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Gluten-Free Peanut-Butter Chocolate Cookies

9 Dec

I found this recipe from Martha Stewart and it was so easy (perfect for me, who has little patience for measuring too many ingredients!).

You probably have all the ingredients on hand (if you stock chocolate chips and peanuts) which means you can whip up a batch anytime. I prefer bittersweet chips so swapped them for semi-sweet in the recipe.

One of the reviews said chunky peanut-butter works too, if you don’t have creamy peanut-butter. The peanut-butter and peanuts almost makes me feel like I’m eating something healthy! Next time, I’m going to try using Coconut Palm Sugar which is less processed than white sugar. Some sources suggest it has a lower glycemic index, although there is also some controversy on this (one factor is the time of harvest). I think they’re going to be gobbled up quickly!

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 1 large egg (lightly beaten)
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  7. 1/2 cup roasted salted peanuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. In a large bowl, stir together 1 cup creamy peanut butter, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 large egg (lightly beaten), 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt until well combined. Stir in 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips and 1/2 cup roasted salted peanuts.
  2. With moistened hands, roll dough, about 1 heaping tablespoon at a time, into balls. Place 2 inches apart on two baking sheets.
  3. Bake until cookies are golden and puffed, 12 to 14 minutes, rotating sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through. Cool 5 minutes on sheets; transfer cookies to racks to cool completely.

No Time to Bake? Host a Cookie Swap!

3 Dec

I love the idea of a cookie swap and can’t ever forget about the voracious Cookie Monster from Sesame Street. This time of year is super busy for most of us, and this is an delectable way to divide and conquer! Of course you can plan one any time of the year, but a Holiday Cookie Swap can be particularly festive and a relatively easy way to celebrate the season together.

The idea, as you probably know, is that you invite friends and/or coworkers together and each person brings their favorite homemade cookies. Depending on the number of people and how many cookies you want to take home, I suggest each person brings 2-4 dozen cookies or perhaps 6 dozen if you want to use them for gifts.

Then, everyone swaps their cookies and you end up with a wonderful variety of delicious treats! You may want to suggest that people bring their own containers as well as their recipe to share.

Below are some resources for cookie recipes and inspiration:

Holiday Cookie-a-Day Slideshow from Bon Appétit

Martha Stewart Cookie App for iPad and iPhone

Martha Stewart’s Easiest Cookie Recipes

14 Guilt-Free Cookie Recipes from Whole Living

No-Bake Cookies from Martha Stewart

Enjoy!