gluten-free peanut butter cookies

gluten-free peanut butter cookies with milk

It all started with a simple recipe.

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 egg

mixing peanut butter with sugar

peanut butter cookie dough, after eggs are added

peanut butter cookies, forked

the original-1 cup natural peanut butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon baking powder

Stir. Bake. Eat. So easy, I had a pan in the oven in under 10 minutes. It’s absolutely my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe.

It’s a recipe that lends itself to experimentation, for better or for worse. Honey instead of sugar didn’t work so well. Flax seeds and water instead of an egg was kind of gross. I’ve written my favorite, so far, down below.

Some guidelines I’ve come up with for myself, if you’re interested…If I’m using fresh ground peanut butter-the kind with no salt and sugar-I’ll add a big pinch of salt and use the full cup of sugar. Brown or granulated. If I’ve got the commercial kind of peanut butter that’s chock-full of sugar and salt I’ll use a half-cup of sugar. This recipe works well with almond butter, too. I had high hopes for nutella, but the chocolate throws a wrench. I’m still working on that one.

One of my favorite versions, to date, isn’t too sweet or eggy and is intensely peanut-buttery, with a crumble remniscent of shortbread. Recipe below…

close-up of gluten-free peanut butter cookies


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Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

makes about 20 small cookies

16 ounces natural peanut butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup agave nectar

pinch salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 egg

Preheat oven to 350.

Using a spatula or wooden spoon, beat together peanut butter, sugar, agave nectar and salt for several minutes. Stir in baking powder, then egg, stirring until egg is completely incorporated.

Scoop using a 3/4 ounce scoop, or a tablespoon, onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silpat. Roll into balls, then press with a fork.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until rich golden brown.

One response to “gluten-free peanut butter cookies”

  1. These really do look like wonderful peanut butter cookies and I gotta say I eat a lot of PB cookies :) will be trying your recipe for sure.

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