I have an abundance of dandelions at the moment. It’s not at all a problem in my eyes but an opportunity to get creative and have some fun. These Dandelion Peanut Butter Cookies are soft and full of flavor while also making for a slightly more nutritious cookie than the usual white sugar, white flour fare.
Dandelion petals have a faint honey-like flavor which is bumped up in these cookies by using honey as the sweetener. Peanut butter and honey have long been a favorite flavor combination of mine and it does work delightfully well in these cookies. A mix of white and whole wheat flours give this cookie a lightness and a full bodied earthy flavor that pairs well the delicate and herbal flavor of the dandelions.
For these cookies, you’ll want to snip the petals from the flower. It’s okay to get a few bits of green in the cookies, but mostly we’re after the yellow petals for optimum flavor. Admittedly, this takes a little bit of time it doesn’t happen in 2 minutes but it is worth it. I measured about 1/2 cup of petals loosely packed which equated 3/8 of an ounce by weight – a little more, a little less isn’t going to make or break these cookies.
- 1/2 Cup Butter, softened
- 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
- 1/2 Cup Honey
- 1 Egg
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
- 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
- 1/2 Cup Dandelion Petals (just the petals) loosely packed - 3/8 ounce by weight
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- Sift together the flours and baking soda. Set aside.
- Cream together the butter, peanut butter, and honey until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract until thoroughly incorporated.
- Add the sifted dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix until a soft dough forms.
- Fold in the dandelion petals.
- Drop by Tablespoons full onto prepared baking sheet.
- Bake in preheated oven for 13 to 15 minutes or until edges are golden.
- Cool on wire racks.
- Makes 2 dozen when using a #40 cookie scoop - admittedly that's a large cookie.
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