Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

pbuttercookiesDo you remember those yummy crisscross peanut butter cookies that the school cafeteria served each week???  I imagine that everyone over 40 remembers them, most likely, the lunchroom’s finest creation!  The smell of them baking began with the first bell and lingered all day.  Did they place an industrial size fan in the hallway outside the cafeteria, so all could begin drooling at 8am?gluten free peanut butter #2I discovered this recipe on the Whole Foods Market website and I found it surprising that a cookie minus flour really tasted good… no really good!  Although only 5 ingredients, shake it up by adding some kind of chips, nuts, or roll in cinnamon sugar, if you wish.  I chose to roll the little balls in a 1:1 mixture of white sugar and maple sugar (which I am obsessed with), adding a whole new unexpected layer of flavor.gluten free p butter cookie#5gluten free p butter #4

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies


1 large egg

3/4 cup sugar (more for rolling)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 teaspoon gluten free vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (I used a baking stone, no parchment)
  3. Beat together egg, sugar, baking soda and vanilla until smooth
  4. Beat in peanut butter
  5. Drop dough by teaspoonful onto a plate with sugar (don’t worry, it will be really sticky)
  6. Roll into a ball and place on cookie sheet
  7. Press lightly with the back of a fork in a crisscross
  8. Bake 9-10 minutes

* I rolled the dough in a 1:1 mixture of white sugar and maple sugar for any interesting crisscross, but cinnamon might be tasty this time of year!

adapted from recipe on

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