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What can I use as a substitute for peanut butter?

DEAR PEGGY: My young daughter is allergic to peanuts. What can I use as a substitute for peanut butter in recipes? —B.T., Chicago, Illinois

Nuts are the most common allergens. It's important that individuals who are allergic to nuts avoid the intake of nuts as well as foods that may have come in contact with nuts.

A great substitute for peanut butter is soy nut butter. Made from roasted soy beans, it is manufactured in a "peanut-free facility," as the jar indicates. Because it resembles peanut butter in taste and texture, soy nut butter can be found in most grocery stores near the peanut butter.

We picked up a jar, and our home economists made two batches of peanut butter cookies—one with peanut butter and one with soy nut butter. While the soy nut cookies were a little drier and crisper, there were minimal differences in taste.