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Peanut Butter Molasses Cookies

What you need: 

1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cups unbleached all purpose flour
3/4 cup cane sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup peanut butter (natural oil separating kind works best)
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup + 2 teaspoons applesauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I use canola oil; avoid 'butter' products like Earth Balance, it tends to give a 'fried' texture)
1 tablespoon vanilla

What you do: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie tray.
2. Mix all dry ingredients (whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt) in large bowl, then mix in all wet ingredients (peanut butter, molasses, applesauce, vegetable oil, and vanilla). Batter should be firm, not crumbly, not wet or soft.
3. With tablespoon, scoop out batter on cookie tray. About 9 scoops will fit per standard tray. Mash with fork to about 3/4" thick.
4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Do NOT over bake! Let stand on cookie sheet until lukewarm. Enjoy!
The cookies are best after sitting for a night, at least I think :)
Source of recipe: I wanted to create a robust peanut butter cookie recipe that had some bite to it, was soft, but not cakey. After much trail and error, I think I got it right.

Preparation Time: 
15 minutes, Cooking time: 8 to 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 
8 to 10 minutes
Recipe Category: 


is there a good substitute for apple sauce you'd recommend for this recipe?


These are tasty and easy to make!  I think next time, I'll add some choc chips or chopped peanuts to them for some texture. 


I just made these. I will  be making these again & again. Very easy to make & delicious flavor. I like that they are made with ingredients I usually have on hand. I doubt of there will be any tomorrow to see what they taste like then.


hmmm. When my recipe was moved from new recipes, it got edited.
Here are the corrections.
Use canola oil, not vegetable oil, and its two tablespoons of apple sauce in addition to the 1/4 th cup.


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