I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who gets a craving for something baked and chocolatey sometimes... It happens to the best and worst of us! But what happens when you have no flour in the house? Ran out of butter? What can you bake when you're missing half the essentials, and you NEED chocolate and sugar? Or when you realise that tomorrow is your day on morning tea duty, its 10pm and your care factor is sub-zero?
Chocolate peanut cookies is what.
This is a recipe that I have adapted from the very well tested Jon Mac cookies, which contain only sugar, eggs and peanut butter. I wanted a chocolate hit in my cookies, and a bit of a lighter feel.
This is also a gluten free recipe - provided you use gluten free baking powder/peanut butter/cocoa - just check the labels, some have added fillers etc that contain gluten. Mine are standard brands, and they have no gluten, but check!
Here's what you need...
1 cup peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
2 small eggs
1 cup sugar
4 tbsp cocoa
1/2 tsp baking powder
1) Preheat the oven to 180C, then beat the sugar and eggs together until they're creamy and form ribbons.
2) Add the peanut butter, cocoa and baking powder and mix until combined. Here, you can seperate the mixture if you like and only add half the cocoa to the mix, then combine the 2 mixtures to create marbled cookies!
3) Make tablespoon sized balls and place them about 5cm apart on baking paper and pop them in the oven for about 15-20mins or until they've spread out and are soft to the touch. Don't be tempted to leave them in longer, once you take these out of the oven, and they cool, they will be super chewy and delicious! Don't also be tempted to move them when they're hot out of the oven - they're fragile until they cool down!
You will end up with delicious, chewy, peanut butter chocolate goodness!