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Peanut Butter Cookies for a sunny day

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Peanut Butter Cookies for a sunny day

Greetings all! This weekend I told you I would be baking. But it almost didn’t happen. Firstly, I decided a lie-in on Saturday would be good. It was indeed. Secondly, the weather was not the same beast as depicted in the Calvin and Hobbes cartoon, shared on Friday. In fact, it was quite different with not a cloud in the sky:

Peanut Butter Cookies for a sunny dayAs a direct consequence of the aforementioned lie-in, fewer hours in the day remained for me to take advantage of the weather. There was a risk that baking would not get a look in. But it did.

The ingredients and method were really quick, simple and gluten-free to boot. I followed a recipe I pinned here, but reduced the amount of sugar included because I prefer things to be less sweet.

While preheating the oven to 180°C, I mixed together one egg, half a cup of sugar (I used granulated brown cane sugar), one cup of peanut butter and one teaspoon of vanilla extract. I initially disliked the mixture a lot. It was gooey, sugary and didn’t look like it would amount to much. But as I mixed it, my biceps ached and the goo became a delicious smelling crumby golden ball:

Peanut Butter Cookies for a sunny dayThe mixture was then easily rolled into small walnut -sized balls as suggested in the original recipe. I got 23 out of these quantities. To create the cute pattern on top, I simple pressed down gently with a fork to form a criss-cross pattern. I found the peanut butter oils were sufficient to prevent the fork from sticking to the batter if done carefully.

Peanut Butter Cookies for a sunny dayThe cookies only need 12 minutes in the oven to achieve a lovely crumbly texture with a very slightly chewy middle. They are very soft when they first come out of the oven, so I transferred them immediately onto a cooling rack  by pulling the non-stick baking sheet with cookies on top and sliding it over. I then sprinkled a teaspoon’s worth of extra sugar on top for a little extra crunch.

These cookies are great if you want something easy and quick. I can imagine they’d be great on a hot summer’s day, when you don’t want to spend long in a hot kitchen. I can’t say I actually know what that feels like though. Spring sunshine with a chilly breeze blowing will have to do me for now 😉 I hope you give the cookies a try and enjoy them too!

Peanut Butter Cookies for a sunny day

Another great thing about these is, that they are at once salty and sweet. A great combination. Their peanutty richness also means that you don’t need to eat many with your cup of tea. I’ve still got over half left. That’s win-win-win in my book! If you made some now, we could meet for a virtual tea and cookies meet-up 😉

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18 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Cookies for a sunny day

  1. hm.. just thought of how it might be if you added just a hint of chocolate chips.. or perhaps melted some chocolate and decorated them with… I loooove the chocolate-peanut combo:-)

  2. mmm.. this looks heavenly good, and so easy to make! I´ve never tried baking with peanut butter before, but I can imagine the tasty combination of sweet and salty…

  3. Ooo never had peanut butter cookies, might have to investigate! Thanks!

  4. The yellow cookie balls (the top photo) looks very sunny indeed 🙂

  5. Reblogged this on TO DIE OF DISILLUSION… and commented:
    thank you, thank you …
    I’m hyper-allergic people when it comes to gluten. Become swollen at once and get giant stomach ache. I get so happy when I find new recipes for gluten-free cakes. Love the cakes.
    Thanks miss Limonade

  6. thank you, thank you … thousand thank
    I’m hyper-allergic people when it comes to gluten. Become swollen at once and get giant stomach ache. I get so happy when I find new recipes for gluten-free cakes. Love the cakes.
    thanks

  7. I love peanut butter cookies! And now I want some!!

  8. This looks great! I shall have to try it! Although I confess not a lover of peanut butter, maybe I will experiment and try Nutella!? … will see 🙂

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