Bake Cookies, Eat the Dough, Is There a Difference?….
I believe that there are four types of cookies that are absolutely timeless; chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal, and gingersnaps. When I was a kid the only reason I liked my mom to make chocolate chip or oatmeal was to eat the raw cookie dough. Let’s be honest, you did it to, I think more raw dough ended up in me than on the cookie sheets. Since we can’t really do that anymore the fun of stealing dough out of the bowl, or licking the cake mix beaters, has kind of gone by the wayside as a childhood, or even adult, sneaky treat. Well, we can get back to licking the beaters, and stealing cookie dough right out of the bowl thanks to new and inventive ways to make baked goods. Gone are the days where the only way you could make cookies was by using flour, butter, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and add ins such as chocolate chips, oatmeal, or peanut butter, times have gotten simpler and I am here to spread the good news!
About four years ago I started seeing a really popular cookie all over the internet, flourless peanut butter cookies. Super simple, super yummy, and I have no idea who created the recipe. I haven’t made them in a really long time, but thought I should put a little spin on them, change a few things around, and make my own version. (You had to see that coming. 😉 ) If peanut butter cookies are good, then chocolate and peanut butter have to be better, right? Like the four cookies that I previously mentioned, the chocolate and peanut butter combo just can’t be beat. These cookies are just as simple, just as yummy, and just about half the calories. (66 calories per cookie with my recipe, 109 calories using the original recipe) I used the peanut butter I had on hand, so if you want them to be sugar-free instead of just reduced sugar, you can use natural peanut butter. And while the brand of unsweetened cocoa does make a difference in the quality of the finished product, it is ok to use store brand for other ingredients such as vanilla flavoring, egg whites, and peanut butter. (After all my recipes are not only about reinventing old favorites to make them healthier, but also to save money.)
This recipe is so simple the kids could make it. The only part of the recipe that is a little more “technical” than just plain peanut butter cookies is making them half peanut butter and half chocolate. I used my rounded measuring Tablespoon and put plain peanut butter dough on one side and chocolate peanut butter on the other side. Whichever flavor you put in the spoon first will be the prominent color on top. As you can see I put the plain peanut butter dough in the spoon first on all of my cookies. (That epiphany didn’t happen until after they were cooked.) Once I put them on the cookie sheet I just used the back of a dinner fork to make hash marks in the top, just like the old school peanut butter cookies. Let the kids jump in and help, it is ok to eat the dough raw, they are fun, and easy. (These also freeze really well!) So, get the kids all set up, wait for that timer to go off, sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
By Angie Gouchenour
1 cup chunky peanut butter (You can use creamy, I just really love texture)
½ cup Truvia zero calorie sweetener
4 Tablespoons egg whites
2 teaspoons vanilla flavoring or extract
4 teaspoons cocoa powder – Sifted
Pre heat oven to 350’f
In a small bowl combine peanut butter, Truvia, egg whites, and vanilla
Put half of the cookie dough in another small bowl and stir in cocoa powder (The dough will be stiff)
In a rounded measuring Tablespoon (or cookie scoop) fill half with peanut butter dough and half with chocolate peanut butter dough (See picture above)
Place dough on cookie sheet
With the back of a dinner fork make hash marks gently on each cookie
Bake in pre heated oven for 10 minutes
Remove from the oven and let cool on the cookie sheet for several minutes (The cookies are too soft to transfer to cooling racks right away. They will firm up as they sit.)
Once the cookies firm up transfer them to cooling racks and allow them to cool completely
2 cookies 132 calories