Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Almost Diet Peanut Butter Cookies!

This is Tuesday.  And I should have sunshine and maybe a little green popping up here and there.  But there's white crap falling out of the sky.  So I'm skipping Garden Tuesday, and going to something more cheerful: Cookies!

When I was posting about my falling-apart cookbook, I also thumbed through it.  This recipe caught my eye, because it seemed to have less sugar than other recipes.  Bonus!  I altered it a little bit, and made these Peanut Butter Cookies that are "almost" healthy, diet cookies!

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 egg whites + 1 tsp water
2/3 cup flour
2/3 cup white whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Cream the butter with the brown sugar; beat in the vanilla and peanut butter until smooth.  Whisk the egg whites with the water, beat it into the creamed mixture.  Stir together all of the dry ingredients, and beat into the creamed mixture.  Drop onto greased cookie sheets and press a fork into the cookie tops twice, to create the crossed lines pattern; bake at 375F for 8 to 12 minutes, until lightly browned.

These cookies used half the sugar of other recipes, and by using egg whites instead of whole eggs, the cholesterol is reduced greatly.  No one even noticed the white whole wheat flour, either.  For more texture, try using chunky peanut butter.  Trust me, these were good!  Better yet, trust Mark and his father, cookie lovers both!

Happy Tuesday, everyone!


Big Dude said...

One of my favorites, they look delicious.

Tatersmama said...

These would be perfect for my hubby... He's got a sweet tooth, but needs to cut back on sugar. There's only so much fruit that I can force-feed him, so these cookies should quiet him down.... temporarily, anyway.

Two French Bulldogs said...

We'll take'm
Lily & Edward

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Howdy Marjie. Mmmm, they sound good. I'll have to show my daughter because she loves anything with peanut paste in it. Hope your week is a good one. No worries, and love, Carol (and Stella and Rory)

Pam said...

They look terrific! I love that there isn't much sugar in there and that you used some whole wheat flour.

Anonymous said...

"Almost" works for me.

Lapdog Creations said...

O.M.Geeeee... those sound amazing! Peanut Butter cookies are my favorite... "almost diet" makes them less guilty!

Sue said...

I'd rather see a plate of cookies than more snow. Those look tasty.

Rhodesia said...

There is only one food on the earth that I do not like and that is peanut butter!!

Happy Easter to you all. Diane

grace said...

peanut butter cookies always make me feel like a kid again, and as an adult, i like this less sinful take on them!

SissySees said...

We love peanut butter cookies - all four of us! Less sugar makes it even more tempting.