June 12, 2012

National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

"Dear Lord: The gods have been good to me. For the first time in my life, everything is absolutely perfect just the way it is. So here's the deal: You freeze everything the way it is, and I won't ask for anything more. If that is OK, please give me absolutely no sign. OK, deal. In gratitude, I present you this offering of cookies and milk. If you want me to eat them for you, give me no sign. Thy will be done." - Homer Simpson

It's National Peanut Butter Cookie Day!

Sponsored byLiz Lovely

It seems that the peanut butter cookies I grew up with were always either:
a. Made with a Hershey Kiss pressed in the center, or
b. "Decorated" with fork tine marks

I get the first one... chocolate and peanut butter are one of the best flavor combinations in the culinary kingdom. And the first person to come up with the idea of pushing a chocolate piece of a candy into a mound of peanut butter dough is a total genius in my opinion! But I never totally understood why it was necessary to put the crosshatch marks on regular peanut butter cookies.

It could actually be for any number of reasons. For example, peanut butter cookie dough is usually much more stiff then other cookie dough's are. Because of its density  if it isn't manually "flattened" out it won't cook as evenly. Bakers, thus, use a fork (or a spoon, the bottom of a glass, or another pan) to press the cookies down. (In this day and age, because those marks are associated with peanut butter cookies, it's now a great way for people with nut allergies to recognize the cookies from other ones).

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

I had the pleasure of enjoying today's food holiday with Liz Lovely's gluten-free peanut butter cookies.  According to Liz, the person for which the company was named, "Peanut butter was one of our first gluten-free flavors, but it was really tough on our cookie machine. One day Cowboy Dan [the other half of the Liz Lovely duo] walked into the bakery, saw the cookie machine grunting and dripping with peanut oil, and discontinued the flavor on the spot. Customers have been begging for us to re-release it for years. I finally figured out how to make it work without killing the machine, plus I added tons of chocolate. Enjoy!"

Now, I'm not usually a peanut butter cookie lover... they always taste ether burnt or raw in my opinion. But these?

They tasted like ice cream.

No, seriously. I know it's really weird to explain the way a food tastes using another food that's totally unrelated, but these mouthwatering Liz Lovely cookies literally tasted like the most perfect peanut butter fudge sundae in the world. It was just as flavorful and creamy, but without the cold, icy, flemmy, dairy bit. I was so intrigued that I kept taking "one more bite" until eventually the package was gone. I was just in awe of how fun they tasted! Oh, and the fact that they're vegan and trans-fat free is a total bonus!

Liz Lovely's "artisan manifesto" is based on four principles:
1. Bake everything from scratch.
2. No fillers, flavorings, or shortcuts.
3. Use simple ingredients from responsible sources.
4. Accept nothing less than perfection.

According to their website, "Food provides nourishment on levels both physical and emotional. It's the center-piece of our holidays and special events. You can see, taste, and feel the attention to detail that dedicated food artisans bring to their work. The culture of artisanal food in Vermont has enriched our lives immensely. We hope our handmade artisan cookies enrich your life and make you feel healthy and happy."

Mission accomplished, Lovely Liz (and Cowboy Dan)!

Happy National Peanut Butter Cookie Day!

Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer. Opinions expressed are totally my own and are NOT in anyway influenced by monetary compensation. Logo used with permission from company.