Melt-in-your-mouth Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

I first baked these cookies at my daughter’s house in Kansas after she told me about the flourless peanut butter cookies that she and her husband had at a restaurant.  They loved them.

Naturally, I had to hunt up a recipe.  There are lots of recipes online but this one from Joy the Baker caught my eye.

Here’s my version:  It makes about two dozen light and buttery-flavored 2-inch cookies.

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup of all-natural peanut butter (creamy or chunky, your choice)
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 large egg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment or lightly grease with butter.

Combine the sugars and baking soda.  Add the peanut butter and mix 1-1/2 to 2 minutes until well combined.

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The cookie dough

Add the egg and mix thoroughly, about another minute or two.  The dough will be quite thick.

Roll the dough into balls the size of a walnut in the shell…mine were about 1-1/2 inches in diameter.

The dough is slightly oily as you roll it into the balls but they hold together well.

(NOTE July 15, 2011:  Today when I made these I added the peanut butter and the egg all at once.  It was easier to blend and the dough was a little softer.  They baked up just fine.  Just thought I’d  pass that on.)

Unbaked Cookies

Press with a fork to flatten slightly.  You can do a crisscross pattern with the fork if you like but I just pressed the cookie ball once.

All baked and ready to gobble up!

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until they are lightly browned.  Cool the cookies on the pan for a couple of minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.

I just made this batch, today and I’m quite sure they won’t last very long.  Two dozen isn’t a lot when your husband is a “cookie monster”!

Note:  If you check your ingredients carefully, these could definitely be a gluten-free cookie.  I used Smucker’s Natural Chunky Peanut Butter which is gluten-free.

The baking soda should be gluten-free, but check with the manufacturer to be certain.