Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

"These intense peanut butter cookies are the best we've ever had."
That's pretty high praise, particularly considering the source.
It's what GOURMET MAGAZINE, (sadly now defunct)
said when they published this recipe in 1999.

The interesting thing about these cookies is that they contain no flour
and have only four ingredients! 
Could it get any simplier?

1 c. peanut butter (creamy or chunky)
1 c. sugar
1 large egg
1 t. baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease baking sheets.

In a bowl with an electric mixer beat together peanut butter
and sugar until well combined.
In a small bowl, lightly beat egg and beat it into
the peanut butter mixture with the baking soda
until well combined.

Roll level teaspoons of dough into balls and arrange about
one inch apart on baking sheets. 
With tines of a fork flatten balls to about
1 1/2 inches in diameter,
making a crosshatch pattern.
(Note--I skipped this step for the cookies pictured
and just dropped teaspoons of dough on the
cookie sheet and flattened with a fork.
I've done it both ways and rolling the dough into balls first
makes a prettier cookie.)

Bake cookies in batches in middle of oven
until puffed and pale golden, about 10 minutes.

Cool cookies on baking sheets 2 minutes
and transfer with metal spatula to racks
to cool completely.
Cookies may be kept in an airtight container
at room temperature 5 days.

(GOURMET said this recipe makes about 70 cookies,
but I've never gotten more than 40.)

This week I'm sharing at
What's Cookin' in the Cottage Kitchen at Etsy Cottage Style
Tasty Tuesdays at 33 Shades of Green
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style


Deserae said...

I make these all the time and they are sooooo delicious!!!!! I might just have to make some today :o)

Tanna said...

I know a Little Man who will love these! blessings ~ tanna

NanaDiana said...

I have made these several times in the past for a "quick fix". The kids love them but the hubs doesn't like the texture of them as much. Still a great old recipe! xo Diana

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Susan, these look so good. If it wasn't so late I would whip some up.

Carol............. said...

They do look scrumptious! I'll give these a try.....

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

Those look good...look more like a sugar cookie. And should be at the top of the list for those eating gluten free!!

Mary Sullivan Frasier said...

Oh Lordy! I'm tempted to whip up a batch right now, but I'm not sure cookies are the best thing for breakfast. Are they? Hmmm. ;~) Stopping by (a bit late) from Wow Us Weds. Thanks for the great recipe!


PS: I miss Gourmet too. We still have several dozen back issues, though. Can't quite part with them.

Vicki Boster said...

There is nothing better than a GREAT peanut butter cookie! This recipe is a keeper for sure! Thanks so much for sharing!

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

Mmm, saw these over at Kim's feature today. I'm always looking for EASY gluten-free recipes and this looks like it will fit the bill- will definitely have to give these a try. Thanks for sharing!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Yum! I love this simple recipe. Can't wait to try it.

Unknown said...

Oh Susan these look really really good. And maybe they'd even be less carbs because of no flour? Hmmmm, SO tempting to try one of these days. My kids & hubby (ok me too) are peanut butter cookie fanatics but they always have to wait for my parents to get back from the Carolinas in May to get home-made cookies. Might be worth a try. I haven't visited your blog in a while - always nice to come back for a visit.

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