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delicious nostalgia sans gluten and sugar

December 8, 2009

The very first thing I can remember baking is peanut butter cookies when I was about 4 or 5 years old. I had seen a recipe be made on a kids show, possibly Sesame Street or Reading Rainbow. The whole point of the cookie segment, was to show us kids how easy it can be to make delicious and fairly healthy peanut butter cookies. Some time after, I asked my mom if we could bake the cookies I had seen on TV, I told her I knew exactly what to do… and she indulged me. Well, I thought I knew exactly what to do… I took a spoon and scooped out the peanut butter and plopped some on a baking sheet (presumably what I had seen on TV), I did this several more times until I had a dozen or so plops and baked it at whatever random temperature my four year old self could think of. It was probably somewhere in the vicinity of infinity degrees because just minutes after putting our baking sheet in, we smelled burning. A gust of foul smoke came rushing out of the oven and on our cookie sheet was a dozen or so charred plops of peanut butter. I remember feeling completely guilty and responsible for insisting that I could follow this LeVar Burton inspired recipe from memory. Now, as an adult, I completely blame my mom… what was she thinking?! I was only four!! Just kidding, I actually have her to thank for my love of cooking, baking and food in general. All my life she’s indulged my crazy ideas in and out of the kitchen. I can remember several occasions where I practically destroyed the kitchen, using every pot and pan, every spatula and measuring spoon and in the end have cold overcooked scrambled eggs or miserable “cheesy chicken” (the story behind this one can be blog all its own) to show for it. In fact, I can’t say too much has changed since I was four, short of making food that’s actually edible.

I don’t know what made me think of those cookies last night (maybe it was the fact that I was already making a butt load of christmas cookies??!) but I decided to run a search on Reading Rainbow/Sesame Street/PBS peanut butter cookies… no luck. Racking my brain, I remembered that there was no flour in the original recipe, it was something really easy like maybe mixing honey and peanut butter so I ran a search on flour-less peanut butter cookies and found something that may be kind of close.

What you’ll need:

1 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)

2/3 cup honey (I used organic agave nectar)

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

*I used all organic and gluten-free ingredients but you don’t have to.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Place all four ingredients in a medium bowl, mix with a wooden spoon until everything is well incorporated. Take a cookie scoop or tablespoon and plop dough 1-2 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Take a fork and create that universal peanut butter cookie criss-cross design to flatten a bit and pop in the oven for about 10-12 minutes.

Makes 12-16 cookies

The result is quite surprising. A delicious, moist, chewy peanut buttery cookie made without butter or oil, without sugar and without any grain or flour. It’s completely organic and gluten-free.  Enjoy!

One Comment leave one →
  1. melinda permalink
    January 19, 2010 3:29 pm

    Very cute story! I can totally picture you =)

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