Let me start by introducing you to one of my favorite food blogs of all time, The Amateur Gourmet. I love reading Adam’s posts – not only is he funny, but he gives easy-to-follow directions, complete with pictures of yummy food. I love his pasta recipes (my favorite is the pasta with spicy broccoli and cauliflower) and of course, the dessert recipes. When I came upon this flour-less peanut butter cookie recipe last year, I knew immediately I wanted to try it, but it took me 6 months (hehehe) to actually make them! Well, thank God I did.
I debated on what I should call this recipe: Memorial Day Cookie (because I made them this past weekend, duh), Moving Day Cookie (because I actually baked these for the boyfriend, who I knew would be tired from moving, and would welcome snacks), Easy Cookie (you’ll understand why, shortly), but I settled on MIRACLE COOKIE – because each cookie is so sweet and tasty that I can actually stop at just one, and that by itself is a miracle!
Here are all the ingredients you need, copied from the Amateur Gourmet post:
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
*The only part where I got creative/smart was instead of using sea salt and chocolate chunks, I used Lindt Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt – one of my favorite bars EVER.
yes, the cookie is made without flour or baking soda
Now this is all you need to do:
Preheat the oven to 350. Combine the peanut butter, brown sugar, white sugar, egg, vanilla extract and orange zest (I used about a tablespoon. This is actually optional but I really like the idea of using orange zest in a cookie) in a big mixing bowl.
I should learn how to take nicer pictures…
Then make 2-inch rounds and place evenly on a cookie sheet (I always use disposable ones and I don’t grease it). Place some dark chocolate on top (or milk chocolate if you like. Then sprinkle with some sea salt if you’re not using Lindt! What I did was broke up each Lindt square into 4 pieces, using 2/3 of the whole bar. I may or may not have eaten some squares myself…) Bake for 15 minutes. And voila!
I tried one straight out of the oven (okay, I waited about 10 mins for it to cool off – waiting is hard especially if your apartment is filled with the warm scent of peanut butter) and it is incredible. I LOVED the hint of orange flavor, the small luscious piece of dark chocolate on top, and the crumbly, peanut-buttery texture. And as I mentioned, one cookie was actually enough to really satisfy me, because each cookie is dense. And besides, I try to limit my peanut butter intake because um, I actually have a (mild) peanut allergy. Next time I’m going to try this with almond butter, and maybe do an extra sprinkle of sea salt too.
notice how the chocolate is sweating sea salt
Then pack up a tupperware filled with these babies for your loved ones and watch them gobble it up (the boyfriend thought they were one-bite cookies and popped one whole) and save a couple for yourself, to enjoy with a nice glass of chilled milk.
I like drinking milk out of champagne flutes (and I swear I only ate 1 cookie!)
I hope you all had a nice 3-day weekend! I can’t believe it’s June already!