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Peanut Butter Fudge Cookies

What you need: 

1/2 cup shortening
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup apple sauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
3 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

What you do: 

Mix all ingredients together.
If dough is too dry add more peanut butter.
Drop balls on to cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 11-13 min.

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I agree with uhblondie, the dough was ahhhhmazing but the cookies were a bit of a let down at first.  I too put less applesauce and a little more Earth Balance, but the first batch was not very sweet.  I think too much flour is the real problem with this recipe, it masks the sweetness.  I added chocolate chips and cooked them for less time to keep them a little doughier (8 minutes instead of 11) and they turned out MUCH better.  The doughy center made the delighful and the chocolate chips added sweetness too.  The recipe isn't terrible but needs some adjustments. 


The cookies didn't turn out as well as I expected based on the other reviews here, though I'm pretty sure that's because I tried subbing some mashed banana for the applesauce.  If you're going to try that, be sure to add a little extra water and sugar.  I didn't add any extra sugar and my cookies are therefore rather bland.  I did add chocolate chips and luckily those helped make them a little more sweet.  :-\


Hmm...I have mixed feelings about these cookies. The dough is very yummy and addictive, but the cookies are only so-so; not nearly as fudgy as they should be. I think this is due to the full cup of applesauce, which makes them almost bread-like. Next time I might use less applesauce and more Earth Balance (which I subbed for the shortening). I added chocolate chips, too, which is what I think saved them. However, I will say that my boyfriend likes them and so did some non-vegans, so maybe it is just me -- I think I am spoiled by the "Awesome Chocolate Cookies" recipe, which is orgasmically good. Well, I will work with this recipe and post my results!

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