Sometimes I come across a recipe so simple and so easy that I can't understand why I haven't made it before. This is the case with these cookies. Five ingredients, naturally gluten free, no special techniques or tools needed, and totally delicious and cute looking. What was I waiting for?
I first made these for my cousin and her daughter, who can't eat any gluten at all. But when all my cousins' children wanted one for each hand, I knew I had a hit on my hands, regardless of their flour-free status. In fact, with just peanut butter, sugar, egg a touch of salt and some chocolate chips for the chocolately middles, these are one of the simplest, but most popular creations I've made.
Recipe: Makes about 30 cookies
1 cup peanut butter (I use creamy, but I think chunky would work just fine)
1 scant cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
About 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Beat together the peanut butter, sugar, egg and salt and smooth. Chill the dough in the fridge for about 20 minute so it's easier to handle.
Roll the dough into tablespoon sized balls and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, at least an inch apart.
Bake on 350 F for 8 to 10 minutes. Immediately after they come out the oven make indentations in the center of each cookie and drop 3 or 4 chocolate chips in the center. Wait 5 minutes for the chocolate to melt (if you don't get them in there fast enough after taking the cookies out of the oven, you can stick the tray back in the oven for a minute to help the melting) and use a toothpick to swirl it to make a smooth surface. Cool to room temperature (or stick in the fridge to help the chocolate set if your kitchen is very warm like mine).