Peanut butter fans, rejoice!
These cookies give peanut butter fans a reason to rejoice. Because, believe it or not, cookies can be healthy! The problem with cookies isn’t usually the cookie itself, but the typical ingredients that go into making it (like white flour, butter, refined sugars and other unhealthy additives). We switched things up with our 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies by ditching those conventional ingredients and making full-flavored, nutrient-dense choices instead. With four simple ingredients, these tasty treats stay true to the beloved nut spread while also boasting a nutritious, protein-packed profile.
As if you needed another reason to make these, these healthy cookies are a breeze to make, too. They’re ready in only 15 minutes (including prep time)! Simply combine the ingredients, roll the dough into balls, and pop ’em in the oven for 10 minutes. If you have a fork, a mixing bowl, and a baking sheet, you can make these. Easy, simple, and most importantly: delicious.
A Quick Note on Peanut Butter
Since peanut butter is the star of this show, it’s really important to choose a good one. You’ll really be able to taste it in every bite because it has nowhere to hide. This isn’t one of those cookies that just has a slight peanut-buttery flavor! So put some thought into the peanut butter component before you get to baking.
If you have the time, we’d definitely recommend making your own nut butter. All it takes is some shelled peanuts and a blender to create a smooth butter (or, you can go for chunky, if that’s your preference). Unlike store-bought butters which add a lot of fat-filled ingredients and sodium, you get to control what goes into your homemade nut butter. If you do opt for a store-bought peanut butter, make sure to read the ingredients label carefully before bringing it home.
There’s no reason you couldn’t make these cookies with alternative nut butters, either, so have some fun with it! In addition to homemade butters, there are a number of healthy nut butter brands that range from almond to hazelnut and everything in between.
Naturally Gluten-Free Cookies
These Peanut Butter Cookies are so scrumptious and mouthwatering, you’ll forget they’re naturally gluten-free. That’s because we don’t need any refined flour to hold these cookies together. The peanut butter naturally has enough elasticity to create a dough, especially when it’s combined with a protein-packed egg. Add a pinch of palm sugar to sweeten things up and a dash of vanilla for its enticing aroma and you’ve just made the simplest cookies of your life.
Even when your empty fridge says its time to hit the grocery store, you probably still have the ingredients to whip up these peanut buttery delights! They store really well in the fridge for a nice, protein-filled pick-me-up snack, and you could also toss the extras to the freezer to save for a later date. So, what are you waiting for? Get to baking!
4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
- 1 cup peanut butter natural
- 1 egg large, beaten
- 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar plus 2 teaspoons
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix peanut butter, 1/2 cup coconut sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla in a bowl until well-combined. Scoop a small amount of the cookie dough and roll into 1-inch balls, about 14 balls total.
- Place on a parchment-lined or nonstick cookie sheet.
- Wet a fork and then dip the fork into the remaining coconut sugar and press balls in one direction and then in the other direction to form traditional peanut butter cookie crosshatch marks and to flatten.
- Bake cookies for 6 minutes on the middle oven rack, turning the baking sheet around, and bake an additional 5-6 minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for about 25-30 minutes before removing with a spatula. Enjoy!
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