Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

DSC_0180Lately I’ve been having tons of food revelations.

It started with kale chips. I’m pretty sure I’m the last being on earth to hop on the kale chip train. Like, WHAT have I been waiting for???? Kale chips are like eating air!!! Delicious, nutritious, super crispy air. I want kale chips all day every day UNTIL THE END OF TIME. Please remind me of this the next time I start resisting a trend.DSC_0168DSC_0154

Next: hard-boiled eggs. Umm…yeah. I really don’t have an excuse. I think I thought they weren’t good so I never bothered trying them but…WHY?! They make my salad 2352353262 bajillion times better! And more filling! Eggs!

Aside: I’ve decided I want to get chickens! We’ll talk about this later.

And speaking of salads… my sister recently introduced me to fresh peas on my salads. HELLO. I love how they *pop!* when you bite into them. The last time I ate peas I was 10 and had been pushing them around my plate for at least 2 hours, refusing to eat the one last bite that would release me from the dinner table. What was I thinking???? Peas! Duh! Yum!

Um, also? Lentils. I want to knock myself over the head. LENTILS ARE MAD YUMMY AND GOOD FOR YOU, MELANIE. WAKE UP. Cooked in a little vegetable broth and served with cous cous? Eeeeeattmeee.DSC_0153

And finally….baking without flour. Who knew it was possible? I certainly did NOT. I always thought the rules of baking were:

  1. Butter
  2. Sugar
  3. Eggs
  4. Flour
  5. Vanilla

So it came as a total surprise when I decided to bake cookies sans rule #4 and they came out AMAZINGLY.

W-O-W. Chewy ooey gooey melty goodness.

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Have you had any food revelations? What other delicious things am I missing out on??!

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (adapted very lightly from Martha Stewart)

yield: about 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chunky unsalted peanut butter (you could also use smooth or honey roasted, but I liked the texture of chunky PB best)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the peanut butter, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla on medium until smooth. Stir in the baking soda and salt until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  2. Roll the dough into balls, one heaping tablespoon* at a time. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for about 12 minutes, until the edges are golden brown. Don’t let them overcook – you want them to be a bit gooey inside! Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.

*I wanted my cookies to be a bit bigger so I made roughly 1 1/2-2 tablespoon balls of dough. If you do this, make sure to add about a minute of baking time.

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19 thoughts on “Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

  1. Clair

    Many comments on this:
    1. Deviled eggs. So easy. So yummy. They reinvent the HBE.
    2. I also want chickens! First, for the eggs. Then I discovered silkie chickens (google them) and don’t care that their eggs aren’t the best.
    3. Definitely want to try these…maybe today.
    4. Cannot wait for snap peas.

    Xoxo!

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  2. Melissa

    These look awesome! I have a 4 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe somewhere. Peanut butter, sugar, vanilla, and an egg? I might be wrong! That gives me a good excuse to dig it out and make them!

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  3. CateyLou

    I LOVE kale chips too! Best discovery ever. I have not yet discovered cookies without flour – thanks for this recipe so I can try it out! They look so delicious!

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  4. Emily

    peas in my salad and pb cookies without flour AND kale chips (the spicy kind from Weggies) have been my LIIIIIFE for a while now…i’m sorry that I didn’t force these upon you sooner!

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  5. susanne evangelista

    yes! I need to try this recipe, but my husband is allergic to peanuts. it’s the worst! because I LOVE PEANUT BUTTER.
    also, lentils! yum! and kale, and all of the above. and Chickens! if only, they are illegal in Boston? I think?

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  6. Beth

    Love reading your blog! I just got a kitchen aide for a shower gift and have bookmarked at least 10 cookies/cupcake recipes of yours to try out! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

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  7. Stacy

    My semi-recent food revelation: Brussel Sprouts. Not sure why I didn’t like them as a kid, they are AMAZING. Especially when they are broil and get crispy. Mmmm…. Hard boiled eggs and I go WAY back. It’s surprising how something so small can aid in keeping you full so much longer. Kale chips seem cool, but I’ve yet to jump on that band wagon. I know I’ll like them, I just need to find someone else to make them for me (or find them at the grocery store). 😉

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  8. Mackenzie

    wait, so like these are basically a health food, RIGHT?! oh and i finnaaaally had a beet a few months back (after being scarred by my mother’s gross catalina dressing + beet concoctions. yuck.) and they taste like the earth. so crazy!

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