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Recipe: Gluten-Free, Effort-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Take a quick journey with me….I frequently subject ask my colleagues to taste test my weekend baking projects (bless their hearts, really!), but until now, one colleague has been freed from excluded due to a gluten intolerance. After a weekend spent baking and an arm full of new samples to take to work – I thought I’d research some easy gluten-free sweets so that everybody could share in the sugar high!

 

Ahu Eats: Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies


After a little tinkering… about 15 minutes… and an apartment that smelled of peanut butter, I ended up with these incredibly fudgy peanut butter cookies. They’re so insanely good and so insanely easy that… well, you’d be insane not to make them! Oh and they happen to be gluten-free!

Gluten Free Fudgy Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Hershey kiss candy to garnish each one (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
2. Using a hand blender, mix all the ingredients (except the chocolates) together well.
3. Scoop out the dough and form them into little ping-pong sized balls with your hands.
4. Arrange your peanut-butter-ping-pong-balls (say that 5 times fast) on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and press a fork in each one to create the classic peanut butter cookie look.
5. Bake for 10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. (Note, depending on the oil content of the cookies, you may get a little smoke in your oven – just turn the fan on before opening the door).
6. If you want to, press a Hershey’s kiss into each one after they’ve cooled for a few minutes. Don’t press too hard or you’ll end up with a peanut-butter donut hole cookie like the one pictured below! 
 
Ahu Eats: Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookie

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookie Donut Hole!

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{ 17 comments… add one }

  • Anonymous August 7, 2014, 11:08 am

    A few questions — 1) where is the missing Hershey Kiss in the cookie (donut)? 2) is Hershey Kiss gluten free 3) do you play ping pong? 4) where’s my share?

    PJJ

  • faehdfilms August 7, 2014, 1:57 pm

    Very delectable, Ahu!

  • Angie Schneider August 8, 2014, 10:25 am

    I love flourless cookies and happen to be a fan of peanut butter. These cookies are perfect for me. Thanks for sharing, Ahu.

    • Ahu Shahrabani August 8, 2014, 10:28 am

      Thank you Angie – I made these as a ‘special diet’ cookie but honestly I would make them again regardless! I hope you enjoy them if you make them!

  • Laura Dembowski August 8, 2014, 3:09 pm

    Flourless pb cookies are my favorite pb cookies and some of my favorite cookies of all time. They have wonderful pb flavor and the best texture. I also like to add pb chips and Reese’s Pieces. Oh, and you can make them with almond butter too. They get crunchy, but still delicious.

    • Ahu Shahrabani August 8, 2014, 4:25 pm

      They are a new discovery for me, but you are so right, especially about the texture! Great idea to add in reese’s pieces – yum :)

  • Tania @My Kitchen Stories August 9, 2014, 8:56 am

    I made these cookies the other day and they are great. I just didn’t believe you could make cookies without any flour. It’s really amazing.

    • Ahu Shahrabani August 9, 2014, 10:17 am

      Tania – wow, I’m so glad you liked them too! I thought the same thing before making them! I even made an extra batch for the freezer for those late night emergency moments! :)

  • Sue/the view from great island August 9, 2014, 9:15 pm

    I’m just now getting in the cookie mood…these look fantastic!

  • lisa is cooking August 10, 2014, 11:32 am

    I love peanut butter cookies! The texture of these sounds perfect. You have some lucky colleagues!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 12, 2014, 9:47 am

    Oh man, so easy!! These cookies look lovely!

  • Cocoa and Lavender August 12, 2014, 4:29 pm

    Yum. How easy could these be?

    • Ahu Shahrabani August 13, 2014, 9:54 pm

      Couldn’t be much easier – from start to mouth in about 20 minutes flat! :)

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