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Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

April 21, 2009

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

This I Used To Believe

I believed that if I wore  a stretched out paperclip across my front teeth I would be one of the cool kids with a retainer.  It turns our that retainers only seem cool when you don’t actually have to wear one.

I believed that if I sunk down in my chair low enough in Honors Algebra, I wouldn’t be called on the answer questions that I didn’t have answers to.  I didn’t have answers to any… aaany of the questions.  In reality, that posture was like a giant, neon, blinking arrow pointed right in my direction.

I believed that if I stayed up all night chewing gum, I was bound to get the part of Violet Beauregarde in the sixth grade performance of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.  That part went to my best friend Lindsay.  What does it say about me if I still think about that from time to time?

I believed that Dylan would never leave Brenda on Beverly Hills, 90210.  Um… remember what happened in the pool?  With Kelly!? Brenda’s best friend!?  Yea… so that didn’t work out.

I believed that really good cookies simply had to have at least a few cups of all-purpose flour flour in them.  These Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies changed my mind.  Seriously.  I know you’re thinking  They’re better than you think.  Way way better.  These are great!

This post was inspired by last weeks episode of  This American Life which, in turn, was inspired by the international essay project, This I Believe.  Yaaaaay for  public radio!

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Believe me when I say that these cookies will surprise you.  They’re exactly everything I wanted from a peanut butter cookie, without the flour. With only four ingredients (5 if you add the chocolate) I had perfectly chewy and flavorful peanut butter cookies on my table.  With a glass of cold milk… my goodness… swoon!  Trust me.  Try them!

These cookies aren’t the type that you throw in your purse for an afternoon snack.  Because they don’t have flour, they’re just a bit more delicate.  If you use all-natural peanut butter, you’re cookies will hold up a bit better than if you use the fake stuff.  K?

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

The Gourmet Cookbook

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makes about two dozen cookies

1 cup all-natural chunky or smooth peanut butter

1 cup sugar (1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup granulated sugar)

1 egg

1 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a baking sheet with butter and set aside.  In a mixer combine peanut butter and sugars until well combined, about 2 minutes.  Add egg and baking soda and mix for another 2 minutes.  Roll into walnut sized balls and create a cris-cross pattern with a fork.  If you’d like, add a few chocolate pieces to the top of the cookies.  Bake for 10 minutes, until lightly browned.  Cool on a baking sheet for two minutes, then transfer to… your mouth.


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  • Thanks! My husband pointed this recipe out to me, plus he included a link to you… http://boatbits.blogspot.com

    These look SOoooooo EASY! We live on a small sailboat so easy, no-fuss baking is important.

    Any recommendations on the peanut butter? We used to be able to buy sugar-free Jif peanut butter but it is no longer available here on the island of St. Martin.

    We have a jar of “natural” peanut butter which we haven’t used because it separates with an oily layer and is too much of a pain to deal with, but perhaps it will be good for these cookies and we can use it up :)

    Happy Robin Knox Johnston day!
    Sheila

  • I used to make these growing up, but I don’t remember the baking soda. They are yummy and peanutty! And the chocolate, what a great idea! Thanks!

  • oh. my. word. i thought i was the only goober (no offense intended) who made a fake retainer with a paper clip. i’m blushing just thinking about it. and yes, i did end up with my very own, very real retainer, and it wasn’t nearly as exciting as i’d hoped. :)
    on to happier things–your cookies look stellar, especially consider the short list of ingredients! thanks for sharing. :)

  • Those are cute, especially with the chocolate disks on top! I’m a freak who doesn’t like peanut butter in desserts (especially not with chocolate, I KNOW) but I would definitely try this with almond butter, or even cashew butter. Plus, just 4 ingredients, proving simpler is totally better!

  • I haven’t made these in ages. love the memories of the ways we thought when we were kids. I used to put bandaids on my nose just so I could look like those girls who had nose jobs, crazy huh? lol

  • these look amazing – I want them now !

  • I love that your cookie sheet is well worn and wears the patina of many great recipes that have gone before.

    These, too, look amazing.

  • I just discovered your blog today through Times Online Real Food – Meet the blogger and it’s brilliant!! I can’t wait to keep visiting….

  • did you ever try these with chocolate chips in the batter? i wonder how they would hold their shape?? this looks delicious!

  • i had the braces…i always wanted a black eye?!

    sweetcharity – what do you put in your really good pat-in-pan tart crust?
    i’m imagining something chocolatey-banana-ish…

  • I second Elisa’s question: is it possible to make these with a PB substitute, like almond or cashew butter? I’m deathly allergic to peanuts, boo!

  • Thank you so much for posting these – no flour AND no butter! I forgot to get butter at the store the last time I was there and was wondering what I was going to bake this week for sweet treats, and now I have just the thing! :)

  • These look wonderful. I can’t wait to try them because I am such a Peanut Butter Lover.

  • Ha! I love it! (And This American Life.)

  • I totally used a jelly bracelet along my teeth to pretend I had braces/retainer. It wasn’t as much fun when I actually had a retainer that I HAD to wear ;)

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