When I first read the list of ingredients for these cookies I thought there had been a mistake…no flour was listed.  Reading on, I came to find out that there was no mistake, the cookies are simply gluten-free.  Six ingredients and you have yourself some delicious cookies. They taste like a spoonful of peanut butter that has been dipped into chocolate chips.  They are just that moist.

One ingredient that is included in this recipe is organic whole cane sugar.  I’ve been doing a bit of reading about this, trying to decipher the difference between all the different sweeteners I see in recipes and on blogs.  Whole cane sugar, also known as Sucanat, is dried cane juice.  It retains it’s brown color and molasses flavor by not undergoing the extensive refinement of white sugar.  To make whole cane sugar the cane juice is extracted during processing, then heated and cooled until the resulting brown grains are formed.  Because it goes through much less refinement than white sugar it retains a higher nutritional value and contains a smaller amount of sucrose.

I had often confused Sucanat (or whole cane sugar) with Turbinado sugar.  Turbinado is more similar to white sugar being in crystal form, but maintains it’s light brown color and only a small portion of it’s molasses content.

Sucanat can be used as a 1:1 exchange in recipes that call for white sugar and also works well as a substitute for brown sugar.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Deliciously Organic

1 cup salted, natural peanut butter

3/4 organic whole cane sugar (sucanat)

1 large egg or Ener-G egg replacement

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Stir together all the ingredients until incorporated.  Spoon cookie dough using an 1 1/2 scoop onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake for 9 minutes.

The dough seemed a little dry to me, I was amazed how moist and flavorful the cookies turn out to be!

I found this recipe on Deliciously Organic by Carrie Vitt.  It is a wonderful site full of great recipes and information on eating organic.  Be sure to pop over and check it out!

Alison

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