With just four ingredients and effortless process, this cookie has got to be the easiest peanut butter cookies you will ever make. Gluten-free, soft and chewy, loaded with lots of peanut butter flavor, these cookies take 2 minutes to combine and 10 minutes to bake. Perfect for anyone who loves peanut butter or for that cookie monster in your home.
In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, on medium speed or in a large bowl with a whisk, lightly whip the egg with vanilla extract, salt, and sugar.
Next, add the peanut butter and combine well.
Use two spoons or a cookie scoop to drop cookie dough balls onto a baking tray lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Pro tip - Since we do not use flour this is a soft cookie dough and does not need to be shaped with a criss-cross pattern.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden around the edges.Pro tip - The cookies should get a slight color around the edges so they stay soft inside.
Cool on a cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Then, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before you transfer to a cookie jar.
Use a smooth creamy peanut butter if you want smooth cookies or chunky peanut butter for a little more texture in the cookies I as have.
Use a good brand of peanut butter such as skippy, Jiff, or Peter Pan.
Preheat the oven for at least 10 minutes before you bake the cookies. Putting cookie dough in a cold oven will cause the cookies to spread.
Bake the cookies at the right temperature so they do not spread too much
Flour - you can add 1 cup all-purpose flour with ½ teaspoon of baking powder, ¼ teaspoon of baking soda, and 1 extra egg. This reduces the peanut butter flavor and makes a more wholesome cookie with a crisp cross pattern.
Oats - You can add ½ cup rolled oats to the mixture too.
Nuts - Or you can add ½ cup chopped nuts such as peanuts, pecans, or walnuts.
Raisins & Cranberries -try a little sourness from ¼ cup dried cranberries.
Cinnamon -during the holidays, ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon adds a nice warm flavor to the cookies. You can also use a pumpkin spice mix or gingerbread spice.
Chocolate chips - you can add ½ cup chocolate chips to the cookies just before baking
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