I LOVE a good cookie…and truthfully, since I have started to think about giving up gluten, I think I am craving them even more. Fruit of the forbidden tree and all that, you know? I love to bake and honestly, baking typically meets my need for the cookie. I have one or two and then I am all good. If you put a whole plate of them in front of me, made by someone else, I would not be able to pass them by. I would have more than one or two :).
Now, I still find myself wanting a little something sweet and not knowing what to reach for. I have added lots of yummy fruit to my diet but seriously, fruit does not answer emotional or stress eating need now does it?! (And I know that’s all it is really.)
Did you know that I am stubborn too? Like Taurus born, Irish/ German heritage bullheaded. As a result, I do not want to get into all of that substitute flours, xanthum gum, try to make it as real as it can be without it being real sort of deal. At this point, I pretty much look at flour and get a blinding headache.
So off I went in search of some more indulgent, stress eating sort of goodies.
What did I find? Why some yummy peanut butter cookies!
1C peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
1C sugar (I used white but turbinado might add a nice flavor!)
1 egg- give it a beating before adding it
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Add baking power into sugar and mix. Add peanut butter and sugar mixture to a medium mixing bowl and blend well. Add vanilla to beaten egg and then add to peanut butter mixture and mix well. Mix in chocolate chips. Drop 1 inch balls onto cookie sheet and use fork to create a cross hatch pattern onto, flattening slightly. Bake 7-9 minutes.
I found that however you put these cookies into the oven is exactly how they will come out. Not alot of change during the baking process. With that in mind, I made a sort of variation on Peanut Butter Blossom cookies and honestly, keeping the chocolate chips out of the batter and smacking a hershey’s kiss on top would work wonderfully!
The proof of these cookies of course came with the consumption level by my children. They loved them and had a couple and wanted more. Shhhhh…. don’t tell them they are flour free! My little ones were not home when I made these or I would have had them help! So few ingredients and some dough rolling?! Perfect for little hands.
I tried making brownies over the weekend and didn’t love them… so that search continues!
Thanks for reading and hope you give these a try and let me know what you think!