Peanut Butter Cookies - Vegan, Gluten Free

This recipe is both vegan and gluten free to accommodate several diet restrictions in one go. It gets most of its fat from peanut butter, rather than supplemental fats, for stronger flavour. Unlike some gluten free peanut butter recipes, it includes a flour blend for body and texture.

Ingredients

  • 150 g (3/4 tsp) water
  • 10 g (2 tsp) vanilla extract
  • 5 g (1/2 tsp) xanthan gum
  • 30 g (2 tbs) golden flax seeds
  • 250 g (1 3/4 cups) gluten free flour blend
  • 3.5 g (1/2 tsp) salt
  • 10 g (2 1/2 tsp) baking powder
  • 2 (1/4 tsp) baking soda
  • 500 g (2 cups) peanut butter
  • 50 g (1/4 cup) shortening
  • 200 g (1 cup) granulated sugar
  • 200 g (1 cup) brown sugar

Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F and grease some cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
  2. Stir together the water, vanilla extract, and xanthan gum.
  3. Finely grind the flax seeds. Add to the water mixture and let sit 10 minutes to thicken.
  4. Sift together the flour blend, baking powder, and baking soda.
  5. Beat the water mixture well until it forms a meringue texture.
  6. Add the flour mixture and remaining ingredients and beat together until smooth.
  7. Form into 2-tbs balls and place a few cm apart on the cookie sheets.
  8. Dip a fork in watter and flatten the balls slightly, then press the fork in the crossways direction to flattern further and form the traditional pattern.
  9. Bake 8 - 10 minutes until barely set.
  10. Cool on a rack.

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