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Almond Peanut Butter Cookies (Vegan) + Salted Nut Roll Cookies

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salted nut roll cookies 2YUM, right?

Right!  These babies are tasty!

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You have probably noticed that I am not much of a baker.  I tend to stick with creating vegetarian and vegan breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.  On occasion I will throw in a smoothie or a nut butter here or there, but desserts have never really happened…until now.  To be honest, I am not very good at baking.  Baking is a bit too exact for me, and developing creative vegan desserts is not my forte.  This past weekend, however, I was forced to get my creative baking juices flowing a bit.

Joanna invited me to her home for a Happy “Blogidays!” holiday party for the Omaha Bloggers group.  I could have brought one of my go-to holiday desserts- peanut butter blossoms- but I decided to mix things up.  Now don’t get me wrong, peanut butter blossoms still hold a big piece of my heart, but I decided to go a bit nontraditional for this occasion.  So what did I come up with?  A vegan cookie that I then “non-veganized” by adding a candy bar to ;).  Hey, it’s all about moderation, right?  But if you want to keep it all vegan then leave off the Salted Nut Roll.  Trust me, these are tasty all on their own.

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Almond Peanut Butter Cookies (Vegan) + Salted Nut Roll Cookies

Adapted from these cookies.

Servings: Makes about 20 cookies

Ingredients

1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch fine sea salt
1/2 cup almond butter*
1/2 cup peanut butter*
1/4 cup + 1 TB unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

*I used natural nut butters so they were a bit more liquidy than some conventional store-bought brands.

Optional:

2 1.8 oz Salted Nut Roll candy bars

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Place all dry ingredients into large mixing bowl.  Stir until well-combined

3. Mix in wet ingredients.  Stir until well-combined.

4. Refrigerate the dough for at least one hour.

5. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place onto a cookie sheet.

6. Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes, or until slightly golden brown.  I always “under-cook” mine a bit because I love soft cookies.  Plus, since the dough is vegan you do not have to worry about raw eggs.

7. If making the Salted Nut Roll version, cut each candy bar into 10 pieces while the cookies are baking.  Once the cookies are baked, immediately place a piece of candy bar onto the center of each cookie and press down lightly.

8. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet and then move to a cooling rack.

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9. Taste-test for quality control while they are warm.  Warm cookies are theeee best!

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10. Plate up the rest and serve them to your friends, family, and co-workers.  Or, keep them all for yourself! ;)

joannas holiday party

There was quite the spread at the party.  Tons of cookies, cupcakes, bars, crackers, bread, cheese, and drinks!  Trust me, nobody was going hungry here.

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Joanna even made me some vegan cookies, too, which was super thoughtful!  Tasty vegan cookies?  Yes, please!  Though I definitely snuck in a couple of non-vegan ones too ;).

What is your favorite holiday cookie?

{ 27 comments… add one }

  • Caitlyn @ City and the Cubicle December 19, 2013, 6:03 am

    These look awesome, girl! And “happy blogidays”- how adorable, love it!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 19, 2013, 10:56 am

      Thanks so much Caitlyn!! I have been loving on these :).

  • Becky @ Olives n Wine December 19, 2013, 6:25 am

    Holy yum! I love salted nut rolls and putting them atop cookies is genius :) And if you ever want a baking lesson, you probably shouldn’t watch me… I end up throwing a little of this and a little of that into each recipe. Oops!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 19, 2013, 10:57 am

      Well everything that you share always looks and sounds SO good, so you must be doing something right! ;)

  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies December 19, 2013, 6:37 am

    You should definitely create cookies more often! These look absolutely delicious.

    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 19, 2013, 11:02 am

      Thanks Kelly!! I just may have to do that!

  • Jessie December 19, 2013, 7:28 am

    & you say your not very good at baking.. these look delicious!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 19, 2013, 11:04 am

      Trust me, I’m normally not…I must have gotten lucky! ;)

  • Alex@vegginout December 19, 2013, 8:14 am

    Ummm these look so good Hannah!!! I love how crackily they are! And I couldn’t agree more that testing cookies fresh from the oven is a must ;)
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 19, 2013, 11:10 am

      Thanks Alex!! Yes, everyone knows that warm cookies right out of the oven are the absolute best!

  • Lucie@FitSwissChick December 19, 2013, 9:14 am

    Salted nut Rolls!! Oh my God! Please send some over…. they look delicious and I bet if fresh from the oven, it’s heaven!!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 19, 2013, 11:12 am

      Yeah, I have to say that I actually somewhat impressed myself with these. Maybe I’ll have to start baking more often ;).

  • Ang @ Nutty for Life December 19, 2013, 9:24 am

    Those cookies look so tasty! Salty caramel and nuts are really a wonderful combo.
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 19, 2013, 11:15 am

      They SO are!! Gotta love the holiday season and all of the baked goodies :).

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes December 19, 2013, 11:51 am

    I want to just dive into that table full of cookies LOL Great idea for a cookie – I bet they taste amazing!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 19, 2013, 1:11 pm

      I have been loving them….as have my co-workers! ;)

  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 19, 2013, 1:37 pm

    For claiming not to be a baker, these sure do look delicious! I’m a huge fan of snickerdoodles and shortbread, but really… a cookie is a cookie, and cookies are all amazing.
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 20, 2013, 2:06 pm

      I agree! I love ALL cookies! Well, except those that contain peppermint. I just cannot get into the mint thing! :(

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health December 19, 2013, 4:20 pm

    These look perfectly scrumptious! I bet the almond butter and peanut butter really make for a delicious cookie!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 20, 2013, 2:07 pm

      It is a delicious combo. I am so glad that I decided to do half AB instead of all PB. But then again, I am a bit obsessed with AB lately!

  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats December 19, 2013, 5:15 pm

    I love cookies don’t get me wrong but I am drooling more over your cheese pictures :)

    I love that you used both coconut sugar and nut butter in your cookie recipe, it sounds delicious.
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 20, 2013, 2:08 pm

      This was my first time using coconut sugar and you can bet that it definitely won’t be my last. I’m now pretty much obsessed!

  • Nicole @ FruitnFitness December 19, 2013, 5:41 pm

    Two of my favorites in one cookie!! I love peanut butter and salted nut rolls so i’m sure the combination is fantastic!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 20, 2013, 2:08 pm

      You would definitely love these then! Try ‘em out! :)

  • Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate December 20, 2013, 1:33 am

    These look and sound amazing!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 20, 2013, 2:09 pm

      Thanks Gina!! I sure enjoyed them, as did the party goers and my co-workers!

  • Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl December 22, 2013, 4:57 pm

    Yum….these look and sound fabulous! Have a very merry Christmas, Hannah!
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