Easy peanut butter cookies + hosting with Airbnb

Easy peanut butter cookies

One of the questions I get asked most often (both on this site and from friends/family), is how Thom and I can afford to travel on a somewhat frequent basis. Although there are a number of factors that play into our ability to come and go as we please (the amount of available funds we have to put toward an adventure savings, being the biggest), when Airbnb asked if I’d like to share my experience as a host, I figured it’d be the perfect way to kick off what will be an extended conversation about how we’ve managed to make globe-trotting possible without totally breaking the bank.

For Thom and me, Airbnb has completely redefined what it means to travel. We’re no longer forced to pay for overpriced hotels in touristy parts of town, we get to stay in historic neighborhoods and engage in meaningful conversation with locals, and we’re able to gather food at the market and enjoy it from the comfort of our tiny rental apartments. Essentially, Airbnb has made it possible for us to be away from our home without feeling like we are, and that has been monumental in shaping our travel experiences. After giving it a bit of thought (read: six long months), we decided that we wanted to give other travelers that same opportunity, here in Denver: the ability to travel but still feel at home.

You probably can’t tell from this site, but I’m an inherent nurturer. I get a total kick out of having guests in our house and really love making sure people are happy and well cared for. It’s easily the best quality I inherited from my Oma (her stubbornness, however..), and given that my big dream is to one day own and operate an actual B&B, Airbnb has been the perfect way to dip my toes in the water without making a huge commitment. And the best part? Hosts receive round-the-clock support and have the ability to deny guests if their plans don’t fit with their schedule. So those college kids on spring break who are coming to town to experience Denver’s night life and partake in all that recreational ganja has to offer? I kindly thank them for their interest but am forced to (politely) decline.

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The other great thing about hosting? It’s provided an extra cushion for our monthly budget, which can get pretty tight considering our unconventional jobs that come with intermittent paychecks. Thus far, we’ve used the supplementary income to make an additional payment on our mortgage (doing this just once a year shaves quite a bit of time off the life of the loan) (and translates to thousands of dollars in savings), but are planning on putting this month’s earnings toward the home renovations we’re doing at the beginning of May. I expect that later in the year we’ll use the additional remunerations to cover the costs of travel – and although it’s not going to fund our trips completely, the money we make from hosting will be the difference between roughing it in hostels or treating ourselves to cozy, private apartments. We certainly don’t rely on the income we receive from Airbnb, but it has been an extremely convenient way to make a bit of extra cash off of a room that is essentially only used for my early-morning workouts and Thom’s late-night research.

I’m curious: Do you use Airbnb? Would you ever considering being a host? It took some time for me to warm up to the thought of sharing our personal space with strangers, but now that we’ve experienced it and have been able to fund various endeavors that would have likely gotten put off until the end of time, I’m happy we decided to turn our spare room into an extra source of income that’s allowed us to connect and develop meaningful relationships with travelers we would have otherwise never met. If you’re looking to do the same, I’ve compiled a list of tips that I think will be incredibly helpful to those of you who are entertaining the idea of participating in the sharing economy. An economy that has not only connected us with like-minded travelers, but has allowed us to live more comfortably while funding our passions.

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Notes: These cookies were the direct result of our very first Airbnb guest who confessed – after I had made a batch of Welcome to Our House Blueberry Muffins – that he was trying to watch what he was eating while in town. Given that our house tends to be full of desserts (and I tend to push those desserts on anyone who walks through the door) I decided to start putting a healthier spin on my baked goods so that he could still enjoy homemade treats without feeling like he was sabotaging his diet. With that being said, these cookies are not your typical peanut butter cookies given that they’re made with only a handful of good-for-you ingredients (making them pretty damn healthy, as far as I’m concerned). If you’ve got a peanut allergy, feel free to replace the peanut butter with your favorite nut/seed butter. And if you don’t like oat flour, spelt, buckwheat, white whole wheat, etc. should work just the same, but I recommend starting by adding 2 tablespoons of flour, then work up to 1/4 cup, as needed.

This post is sponsored by Airbnb. All opinions are my own, and I think Airbnb rules.

EASY PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
1 tablespoon Grade B maple syrup
2 teaspoons refined coconut oil, melted
Pinch of fine sea salt
1/4 cup oat flour

Preheat oven to 325˚F. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the peanut butter, maple syrup, and coconut oil. Add the sea salt and oat flour, and mix just until combined. If you want to add a tablespoon of crushed peanuts or finely chopped chocolate, now would be the time. Using a 1 teaspoon cookie scoop, drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet and smoosh with the back of a fork. Bake at 325˚F for 5-7 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. I prefer to pull my cookies from the oven at 5 minutes, for something that’s soft and chewy. But if you prefer your cookies on the firm/crumbly side, bake them for the full 7 minutes. Cookies will keep in an air tight container for up to three days.

Yield: 12 bite-size cookies (or one guilt-free serving)

65 Comments

  • Reply Lynn 14 April 2015 at 7:54 AM

    I really enjoyed our airbnb host experience. We put our guest room in our big Boston victorian on for several months (recently took it off as who visits boston in the winter? lolz nobody) to help pay for our renovations. We were fairly picky about our guests, requiring they had all their profile filled out, offered up info about themselves, and came up online with a little internet stalking (they were staying down the hall from our bedroom, so…peace of mind!). But everyone was respectful, friendly, and clean. We had several international guests. Most people came and went, a few had coffee and chatted in the mornings, and one great older couple from Kansas hung out in our living room for an evening and drank wine with us. It was also a good excuse to keep the house tidy! We’re taking a cross country trip this summer and plan on staying at airbnb places along the way.

    • Reply Ashlae 14 April 2015 at 4:45 PM

      Hi Lynn –

      We’ve been equally as picky, too! Which I think is incredibly important when sharing your personal space with fellow travelers. We’d likely be a lot less selective if we were renting out our entire apartment, but until then I’ll continue requiring our guests have a solid itinerary and positive feedback. And I agree, awesome excuse to keep the house nice and clean. Now I want to visit Boston and stay in your Victorian home.. :)

  • Reply Ksenia @ At the Immigrant's Table 14 April 2015 at 8:00 AM

    My partner and I have been considering serving as Airbnb hosts for a while now, but have somehow never gotten around to setting it up… And now we’re moving into a one-bedroom apartment, so alas, that will have to wait until the next place we live. But I have to say that your words and recommendations really resonate with me; I have enjoyed travelling with Airbnb in the past, and I love the idea of opening my house to strangers and discovering their worlds. Thank you for this honest recommendation, though I’d also love to hear if you’ve had any negative experiences?

    • Reply Ashlae 14 April 2015 at 4:42 PM

      HI Ksenia –

      Happy to report that we haven’t had any negative experiences.. yet. I’m pretty selective about who I welcome into our home, so I suspect (and hope) we won’t have many.

  • Reply Amanda | Pickles & Honey 14 April 2015 at 8:09 AM

    I love AirBnb. Aaron went to RISD with the two founders, which somehow makes it even more awesome to me. We’re planning to use them almost exclusively to find places to stay for our big road trip adventure for the next year. When we drove cross-country a handful of years ago we had to rely on hotels that were often not where we wanted to be. This is SO much better for getting to actually EXPERIENCE the places we’ll be visiting! And those pb cookies are adorable. Thank you for the built-in portion control. ;)

  • Reply Kara 14 April 2015 at 9:19 AM

    love!!! i’ve been making a similar ‘cookie dough’ with 2tbsp almond butter, 2tbsp oat flour, 1tsp maple syrup, sea salt, vanilla, & enjoy life chocolate chips. i pop it in the freezer for a bit and eat as is — but i’m looking forward to trying your ‘cooked’ recipe!

  • Reply Michelle @ Hummingbird High 14 April 2015 at 9:40 AM

    I love airbnb and am currently in that longgg period where the boyf and I are thinking about hosting. The only thing that we can’t quite reconcile is the bathroom situation — we only have 1 bathroom in our house and are uncomfortable sharing with strangers! Is this a problem for you and Thom, and if so, how do you get around it?

    • Reply Ashlae 14 April 2015 at 4:39 PM

      HEY BABE –

      We only have one bathroom, too, and totally make it work. I wake up around 5:30AM so I never have an issue squeezing in a shower. We have a big mirror/desk in the spare room and encourage guests to get ready in there so that they’re not occupying the bathroom for too long. So far, everything’s gone smoothly. :)

  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan 14 April 2015 at 9:55 AM

    I love love love AirBnB! After a few bad hotel experiences, my fiance and I have been using them for all of our weekend trips around the Midwest. I’ve always had amazing experiences and love how it brings people together in unexpected ways : ) So next time I come to Denver I can trade you some of my blondies for these cute little cookies?! :)

  • Reply Jen 14 April 2015 at 10:14 AM

    We hosted our house much of last summer to help us fund our upcoming bike tour through Europe and beyond. Of course we welcomed the extra income, it certainly required a bit of work to make the house visitor-ready. We only rented while we were out of town and my conventional work day meant that my partner was left to readying the house on his own.

    I do think that had we both had the flexibility to work from home, then it would not have been as stressful. We’re considering building out our basement when we return and then, like you, I can dedicate more time to hosting and bake them tasty treats.

  • Reply Shelly @ Vegetarian 'Ventures 14 April 2015 at 10:41 AM

    I can’t get over the house photos you’ve been posting lately – they are SO gorgeous!! Also, love your Airbnb insight and how you make it work $$$$$ wise!

  • Reply Heather 14 April 2015 at 11:29 AM

    First of all, I absolutely love your style Ashlae. Your place is so fun and colorful, and looks so inviting!
    I’m not sure why the thought never crossed my mind to host through Airbnb. It sounds like a really great way to connect with people, and earn a little extra cash on the side. How often do you host? I’m definitely going to give this some thought!

    hugs

    • Reply Ashlae 14 April 2015 at 4:36 PM

      HI LADY –

      Our hosting schedule is equally as sporadic as our paychecks. We had one guest stay for an entire month (!) but have about half of the next 30 days booked out between three different travelers. I say give it a go! You can put the extra $$$ toward the Flourishing Baby’s college fund. ;)

  • Reply rachel 14 April 2015 at 11:42 AM

    Thanks for writing this, Ashlae! My boyfriend and I both have unconventional career paths (me, a freelance writer, he a tech start-up founder) and we travel and work remotely. I was never an Airbnb host when I was single because it seemed riskier, but this post nudges me to reconsider the option now that I’m not.

    I, too, love to host people, and at the end of the day, extra money to make ends meet makes it easier to follow my passion for writing. I also enjoyed the tips on being a good host – I often include a little pitcher of water and a glass in guests’ rooms so they don’t have to get up in the night and and fumble through the kitchen they’re thirsty.

  • Reply Clara 14 April 2015 at 12:16 PM

    Hola! I have hosted people through airbnb several times while we lived in London, and had been a guest on other houses many more. Our experience has been always positive. I used to offer breakfast for them, the kind of do it yourself or occasionally I cooked some pancakes. But most of them would leave very early and come back late. We used to have 1 bathroom then and it wasn’t a problem. I like it when they don’t stay longer than 5 days. Now we live in Amsterdam, and have an extra room and extra toilet but somehow we haven’t done it again.
    As a traveller, I really appreciate when the breakfast is included on the deal.
    lovely pictures and very tempting cookies!
    thanks

  • Reply Cady 14 April 2015 at 12:20 PM

    Would you take two quiet, studious college students who just want to hike, run, eat and get full nights of sleep?

    I joke, I joke, but I do wish we were planning a trip to CO and I would love to visit! I bet you’re a cool host (sunglasses smiling emoji).

  • Reply valentina | sweet kabocha 14 April 2015 at 12:28 PM

    We’re using Airbnb for next summer trip : Provence! I’m totally with you talking about the meaning of travel. Having a kitchen is essential for me now, being a vegetarian-vegan couple it really helps :)

  • Reply S Lauren | Modern Granola 14 April 2015 at 12:32 PM

    This is amazing! Why would you NOT make this immediately?! No brainer.

  • Reply Kate 14 April 2015 at 12:54 PM

    I’ve not yet used Airbnb but I’ve got so many friends who swear by it. These little cookies look gorgeous – lucky guests if you leave them a little jarful!

  • Reply Batya 14 April 2015 at 12:57 PM

    What a timely post! I’ve been thinking about AirBnBing it in the mountains this summer– maybe Grand Lake or Granby! I think it would mean more to the kids to have an experience in a home-away-from-home as opposed to a hotel…which brings me to why I don’t think I could ever host :) Those two would terrorize any traveler! Maybe in 2-5 years :) Love that this is giving you extra moolah for adventurous pursuits! xx -B (Now off to make some peanut butter cookies!)

  • Reply rose 14 April 2015 at 1:31 PM

    I have rented for 10 years, but been an airbnb host for more than a year now here in Grants Pass, Oregon. I love the diversity of renters. My studio that I rent is in the lower level of my home in the country, its artsy, tiny and has kept me afloat. Yay for whatever enables our eclectic lifestyles!
    I love your blog, and photos Ashlae.

  • Reply Kate 14 April 2015 at 2:15 PM

    The marble cutting board in your photos is beautiful! Where is it from? xx

    • Reply Ashlae 14 April 2015 at 4:25 PM

      Hi Kate –

      Thanks! I snagged it from Crate and Barrel.

  • Reply Jessica 14 April 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Glad to read about your experience as a host. My boyfriend and I live in a one bedroom with an amazing view in a pretty cool location, so we’d love to start supplementing our income. We’ve been leery of any issues with theft, or with our building itself (because there were some issues with AirBnb in NYC), or even with the fact that we have hairy dogs who shed like mad (which could be worked around with cleaning fees). I’m glad it works for you!

  • Reply Faith VanderMolen 14 April 2015 at 3:57 PM

    I absolutely love Airbnb and was just the other day booking some overnights through them for our trip to Europe coming up. I’ve definitely thought about hosting or opening a B&B, as hosting is my love language, but we’ll have to stop traveling ourselves to do that! Who knows, maybe one day.

    I can totally see myself setting welcome cookies beside our guests’ beds. So fun!

  • Reply Abby 14 April 2015 at 4:15 PM

    What a lovely post, Ashlae! I hadn’t heard of Airbnb before now, and it really is an interesting deal. When I’m older I think I’ll totally get on board with it… I love travel, and this sounds like a great way to justify & fund it.
    Gorgeous photos, as always. These cookies are too cute! <3

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar 14 April 2015 at 4:54 PM

    You sound like the most lovely host! And these cookies look FAB! Making tiny treats for your guests is so special.

  • Reply Cassie 14 April 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Ooooh, I love peanut butter! These look amazing! Would it work with almond butter?

  • Reply Hannah 14 April 2015 at 7:41 PM

    HI! I just finished booking our entire honeymoon via Airbnb — LA to Big Sur to SF to Napa — and your post totally made me rethink my strict “entire place” policy. Sure, sometimes we will want a place to ourselves (uh, honeymoon), but I found a night at a beautiful beachside home in Venice for way less $$ than an entire place nearby. I’ve never (strongly) considered hosting, but maybe we will soon…I’m always looking for extra people to bake for. Speaking of baking, I’m pretty sure I’ll be making these cookies but just eating them raw. Yums.

  • Reply Ana @ Ana's Rocket Ship 15 April 2015 at 2:31 AM

    Those cookies look so yummy- and so simple!!!! Are you sure they’re healthy? I mean- look at them! So cute…

  • Reply Kathryn 15 April 2015 at 5:14 AM

    I don’t really like the fact that I have to share the apartment with my boyfriend so I’m not sure whether I could cope with being an AirBnB host (plus all of our clothes are in the second bedroom so guests might have to get used to seeing us naked…). That said, I do love being a hostess and god knows the extra income is always welcome.

  • Reply Kari 15 April 2015 at 6:34 AM

    Thank you so much for sharing this post and your experience! My husband and I are going have our first airbnb experience next week, it is so comforting to read your point of view! Also, can’t wait to make these yummy little bites! What a wonderful little treat to leave in a guest room! You inspire me! Have a blessed day! Cheers!

  • Reply Heather 15 April 2015 at 7:38 AM

    Your space is so inspiring and beautiful, Ashlae! I don’t think I’d make a very good host (I have always been terrible with roommates), but am excited for you to open up about how you’ve managed to budget for travel over the years. Did I read somewhere about Thom being the one who arranges all your travel or am I crazy?

  • Reply Lan | morestomach 15 April 2015 at 11:05 AM

    i use airbnb fairly exclusively when travelling now, even for work trips. i’ve never done the shared room or spared apartment feature though. it’s been a great experience.

    it has crossed my mind to rent out our condo in the city, especially since our location is not too far from downtown baltimore city, but again, as i’ve never stayed with anyone, i always thought of renting out the WHOLE place. and that makes me squeamish. have you ever rented out your space when you’re not there/travelling? if not, would you?

    ps. i think the personal touches like cookies is so great. i had one host leave us an ENTIRE basket of baked goods and a bottle wine. and for our honeymoon in thailand, a host left us a HUGE bouquet of flowers with car service.

    • Reply Ashlae 15 April 2015 at 12:53 PM

      Hi Lan –

      That’s awesome! We do the same and have had mostly good experiences (except for this one time in Budapest..). We have never rented out our entire place, but given that we’re traveling for a total of about three months later this year (that feels totally crazy to type), we are planning on it. Unsettling as it can be to leave your house to strangers, I’ve finally accepted that things can be replaced or repaired. And those that can’t (like a signed first copy/first edition of Slaughterhouse-Five) will get tucked into our basement storage unit or garage.

  • Reply Kasey 15 April 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Next time I come to Denver I am totally staying at your house — maybe just to see your smiling face and eat some peanut butter cookies! xoxo

  • Reply Rebecca @ simpy-rebecca 15 April 2015 at 12:27 PM

    Hi Ashlae,
    Love your blog. I’m moving to Denver this summer, so I’ve been reading regularly since I found it a few months ago.

    Those cookies sooo look delicious! Anything with peanut butter = I’m there. I’ve never used Airbnb but I’ve heard great things!

    -Rebecca

    • Reply Ashlae 15 April 2015 at 12:47 PM

      Hi Rebecca –

      You’re kind, thanks! Would love to take you out for a Welcome to Denver cuppa jo once you get settled. :) XO

  • Reply Chrissy 15 April 2015 at 2:19 PM

    I love hosting people, so if I had the extra space I’d totally do it myself. Plus, the thought of cooking breakfast for strangers makes the old lady inside me who wants to own a B&B smile. Especially if this meant that I could travel more. I love PB cookies and just made PB cookie butter for the first time last weekend. You should definitely try it with these!

  • Reply Marie O. 15 April 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Your apartment is dreamy! Love the natural light…the textures, the colors, the hardwood floor, everything! My husband an I always wanted to visit Colorado, when it finally happens we will try to book a couple of nights at your place for sure! Thanks LadyCake for another bellissimo post ;)

  • Reply Alli 15 April 2015 at 3:58 PM

    I love Airbnb and I also love your house. Forget about the cookies, I’ll take more photos of your stunning abode, please!

  • Reply Tamsin @ A Certain Adventure 16 April 2015 at 7:12 AM

    Leaving guests these little cookies is such a lovely idea! And I love how there aren’t too many ingredients or steps to the recipe :) I’ve stayed in numerous AirBnBs around the world but have never hosted! I’ll have to spruce up my place once I’m able to accommodate guests ^_^ x

  • Reply kristie {birch and wild} 16 April 2015 at 7:59 AM

    My husband and I are interest in being hosts, too, because we also love to travel, but need some sort of extra income to supplement that. I would be super picky about who I allowed, but this might work out. Thank you for the idea! And thank you for the lovely cookie recipe :)

  • Reply Melanie 16 April 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Ha, I see all the comments are about Airbnb, but I have a question about the cookies! I used whole wheat flour instead of oat (I was out when the craving struck), and ended up need 1/2 cup instead of 1/4 (the dough was runny with only 1/4 c). Can you comment on the texture of the oat flour cookies after cooking for 5 minutes? Mine are a little strange (does oily dry make sense?) but I think I can probably chock that up to too much flour.

    Thanks!

    • Reply Ashlae 16 April 2015 at 11:35 AM

      Hi Melanie –

      Hmm, I’m not sure what went wrong. I just remade them using whole wheat flour – following the recipe exactly – and they came out pretty similar to the oat flour version. They’re a tiny bit on the dry side so I’ll probably use 1-2 fewer teaspoons of flour next time. Is your peanut butter super runny? I use Justin’s and it’s a bit thicker than the stuff that separates. I have no idea how you managed to mix in 1/2 cup of flour, but I speculate it’s because your peanut butter isn’t thick enough.

      The oat flour cookies are soft (definitely not oily), but do have a light crumb. Here’s a picture of the whole wheat version: https://flic.kr/p/rSAKdo – hope that helps!

      • Reply Melanie 27 April 2015 at 12:18 PM

        Thanks, Ashlae! I’ll give these another try with a sturdier peanut butter :) I may have not mixed the oils in enough. I’ll report back!

  • Reply Katka 16 April 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Happy to see Prague over there! Greetings from the Czech republic..

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude and greens 17 April 2015 at 10:20 AM

    This post came at a perfect time because I am actually in the midst of preparing my spare room to be listed on AirBnB! It’s taken me a long time because of my weird/crazy work hours and also because I never seem to have the strength to *really* organize my kitchen and put things back in their proper space (where does all this clutter come from? I have no idea) but once that is all sorted out I’ll be listing my spare room. I am also in love with your bookshelf… your home is beautiful!

  • Reply Heather 17 April 2015 at 1:34 PM

    Your house belongs in a magazine. That’s all.

  • Reply Lynnette 18 April 2015 at 5:07 AM

    You have a beautiful home :) filled with so much light, character and colours. Thank you for this post. It is so inspiring especially as I am about to embark on moving into a new home that I can call my ‘own’. x

  • Reply Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) 18 April 2015 at 6:20 AM

    I absolutely love AirBNB too! I’m moving to Chicago in June with my husband (eee!! we just got married Saturday, so that’s the first time I’ve typed that), and we’re planning on staying at several AirBNBs in different neighborhoods while we search for a place to live/get a better feel for the area. It will be so helpful!

    I’ve secretly always wanted to own a B&B, so this sounds like the perfect compromise for me, maybe at some point in my life!!! Loved your thoughts!

  • Reply Mary 18 April 2015 at 8:26 AM

    I live in Durango and had thought about it with our second bedroom. Then my young adult son moved back home! Oh well! My brother does it with his lovely home in west palm beach, Florida. Lots of success and repeat customers! Not to mention new invites from his guests into their homes around the world!
    Love yor rug can I ask where you got it?

  • Reply Gemma 21 April 2015 at 3:47 PM

    These cookies are so darn adorable! :-) Cute, small and yummy…and super easy to make!

  • Reply Aleksandra 24 April 2015 at 1:26 PM

    Ashlae, save me from the darkest pits of despair? I’m a student which means no equipment, two stinky hobs and a very limited supply of good food in college, these cookies being just about the only recipe I could even dream of trying. So here’s the question, could I try to refrigerate dem cookies instead of freezing them (no freezer, duh)?

    • Reply Ashlae 27 April 2015 at 7:07 AM

      Hi Aleksandra –

      I’m confused about this question, as the directions don’t call for freezing. :)

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    My only AirBnB experience was beyond amazing: http://theactorsdiet.com/2014/12/24/38-great/

    But sadly, the owners don’t seem to have it listed anymore?

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  • Reply Julia | Orchard Street Kitchen 2 May 2015 at 7:05 AM

    First time commenter here, and I just wanted to say how delicious all of your recipes look. I love how easy these cookies are – sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. Your apartment looks lovely and I’m sure people love staying there. I am a big fan of Airbnb (we used it in San Francisco and saved so much money). It’s fun to hear your perspective on how the other side of Airbnb works, too.

  • Reply Jay 11 June 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Your blog is wonderful! Thank you for sharing. I was wondering where you got your bar cart from? I was looking at making something similar from a Harbor Freight cart, but it only comes in red. Thanks!

  • Reply Maya | Spice + Sprout 25 November 2015 at 9:57 PM

    hello! i just wanted to let you know that these cookies are currently fresh out of the oven and cooling on a rack on the counter :) they make the most perfect late night study snack and I am very grateful to have this recipe on hand <3

    • Reply Ashlae 26 November 2015 at 7:42 AM

      Hi Maya –

      I’m so happy to hear that! I hope you enjoyed the cookies. <3

  • Reply Jeanine 11 April 2016 at 1:57 PM

    Unfortunately this recipe didn’t turn out as well as the others that I tried. :(
    I didn’t have coconut oil so I figured (and Google kinda proved me right) coconut fat should be okay too. And I used all purpose unbleached flour. The dough was pretty runny with just 1/4 Cup flour so I had to put in more and therefore the Cookies turned out very dry and kinda just tasted like flour… :( maybe it’s the wrong ingredients, who knows.
    Instead, I’ll soon try another of your beautiful recipes! ;)

    • Reply Ashlae 11 April 2016 at 5:06 PM

      Hi Jeanine –

      Coconut fat as in, the cream from the top of the can? That most certainly is not a substitute for coconut oil.. no matter what Google says. ;)

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