Friday, June 7, 2013

Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies


Happy Friday! I really wish there was a way you could smell these cookies through the computer, because our apartment smells heavenly right now. David & I are headed to the lake this weekend with his family so I decided to make some treats to take with us.


This is a great gluten free cookie recipe. We don't personally follow a GF diet in our house, but David's mom has to because of celiac disease. So since we're going to the lake with his family, I wanted to make sure I made something she could enjoy too. But I also know it's become popular for people who don't have celiac or a gluten sensitivity to follow a GF diet. 

Personally, except for those with celiac, I think it's just another fad diet that we'll see die out in a couple years. Gluten-free doesn't necessarily equal healthy, especially with processed foods. Gluten is the "glue" that holds many foods together, so when removed, many manufacturers use extra sugar & fat to make foods more palatable. Many people feel better & lose weight when they go GF because they are finally eating "real food" instead of ultra-processed packaged food. But there are many benefits to unrefined whole grains, and people are missing out on important nutrients like fiber, iron & vitamin B when they cut it out completely. Focus on lean meats, vegetables, fruits & unrefined whole grains and I bet you'll get the same results without having to sacrifice those important nutrients. But I digress...

I've tried several different GF cookie recipes, but these are by far my favorite. And who doesn't like chocolate & peanut butter?


You'll need dark chocolate peanut butter, brown sugar, 1 egg, baking soda, vanilla extract, peanut butter chips & chocolate chips.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a stand mixer or bowl, measure out 1 cup of dark chocolate peanut butter, 1 cup light brown sugar, 1 egg, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract & 1 teaspoon baking soda.


Mix until combined.


Add 1/2 cup of peanut butter/chocolate chips and fold in with a spatula. 


Add another 1/2 cup of peanut butter/chocolate chips & fold into dough.


With a spoon, roll pieces of dough into a ball and place on a greased baking sheet.


Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are set. Centers may still feel a little soft, but the cookies will continue to cook for a couple minutes out of the oven. Let cookies sit on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes & then transfer to a rack to cool completely.



Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Yield: About 1.5 dozen, depending on size
  • 1 cup dark chocolate peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mix of peanut butter/chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a stand mixer or bowl, add dark chocolate peanut butter, brown sugar, baking soda, vanilla extract & egg. Mix until combined. Fold in half of your peanut butter/chocolate chips & then repeat with the other half. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are set. After removing from the oven, let cookies sit on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely.


Recipe adapted from With Style & Grace.

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