Organic Peanut Butter Cookies

Organic peanut butter has been a pantry staple for health-conscious individuals for decades. This natural spread is prized for its rich, nutty flavor and creamy texture. But what exactly sets organic peanut butter apart from the conventional variety? In this article, we delve into the benefits of organic peanut butter and share a delectable recipe that showcases its versatility and taste. Let’s start by exploring what makes this peanut butter a superior choice.

The Benefits of Organic Peanut Butter

Purity and Health Benefits

Organic peanut butter is made from peanuts that are grown without synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. This ensures that the final product is free from harmful chemicals and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). As a result, it retains more of its natural nutrients, such as healthy fats, protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium.

Environmental Impact

Choosing organic peanut butter also supports environmentally sustainable farming practices. Organic farming methods promote soil health, biodiversity, and water conservation. By opting for organic products, consumers contribute to reducing pollution and conserving natural resources.

Superior Taste and Quality

Many people find that organic peanut butter has a richer and more authentic peanut flavor compared to its non-organic counterparts. This is because it typically contains fewer additives, preservatives, and sweeteners, allowing the natural taste of the peanuts to shine through.

A Delicious Recipe Featuring Organic Peanut Butter

Now that we’ve established the benefits of organic peanut butter, let’s put it to good use in a mouth-watering recipe. These organic peanut butter cookies are a delightful treat that combines the nutty goodness of peanut butter with a hint of molasses for added depth of flavor.

Organic Peanut Butter Cookie Ingredients:

– 1 cup organic peanut butter (smooth or chunky)

– 1/2 cup butter (room temperature)

– 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

– 1 tablespoon cooking molasses

– 1 egg

– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

– 2 tablespoons nut or dairy milk

– 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

– 1/4 teaspoon salt

– 1 teaspoon baking soda

Directions

1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line your baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

2. Mix Wet Ingredients: In a mixing bowl, combine the organic peanut butter, butter, granulated sugar, molasses, egg, vanilla extract, and milk. Mix until the ingredients are well-blended and creamy.

3. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, salt, and baking soda.

4. Form the Dough: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, mixing until well-combined and a soft dough forms.

5. Shape the Cookies: Roll the dough into 24 balls and space them out on your prepared baking sheets, allowing for some expansion (about 8 cookies per sheet). If desired, roll each ball in white sugar for a sweet, crunchy coating.

6. Flatten the Cookies: Use a fork or the bottom of a glass to press the balls slightly, creating a classic crisscross pattern on top.

7. Bake: Bake the cookies for 11-12 minutes, or until they are lightly golden around the edges. Be careful not to overbake, as the cookies will continue to firm up as they cool.

8. Cool: Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Tips and Variations

1. Chunky vs. Smooth: Whether you prefer chunky or smooth peanut butter, either will work perfectly in this recipe. Chunky peanut butter adds a delightful texture with bits of peanuts in every bite.

2. Nut Milk Options: For a dairy-free option, use almond milk, soy milk, or any other nut milk of your choice. Each type of milk can subtly alter the flavor of the cookies, allowing for customization based on your preference.

3. Add-Ins: Enhance your cookies with various add-ins. Chocolate chips, raisins, or chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts can add extra flavor and texture.

4. Gluten-Free Option: To make these cookies gluten-free, substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend. Ensure that the baking soda is also gluten-free.

5. Healthier Sweeteners: For a healthier alternative to granulated sugar, try using coconut sugar or organic cane sugar. Both options provide a more natural sweetness and can slightly alter the flavor profile of the cookies.

Conclusion

Natural peanut butter is more than just a health trend; it’s a delicious and nutritious choice that benefits both you and the environment. By incorporating it into your baking, you not only enjoy the superior taste and quality but also support sustainable farming practices. This cookie recipe is a perfect way to savor the wholesome goodness of organic peanut butter. Whether you’re making them for a special occasion or simply to satisfy a sweet craving, these cookies are sure to delight. Enjoy baking and indulging in these delectable treats, knowing that you’re making a positive choice for your health and the planet.

Organic Peanut Butter Cookies

Recipe by adminCourse: DessertDifficulty: Easy
Servings

24

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic peanut butter (smooth or chunky)

  • 1/2 cup butter (room temp)

  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

  • 1 tbsp cooking molasses

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 2 tbsp nut or dairy milk

  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tsp baking soda

Directions

  • In a mixing bowl combine peanut butter, butter, sugar, molasses, egg, vanilla and milk.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda.
  • Add dry ingredients to mixer and mix until well combined.
  • Roll the batter into 24 balls and space them out on your baking sheet to allow for some expansion (about 8 cookies per sheet).
  • Optional: Roll balls in white sugar to coat.
  • Use a fork or the bottom of a glass to press the balls slightly.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 11-12 minutes and allow to cool slightly before moving to cool on a wire rack.

Rhubarb Crisp With Oatmeal

Rhubarb Crisp with Oatmeal: A Delicious and Versatile Recipe

Rhubarb crisp with oatmeal is a delightful dessert that balances the tartness of rhubarb with a sweet, crumbly topping. This recipe is not only easy to make but also versatile, allowing you to experiment with different fruits and spices to create your perfect dessert. Here’s how to make a classic rhubarb crisp with oatmeal and some ideas on how to tweak the recipe to suit your taste.

Classic Rhubarb Crisp with Oatmeal Recipe

Ingredients

– 5 cups chopped rhubarb

– 1 cup sugar

– 1 tbsp cornstarch

– 1/4 cup melted coconut oil

– 1/3 cup brown sugar

– 1/2 cup flour

– 1/2 cup quick cooking rolled oats

– Cinnamon to taste

Directions

Preheat the Oven: Set your oven to 350°F (175°C).

    • Prepare the Rhubarb Mixture: In a casserole dish, mix the chopped rhubarb with 3/4 cup of sugar and the cornstarch. Ensure the rhubarb is evenly coated.
    • Make the Crumble Topping: In a separate bowl, combine the melted coconut oil, brown sugar, flour, and oats. Mix until the mixture becomes crumbly.
    • Assemble the Crisp: Sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the rhubarb mixture in the casserole dish. Top with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon.



    • Bake: Place the dish in the preheated oven and bake for about 45 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the rhubarb mixture is bubbly.

    • Enjoy the crisp warm, ideally with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or let it cool to room temperature.


    Exploring Flavour Variations

    One of the joys of making a fruit crisp is its adaptability. By changing the fruits and spices, you can create a variety of delicious combinations. Here are some ideas to get you started.

    Fruit Substitutions and Combinations

    Strawberries: Pairing rhubarb with strawberries is a classic combination. The sweetness of the strawberries balances the tartness of the rhubarb perfectly. Use 2.5 cups of strawberries and 2.5 cups of rhubarb for a balanced mix.

    Apples: Apples add a lovely sweetness and texture. Combine 3 cups of apples (peeled and chopped) with 2 cups of rhubarb for a delightful mix.

    Blueberries: For a berry twist, mix 3 cups of blueberries with 2 cups of rhubarb. The blueberries add a burst of sweetness and color.

    Peaches: Peaches bring a summery, juicy sweetness. Combine 3 cups of peeled and sliced peaches with 2 cups of rhubarb.

    Spice Variations

    Spices can dramatically change the flavor profile of your crisp. Here are some spice ideas to try:

    Nutmeg: Adding a pinch of nutmeg to the crumble topping gives a warm, nutty flavor that complements the rhubarb.

    Ginger: Fresh or ground ginger adds a spicy kick. A teaspoon of ground ginger mixed with the rhubarb can add a wonderful zing.

    Cardamom: This exotic spice pairs beautifully with rhubarb. Add a 1/2 teaspoon of ground cardamom to the crumble topping for a unique twist.

    Cloves: A pinch of ground cloves can add a deep, aromatic flavor. Be careful not to overdo it, as cloves can be quite strong.

    Enhancing the Crumble Topping

    The crumble topping is where you can get creative. Here are some ways to enhance it:

    Nuts: Adding chopped nuts like almonds, pecans, or walnuts can add a delightful crunch and flavor. Mix 1/4 cup of your chosen nuts into the crumble mixture.

    Coconut: Shredded coconut can add a tropical twist. Mix 1/4 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut into the crumble topping.

    Seeds: Adding seeds like chia or flax can give an added nutritional boost. Mix 1-2 tablespoons of seeds into the crumble topping.

    Tips for the Perfect Crisp

    Choose Fresh Ingredients: The quality of the fruit will greatly impact the final taste of your crisp. Fresh, ripe fruit will yield the best results.

    Balance Sweetness and Tartness: Adjust the sugar based on the sweetness of the fruit you’re using. Taste the fruit mixture before adding the crumble topping and adjust the sugar if necessary.

    Don’t Overbake: Keep an eye on your crisp while it bakes. You want the topping to be golden and the fruit mixture to be bubbly. Overbaking can lead to a dry topping and mushy fruit.

    Serve with Ice Cream: A scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream can elevate your rhubarb crisp to a whole new level of deliciousness.

    Conclusion

    Rhubarb crisp with oatmeal is a versatile and delicious dessert that can be easily adapted to suit your tastes. Whether you stick to the classic rhubarb or experiment with other fruits and spices, this dessert is sure to be a hit. Enjoy the process of creating your unique flavor combinations and share the joy of this comforting, homemade treat with family and friends. Want more rhubarb recipes? Check out our rhubarb loaf recipe!

    Rhubarb Crisp With Oatmeal

    Recipe by adminDifficulty: Easy
    Servings

    8

    servings
    Prep time

    15

    minutes
    Cooking time

    45

    minutes

    Ingredients

    • 5 cups chopped rhubarb

    • 1 cup sugar

    • 1 tbsp cornstarch

    • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil

    • 1/3 cup brown sugar

    • 1/2 cup flour

    • 1/2 cup quick cooking rolled oats

    • cinnamon to taste

    Directions

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit
    • Mix 3/4 cup sugar and cornstarch and mix with rhubarb in casserole dish
    • Add coconut oil, brown sugar, flour, and oats to a bowl. Mix until crumbly.
    • Sprinkle mixture evenly over fruit and top with cinnamon.
    • Bake 45 mins or until bubbly and toasted.
    • Enjoy warm a la mode or let it cool to room temperature first.

    Churned Butter at Home

    churned butter

    When I was young, my grandfather tried to gut a jackfish in front of my sister and me. The reaction he got from us was biblical – crying, screaming, the whole thing. Before long he gave up, placed Jack back in the pail of water he’d come up in, and let us watch as he swam away unharmed. My squeamishness that day is regularly brought up at family gatherings where everyone reinforces what a wimp I am. (It’s been 35 years, I think the horse is dead…) It has taken me until my 40th birthday to realize that I’m really not squeamish in most situations. What happened that day was a reflection of my lack of exposure to things in life that would bolster my resilience when faced with something new.

    Years Later

    At my house, my mother was so allergic to almost all animals that my exposure to them was essentially nil. No shit – I had to strip down in our attached garage and immediately launder everything I wore if I had stepped foot in a friend’s home. And it wasn’t just my mom that stood between me and animals, either. Once, we got an opportunity to ride some horses at a family member’s acreage, but the fun was immediately cut short because my sister’s face and eyes were swelling.

    At that age, who could fault me for not being able to pet a dog comfortably – let alone gut a fish? Gradually, I began to see my lack of understanding of animals extended to the flora around me, too. I had moved to a beautiful coastal town in 2020 and the exposure to all the lush green rainforests around me called at me to do, learn, and experience more. So, I did what any sane person would do and went directly into my fears to face them head-on. I started a huge garden, learned to filet fresh salmon out of the river (H is best at this), and got a dog. I washed chicken eggs, sewed boat covers, homeschooled, and found friends who wanted to live the same way.

    Now that my children are old enough to understand, I want to imbue them with as much knowledge about the nature of our earth as I can. I don’t want them to be young adults who can’t identify all the vegetables at the grocery store – you know, the ones who are 40 and still putting ranch on every damn thing?

    A child watching the butter churning process.

    I want my kids to understand where food comes from and how it goes back to the earth in a cycle that supports all life. I want them to understand more of the world in general. So, where should I begin? I searched my memory basket and remember making churned butter in a Mason jar as a small child (and wondering if it would ever end). It’s easy, inexpensive, and provides lots of opportunities to discuss how this important resource was made in the past. This would be perfect.

    Churned Butter

    • Start by purchasing 2 cups of whipping cream. Any attempt to use a low-fat alternative here will fail!
    • Let your whipping cream come to room temperature before pouring it into your mason jar or stand mixer. (I took pity on my little guy and we used the stand mixer).
    • Start your stand mixer on low and gradually increase the speed until just before the cream splatters and makes a mess. Place a tea towel over the mixing machine to catch any splatter that does occur.
    • Continue to run your mixer this way until it forms a thick whipped cream.
    • After taking a mandatory sampling or two of your whipped cream, turn the mixer up again and keep churning the butter until it splits into what looks like butter and cloudy water (this “water” is buttermilk).
    • Pick your butter up and run cold water over it butter as you knead it into a ball
    • If you want to salt your churned butter, sprinkle some in now. If you want to add herbs and seasonings, click here for a few ideas.
    • Reserve the buttermilk to get the most out of your whipping cream!
    • Click here to see butter churning in action.
    A child churning butter with a standard tabletop mixer

    Why Churned Butter at Home is Better

    • You control the quality of the butter by using quality ingredients
    • You get access to the freshest product (especially when you make small batches regularly)
    • Education – your child learns more about traditional foods and how they are made
    • It’s easy and fun!
    A child rinsing churned butter

    Using Your Leftover Weigh

    You’ve just made your first batch of home churned butter! Now you can turn your attention to that leftover weigh you set aside when it separated. Although the possibilities are endless, we love to use it in these buttermilk pancakes. For other ideas of what can be done with your leftover buttermilk, check out this list.

    Buttermilk pancakes with fresh buttermilk

    It’s Not Just Butter

    Teaching children about traditional food practices is not just about imparting culinary skills; it’s about instilling a deeper connection to the environment and the sources of our sustenance. In today’s fast-paced world, where convenience often trumps authenticity, taking the time to churn butter with your children becomes more than just a kitchen activity – it becomes a lesson in heritage, sustainability, and self-reliance.

    It’s Connection

    By engaging in activities like butter churning, children gain a firsthand understanding of the effort and care that goes into producing food. They learn that food doesn’t magically appear on grocery store shelves; it has a journey, from farm to table. This awareness fosters appreciation and respect for the resources that nourish us, encouraging a more mindful approach to consumption.

    It’s Cultural Preservation

    Teaching children traditional food practices is a form of cultural preservation. In an era dominated by processed foods and fast food chains, these age-old techniques are at risk of being lost. By passing down these skills to the next generation, we ensure that our culinary heritage endures, keeping alive the flavors and traditions of our ancestors.

    It’s Discovery

    Beyond the kitchen, understanding the origins of food also sparks curiosity about the natural world. Children who begin with tasks like churning butter may develop an interest in agriculture, animal husbandry, or environmental stewardship. They may start asking questions about where their vegetables come from or how different animals contribute to the ecosystem, setting them on a path of discovery and exploration.

    In essence, teaching children to churn butter is about more than just making a delicious spread; it’s about sowing the seeds of knowledge, curiosity, and appreciation. It’s about equipping them with the skills and insights they need to make informed choices about the food they eat and the world they inhabit. So, the next time you reach for that store-bought butter, consider taking a step back in time and inviting your children to join you in a journey of discovery through the simple act of churning.

    Dirty Dishes and Dusty Floors

    Photo by Jenna Norman on Unsplash

    I Have A Dream

    Pristine, swept floors – floors which seem to go for miles as your eyes trace the interlocking wood planks down to the bay windows on the other side of the house. The smell of baking. A garden, pruned and detailed. Weeded meticulously. Counter tops that serve their intended purpose – beyond mail, homework and neglected dishes. Pencils that sit neatly in their cup, waiting to be found predictably when needed. A crumbless kitchen. This is not my house.

    When we lived in our little ’58 bungalow in the old part of the city, I was sure that our inability to maintain order for longer than 3 days (okay, 2) at a time, came down to a disproportionate ratio of belongings to space (1 456 491:1).

    As I write this from my bigger, brighter open concept home, dishes sit, unwashed since last night’s dinner. Laundry cries out, spilling from hampers, garbage bins try to hold their own while we overwhelm them and my kitchen counter stares arrogantly at me. I think it’s saying: “Your Grandmother would never have let this happen despite her four kids”. My counters would be right.

    Master of Her Domain

    You see, I come from a family where neither the men, nor the women, sit down. They are productive from the time their feet hit the cold ground in the morning to the time they fall, presumably from exhaustion, into bed at night. I’d love to have had the genetics of these people. Instead, I was born with a love of cooking (not cleaning), more creative (less order) and a cynicism that suggests to me that to keep cleaning this house while my family lives here might just be paving my own road to crazy.

    Other indicators of genetic difference can be seen when, for example, Grandma gets into a near-miss situation in her Lincoln and yells with passionate anger at the other guy: “TURKEY!” I’m not sure how I react to those situations. I can only assume I black out from rage. I digress.

    Much as I’ve tried, nearly seven years in, I have never mastered the art of ‘staying home’. I have begun to wonder what it means to stay at home, exactly. I think the true definition lies somewhere between existential intellectual boredom, and doing everything you normally do, but from within the home while a 3-year-old dictator trades catastrophic mess for brief allowances of productive writing moments (unless there are bathrooms to be cleaned).

    Whenever I have slept enough, and feel physically and mentally available to take on the disorder in my home, I have found my efforts thwarted by commitments, interruptions, or a general sense of the futility of the cleaning itself. When all things remain equal, the recommendations make sense: dishes daily, and laundry, too. Maintain, maintain, maintain. But that’s the thing about things. They’re variable.

    Cosmic Balance

    The only evidence of balance I see here is in kids who take turns with dramatic illness, returning to their devilish selves (Tasmanian, I mean) just in time for whatever ails them to be sneezed onto me. Or, my tired slowness from the seeming perpetual darkness that is Canadian winter is finally overcome, and then – cramps. You get the idea.

    I sometimes question whether my frequent failure to keep up is an indication of a laziness or immaturity on my part. Like somehow, other moms know something that I don’t.  Maybe, I need to try harder for my family, find more time in the day and more energy to make everything happen at once. I’m slowly making peace with this notion, having analyzed my situation to death in the absence of the magic wand I so desperately require. Besides, my husband didn’t marry ‘lazy’ and my parents didn’t raise it. So here I am, left with the understanding that unless I stop writing altogether, the expectation of order will remain a hallucinogenic construct, bred of someone’s delusional mind – until the little kid years are over.

    Aiming for Sanity

    Since not writing is out of the question, these will be the times when I learn who my friends are. These will be the years that I look back on, when things are easier, and, with perspective offered from the vantage point of hindsight, give myself a break.  When kids are sick, and hair’s a mess and scarcely surviving is all that can be done – it’s okay.

    Parenthood is an uphill battle for most of us, save a few saints who were put on earth solely to make other mothers feel like they didn’t get the memo. Amidst gauntlets of toys, shoes and washed but unfolded laundry that my husband tries to clothe himself from at 5 in the morning, we do the best we can. Some days we do okay, some days we might as well not have gotten out of bed at all. But if you accept the fact that, for now, you can’t win at this game, you get comfortable with participation points and the oft underappreciated consolation prize called Sanity.

    On days like this I lean into this thought: that these are the years, and they won’t be here forever.

    Writing for Peace

    Always Someday

    Before kids, I always thought that there would be a time for writing. Somewhere off on the horizon when I was done with the all-consuming (life sucking?) office job, when I caught up on things and organized my life. The funniest of my delusions included “when the babies come, and the stress is less”. At a time when my personal load of responsibilities was so manageable I should have been writing voraciously, but I allowed the someday mentality to overtake me, and writing had to wait.

    In my youthful ignorance I had not factored in such things as babies being machines made for consumption of all available resources. I hadn’t considered things like sick babies who cry incessantly for the first 6 months of their lives, the fact that you can’t form thoughts when you haven’t slept or that when you write from the underbelly of postpartum depression, it shows. The babies came, and the job went away. Since going back to work outside the home in my fragile state wasn’t an option, I needed to find an alternate way to contribute. Writing wasn’t coming easy in my sleep deprived state, so it had to wait.

    Much Too Much

    Five years and another baby later, my flexible easy-going work-from-home side job had become what I did seven days a week. I rarely spent quality time with my family, rarely cooked them dinner, rarely saw my husband who was working obscene hours himself, and rarely smiled. Both my children had medical needs demanding my attention, and if it weren’t for my mother, I was guaranteed a failing grade on that score. I remember the day that I left my doctor’s office with seven (yes, seven) prescriptions. Some for sleep, some for my worsening depression, and some to help keep me upright from the debilitating stress and work induced pain all over my body.

    At 32, I had become the person I never thought I would be. A joyless, overweight product of a lifestyle that was neither honouring me nor my family – and all in the name of making sure that no one thought I was lazy. I was going to contribute if it killed me, and it might have. Either way, writing had to wait.

    In May of last year, the greatest gift of my recent years was bestowed upon me when I asked my body to keep going and it replied, simply and assertively, No.

    That was that. My body wasn’t just asking for a reduction in the pace of things, it was making it very clear that until everything in my life changed, it wouldn’t either. My nervous system was shot, and I had no physical tolerance for anything. Light and sound stimulus was too much, I was uncoordinated, and I could feel my insides shaking even on the brink of sleep. I was scared.

    Changing The Game

    I didn’t take a break from work, I shut my small business down abruptly and entirely. We cut every expense that we could reasonably cut, and I was humbled into prioritizing and re-evaluating my values. I spent time sitting and staring at the walls. So much soul searching ensued, and my circle of concern shrunk dramatically. I no longer had time for relationships that weren’t reciprocal, I no longer felt compelled to prove anything to anyone, and I was left with the desire to actively control the quality of only three things in my life: family, health, and peace. Writing could join the conversation.

    So we ate some green vegetables, I started sleeping, and I lost 20 pounds. My body came back better and stronger than I remember it. My husband and I put things in motion for him to get a regular 9 to 5 schedule and suddenly, we were a family again. I played with my kids, cleaned and organized my house and created a dedicated place for writing in the front of it, where the sun shines in from three beautiful bay windows all day long.

    Priorities

    There is a moment after life events like this where, when you speak, the people who really love you listen. Without questioning and without judgment, though perhaps out of fear, my family heard me when I said that writing is where my peace lies. No longer was I going to be the mom who would like to write, I am now the writer who writes to keep the current of life from swallowing me whole. I am the writer who writes so that my children can see me smile. I am the writer who writes to remind her husband of what is Me. And when writing helps pay the bills, I celebrate it without making it my focus.

    If you’ve ever wondered when, exactly, one becomes a writer the answer is this: when you start behaving like one. When you do what you need to do to put yourself in that world, you become, once again, who you are at your core.

    Mining Gratitude

    Happiness, it turns out, is found within fractional moments of inspired gratitude. Moments where we honour our foundational selves to the detriment of all the fake plastic, albeit necessary, pieces of our lives. Give yourself something to feel a moment of genuine gratitude for, something that makes your life feel uncontrived. Writing as a mother will never be easy, but carving out a protected place of respite from the demands of the day will allows me to give the very best of myself to the experiences and the people in my life who deserve me the most. After all, self-care is self-respect, and our precious children are watching.