Peanut Butter Print Cookies

As I write this post, I'm at my parents' home in Pennsylvania.  The air is crisper than in Virginia and it's the first fall experience I've had this year - I've even been able to wear my boots!

This Peanut Butter Print recipe was made with my mom.  As you may know from previous posts, my mom has been trying to be gluten-free, on account of her sensitivity to gluten.  I thought that these cookies would be perfect for her.

I had to go everywhere to find a dinosaur for my Halloween monster print cookies.  You moms out there are bound to have one or two dinos; I found this purple guy at Big Lots.  Don't worry; I washed him well before using him!

This recipe is adapted from Kitchen Operas.  It's a great site if you haven't been there.  I adjusted Lindsay's recipe: I used peanut butter instead of cashew butter (although cashew is my favorite as of late) and I added some coconut flour to give the cookies a little stability, for the footprints.  You totally don't have to add any if you don't want to.

Adapted from Kitchen Operas

1 c. natural peanut butter (or cashew butter)
1/4 c. pure maple syrup
1 T. flaxseed, ground
3 T. cardamom-infused bourbon (learn more about infusing your own liquor!)
1/2 tsp. baking powder, aluminum-free
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 T. coconut flour, optional (for paw print stability)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the maple syrup, flax, and bourbon.  Let it stand for 10 minutes or so to thicken.

After, add the peanut butter, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and coconut flour to the bowl.  Mix well.  The batter should be pretty thick.

Using a cookie scoop, scoop a dollop of batter onto your prepared tray.  You should be able to get at least 12 standard cookies from this recipe.

With your fingers, flatten each cookie and stamp it with your plastic animal.  The prints look much better when you do them before you bake them, rather than after.

Bake these cookies for 15-18 minutes.

These cookies taste fabulous warm and really only take about 30 minutes from start to finish.  Make some for your upcoming Halloween party or as an everyday snack!