Sunday, November 27, 2011

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

I really should call this recipe, my "2^5th Power Peanut Cookies."

The other day I felt like baking and was taking requests, someone in my family asked me for peanut butter cookies AGAIN. I love that my family love my baking and wants them again and I admit, peanut butter cookies are great, but I really dislike making the same thing over and over again.

So, with permission for creative license, I decided to make gluten free peanut butter cookies with ganache toppings.


Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies                 Makes 24
adapted from Women's Day

2 cups creamy peanut butter
2 cups packed light-brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp baking soda
2 tablespoons peanuts, coarsely chopped

1⁄2 cup heavy cream
1 cup bittersweet
chocolate chips
Garnish: chopped peanuts

1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Beat peanut butter, brown sugar, eggs and baking soda in large bowl until smooth and blended. Stir in chopped peanuts.

2. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart, onto ungreased baking sheets. use the back of your spoon to slightly press cookies down. Bake, one sheet at a time, 10 minutes or until cookies are puffed and slightly golden. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheet; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

3. Microwave cream in glass bowl on high 1 minute or until it just begins to simmer. Add chocolate chips; let stand 2 minutes. Stir until chocolate is melted and smooth; spread over half of cookie top and sprinkle with chopped peanuts. Or fill a squeezable bottle with ganache and drizzle, sprinkle with peanuts, then drizzle again.

Note: If ganache begins to firm up, microwave a few seconds at a time until easy to spread. Let set at room temperature. Ganache will take a few hours to set up. It's best to let them sit for 4+ hours then serve.

Calories calculated using Sparkrecipes Calculator: 237 calories per cookie