Here is a really simple, delicious peanut butter cookie recipe, that also happens to be gluten free! I personally don’t have to avoid gluten; but because I have a lot of friends that do, I like having a go-to gluten free dessert. What I love about this recipe is it doesn’t require any substitutes or special flours… it just uses a few familiar ingredients that inherently don’t contain gluten.
I was going to make a double batch of these cookies anyway (to bring for our church Life Group tomorrow), so I decided to take the opportunity to run a little experiment: honey vs. sugar. (Sorry guys, you’re my guinea pigs.) The recipe calls for 3/4 cup sugar, but in general I bake with honey try to avoid refined sugar. So I made two batches of cookie dough, one with sugar and one with honey.
|Honey vs. Sugar|
The cookie dough is a mixture of 4 simple ingredients — peanut butter, sugar (or honey!), baking soda, and an egg. Then chocolate chips and nuts are added. (I’m partial to pecans.) Bam. Done.
The consistency was very different between the sugar and honey batches… The dough w/ sugar was quite crumbly. I had to use my hands to press it into balls that would hold together.
The dough w/ honey was extremely soft. I put it in the freezer for a while to firm it up, and then just scooped spoonfuls of it onto the baking sheet.
|The sugar dough took about about 13 minutes to bake, and the cookies very much held their shape. In fact, before baking the second batch of this dough, I flattened the dough balls.|
The honey dough spread out a lot, and I couldn’t believe how much quicker they baked! (9 minutes vs 13)
|With the cookies baked, it all came down to taste. Thankfully my hubby is a very willing taste-tester with cookie-eating experience! Both were tasty. Texture was the main difference… the cookies with honey were soft, the ones with sugar were crumbly. His real vote was revealed when he went back for a tie-breaker… I held my breath as he reach… for… one… with… HONEY! (But in the end we both decided it would be worth trying a batch with half honey / half sugar next time!)|
When it comes down to it, you really can’t lose with this recipe. I hope you enjoy!
1 cup peanut butter
3/4 cups sugar (or honey)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips
Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 mins (sugar)
or at 300 degrees for 9-10 mins (honey)
Makes 22 cookies
***Update: The cookies seemed to be a hit with our Life Group today! Honey won the vote with them as well!