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Soy butter cookies instead of peanut butter?

somervilleoldtimer Sep 11, 2010 07:21 AM

For reasons of allergy, I want to make peanut butter cookies, using soy butter. I'm thinking of rolling the cookies in sesame seeds, also, before baking. Any comments about whether this might work or not?

  1. chefj Sep 11, 2010 10:06 AM

    I would think that the technical success of the substitution would depend on the fat content being close to the same.
    Flavor wise I do not know if soy butter has the depth of flavor that peanut butter does. Have you thought of using tree nut butters (almond, cashew)?

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    1. re: chefj
      somervilleoldtimer Sep 11, 2010 05:50 PM

      That's the sad thing. My daughter is living with three women. One is allergic to peanuts and the other two are allergic to tree nuts. (My daughter isn't allergic to anything!) Thus the soy butter rather than almond or whatever. Actually, I had been thinking about sunflower butter, but seem to have come home with soy.
      Thanks for the point about fat content.

      1. re: somervilleoldtimer
        nofunlatte Sep 11, 2010 06:04 PM

        I have had - but never made - cookies made with tahini that were quite good. Might google for a recipe next time. That said, I don't see why soy butter wouldn't work. If you try that, please post about the results, as i'd be curious.

    2. Emme Sep 11, 2010 09:09 PM

      i agree with chefj about the depth of flavor potentially being an issue. are the others allergic to sunflower seeds? Sunbutter might be a good substitute to consider as well...

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      1. re: Emme
        alkapal Sep 12, 2010 05:09 AM

        i have a nephew in law who is allergic to sesame seeds!

      2. gridder Sep 12, 2010 06:23 AM

        Hmmm. It might work, but I don't know if it will taste good. I do think sunbutter cookies would taste great.

        1. s
          somervilleoldtimer Sep 12, 2010 06:48 PM

          I meant to buy sunbutter and bought soybutter instead. But now that I've tasted it, I have to agree with chefj that it may not have the depth of flavor that it would need. I do like the sunbutter idea. I think the cookies will have to wait until I can pick some up. I will let folks know how they turn out.

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          1. re: somervilleoldtimer
            hotoynoodle Sep 12, 2010 06:56 PM

            i bought soy butter once and it was so gross i threw it out, lol. trying a soy butter cookie would be tantamount to pastry torture.

            let your daughter have pb cookies at home and maybe make lemon squares or fudge cookies for her roommates?

          2. k
            kcchan Sep 12, 2010 08:37 PM

            I tried making sunbutter cookies a while ago - I noticed that they molded extremely quickly (almost overnight). It wasn't particularly hot or humid in the house. Maybe it was the brand (I used the Trader Joe's sunflower butter) or an unfortunate coincidence of events. Has anyone else had a similar experience?

            As for the taste - they were alright, but they tasted too much like sunflower seeds to me, to the point that they weren't enjoyable. I suspect that those who are used to peanut butter cookies might not appreciate sunflower butter cookies nearly as much (unless they're sunflower seed fiends).

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            1. re: kcchan
              queenscook Sep 12, 2010 09:08 PM

              I had the opposite experience. I made sunbutter cookies last year, and when I ate them, I kept forgetting they weren't PB cookies. I also used the TJ's sunflower butter.

            2. j
              jonnyspeed Sep 12, 2010 08:54 PM

              I would buy the cookbook by Babycakes or send them an email

              and the Vegan Cookies cookbook:

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