I don’t know about you, but my holiday baking is now in full swing! For the next week and a half, I will be going nowhere empty handed, so I’ve been baking lots of cookies and making lots of treats so that I always have a wide selection to choose from.
As I was flipping through my recipe book today, I came across my great grandmother’s recipe for Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies. It has been a very long time since I have had these cookies, and I’m not sure that I’ve ever actually made them myself. When I saw the recipe, though, I was immediately struck by two things… There are only 3 ingredients (yes, three) and the cookies are gluten free! Double win! I’m taking cookies to a party on Friday evening and I know one person there must have gluten free treats, so I thought I’d give them a try.
They turned out just as I remember them from when I was a kid. They are slightly crunchy, but not hard. They are rich and peanut buttery and just absolutely fantastic. And, did I mention there are only three ingredients? Yes, that’s right… I did. I just can’t get over it. This is one recipe that I can actually memorize (and mix up in less than a minute). So, if you’re looking for a quick and easy cookie to add to your repertoire or if you are looking for something to make for a gluten-free friend, give these cookies a try! The recipe makes about 2 1/2 dozen, but it can easily be doubled.
I’m submitting these cookies to the Virtual Cookie Jar for the 12 Days of Sharing being hosted by the lovely Jennifer Perillo of In Jennie’s Kitchen (and might I add that she has been a fabulous hostess?). Can you believe the 12 Days of Sharing will be coming to an end this Friday? Yes, it’s true. So, be sure to make your donation today!
Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup crunchy peanut butter (use natural peanut butter for best flavor and to ensure that it is gluten free)
- 1 egg
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Combine all three ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat together. (I did this by hand since I was feeling nostalgic, and I’m sure my great grandmother would have done it by hand… You can use a mixer if you must.)
Drop tablespoons of the batter onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Use a fork to press the cookies down in a criss-crossed pattern (you know the one… yes, these are nostalgic cookies). Bake the cookies for 10 minutes.
Cool slightly on the cookie sheet, until the cookies have firmed up a bit. Then, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely (or snack while they’re warm, because they’re tasty that way!).