thanks
    Nina

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    1. You're quite welcome, Nina. I think your kids would love these! I know I sure do. :-) Our school isn't peanut free yet, but I do have a student with a severe peanut allergy ... I have to scan what the people sitting beside her at lunch are eating, and move them if there's anything peanut-related. Guess I won't be bringing these as a snack to school,either!

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  4. These look yummy!

    Would love for you to link this and your other cookie recipes up at my new Empty Your Archive link party - there is a focus this week on cookies, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

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  5. Peanut butter and maple...I'm hooked. Must try these! I wonder if you could sub oatmeal for some of the flour?

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    1. I would think you could, Dru. Process a bit of oatmeal in a food processor until it's very finely ground like flour, and substitute it in. I think using the oatmeal 'as-is' would totally change the texture of the cookies ... but you could certainly give it a try.

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  6. Oh these cookies look amazing!! Nothing wrong with cookies for breakfast, right? :)

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  7. What a great combination of flavors!

    I'd like to invite you to join my blog round up with either this post or another. This month the theme at Pantry Party is cookies! I'd love if you checked it out :) http://lawstudentscookbook.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/pantry-party-april-2013-announcement/

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  8. I'm all about cookies for breakfast! These look awesome!

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  9. I'd love to trick my little one into eating cookies that are actually healthy for breakfast! Pinned...

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  10. These sound delicious and are the perfect use for some maple syrup I've been wanting use. Anything with honey roasted peanuts is going to be a winner with me!

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    1. Agreed, Wendy! Honey-roasted peanuts add such great flavor.

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  11. Awesome, Pinned! Thanks for linking up to MM ~ Paula @Callmepmc.com

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  12. I love healthy breakfast cookies. My daughter thinks she is getting a special treat and it is really just a healthy breakfast. Love the flavors in your "cookie" Thanks for sharing on Thursdays treasures.

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  13. You mean to tell me I'm allowed to have cookies for breakfast?? All those years, my mom told me I had to wait until after dinner to eat my cookies... Never made sense to me, especially not after she allowed us to have donuts in the morning! She must not have heard of your healthy cookies; they look great!

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