If you've ever tried to find peanut-free cookies at a store, then you know just how challenging it can be. Many people with peanut allergies avoid store-bought cookies entirely, because of the possibility that they have been cross-contaminated with peanuts. If it seems like everything you can find has a warning that it may contain peanuts, why not try baking your own? Home-baked cookies avoid any traces of the allergen, leaving you in complete control over the ingredients.
Home-baked cookies are easy to make peanut-free. Almost every cookie recipe is peanut free or can be made peanut-free by substituting ingredients. Warm and gooey chocolate chip cookies, chewy oatmeal raisin, and brightly frosted sugar cookies are just a few of the varieties that are safe for those with peanut allergies. Even peanut butter cookies can be made safe by substituting sunflower or soy-nut butter for peanut butter.
If you have a peanut allergy or are baking for someone who does, always be sure not only to check the ingredient list for obvious offenders, but also to seek out peanut-free ingredients. For example, buy chocolate chips that have not been processed on equipment that also processes peanuts. The same goes for other baking ingredients, which may be subject to cross-contamination. Food labeling laws are much more reliable than they used to be. If an ingredient has been processed on equipment that also handles peanuts, it should have a cross-contamination warning, making it easier than ever for those with peanut allergies to seek out safe ingredients. Baking peanut free cookies is fun and gives you the peace of mind that your delicious treats have not come into contact with peanuts.