Unprocessed October Day 3 – Peanut Butter Cookies
Last night we watched the movie The Future of Food. A friend of ours recommended it, and we really liked it. Very informative in a non-guilt ridden way. I also loved that at the end of the movie they suggest things that we can do to change. So many documentaries just tell you what’s wrong and never give suggestions for fixing the problems they present. I highly recommend that everyone watch it.
Here’s Unprocessed October Day 3’s menu:
breakfast: strawberries with plain yogurt and cherry-plum jam
lunch: leftover minestrone with green beans and a small Yukon gold potato (I love vegetable soups because they can be so flexible. Add whatever veggies you have – frozen, canned, fresh – anything works).
snack: peanut butter cookies. These are my favorite peanut better cookies; they’re light & not greasy at all.
dinner: leftover risotto with a glass of wine (is wine a processed food?)
Unprocessed October Day 3 – Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
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- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter (I use natural peanut butter that you don't have to stir)
- 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, and set aside.
- In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In another large bowl, combine peanut butter, butter, sugars with a mixer, or by hand with a fork, until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Add the egg and blend well. Stir in the flour just until incorporated.
- Roll the dough into balls of equal size about the size of walnuts, and place the dough ball on the lined baking sheet. Continue placing dough balls about 3 inches apart until the sheet is full. Press down on the dough balls with a fork to press the traditional crisscross marks in the middle of each cookie.
- Bake about 8 to 12 minutes, until the cookies are lightly browned. Remove the baking sheet to a wire rack and allow to cool for a few minutes. Then, using a spatula, transfer the cookies directly to the wire rack to cool completely. Repeat the process until the dough is used up.
The cookies may be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Or, bring any leftover cookies to my house to share.