Summer means a break from the nut butter bans at my house. We can’t pack it for school or camp, but we can for summer picnics, camping and at home playdate lunches. Of course we check before serving, but luckily my kids’ usual friends don’t have issues. We even got crazy and I made peanut butter cookies (recipe below). I can’t remember the last time I did that.
There have been a few articles recently about the rise in nut allergies and some pretty angry parents who are just getting into school with nut free policies. Your child will survive at school without peanut butter, while another may not survive because of it. Think of it that way, before you get mad at policies, schools and parents who deal with an allergic child. Enjoy it at home and use the bans to discover something new with your kids for lunch.
We like to do taste tests at my house. My daughter wasn’t to be fooled when we did various milks at a (see blog about our milk test for a cookie party). She still doesn’t drink cow’s milk. So about about finding an alternative for peanut butter when school starts? Soy nut butter and sunflower butter are big at my house. Or try an entirely diffrent tasting type of spread such as hummus, black bean or cream cheese. Try it on tortiallas, bread, flatbread, bagels, crumpets, crackers, etc. I bet you’re family will find a new favorite you can safely pack, come back to school day.
Enjoy these cookies before school starts, on the weekend or as an after school treat.
Peanut Butter Cookies
(adapted from the Ski Lodge Cookbook by Tina Andersen)
Makes 24 cookies
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 350F. Layer baking sheets with parchment paper.
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls and place 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Flatten dough balls with fork tines to make a crisscross.
Bake until puffed and light golden brown, 8 – 19 minutes. Cool on baking sheets 2 minutes. Transfer to baking rack to cool completely.