These peanut butter cookies are a tried-and-tested recipe whose dough comes together in the time it takes your oven to preheat. All you need is one bowl and a spatula and it’s as easy as throwing your ingredients into a bowl, mixing, scooping, flattening, and baking.
20 minutes from start to finish and you’ll have yourself just over a dozen iconically cross-hatched chewy peanut butter cookies that are are bursting with peanut buttery flavor and slight undertones of caramel but aren’t cloyingly sweet. Trust me, you’ll be coming back to this one time and time again.
To make them we’ll need some natural peanut butter (ie: peanut butter that only contains peanut and possibly a touch of salt but nothing else), coconut sugar, blanched almond flour, an egg (cold from the fridge is fine), vanilla extract, salt, and baking powder.
Now a note about the sugar, I highly recommend using the coconut sugar because it is slightly less sweet than raw cane sugar and it also imparts a beautiful almost caramel/molasses-like flavor to the cookie. If you opt to use raw cane sugar I would suggest you reduce the amount, since using the same amount as the recipe calls for will result in a too-sweet cookie in my view.
Into a large bowl goes our peanut butter, coconut sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Mix it together until all ingredients are combined.
Then add your egg. You can also whisk your egg in a separate bowl before adding it to the dough to ensure that it is fully blended together.
Combine your egg into the dough, being sure that no bits of egg are left whole or visible. Using the back of your spatula to smear and break down any bits of egg into the dough works really well for this step!
Honestly at this point you, in essence, have a peanut butter cookie dough. The famous three-ingredient peanut butter cookie calls for peanut butter, sugar and an egg. We’ve already gone a step ahead by adding in the vanilla extract, but in my opinion, using the dough as it is will not make a cookie that has the texture we’re after. For that we need to go just one step further…
Add in your almond flour and baking powder. As a substitute, you can also use coconut flour in place of almond flour if you enjoy the texture and flavor of it. If subbing coconut flour for almond flour, use half the amount called for in the recipe.
As you can see in the image above, the dough is firm, and because of that it doesn’t need to be chilled which means that you can go right into portioning and baking your cookies! Honestly, there’s nothing that bums me out more than having a cookie craving and finding out that the recipe I’m following requires the dough to be chilled for a few hours. 😩
Using a tablespoon measure, scoop out equal portions of your dough onto a parchment-lined baking tray. You should get between 12-14 cookie mounds. I really recommend using the parchment paper or a baking mat since it will keep the bottoms from browning (or burning) too quickly while the top and middle are still uncooked.
Have you ever wondered why peanut butter cookies have that iconically pressed cross-hatch pattern? The reason for it is that the dough itself is rather heavy and stiff and because of that it doesn’t melt or spread out on it’s own like most cookies do, so for it to have that flat cookie-shape a little help is needed!
Using the flat back of a fork, gently press down on your rounds. Lift your fork (you might even need to peel the dough off the fork) and rotate your fork 90 degrees, like you’re making an X, and press your fork down once more to create the cross hatch.
Once done, pop your tray of cookies into your preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. You did remember to preheat your oven, didn’t you?
Since they’re a bit darker in color it might be difficult to tell when they’re done especially since they bake up soft but harden as they cool. You can however check them by gently prodding the edge, if it’s soft to the point of leaving an indent they’re not ready yet, if however, they seem firm and you might even be able to notice if the edges are slightly browned then they’re good to go. Another sort-of indicator is going to be your nose. Usually once my kitchen fills up with the smell of the cookies I know they’re almost done and just need a few more minutes. Nonetheless, keep an eye on them once you’re nearing that ten minute mark, they can go from done to burned very quickly so don’t walk away!
Once your cookies are removed from the oven they will be soft (which might make you think they’re not done baking) but simply let them rest on the baking tray and as they cool they will begin to harden to the point where you can pick them up.
The final step is the most important one: Enjoy your delicious cookies! 🍪
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Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a large bowl combine the peanut butter, coconut sugar, salt and vanilla extract together.
- Add the egg and mix thoroughly to incorporate it (ensuring there are no clots or blobs of egg visible, alternatively you can whisk the egg in a separate bowl before adding it to the dough).
- Add your finely ground blanched almond flour and baking powder and combine to form a firm dough.
- Scoop your dough by the tablespoonful onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper and using the back of a fork gently press down. Lift the fork, rotate your angle 90° and press down once more to create a crosshatch pattern.
- Bake in your preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Note that the cookies will be soft when removed from the oven, they will harden as they cool.
- Enjoy by themselves or with a cold glass of your favorite milk! Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temp for up to 5 days or in the fridge for up to two weeks. You can also freeze your cookies for up to three months.
- The use of coconut sugar is recommended since it will not make your cookie overbearingly sweet like other sugars will plus it adds an almost caramelized flavor to your cookie in addition to being a low GI sugar.
- You can also substitute 2 tbsp of coconut flour in place of the almond flour but note that the coconut flour will impart a wonderfully coconut flavor.
- Parchment paper or a baking mat is recommended as it will keep the bottoms of your cookies from burning or cooking faster than the tops.
- It is recommended to press down your cookies since these cookies do not spread out when baked.