Friday, July 2, 2010
What's better than PBJ sandwiches? How about PBJ cookies? They're flourless (yes, you read right), have practically no sugar and takes just about 30 mins to make from start to finish.
This recipe was screaming my name when I skimmed it on the Internet. I have a jar of homemade peanut butter and another of homemade jam and I've been stuffing myself silly with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and it was getting a little stale.
So I begin surfing for ideas and came upon two great recipes, both of which were twists to the classic PBJ. The first uses peanut butter in a loaf cake; the loaf cake is then sliced and sandwiched with jam. Oh, my. I so wanted to try this.
The second was a recipe was for this flourless PBJ thumbprint cookies on a blog Healthy Food for Living. Say what? A flourless peanut butter cookie? I just had to try this one too.
I settled on the cookies simply because I had to leave for the gym in an hour and a half which didn't leave much time to bake a cake. With the cookies, I had plenty of time to not just bake them but also photograph them and eat a couple: heck, I was going to exercise my butt off, I might as well make it worth my effort! :P
What you need
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 egg white, lightly whisked
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the over to 180C. Mix the peanut butter, egg white, sugar, baking soda and vanilla extract in a bowl till everything is well incorporated.
Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Using a spoon, scoop the cookie dough and shape it into a ball. Using your thumb or finger, make an indentation in the center. Cool, crater cookies :) Repeat the same process with the rest of the cookie dough. You should get about 8 cookies. Make sure you leave about an inch between the cookies.
Now, use a teaspoon to fill the craters with jam.
Bake for 10-15 mins or till the cookies start to get golden. They will be crispy on the outside but a little soft inside. Allow to cool (and harden a little) before gobbling them down!