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Can I use less sugar in Chocolate Peanut-Butter No Bake Cookies?

Asked by metadog (328 points ) February 18th, 2012

Hi! We make these wonderful Chocolate Peanut-Butter No Bake Cookies (http://bit.ly/aDso4i). Unfortunately, the 2 cups of sugar has been bothering us. Is there a way to reduce the sugar, but maintain the flavor? Thanks!

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thorninmud's avatar

No, that wouldn’t work with this recipe. The sugar is essential to the physical structure of the cookies.

gailcalled's avatar

^^Swoon…physical structure of the cookies

Thanks

ETpro's avatar

With that sort of recipe, you could always sweeten to taste, use raw sugar, or better yet honey and add extra oatmeal to get the consistency you want. There is already sugar in the peanut butter, but the cocoa is going to need something to sweeten it or it will come through as bitter.

I’d like to chat more, but I have to go play cookie monster right now.

Coookie!

redhen4's avatar

I tried, in the recipe I had, 1–½ Cups sugar. It worked ok. My problem is it sometimes gets soupy and I have to keep adding oatmeal. And other times not.

SmashTheState's avatar

Try stevia concentrate instead of sugar. There’s no standard for stevia, unfortunately, so it’s hit and miss as far as the various brands go. I recommend that you stay away from the powders, since stevia is so concentrated that they have to adulterate it with other substances to create volume, and my experience is that it makes the stevia bitter. I’ve tried a number of stevia liquid concentrates, and my favourite is Herbal Select. Don’t use Natures Harmony, as it has less than half the concentration as Herbal Select, and costs more.

Stevia isn’t heat-stable, but since you’re not baking, you can probably get away with adding the stevia just before you form the cookies and it should be okay.

If you’re unfamiliar with stevia, it’s an herb which is 400–600 times sweeter than sugar, has no calories, and – unlike artificial sweeteners – has no side effects. It was banned in the US by the FDA for years under pressure from Monsanto (the makers of aspartame) until the FDA was forced to allow distribution when it was revealed they had violated their own rules to ban it. However, it is still illegal in the US to refer to stevia as “sweet” and must be sold as an herbal supplement rather than a sweetener. It’s one of the more blatant examples of government corruption in the food business.

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