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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

December 30, 2013

Laura’s Blog Entry

Kickin’ It Old Skool Blog-a-Thon : Day Thirty
All this month I am blogging from some prompts from Jamie and Shannon Ridler for the Kickin’ It Old School Blog-a-Thon.

Today’s Prompt: Share one of your favourite recipes!

Since I’ve gone gluten-free I’ve cut back on my baking. Now I’m eating nearly grain-free, which makes baking kind of a sad and distant memory.

I was determined to have something to bake with my daughter that I could eat. I grew up having Peanut Blossom Cookies every Christmas. They are peanut butter cookies with a Hershey’s Kiss pressed into the top. I decided to try to recreate something like that, with no grain.

Via Pinterest I found this cookie recipe. 

We decided to top them with some high quality dark chocolate. We did two versions. One with Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups and the other with Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chunks.

Here’s what we did. We prepared the cookies as per the recipe, using natural peanut butter. It’s less oily and helped the cookies not spread as much.  Then we used a one-inch cookies scoop to portion them out and roll them in the cinnamon sugar. We DID NOT flatten the cookies. They were then baked on parchment lined baking sheets. When they were finished baking, in about 12 minutes, we let them cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes, per the recipe. While they cooled we pressed in either the peanut butter cup or the chocolate chunks.

The chocolate melts, so we carefully transferred them to a cooling rack to cool completely. It takes a number of hours for the chocolate to resolidify.

There were amazing! The cookie tastes like a cross between a peanut butter cookie and a snickerdoodle. The addition of the chocolate was heavenly. I don’t think they will be a Christmas-only treat around here! They were popular with unsuspecting gluten-eaters and do not taste weird or have a strange, gummy or overly dense texture you sometimes get with grain-free baking. A big win all around!

One Comment leave one →
  1. December 30, 2013 7:28 pm

    Nicely done! It’s always awesome to see healthy alternative recipes turn out nicely.

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