Monday, June 10, 2013

Vegan Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies are the perfect old-timey tasting treats that make you think of baking and enjoying with your grandparent(s). They're perfectly soft yet chewy and the apple makes them almost healthy (almost!). I wasn't sure initially how the peanut butter and apple would jive together but they worked to make the most delicious pairing in this cookie! Try them for yourselves - you won't be disappointed.

And yes there is shortening in these cookies but that's the secret to soft and chewy goodness! We used Earth Balance shortening which is pretty great.

Apple Peanut Butter Cookies
Recipe by The Tolerant Vegan
Makes 24 cookies

1 tablespoon ground flax
3 tablespoons water
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup vegetable-based shortening
1/2 cup chunky natural peanut butter
1/2 cup white or raw sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 apple, peeled, cored and diced


Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a small bowl or cup, stir together the ground flax and water. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and ground cinnamon. In a separate bowl, use a hand mixer on low-medium speed to cream together the shortening, peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until fully combined. Stir in the flax egg and the applesauce. Fold in the diced apples.
Drop spoonfuls of the batter onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, about 2 inches apart.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the pan as they are quite soft and breakable when hot! Transfer the cookies to a wire rack and allow to cool completely. Try to restrain yourself because these are yummy!!


  1. Nice. I like both pb and apples so I am sure I would enjoy these cookies.

    1. And if you like chewy cookies these would be absolutely perfect for you! Enjoy!


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