It’s time to give your taste buds a treat with these Almost Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies. Not only are they delicious, but they’re also gluten-free, dairy-free, and easy to make. With only five ingredients, this recipe is perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy a sweet and healthy snack without sacrificing flavor.
Are you looking for a tasty treat that won’t make you feel guilty afterward? Look no further than these flourless peanut butter cookies! They’re made without flour, which means they’re naturally gluten-free. Plus, they don’t contain any dairy, so they’re perfect for anyone with lactose intolerance.
But just because they’re healthy doesn’t mean they lack in flavor. In fact, these cookies are rich in peanut butter flavor and have just the right amount of sweetness. So get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth without any guilt!
So let’s get started on this easy-to-follow recipe! With just a few simple steps, you’ll have warm and delicious Almost Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies in no time.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you in search of a healthy and delicious snack that’s quick and easy to make? Look no further than these flourless peanut butter cookies. But don’t be fooled by the name – just because they’re flourless doesn’t mean they’re flavorless. In fact, these cookies are rich, nutty, and completely irresistible.
What really sets this recipe apart is its simplicity. With only five ingredients, including our star player – natural peanut butter – and a few pantry staples like brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and baking soda, this recipe is as easy as it gets. It’s perfect for those days when you don’t have a lot of time or energy to spend in the kitchen but still want to indulge in something sweet.
But not only are these cookies delicious and easy to make, they’re also naturally gluten-free and dairy-free. Plus, they’re incredibly versatile – you can swap out peanut butter for a different nut butter like almond or sunflower seed butter or add in mix-ins like chocolate chips or shredded coconut to customize your cookies to your liking.
And let’s not forget about the health benefits. These flourless peanut butter cookies are packed with protein and healthy fats thanks to the natural peanut butter, making them a great post-workout snack or midday pick-me-up. Plus, with no processed flour or refined sugar, they’re a guilt-free indulgence that won’t leave you feeling uncomfortably full or bloated.
So whether you’re gluten-free, dairy-free, or just looking for a tasty treat that won’t derail your healthy eating habits, these flourless peanut butter cookies are the answer to all of your snacking needs.
Here are the 5 ingredients you will need to make these delicious Almost Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies:
- 1 cup natural peanut butter (or sunbutter for a dairy-free option)
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
These flourless peanut butter cookies are naturally gluten-free and dairy-free, making them a perfect option for those with dietary restrictions. All ingredients are easily accessible and can be found at any grocery store. Plus, they require little prep time and make a great last-minute dessert or snack option. So let’s start baking!
The Recipe How-To
Now that we know why we’ll love this flourless peanut butter cookie recipe and have gathered our ingredients, it’s time for the main event: the recipe.
Preheat Your Oven
Before you can start mixing your ingredients, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). This will give you sufficient time to prepare your dough while the oven heats up.
In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of peanut butter, 1 cup of light brown sugar, and 1 egg. Stir everything together until they are well combined.
Add Remaining Ingredients
Next, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the same bowl. Stir again until everything is evenly blended.
Roll Your Dough Into Balls
Now that your dough is ready, using your hands or a scooper, roll small balls of dough about an inch in diameter. Place them on an ungreased baking sheet, making sure there is some space between each ball to prevent sticking together.
Flatten the Dough with a Fork
Dip your fork in water and then press it onto each ball of dough crosswise to flatten it slightly. This gives the cookie its signature Peanut butter cookie look.
Bake Your Cookies
Place your prepared baking sheet with flat balls in the preheated oven and bake for 12-15 minutes at 350 F. Be careful not to overbake as it might turn out dry.
Cool and Serve
Once done, remove from oven and let them cool for about 5 minutes before transferring onto wire racks. Allow the cookies to cool completely before serving or store them in an air-tight container at room temperature for future cravings.
Now you have successfully baked Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies that are gluten-free and bursting with deliciousness. The blend of nutty flavor and sweetness highlights our taste buds every time!
Substitutions and Variations
Are you a fan of almond butter? Feeling adventurous and want to try something new? This recipe doesn’t have to be set in stone, you can always make some substitutions and variations to your liking! Here are a few suggestions:
– Almond butter: If you’re not a big fan of peanut butter or have an allergy, almond butter works just as well. You’ll get the same nutty flavor with a little twist.
– Dairy-free: If you’re avoiding dairy, use vegan butter in place of regular butter. This will not affect the taste or texture of your cookies, but it makes them accessible to a wider audience.
– Powdered sugar substitute: Instead of using powdered sugar, try using coconut sugar for a more natural sweetness with added health benefits. You can also try reducing the amount of sugar altogether for a less sweet but still delicious alternative.
– Oat flour: For those who prefer avoiding flour altogether or want a gluten-free option, try switching out regular flour with oat flour. It’s easy to make at home by blending oats into a fine powder and adds a heartier texture to the cookies.
– Chocolate peanut butter chip cookies: To add some chocolatey goodness to your cookies, mix in some chocolate chips or chunks with your peanut butter mixture before baking. It’s an easy way to elevate the classic taste combo.
Remember that cooking is all about experimenting and finding what works for you. These substitutions and variations are just suggestions, feel free to mix and match ingredients as you please!
Serving and Pairing
Once you have a batch of these irresistibly nutty cookies ready to go, you might be wondering what kind of drinks or desserts they will pair well with. Well, let me tell you, the sky’s the limit when it comes to serving and pairing these flourless peanut butter cookies!
First off, a tall glass of cold milk (almond, soy, or regular) is always a classic choice for pairing with peanut butter treats. The sweet and creamy mouthfeel of the milk perfectly complements the salty and nutty flavor profile of these cookies.
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try pairing them with a glass of iced coffee or cold-brewed java. The rich and slightly bitter taste of coffee will provide a delicious counterpoint to the sweetness and warmth of these flourless peanut butter cookies.
For an even bolder taste experience, why not try making some ice cream sandwiches with your flourless peanut butter cookies? Simply sandwich a scoop of your favorite ice cream between two cookies to create a decadent dessert that can be enjoyed any time of day.
Not in the mood for something sweet? No problem! These cookies are also great for snacking on their own or as part of a savory dish. Try crumbling them up and sprinkling them over a salad or using them as part of a crispy coating for chicken or shrimp.
Regardless of how you choose to enjoy these treats, be sure to share them with friends and family so that everyone can appreciate just how delicious and easy-to-make they truly are.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
Now that you’ve made a batch of these irresistible flourless peanut butter cookies, you might be wondering how to keep them fresh and flavorful. Luckily, this recipe is perfect for making ahead of time and reheating for later.
If you’re planning to serve the cookies later in the day or the next day, it’s best to store them in an airtight container at room temperature. These cookies will stay fresh for up to 5 days when stored properly. However, if you’re looking to keep them for an extended period of time, you can freeze them for up to 2 months.
When you’re ready to eat your cookies again, simply remove them from the freezer and place them on a baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and bake the cookies for 10-15 minutes or until they’re heated through. Alternatively, if you prefer a softer texture, simply microwave each cookie for 10-15 seconds before eating.
You’ll be glad to know that these cookies are extremely versatile when it comes to reheating. You can reheat them in the toaster oven, regular oven or microwave depending on your preference.
Regardless of how you choose to reheat these peanut buttery delights, it’s important to keep their gluten-free nature in mind. Unlike traditional flour-based baked goods, gluten-free recipes generally have only a short shelf-life. So be sure to follow these tips carefully and enjoy your tasty treats for days on end!
Tips for Perfect Results
As a nutritionist and food blogger, I have tested and tried many different recipe variations to ensure the best possible results. Here are some tips that will help you achieve perfect results for your Almost Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies.
Firstly, make sure that all ingredients are at room temperature. This will not only create a smoother texture of dough, but it will also ensure that the ingredients blend perfectly together. If the peanut butter or eggs are straight from the fridge, they will result in an uneven texture of dough and affect the overall taste of the cookies.
Another important tip is to measure your ingredients correctly. To avoid inconsistencies, use a kitchen scale or measuring cups for dry and liquid ingredients respectively. Even a slight variation in measurements could make a significant difference in your final product.
Additionally, it’s important to use baking soda regardless of whether you’re using regular peanut butter or natural peanut butter. The baking soda gives the cookie lift and ensures they don’t flatten out during baking. For best results, also be sure to mix the baking soda with flour or other dry ingredients before adding it to wet ingredients.
Along with using baking soda, add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to enhance flavor. Vanilla extract compliments the nutty flavor of peanut butter and provides additional aromatic notes that make these cookies rich and comforting.
Lastly, cover your dough and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least one hour prior to baking. This will help stiffen up the dough making it easier to handle and reduces flat or spread-out cookies.
By following these tips, you can rest assured that your Almost Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies will be perfect every time!
Now that you have all the knowledge and tools necessary to whip up a batch of these delicious Almost Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies, I challenge you to get baking! Whether you’re looking for a gluten-free, dairy-free, or just plain tasty treat, this recipe is sure to deliver. Don’t be afraid to add your own twists with substitutions and variations – there are endless possibilities to explore.
With just a handful of simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, these cookies are perfect for novice bakers or anyone looking for a quick and satisfying dessert. The combination of creamy peanut butter, light brown sugar, and vanilla extract creates a heavenly flavor that will keep you coming back for more.
As a nutritionist and food blogger, I believe in the power of wholesome ingredients and natural flavors. By using natural peanut butter and gluten-free oats, as well as avoiding unnecessary additives like flour and dairy, this recipe is not only delicious but also healthier than your average store-bought cookie.
So go ahead, indulge in some guilt-free snacking! Whip up a batch of these Almost Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies today and let me know what you think. Trust me – one bite and you’ll be hooked.
Almost Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies (Gluten Free) Recipe
- 1 cup creamy unsalted peanut butter
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. brown sugar
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons brown rice flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and place racks in the upper and lower third of the oven.
- In a medium bowl, mix the peanut butter, sugar, egg and vanilla until well combined.
- Mix dry ingred in a bowl, add to peanut butter mixture.
- Chill the dough briefly if you have time. It is easier to shape than other doughs if not chilled, but I prefer to work with chilled dough.
- Spoon about 1.5 tablespoons of mixture about 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten each cookie slightly.
- Score the cookie tops with the tines of a fork in a crosshatch design.
- Bake until golden around edges, about 9-10 minutes, rotating the pans after about 4 or 5 minutes.
- Let cool on racks.
- I will add chocolate chips or chunks next time.
- These were a bit on the sweet side for me, but you might like them as is, or use 1-2 T less sugar.