Peanut butter cookies are a classic. I loved them when I was a kid. Since becoming an adult, I've
After some trial and error, I finally created a recipe that I love.
These cookies are gluten free, full of fiber and protein, low on sugar, free of icky preservatives and additives, and are great for taking with you on your adventures (be they outdoors or indoors!). And since this recipe is super simple, your little ones can join in on the baking fun!
For the Cookies:
-1 cup of creamy peanut butter (unsweetened)
-⅔ cup rolled oats
-½ cup of brown sugar
-1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-½ teaspoon of cinnamon
For the Polka Dots:
-¼ cup semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
-¼ cup creamy peanut butter (unsweetened)
-1 teaspoon coconut oil
This recipe yields about 20 small cookies.
Measure out and pour oatmeal, cinnamon, and baking soda into a bowl.
In a separate bowl, combine egg, peanut butter, and brown sugar using a rubber spatula.
Pour the peanut butter mixture into the oatmeal mixture and stir to combine.
Chill the dough mixture in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. While you’re waiting, you can let the little ones gobble up some peanut butter (or you know, just eat it all yourself. I won’t judge you :) ).
I always let my pup, Odessa, do a little taste testing for me. ;)
Plop 1 inch sized balls down on a parchment lined baking sheet. Press the back side of a small spoon onto the dough balls to flatten them down slightly.
Bake the cookies at 350° F for 8-10 minutes.
Let the cookies cool completely before you move on to the next step.
In a microwave safe bowl combine the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and coconut oil. Microwave for 20-30 second intervals, stirring in between each interval. It took two, 30 second intervals in my 1000 watt microwave for the chips and coconut oil to melt.
To make the dots on the cookies, you can do one of two things:
1. Pour the chocolate/peanut butter mixture into a small Ziploc bag, cut just the tip off one of the bottom corners, and squeeze the mixture through that.
2. Use a toothpick and scoop up a bit of the mixture onto the end of the toothpick, then dab it on the cookies.
You can also use any other crazy method you think of. I used a clean, plastic syringe to put the dots on my cookies, and it worked really well!
You can eat the cookies right after putting the polka dots on, or put them in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to let the chocolate harden up a little. Either way, they’re going to taste good!
You can also omit the polka dots and just eat these babies plain!
So that’s it! I really hope you enjoy not only making these, but eating them as well. They are a really great alternative to the mainstream peanut butter cookies out there.
Let me know if you have any questions about the recipe below in the comments section!
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