Saturday, February 12, 2022

ChezCindy: Peanut Butter Cookies - 3 Ways


This versatile peanut butter cookie recipe can be transformed into three different cookies by using your favorite add-ins, depending on what you are in the mood for.  I actually posted this peanut butter cookie recipe years ago, peanut butter cookie comparison.  Using the gluten free recipe versus the more traditional recipe that uses all-purpose flour, I had fun folding in a variety of ingredients to switch things up a bit.    

Pictured above, are the regular crisscross shaped peanut butter cookies.  I also used chocolate chunks as one add-in, with the other being a cranberry oatmeal peanut butter cookie.  Other ideas for add-ins could be white chocolate chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips; chopped chocolate-covered toffee candy bar and chopped pretzels; dried cherries and chopped toasted almonds.  Use your imagination to create what is perfect for you.   

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

*1 1/2 cups of chopped nuts, chocolate and/or dried fruit (see below)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.  

Mix together the peanut butter, the 2 sugars, eggs, baking soda and salt until combined.  *Fold in your favorite ingredients.  

Shape the dough into small balls (about 1 tablespoon) and place onto the parchment paper, about 1 inch apart allowing for the cookies to spread.  Bake in the oven for 7-8 minutes, rotating the pans half-way through the cooking time.  Remove from oven, slide the parchment paper off of the trays onto your counter.  Allow to cool. 

*Optional Add-ins
*Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Cookies:  fold in 1 1/2 cups chopped chocolate chunks

*Cranberry Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies:  fold in 3/4 cup dried cranberries and 3/4 cup rolled oats

*Mixed Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies:  fold in 3/4 white chocolate chips and 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

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