Recently, I spied a Facebook post by my awesome, future sister-in-law, Emily, and decided I needed to get her on the blog ASAP. Her husband chooses (sometimes) to follow a gluten free diet and so her and I loving exchanging recipes. These Christmas cookies looked amazing and I knew they'd be the perfect kick-off to my new recipe section, Christmas Cookies! Emily - Thank you so much for sharing your recipe with us!
I was so excited to put this together for Annie’s blog, especially during the most wonderful time of the year! Between Thanksgiving and Christmas everyone is focused on food and my favorite holiday food is…cookies! I love a good cookie, in fact I even love some “bad” cookies (is there such a thing?), but my new favorite is this rich flourless peanut butter cookie. They are quick and easy to bake and whether you need or chose to be on a gluten free diet, they are amazing. This recipe was originally inspired by a version in last month’s Real Simple magazine. The best part is you could choose to stir in all sorts of delicious additions, or like this version, drizzle on peanut butters best friend - chocolate! Make these today to share with friends and family this holiday season, and be sure to enjoy one (or two) yourself.
2 cups peanut butter (I used Whole Foods 365 brand)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsps baking soda
2 tsps vanilla
½ tsp salt
½ bag of chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli semi sweet)
sea salt, to top
granulated sugar, to top
Pre-heat oven to 350.
Mix peanut butter, sugars, eggs, baking soda, vanilla and ½ teaspoon salt until smooth (mixture will be thick!). Roll dough into balls - about a tablespoon - place onto ungreased baking sheets and press with a fork in crisscross pattern.
Bake about 8-10 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Melt chocolate in the microwave, or using a double boiler. After the cookies have completely cooled I transferred them all back onto the cookie sheets and used a fork to drizzle the chocolate over the cookies and while the chocolate was still warm on the cookies I sprinkled a small amount of sea salt and sugar on the cookie.