Who knew peanut butter cookies were so easy to make?
I admit, this wasn’t the original recipe I’d planned on for this week, but, after a snow day/ work from home day a few days ago and a strong desire to bake something that wouldn’t take up a lot of time, these were so easy to put together that I couldn’t resist. Plus, there was no way I was going to brave the storm just to buy a bunch of ingredients.
A quick note: you can mix all of this by hand–no stand or hand mixer required. You’re certainly welcome to use a mixer, but, because there is very little flour and because you can throw these together in less than 10 minutes, it’s definitely not a requirement. Completely up to you!
What You Need
- ½ cup lightly packed brown sugar
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 4-5 teaspoons flour*
- Hershey’s Kisses
- ½ cup white sugar to roll cookies in
*Want to make these gluten free? Scroll all the way down to the bottom to learn how!
How You Do It
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine brown and white sugar. Because the brown sugar was lightly packed, it might clump together. Make sure the sugars are evenly mixed.
- Add in the peanut butter.
- Mix in the vanilla and egg.
- Add in the flour. By this point, the dough should be able to hold shape. It’s going to be slightly greasy due to the peanut butter, but if it’s too wet, add in some more flour.
- Roll the peanut butter into tablespoon-sized balls. Roll into sugar and then place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Do not press down or flatten out.
- Bake for 10 minutes. While cookies are in the oven, unwrap the Hershey’s Kisses to get them ready.
- As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, lightly press the chocolate into the center of each cookie. Note: don’t wait to do this step. If you do, the cookies might crack too much. Let set on the cookie sheet for 1 minute then move to a cooling rack.
And that’s it! Who knew creating something so delicious could be so easy?
I hope you have a glass of milk or tea or coffee ready because these suckers are rich.
So when you’re bored, want to bake, and don’t want to spend all day doing it, give these a try. Until next time,
Mix it up: Want to make yours gluten free? If you’re using a gluten free peanut butter, simply omit the flour. Because there is so little in the original recipe, it won’t drastically alter the texture.