(Flourless) Peanut Butter Cookies: Three Ways!

July 16, 2012 · 23 comments

Peanut Butter Cookies Three Ways

Sometimes I surprise myself. (I like to think of this as a good thing. It keeps life interesting.)

I slept in a tent on Saturday night. Granted, the tent was in a backyard, and there were clean, functioning bathrooms no more than 100 yards away. (Give or take. I have a rough estimating distance brain.) But! I slept in a tent, without peer pressure, or an air mattress, and it…wasn’t terrible. This is making great strides for my camping self.

I did laundry all afternoon. It probably had something to do with the smokey clothes everywhere. Total pet peeve.

I’m making plans around a dollar hot dog baseball game. And hot dogs are generally my last choice cookout food.

I baked cookies with zero flour and zero butter. Just five other typical cookie suspects, adapted three ways to keep things fancy…and people happy.

Raw Coconut Cookies

(one) peanut butter, (two) brown sugar, (three) granulated sugar, (four) an egg, (five) baking soda. These foods make dense cookies with a front and center peanut butter flavor.

One batch of cookies is left basic, to make cookies with the typical fork hash marks. (These are comfort things.)

One batch of cookies is balled, and rolled in shredded coconut. Not all the coconut sticks perfectly. It needs a little stuff it down in there encouragement. It’s worth it…just deal.

Peanut Butter Coconut Cookies (Baked)

And, mini Reese peanut butter cups are chopped and folded into the dough of the third batch. Chocolate and peanut butter is always my favorite. I just can’t help it.

Reese Peanut Butter Cookies

Five ingredient base. Three quick adaptations. Everyone’s pleased. (And, surprised I slept in a tent without major complaints too.)

(Flourless) Peanut Butter Cookies
recipe adapted from Joy the Baker

1 cup peanut butter (I used creamy.)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda

*(3/4 cup shredded coconut)
**(1 cup mini Reese cups, chopped)

Cream peanut butter and sugars in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add egg and beat until smooth. Stir in baking soda. Roll dough into small balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Using the back of a dinner fork, press hash marks in two directions, flattening each cookie slightly. Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 10 minutes. Let cool for five minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack. Yields: about 16 cookies.

*To create coconut adaptation, fold shredded coconut into dough as you form each ball. Press with a fork and bake as instructed.

**To create peanut butter cup adaptation, chop peanut butter cups and fold into dough before forming balls. Then, roll into balls, press with a fork and bake as instructed.

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

ellenbcookery July 16, 2012 at 10:39 pm

These sound wonderful. (Too bad there’s an egg, as my daughter is allergic). I’m going to have to wait for a day she isn’t home to make these.


Monet July 16, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Honey. These are just too cute. I don’t know if I could eat them because they look so darn adorable. But then I remember they have peanut butter, and I succumb. Thanks for sharing!


The Mom Chef July 16, 2012 at 11:19 pm

I’m all for recipes that use less ingredients instead of more. I’ll bet I can even get Dudette to chow down on a couple.

Congrats on the tent sleeping success. I’d like to say that I’ve had my fill of wilderness sleeping, but with a Dudette starting Girl Scouts this fall, I have a feeling I’m heading into round two of that.


Medeja July 17, 2012 at 12:30 am

Great recipe for PB lovers like me :D


Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! July 17, 2012 at 7:23 am

YUM! I love making easy flourless peanut butter cookies. So simple yet so delicious. And your different adaptations are all wonderful sounding!!


BinomialBaker July 17, 2012 at 7:48 am

These sound amazing! I love the different variations!


Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry July 17, 2012 at 10:18 am

Oh my, those coconut ones look sooo good! Yum!


Jessica@AKitchenAddiction July 17, 2012 at 10:22 am

Yum! Love the different varieties! These would not last long at my house!


Joanna @ Midwestern Bite July 17, 2012 at 10:28 am

The fork hahs marks always remind me of my grandma. That and thumbprint cookies. And I just realized I am out of brown sugar. Eeeep.


Cassie July 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm

LOVE the PB cup adaptation. These are amazing. And go you for sleeping in a tent. I’m not sure I could do it.


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts July 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm

I want version 3 in front of my right now!


Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian July 17, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Wow, these cookies are so simple to put together!! I just love peanut butter too so it’s a win win!


Cinnamon @ eatpraytri July 17, 2012 at 4:22 pm

The reeses would def be my favorite…they look dreamy…


Heidi @ Food Doodles July 17, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Oooh, I love flourless peanut butter cookies! Your variations sound awesome! I never thought to roll them in anything. I gotta try the coconut :)


Emily @ Life on Food July 17, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I want that first photo in my kitchen now.


Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust July 17, 2012 at 9:08 pm

I so love the flour less peanut butter cookies. So awesome. Coconut? Yesss….

Now…sleeping in a tent. You were my last holdout. Sigh. Now I must do the same. lol


Baking Serendipity July 18, 2012 at 11:27 am

I totally would have held out longer if I knew this! Because it was just in the backyard though, I think it only half counts.


Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking July 18, 2012 at 12:11 am

Congrats on sleeping in the tent. It’s a big step towards real camping.
And if you bring these cookies, I might join you camping as well!


Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) July 18, 2012 at 10:59 am

oh wow, i can’t believe these are flourless! they look delicious, especially the one with chocolate and peanut butter :)


Hillary July 18, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Peanut butter cookies stuffed with peanut butter and chocolate candies?
Yes. Let’s be friends.


Simply Life July 18, 2012 at 5:05 pm

YUUM! What a fun idea – I would love to dig into that huge plate of cookies right now!


Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) July 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm

coconut in these sounds delightful!


Laura Dembowski July 30, 2012 at 11:44 am

I love peanut butter cookies and these look absolutely amazing. So nice that they don’t have flour or butter. I also love the addition of coconut; I’ve never thought of using coconut and peanut butter together.


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