If (like me) you love regular peanut butter cookies, just imagine how delicious honey peanut butter cookies are!
But what makes these cookies even better is the honey from African Bronze! Not only is it fair trade and organic honey, it also has a very special flavour quality to it because it’s wild. Imagine honey with a hint of blackstrap molasses and spice and you’ll have a pretty good idea of the complexity of the taste! And so it lends itself absolutely beautifully to these cookies.
If you did substitute another type of honey in these cookies, I would actually recommend cutting it with blackstrap molasses, to give it that tanginess and flavour depth that the African Bronze has. These cookies will be totally different (and I’d say less good) without the complex flavour of the dark honey!
While I usually post vegan recipes on the blog, this is one recipe where the vegans might need to sit out. Unfortunately, during test baking, vegan egg replacements didn’t do very well, and there’s also (of course) the honey question. So while I still love vegan recipes, this one isn’t super vegan-friendly this time. Sorry, folks!
But what I’m not sorry about is how delicious these cookies are. Seriously. They’re chewy, not too sweet, and full of honey and peanut goodness! And you can feel good about supporting fair trade producers that are producing more sustainable goods.
So without further ado, let’s get into the honey peanut butter cookies!
These cookies are chewy, not too sweet and absolutely packed with the natural goodness of peanuts and honey!
- 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1/2 cup African Bronze wild forest honey * (fair trade)
- 1/2 cup Camino golden cane sugar ** (fair trade)
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 pinch Cha's Organics ground true cinnamon *** (fair trade)
- Extra cane sugar for rolling ** (optional)
Cream peanut butter, honey, butter and sugar together. Beat in eggs and vanilla until the mixture lightens and gets a bit thicker.
Add dry ingredients and mix just until they're incorporated. (Over-beating the cookies will make them tough!) The dough will be very soft.
Chill the dough for 2 hours or overnight before baking.
When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F. Using a rounded tablespoon of dough for each cookie, roll the dough into balls and roll in additional sugar, if desired. (It will make the outside nice and crispy and add just a bit of sweetness.)
Place cookies on a parchment- or silpat-lined cookie sheet, spaced about 2 inches apart. Press a criss-cross pattern on the top of each cookie with a fork.
Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool on the pan for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
* African Bronze wild forest honey has deep molasses tones and a tanginess that other honeys don’t have. This unique product is unrefined and preserves all of the natural health benefits of unpasturized honey! If you opt to use a different kind of honey, please note that the cookies will not have as much flavour. It may be better to replace a few tablespoons of the honey with blackstrap molasses to get a more authentic flavour.
** Pick up your fairtrade, organic golden cane sugar from Camino from the Rosette store or at a health food store near you!
*** Cha’s Organics’ true cinnamon is different from what you usually get in the store. Did you know that most of what is sold in-store is not actually cinnamon, but its cheaper cousin, cassia? For the health benefits of cinnamon and the deeper flavour, be sure to look for true cinnamon or ceylon on the label!
These treats are, of course, much sweeter if you use fair trade ingredients! Check out the fairtrade organic golden cane sugar, the true cinnamon by Cha’s Organics and (of course) the wild forest honey from African Bronze in the Rosette Fair Trade store.
What kinds of things do you usually use the honey in your pantry for? Let us know in the comments!
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