Did you know you could make peanut butter cookies with just 3 ingredients? 1 cup of peanut butter, 1 cup of sugar and 1 egg. That’s it. My mother taught me how to make homemade peanut butter cookies when I was a teenager, but I don’t even remember what the recipe was, but it did involve a lot of ingredients. They were really good, but these are better. And the fact that they are gluten-free is even better.
So here is the recipe. Combine 1 cup of peanut butter, 1 cup of sugar and 1 egg and mix until it’s like a dough and the peanut butter isn’t sticking to the bowl. Make 36 balls and smash them with a fork and bake them at 375F for 9 minutes each. That’s it. No muss no fuss. They are 67.9 calories per cookie.
But… if you want them to be healthier, make your own peanut butter.
If you have a food processor (if not a blender would work), add 1 cup of unsalted peanuts and grind it until it’s chunky. Add 1 tbsp of peanut oil, 1 tbsp of packed brown sugar (or any sweetener that you prefer) and 1 tsp of salt and blend it until it’s as smooth as peanut butter. Then add 1 cup of sugar and 1 egg and blend it some more until it’s like a dough. The calories go down to 62 calories per cookie. That’s not a lot, but it’s something, and at least you know what went into your peanut butter because you made it.
Look at your store bought peanut butter, look at the list of ingredients. It has high fructose corn syrup and more corn syrup. That is what you aren’t putting into your peanut butter cookies and that makes it healthy.
Want your cookies to have even less calories? Replace the peanuts with pecans and your cookies go down to 52 calories per cookie. I created this recipe for the SparkPeople website for No Flour Pecan Butter Cookies because we have a pecan tree that drops a lot of pecans. Instead of wasting them, I’m going to make pecan butter and pecan butter cookies out of them. I’m not sure how they will taste because I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m looking forward to trying it this week. I will blog about it with a picture. If it doesn’t work out then I will blog about my failure LOL.