My youngest son & me

My youngest son & me

About me

My name is Tanja (Sater) Miller and I'm excited about sharing my journey of converting my favorite recipes to gluten free! I am not a fancy cook - I prefer just a casual, fun meal. I am married with grown children (and have small grandchildren) & 3 dogs. I work full time as a registered nurse & I am a geek. Yes, I love Star Trek, Star Wars, Fringe, Firefly, Farscape and most of the other Scify shows. You will probably see a little of my geek side come out once in a while! Please join me on my journey of cooking, baking & converting every day recipes into yummy gluten free meals that everyone can enjoy (not just those with a gluten allergy!) Don't be shy about checking out my recipes....I have the gluten free version along with the regular recipe that I adapted from!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Quicker than a mix Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies! I can't think of a quicker way to say Happy Valentine's Day! These cookies go together soooo fast and you wouldn't guess there are only 3 ingredients (unless you add extras like M&Ms, pretzels, Chocolate Chips, etc.) I love this recipe because it is so easy and requires minimal ingredients for a cookie. My kids used to make these by themselves after school for a snack (Middle school & High school aged at the time!) This is an old family favorite. This is a great way to say "I love you" without breaking the bank or without sucking up so much time preparing and cleaning up a kitchen mess.  (you can press a Hershey Kiss in the center when they come out of the oven hot (try the Caramel Hershey Kisses for a mouth watering twist! The gooey caramel blends fabulously with the peanut butter! I didn't have any of those handy today). I love this recipe because it is awesome for a quick cookie fix. We used to make these on vacation when staying in a rented condo. I could make homemade cookies really quick without buying a bunch of ingredients or needing a mixer. Since there is no flour in this recipe....they are gluten free without altering it! If you tend to like a sweet but slightly salty can add a pinch of sea salt for an amazing flavor! If you want the cookies to puff up slightly then you can add 1 tsp. gluten free baking powder. The basic recipe below will give you a nice, soft, slightly chewy cookie. Feel free to add chocolate chips, M&M candies, pretzel pieces or whatever you like or you can just leave them plain!

Quicker than a mix peanut butter cookie recipe:

  • 1 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy), I prefer Jif
  • 1 cup sugar (I used raw sugar today but you can use white or brown sugar). Note: The raw and brown sugar will make the cookies chewier than the white sugar. If you prefer a little crispier cookie then flatten these with a fork or glass and bake an extra minute or two!
  • 1 egg

Yep, that is it. No mixer necessary! Mix all the ingredients together with a spoon or fork by hand until well incorporated. If you decide you want to add extra ingredients (chocolate chips, extra peanuts, M&Ms, pretzel pieces, GF Rice Crispies, can do it now!)  I like the sweet & salty combination when adding the pretzel pieces. Sounds gross but it is quite tasty! Spoon onto ungreased cookie sheet. I flatten mine slightly with a fork or glass. These do not raise or spread much so don't be skimpy with the scoops of dough! If you are adding a Hershey Kiss or mini Reese cup in the center then roll the dough into balls and bake in ball form. Gently press Hershey Kiss or mini Reese cup in center when you first remove from oven. This will flatten the cookie slightly and make a nice little nest for the kiss or Reese cup to settle into.

Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 10-13 minutes. Depends on how crispy you like them. Cool & eat! NOTE: If you notice that your peanut butter is a little oily then add a couple tablespoons of gluten free flour or corn starch to thicken it up. These should stay nice and chewy.

My grand-daughter wanted to help make cookies today

Helping scoop out the dough

I used a cookie scoop to keep the cookies evenly sized

She is patiently waiting for the cookies to get done baking!

Up close view of the cookies

Cooling on the rack

Taste tasting for the blog!

Close up view of the cookies today

Up close view of cookie. See the pretzel & M&M chunks we added to this batch?

Ready to eat!

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope you have a great Valentine's Day! Take a few minutes today to bake some yummy love for your family and friends!

Gluten Free Casually

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