Monday, January 17, 2011

Comments from the Peanut Gallery

As I do not enjoy challenging baking, I was thrilled when I found this recipe for peanut butter cookies (a personal favourite). It only contains three ingredients!

I was also equally excited, as this recipe does not require any flour whatsoever, making it completely gluten-free!. I must thank S.J. and M.D-M. for providing me with their versions of the recipe.

Begin with approximately 1 cup of peanut butter. Whenever any recipe calls for peanut butter, I always use the 100% roasted peanut type. This type of peanut butter contains no added sugars, fats or preservatives. I have been able to find many brands of this type of peanut butter in a wide range of grocery stores.

Then comes the other two ingredients: one egg and 1/3 cup of sugar. I have tasted similar cookies made with varying amounts of sugar. I have seen recipes where the ratio of sugar to peanut butter is 1:2 and as high as 1:1. What I have found is that it all depends on your taste and it will not change the outcome of the cookie whatsoever (except to make them sweeter if more sugar is added). I prefer my cookies slightly sweet, hence the relatively small amount of sugar.

Stirring the mixture together will quickly form a dough.

Take small amounts of dough and form them into balls. Press the balls into cookie shapes and place them on an ungreased baking sheet. You may also press down with a fork to create the characteristic sign for peanut butter cookies.

Bake at a 325° F oven for approximately 10 to 15 minutes (depending on your oven). Do not let them over bake. Let the cookies cool slightly before removing them from the sheet.

I did not believe that these three ingredients together would form such a great cookie!

Feel free to add other ingredients, such as:
- vanilla extract
- chocolate chips
- raisins or dried fruit 
- other nuts (e.g. cashews, almonds, walnuts, etc.)

Addendum (January 22, 2011):
I tried making the above recipe with almond butter, instead of peanut butter. Here's the result:

They are absolutely wonderful!


  1. I recently tried a peanut butter cookie with marshmallows, but this recipe sounds even easier. Thanks for posting, can't wait to try it :)

  2. A.V. You're welcome! I actually tried making the above recipe with almond butter, instead of peanut butter. They turned out even better than the peanut version! To make it, simply use the same method and amount of other ingredients. I have added a picture of the almond version to the end of my post. Enjoy!

  3. You can also swirl a little bit of nutella or add some cocoa powder for an extra bit of goodness for the chocoholic in your life =)

  4. What a fantastic idea! Who doesn't like Nutella or chocolate? I will definitely give it a go. Thanks Anon!