We've recently reported on no-knead bread, NYT chocolate chip cookies, and the latest sensation: the bacon explosion. The internet is surely responsible for the Red Velvet Cake revival. Can cake pops be far behind? A few years back it was a sweet little peanut butter cookie that is made without butter or flour. Read on for my version...
I've been making this peanut butter cookie for ten years, ever since I found it on the Epicurious site where it's called Mom-Mom Fritch's Peanut Butter Cookies. The recipe has accumulated over 200 comments since it appeared in 1999, several of them quite recent.
Sensational Peanut Butter Cookies18 cookies
1 cup peanut butter (see note)
3/4 cup natural cane sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
additional sugar for rolling
Preheat oven to 375 degrees°F.
Mix all the ingredients up in a bowl. Roll walnut-sized pieces into balls and roll balls in the additional sugar. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and flatten slightly with a fork in a crisscross pattern. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool before removing from baking sheet.
Note: Peanut butter comes in all kinds of configurations and the kind you choose will influence your outcome. Some peanut butters are very sweet, some have been hydrogenated, some have a whole lot more in them than peanuts! Then there is the chunky versus smooth debate. I used a natural chunky version (Safeway brand) for this recipe that wasn't too sweet although it did have added cane sugar in the ingredient list.
Related: Bittman's No-Knead Bread Phenomenon
(Images: Dana Velden)
(Originally published April 1, 2009)