1/31/09

No-Flour Barney Butter Cookies - & Giveaway!

Last night I was intent on not burning my Barney Butter cookies!

I followed my family out into the garage, where my husband’s office is, to have a “family discussion.” It’s funny – our kids are going to grow up and reflect back on discussions we’ve had out in our 3rd car garage! Some – well, great! Interactions with good news, answers they want to hear, the positive stuff. And some – err – well, the kids would say they received too many “lectures” from their parents out there – cell phones were confiscated and restrictions were laid out – to their detriment!

It just seems to be a room, away from the house, where there are whiteboards plastered on 3 of the walls, and where we try to give our kids visual life lessons!

Last night’s talk was a positive one. No one was in trouble!

So, out the door I went. I told myself – 7 minutes, 7 minutes, 7 minutes. The cookies will be done in 7 minutes! Why do I think that I will remember these things!?


I’m always burning something
About 30 minutes later – burnt cookies!

I was so mad – because not only did I waste precious Barney Butter – I hate wasting my time! The kids informed me they like burnt cookies (go figure!) and in the morning, there were only 2 left!


What is Barney Butter?
It's just like peanut butter but better because it's made from almonds! My friend Jennifer is the master Barney Butter maker – I’m so impressed! (Check out Barney Butter recipes, here!)

What makes Barney Butter different?
With Barney Butter you get the same kind of peanut butter creaminess you grew up loving (or super-chunk if you like crunchy), only better with less than ½ the saturated fat of peanut butter, and more fiber, calcium, iron, vitamin E and magnesium than peanut butter. And that’s not all – Barney Butter is manufactured in an Almond Only Facility - no chance of cross contamination with peanut dust or peanut particles- which is a great solution for the peanut-allergic. Dieters and athletes love it. But everyone really eats it for the taste.

Barney Butter Giveaway – 3 winners will be picked!
Leave me a comment and tell me if you are a Peanut Butter or Almond Butter family? And what is your favorite way to eat it?

Make sure and leave a viable email address if you do not have a blog. Winners will be announced this coming Monday night.


My family LOVES apples and sandwiches and smoothies and cookies – with any kind of organic peanut or almond butter! But this is our new favorite! And look at the cool snack-sized packets (90 calories) that my kids have taken to school with them? I’ll be sticking some of these into the winners' packages as well!

Spread the word
S-P-R-E-A-D the word, and your name goes into the drawing twice! (Let me know if you post this giveaway on your blog). Also remember that you’re welcome to grab my button on my sidebar of my blog to use on your site! It’s as easy as copying and pasting the code into an html/java gadget on your blog! Click and paste!


No-Flour Barney Butter Cookies
1 cube butter
1 ½ cup sugar
1 ½ cup brown sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 16 oz. jar Creamy or Chunky Barney Butter (or peanut butter will work)
6 cups oatmeal
2 ½ tsp. baking soda
1-2 cups chocolate chips
Cream butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla together in a large mixing bowl

Mix in the Barney Butter and baking soda


Slowly add oatmeal


Add in the chocolate chips


Roll and place on cookie sheet - flatten with a fork


Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes, or until done


Oh, and how does hospitality play into this post? Besides our family devouring these wonderful treats, my neighbors were delivered these little plates, with the sample snacks. (We kept the burnt ones!)

When we make cookies in our home, it’s just what we do – we share!

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90 comments:

Emily @ Little Home said...

I would love to try some Barney Butter... I love peanut butter and I love almonds, but have yet to try any almond butter! (and I like crispy cookies :) too)

slip4@yahoo.com said...

Almond butter is the best! My kids still prefer peanut butter. I had not seen Barney brand butter. We just grind it in the machine at Whole Foods. Can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks!

linda t said...

I am sooo intrigued about this Almond butter now. I heard about it for the very first time last week!

So I think I can safely say that I will become a big fan of Almond butter!!

Thanks for the recipe Sandy!

Kathy said...

we love Peanut Butter, never tried the almond stuff so I'd love to win some to try it out. I love to eat it by itself, straight out of the jar ... or on english muffins or with bananas or apples ...

Susan May said...

I love almond butter with apple slices. I never heard of Barney Butter but I've been living in Switzerland for 2 years! I will try these cookies when I move back to the U.S.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I am peanut butter, Bill is almond butter.
Opposites attract!
Maybe one of us will be happy :-)

Tarrah said...

OH how I LOVE Almond Butter! I would choose that over peanut butter but I can't afford to buy it all the time. My daughter doesn't like peanut butter at all but if Almond butter is in the house she asks for that. I've never seen Barney Butter before, can you make these cookies with any Almond Butter?

Rhonda said...

I've never even heard of almond butter before.

I love peanut butter. I especially love to be the first one to open the jar and will eat the first scoop all on its own. Mmmmmmmmm.

Anonymous said...

I had a friend who moved away, sniff sniff, who made all her own almond butter and it was fabulous...

I'd LOVE to have some Barney Butter! I'd see if it tasted as good as hers ; )

deb meyers

Homesteader in Training said...

Oh I have got to try that recipe. It looks so yummo! I actually LOVE Almond butter but can't usually afford it so I resort to using peanut butter. I need to just make my own since I have a Vita Mix that will do the job.
Blessings to you Sandy
Kim

MacGregor said...

I LOVE Barney Butter and buy it online at www.BarneyButter.com. Use these cookies to make ice cream sandwiches or break them up and drop them in vanilla ice cream--amazing! I eat this stuff straight out of the jar with chocolate chips. It is dense nutrition and so I love it--so do my kids. Like I say, it's not healthy unless you eat it--and my kids eat it! They won't touch the regular, grainy almond butter and I love that this is no-stir and no-fridge.

mom23blessings said...

Tasty! I would love to win as my 2 yr old son is allergic to peanuts! I haven't heard of Barney Butter! Thanks for sharing!

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

Here in oz I am unfamilar with Baney butter but am sure the health food shops would sell almond spread//
iT DOES LOOK DELISH.
i MAKE PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES way easy to make and way toooo easy to eat!

Anonymous said...

Hi! I am new here, but loving your blog! We are a peanut butter family, but love the idea of Barney butter. My daughter and I made peanut butter kiss cookies last night. Thanks for all of your wonderful ideas! kaylamonk@hotmail.com

Lyndee said...

I enjoy almond butter and other nut butters too but have never tried that brand. Cute name! I like almond butter on nut thins or on celery!

Kay said...

I have never had almond butter...nor have I ever heard of it before now. I guess I'll have to look for it in the grocery store.

ellen b. said...

Since it's just Dear and I at home these days I avoid making cookies cuz it's just Dear and I and we'd eat them all but DUH! What was I thinking? I could take a good lesson from you, make the batch of cookies, save just a few for Dear and I and give the rest to my neighbors!! I always love your hospitality ideas Sandy!

Kristine said...

Wow... those cookies look GREAT. I'm hungry for one now. Haven't tried almond butter, but I might just pick up a jar. But I'd love to be entered to win!

Elizabeth G. said...

I've never heard of Barney Butter! I will have to give it a try. We usually eat organic peanut butter. My favorite way to eat it? I dip apple slices in it for a snack!

Blessings,
Elizabeth

Kim said...

Sandy,

The cookies look great! Just wondering if you can purchase Barney Butter at the grocery store? I live in the mid-West and haven't heard of this item before.

Barb said...

I've never even heard of Barney Butter. Good grief, you'd think I live in a cave or something.

So I have to say my favorite is peanut butter. And my favorite way to have it is in bed, as a snack while I read. Two simple peanut butter sandwiches...because I have to share with Chelsea. Dogs LOVE peanut butter. LOL

What an intriguing recipe. I must find this stuff!

Thank you for this fun giveaway.

Bobbie said...

I LOVE PB and have never heard of Barney Butter but will now go in search of it! thanks.

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

This is my first time at your blog and I love it!

I have never tried Barney Butter before, but the little packets are so neat!!!

I buy our peanut butter from the deli so it has that extra fresh taste, but I would like it a little creamier.

-Kim

Org Junkie said...

You know my son is allergic to all nuts except almond but I've been unable to give him almond butter due to the cross contamination. I've never seen this product in Canada yet but will definitely be keeping my eyes open for it.

Congrats on the new gig too!

ikkinlala said...

May Canadians enter? We're mostly a peanut butter family as it's more widely available here, but we've tried almond butter and cashew butter in the past (and one time, as a kid, I tried making walnut butter... it tasted good, but I think I almost wrecked the blender). We use it in a lot of different ways - one of our favourites is in a pasta sauce.

Stephanie said...

Yummy recipes! Actually we are an almond butter, peanut butter, sunbutter split family! =) We have certain members with particular sensitivities and preferences. When grandma comes, boy does she get confused! I personally LOVE the sunbutter made from sunflower seeds and my favorite is to spread some on a brown rice cake. I look forward to trying out your recipe!

Lissete said...

I love almonds but have yet to try almond butter. I headed over to the Barney Butter site and wouldn't you know, they have NO retailers in Florida! I'm not much of a peanut fan.

"Hello... It's Me Again..." said...

I am a peanut butter girl! My grandma got me hooked on peanut butter banana sandwiches when I was a kid and I still eat them from time to time.

I've heard great things about almond butter but have not yet tried it. I'll have to keep my eyes open for Barney Butter the next time I grocery shop. If you say it's good, then it's got to be worth trying!

I love my cookies chewy or crispy. I just love cookies!

Jamie
www.oktxok.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I would love to try the almond butter! I am a gluten-free and I can actually make the cookies you made as long as my oats are GF. This would be a nice change from the PB I eat. We are a PB family because most almond butter is not good and creamy.

Andrea

kerrischasesandrea AT gmail DOT com

Melanie said...

We use natural peanut butter and cashew butter. I eat raw almonds and put slivered ones in sauteed green beans last night for dinner. I don't think I have tried almond butter.
I do plan to try your cookie recipe!
Adding your button to my blog.
Melanie@Bella~Mella

Melody said...

I'm dying to try the almond Barney Butter, since my 2-year-old is allergic to peanuts -- and she's starting to catch on that we're still eating PB&Js every day.

Patch of Flowers said...

Mmmmm, almond butter sounds yummy! We use natural peanut butter for everything in our house - I have 2 children under 6 so it goes on about everything! :)

Hilty Sprouts! said...

Yum! My daughter will only eat almond butter, she HATES peanutbutter but the rest of us like both. I have never heard of Barney Butter, we usually buy Maranatha brand peanut and almond butters. I have wanted to try my own almond butter, I'll have to check out the recipe you linked to. My fave way to eat peanut/almond butter is by the spoonful with a glass of organic milk!

Jennifer

DiamondDaisy said...

so far in life we are peanut butter people, but that is only because I am just hearing about Almond Butter! This sounds great and my husband and I eat healthy and organic as often as we can afford it! I would love to try his g-ma's PB fudge receipe with this... ummmmmm.. just thinking about it makes me happy! :) Have a great week!

Mark said...

We LOVE peanut butter and almond butter as well. Both taste great on an apple, rice cake and of course chocolate!!

Thanks for the chance to win!
Blessings
Sue
marklovessue@numail.org

Natalie said...

i would LOVE to try this! i never knew there was this alternative to peanut butter. thanks for the enlightenment and hopefully the chance to try it out!!

nee said...

Almond butter is a great way to get absorbable calcium, especially if you don't do dairy. Our favorite way is to pair a big spoonful with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Eat it off of the spoon, then down goes the o.j. It also works great in peanut sauce (would that be almond sauce??) and regular peanut butter cookies. (Costco has a great deal on organic almond butter.) Oh! And almond butter is a great addition to smoothies...great protein/calcium boost.

Shannon said...

I would love to try this! We love peanut butter and sunbutter. I would love to try Barney Butter, since I do love almonds!!

OKGardners said...

Peanut Butter at our house, but I have NEVER heard of almond butter or Barney Butter. It does sound good though. Hope to try your recipe soon. Thanks!

Betty in Oklahoma
blue.eagle@cox.net

2 Green Eyed Girls said...

I have 2 little girls that are Type 1 Diabetics that LOVE to snack on almonds and their doctors say this is one of the best foods that anyone can eat (plus they can eat a TON and we don't have to give any additional insulin). As typical little ones, they love PB&Js, but the idea of being able to give them the benefits from almonds and the yummy sandwiches they love would be fantastic. Even if I don't win, I'll be doing what I can to find this product. Thank you for sharing!

K :) Family Historian said...

I have never heard of this butter, but will now definitely check out the grocery store for it.

Only one of my teo girls is a peanut butter eater, but perhaps the other one may enjoy some almond butter.

I love a peanut butter and dill pickle sandwich. My sister and I both love them...sounds a bit funky, but really is yummy.

As always, love your blog and your fun giveaways.

Rindy R said...

I love peanut butter - but I don't think I have ever had Almond butter - sounds like Peanut Butter - but UPSCALE! YUM!

Megret said...

I've only tried almond butter once...liked it! My family is mainly a PB family.

Thanks for the chance....
Megret
musesofmegret (at) gmail (dot) com

Cathy said...

Extra crunchy Jif here--by the spoonful!

Caroline said...

I love peanut butter and have never tried almond butter. Sounds delicious!
kalugin4@sbcglobal.net

Anonymous said...

Never heard of it, but sure looks yummy. We're low carbers, so while we can't make the cookies exactly as stated, may try a low carb variation. Thank you!
carols@wideopenwest.com

~amy~ said...

So far we have been a peanut butter family of 6.... now we are going to have to try Barney Butter:) Thanks for the giveaway.

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Would love to try Barney Butter! We use peanut butter here daily. Our grandson has 2 pieces of whole wheat toast, spread with lots of butter (he's skinny as a rail!) then a layer of natural peanut butter, and then a bit of honey. That's all he'll eat for breakfast, but I would love to try something a bit different.

Grace said...

doh! isn't it amazing how drastic the difference in smell is between perfectly-baked cookies and burnt ones? :)
i'm a peanut butter gal, straight from the jar if you please. :)

Amy Bayliss said...

I just wanted to come by and say congratulations for being one of the Internet Cafe's Top 100 Christian Women's Blogs of 2008! You are truly a blessing. Thank you for the many ways that you serve!

Julie Gillies said...

I'm thrilled to know I'm not the only mom out there who burns things. Distractions abound and sometimes no matter how hard I try, we have blackened something or other. Then we rip roar through the house flinging open the windows. THANKS for being real, Sandy. It's one of the reasons I love you! :)

The almond butter sounds divine, though I've never had the pleasure. We're definitely a peanut butter family here!

the irish librarian said...

I have never heard of this stuff...I've never seen this stuff! but now I really need to try it-you've sold me!

Ellen said...

Well, up until now, peanut butter... but I would love to try this! It sounds wonderful. Other than no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies, probably my favorite way to eat peanut butter is between two slices of soft bread, no jelly *g*

Trez said...

We live in the deep south-you know peanut farming country.The town just north of us is actually the peanut town. If you are ever heading down I-75 south-look for the giant peanut around exit 82!

probablytracy said...

Congrats on your nomination for the 08 Internet Cafe Devotions Top 100!!! What a blessing!

Christine said...

Never knew about arney Butter!
I love anything almond, soap is one of he best.Right after lotion! But Barney Butter...I'm heading for the store.

Christine

Rachel said...

We are still a peanut butter family, but would love to try Barney Butter. My favorite is spread on a toasted English muffin.

GrammaGrits said...

Love both but eat more peanut butter, natural kind most usually. My daughter just went on a gluten-free diet, so thank so much for the recipe today!!! And thanks for the neat giveaway, too.

vmcml1@verizon.net

Kristin said...

I've never heard of Barney Butter. I love peanut butter, but have never tried almond butter. I might have to after reading your post.

Betts said...

We only eat peanut butter mostly due to inertia. It's easier to stick with what you know. My husband like peanut butter on toast. I like it on graham crackers or bananas. My corgi likes it stuffed in his Kong toy.

~nanashouse~ said...

I might just be your happiest commenter! I eat soy nut butter because I am so allergic to peanuts. I'm sooo happy to find an alternative. Just when you think you are restricted another possibility opens up! Thank you :-)

jdm said...

Love almonds! Love peanut butter! Am sure to love Barney's Almond Butter!

Thank you for all the recipes. Will attempt some when our kitchen is put together after our renovation.

Jan
http://humbleofferings-jdm.blogspot.com/

humbleofferings@gmail.com

bethany said...

this recipe sounds so yummy...i want to try some Barney Butter! YUMMY!

Jessica said...

I have never even heard of almond butter. We've had Nutella, but never almond butter. Would love to try some. My toddler has a pb&j almost everyday for lunch so this would be a fun try! Thanks!!

Chris @ Come to the Table said...

I love your new look Sandy! I have been so busy and haven't been blogging as much. Thank you for your sweet comment. I sure miss stopping by here to visit.

These cookies look so good!

chickadee@afamiliarpath said...

that sounds great. i've never heard of it before.

Sandy Toes said...

Never heard of Barney Butter! But, those cookies look yummy!
-sandy toe

Amrita said...

Dear Sandy I have never won anything and I livein India, so i don 't know if you can mail me the jar if i win it, but i still would like to stand in line.

The almond butter cookies look irresristable. Please try to draw me.

skgibson@hotmail.com said...

Almond butter is our favorite, although we do eat peanut butter too. I have two way to favorite ways to eat almond butter. One is almond butter, bannana and honey sandwiches....YUM! The other is to take the pit our of medjool dates and stuff them almond butter. We all love these.

Lynne in NC said...

Sandy,
We use the Kirkland Organic Peanut Butter, but I would like to try the Almond Butter. Especially in this delicious sounding recipe!
Thanks for the give-a-way, too.
Peace

Renee said...

I’m embarrassed to say that we are a Peanut Butter (natural) only family. I have not stepped out of my comfort zone to try anything else. So I’m crossing my fingers for winning the Barney Butter!!!!

see you there! said...

Barney Butter is new to me, I'll have to see if I can find some (if I don't win)

Peanut butter? We go where you can grind your own. My favorite way to eat it is right out of the container with a spoon I'm embarassed to say.

Darla

Laurie Ann said...

I just wanted to stop in and say congratulations for being one of the Internet Cafe’s Top 100 Christian Women’s Blogs of 2008! Your blog truly does bless!

duchess said...

I would love to try some Barney Butter because this southern girl has never even heard of it.
The cookies look yummy, though.

Hannah said...

We are a peanut butter family...I had never heard of Barney butter but I am going to look for it!! It looks and sounds yummy!

Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

I would love almond butter, I just know it. My family are all peanut butter fiends. They would eat it on pasta if I let them. There favorite way to eat it is between soft home made bread with nutella added! Like a Reeses on bread, but better!

hemmafru said...

I am a 50/50 almond/peanut butter gal! Each has a charm I crave. I am going to make those Barney butter cookies. They look so tasty.

shellyhadel@yahoo.com said...

Barney Butter, huh? Sounds lovely. I keep meaning to try some almond butter. And those cookies (the non-burnt ones) look delicious! :)

We use peanut butter alot! I eat toast with PB for a quick breakfast in the car most morinings.

Anonymous said...

I'm new to your blog, and enjoying it. This is the first I've heard of Barney Butter. Would love to try some. Peanut Butter is a staple at our house.
ann@nislybrothers.com

Lora said...

I've never even heard of Barney Butter...I'll definitely be checking this out!

LuLu said...

Oh I want to try Barney Butter..we eat peanut butter with just about everything in the mornings, waffles, pancakes, toast...my kids love creamy I like crunch
LuLu

Amy said...

We all love peanut butter at our house. I have never heard of Barney Butter but it sounds delicious. You can bet I'll be looking for it at the store the next time I go.

amybarrett5@yahoo.com

GiBee said...

For some reason, my comment didn't post -- so if it posts by accident, please only count me once!

We love PB cookies (crisp) and PBJ sandwiches, but a child in Hunter's day care is deathly allergic to peanuts so I can't send PBJs -- only cream cheese and jam -- and seriously -- what fun is that when you're little? I'll have to give almond butter a try!

mmsmith said...

I have never tried almond butter, but I bet it is good. I'd love the chance. My son loves PB, and I bet he would like almond butter too.

Lisa said...

I have NEVER heard of Barney Butter!! The cookies look great..man I wish I was your neighbor!! I will have to hunt that down and make them. I bake my cookies on my pampered chef stoneware...perfect everytime. I must say, I don't dare leave them! lol

The Ties that Bind Us said...

I love almond butter!! We haven't had any in a long time, but I sure would love some again.

gail@more than a song said...

I've never heard of Barney Butter but it sounds wonderful! So guess we do peanut butter mostly and there is nothing like a pbj sandwich.
I'm new here but like your ideas on entertaining!

50s Housewife said...

I've never tried almond butter. I love almonds, so I'm sure it's delish! :)

I'm glad I'm not the only one who occasionally burns things. I once set off the smoke alarm burning breakfast on a Sunday morning and my youngest told everyone at church about it. ;)

jenny said...

well i have to say where 1/2 as for me well i eat almost any thing for that try any thing and welli love to give the almond butter a try to see what its like please enter me infor this thanks

Amy said...

I, too, am a newbie to Barney Butter... I don't know if I'd like it or not! I'm kinda finicky about even the BRAND of peanut butter (shame on me!)