Peanut Butter Cookies

It’s been a cookie week. My mom came on Tuesday, so I made oatmeal raisin cookies (the good kind) to harold her arrival. The next day was preschool, and I couldn’t be caught with no cookies on hand, so I quickly whipped up a batch of peanut butter cookies in the solar oven while the kids napped.

And, as if that wasn’t enough, today my son decided that he wanted to cook with his Nana, so they tried their hand at solar baking. It was really sweet. I preheated the oven while they used an oatmeal cookie mix (Pamela’s maybe?) and substituted apple sauce for the butter and used flax for the egg. They had bought raisins and dried cranberries, so they added those to the mix and made a pan of bar cookies.

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The oven stayed at 350┬░F, and in about 25 minutes we had cookies! I was proud of them for being willing to try out the solar oven, as it was new for both of them. They both said it was easy and everyone enjoyed the cookies. I’d post the recipe, but it was the one from the bag.

Maybe this solar cooking will become a family affair? What do you think – solar ovens for Christmas? ­čÖé

Chocolate Cookies

Someone posted in one of my mom’s groups a blogger who has great vegan, gluten-free, recipes. I have tried a few of them and loved them all, so when I saw her cookie recipe, I was psyched! It had very little sugar, and used oats for flour. Plus, as you probably have already gathered, I’m a sucker for sweets. Chocolate is a food group in our house.

It’s been raining here quite a bit with the monsoons, so I had to wait almost a week to get a day that was sunny enough at a time when I could cook. Finally I found a day, preheated the solar oven, and made the cookies!

Chocolate Cookies (original blame goes to OHSHEGLOWS )

1 flax egg (1T flax + 3 T water)

1/4 cup applesauce

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

3 Tbsp cocoa powder

1 1/2 cups oats processed into flour

nondairy milk if needed to moisten batter

chocolate chips

Preheat your solar cooker. Mix the ingredients together in the order listed. Drop onto parchment lined baking sheet and then flatten into little patties. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 15 minutes.

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Rating: Terrible. Seriously – they were dry, needed more sugar, and a waste of perfectly good chocolate. Next time I will just munch on the chocolate chips and be done with my chocolate craving!

 

 

 

Gourmet Dog Treats

I love cookies. There is nothing so good as a portable bite of sugar and yumminess. You can munch them, freeze them, share them, or horde them. They really are great.

I thought I’d try to make peanut butter cookies today. They take only a few ingredients and cook fast. Plus I have lots of peanut butter in the house.

Of course, I tried to make them healthy, so I lessened the sugar content substantially. Then I baked them in the preheated solar oven for about 20 minutes per tray.  They baked up fine, though a bit crumbly, and I was excited to taste one! The batter tasted great!

However, as is often the case at my house, the cookies were not so great. As it turns out, without adequate sweetener, peanut butter cookies are very bland. And I did not adequately clean the cooker after my husband cooked his chicken in it yesterday.  The result: bland peanut butter and chicken cookies. Yuck!

I was sad about losing out on the cookies until another friend suggested that I rename them and call them gourmet dog biscuits! So smart! My dog loves them!

Gourmet dog biscuits

(I am not a vet, so if these make your dog sick, don’t feed them to him or her)

1/2 cup vegan butter

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup sugar

1 Tbsp flax +3Tbsp water

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 1/4 cups rice flour

Cream all ingredients. Drop onto cookie sheet and press lightly with a fork. Bake in chicken- smelling solar oven for about 20 minutes.

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Rating: terrible for people, but my doggie loved them!