These cookies are so simple you may not believe it. First of all, I am not a recipe creator, but I do make changes to recipes. The original recipe was given to me many years ago and is so simple that I didn’t even have it written down. I will give you my recipe and the original.
I have a friend who is trying to avoid gluten. I volunteered to bring a dessert, then thought “Oh no”. I know she loves peanut butter … never gets it at home because her family is crazy … how can you live without peanut butter? I was so relieved that I thought of this cookie … sooo simple, peanut butter and no flour! My friends were so surprised when I told them that this cookie has no flour. I know it’s hard to believe … a peanut butter cookie with no flour!
Here is how you do it … put of the all ingredients (peanut butter, sugars, egg and vanilla) in one bowl … and beat until well blended (by hand or mixer) …
Scoop dough (about the size of a walnut) onto parchment lined baking sheet … you can roll them into balls if you want to, but it is not necessary …
Using a fork dipped in cold water (or sugar) flatten the dough with a criss-cross pattern …
Bake for 10-12 minutes at 375°. Can you believe how simple? Here is a picture of baked cookies to show the difference between rolling the dough in a ball and not rolling it … the ones on the bottom have rolled …
Simple Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 375° and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Put all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Beat until well blended. Scoop dough (about the size of a walnut) and roll into a ball (if desired) and place on prepared baking sheet. Flatten each cookie using a fork dipped in cold water (or sugar) making a criss-cross pattern. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet for a few minutes before removing to a cooling rack. Makes about 18 (2 1/2″) cookies.
P. S. I used Skippy creamy peanut butter when I gave the cookies to friends. I tried natural peanut butter (no salt, no sugar, etc.) and it resulted in a different taste.
Original recipe calls for … 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 egg.