Chocolate Peanut Butter Love Cookies

I adapted my recipe for chocolate cookies by adding peanut butter giving these cookies a subtle new flavor.  And since it is Valentine’s Day, I thought hearts were in order.

Makes approximately 2 dozen cookies

3/4 cup of safflower oil
1/2 cup ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 1/2 good size bananas)
3/4 cup vegan cane sugar
1/2 cup all natural peanut butter
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup vegan chocolate chips
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium pot, combine oil, bananas, sugar, peanut butter and salt.  Warm over low heat for 2 minutes, whisking to combine.  Using a spatula, chocolate chips and let them melt.  This will take about a minute.  When combined, turn the heat off.

Sift the flour and baking soda into a big mixing bowl. Add the chocolate mixture and mix until dough forms.

Roll out the dough onto a clean surface.  Press down with your hands to spread it out and then use the back of a wooden spoon to press it evenly.  Using a heart shaped cookie cutter (or any shape) cut out cookies.  Use a very thin spatula to gently lift them up and place onto baking sheet with a bit of space in between.

Bake for 11 to 12 minutes (depending on your oven and the thickness of the cookies.)  Let the cookies cool for a while before you handle them.  Enjoy!

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