shortening or white sugar, so I subbed 3/4 cup coconut oil and used only 1 cup of dark brown sugar for sweetening. That was plenty sweet for us! Don't understand any reason for hot water, just mixed the baking soda with the vanilla extract and beaten eggs. I did not add salt, baking soda has plenty. I used the raw, unsalted Trader Joes chunky almond butter...next time I will use my own. I had a jar that I had wanted to try of this, thinking if it was good it would save me some time from making my own. Bleh. As usual, quality ingredients are the key to anything delish. Used my own vanilla extract too, with the caviar. There it all is mixing up in the KitchenAid, I added 1 cup of flour, then 1/4 cup increments - only used 2 cups of flour, but remember I didn't use the hot water, my almond butter was very chunky and dryish, and I use unbleached bread flour, so there are many reasons why I did not dump 2-1/2 cups in, just being careful! This dough was extremely easy to roll into 50 balls, which I then chilled. Very pretty too! Pressed a roasted almond in the top, dusted with raw sugar, baked for 6 minutes in 350 oven. These are light...not the strongly flavored peanut butter cookies from the old days. Next time I will stick a mini Reeses PB cup in the tops! Very nice base recipe, thanks so much!
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shortening or white sugar, so I subbed 3/4 cup coconut oil and used only 1 cup of dark brown...