Monday, September 8, 2008

Peanut Butter Cookies


I was scanning the internet looking for something to make for Tropical Storm Hanna "survival". I had an idea that I wanted to make peanut butter cookies, but after my scone/sugar cookie debacle I really didn't want to try a "gluten free" recipe. I bought a case of the Beth's All-purpose Gluten Free Flour, so I had the idea to just use it as a direct substitute in a recipe.

I found this great blog called Cafe Johnsonia. In this blog there was a recipe for peanut butter cookies that looked pretty simple. (My sister later told me that she has a recipe for peanut butter cookies that doesn't call for flour!) I love the way the recipe is organized. With the steps and the ingredients being together.

Peanut Butter Cookies
(adapted from a Better Homes and Garden recipe)

Sift together:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Cream together using an electric mixer:

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening


1 cup smooth peanut butter (not natural style)
2 cups packed dark brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

Beat until well combined and creamy. Gradually add the dry ingredients a little at a time, mixing well after each addition.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Shape dough into 1" balls. (I used my small ice cream scoop which produces a slightly larger ball.) Roll the balls in granulated sugar (I didn't for all of them and they were just fine.) and place on an ungreased baking sheet about 2" apart. Press tops of cookies down with the tines of a fork in a criss-cross pattern.

Bake for 10 minutes, rotating sheets halfway though to ensure even baking. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for one minute and remove to a rack to finish cooling.

Makes about 6 dozen (or so--depending on the size of the dough balls and how much dough you eat.)

They were awesome!! So good and once again, Beth's Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour didn't let me down! Tropical Storm Hanna was not bad at all! I did lose power for a little over 12 hours but my power was restored sooner than most, so I'm thankful!

1 comment:

Nazarina A said...

I cringe when it is hurricane season because my Dad and sister lives in Miami!
Anyway, I love the gluten free recipes by Beth and Carol fenster, but I must admit Beth's is better. I did not know about her g-free flour, I make up her mix( with all the different bean flours in the preface section of her book). I shall be looking for that thank you!!!Your cookies looks crunchy and delicious and I shall try it!I make all these g-free goodies for a friend and on top of that she is also a vegetarian.