Monday, August 31, 2015

Easy Four-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

I love baking cookies. But sometimes recipes have like 50 ingredients and it's very time consuming to get all the ingredients out of the cupboards, measure them out, and then put them away (first world problems, I know). That's why I love simple, few ingredient recipes.

There are only four ingredients in these easy peanut butter cookies: peanut butter, sugar, egg and vanilla. I also sprinkled sea salt on top for a little sweet and salty combo.

When I told my mom about the recipe, she was skeptical they wouldn't set without flour. But they baked just fine and were soft and chewy.

Also, this is a great recipe for anyone who is gluten intolerant because there isn't any flour.

Additionally, I want to make note that I used all-natural, no sugar added creamy peanut butter. Regular peanut butter is perfectly fine to use in this recipe, but since I was already dumping a cup of sugar into the cookies I decided to cut down the sugar in the peanut butter.

Easy Four-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
Yield: One dozen cookies

  • 1 cup all-natural peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Optional sea salt to sprinkle on top

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Spray baking sheet with non-stick spray and set aside
  3. In a large bowl mix together peanut butter, sugar, egg and vanilla until thoroughly combined.
  4. Scoop out tablespoon-sized balls of cookie dough, roll into balls, and place on sheet.
  5. Using a fork, press criss-cross marks into each cookie.
  6. Optional: Sprinkle a little sea salt on top (or kosher salt if you can not get sea salt)
  7. Bake cookies five minutes, turn pan and bake five more minutes. The bottoms will be slightly browned and the cookies will be very soft.
  8. Let rest on pan for five minutes before moving them to a cooling rack to finish cooling. They will firm up as they cool.

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