I have made this recipe for peanut butter cookies countless times since finding it at this site http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/peanut-butter-cookies-recipe.html The cookies taste great, the family loves them and yes they are vegan. When I made them the other day I did not tell my oldest I was making them but when he/she smelled them, got so excited.
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour, spelt flour, or unbleached all-purpose flour (I used spelt which bakes a little darker)
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 cup organic, chunky natural peanut butter
1 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the peanut butter I like to use the kind you grind yourself at the grocery store.
For the maple syrup I used 100% pure maple syrup which really adds to the flavor, I do not know if it would work to try regular pancake, processed, syrup that has no maple in it, I do not suggest it. Also if you are not vegan you could substitute honey or use half honey, half maple syrup but I think using all maple syrup works the best.
Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Place racks in the top third of oven.
Pour the flour mixture over the peanut butter mixture and stir until barely combined - still a bit dusty looking.
Now drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Press down on each one gently with the back of a fork. It's a loose batter, so if you're set on doing criss-crosses, go ahead and chill the batter for an hour or so before this step.
Bake for 9 to 11 minutes - but don't over bake or they will be dry. Let cool five minutes and transfer to a cooling rack.
Make 2 - 3 dozen cookies.