April 20, 2011

Kids In The Kitchen: Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I cherish these Kids In The Kitchen times. With three teenagers in the house (well, one is 12, but in some ways she’s going on 16 anyway, so I might as well include her in that “teenager” description), I realize that this special time we spend together learning to cook, experiencing food adventures, and generally having fun, isn’t going to last forever. Eventually, one by one,┬átheir focus will shift, priorities will change, and they’ll have grown up and won’t be cooking every other weekend in the kitchen with me anymore. This makes this time we have that much more precious. So much more happens than just a kid, a recipe, some food, and a resulting blog post. We get opportunities to learn together, to be silly together, to bond together, one on one. I wouldn’t trade these experiences for the world.

Matt is the oldest (he’ll be 16 next week!). I suppose that means he’s not a little boy anymore. He’s learning to really voice his opinions and trying to understand and feel his way around where he stands on important worldly beliefs and issues (ranging from what genre of music is best to religion), but at the same time, he continually tries to make us laugh with a quick joke. He takes after his Dad that way – the jokes aren’t always funny, but the sense of humor behind their delivery will guarantee a chuckle and a smile, and many times can disarm me, even in stern moments. In my opinion, a good sense of humor is definitely an asset.

But in spite of his ever-more-grown-up ways, he is still in some ways a boy. Take his suggestion for what we would make for Kids In The Kitchen – peanut butter cookies. That’s a childhood favorite I think he and I share (and a lot of others). Some things you just never outgrow.

These peanut butter cookies are a breeze to make. In fact, I’ve made an almond butter version before following the same recipe. It’s Shirley’s recipe from Gluten-Free Easily, and it’s by far one of the easiest cookie recipes out there. We made these as written – complete with chocolate chips. I only had a taste, but the kids definitely took care of the rest for me – they enjoyed two a piece when they were made, and gladly took the rest home to enjoy at the end of the weekend. They were indeed a hit. Of course, this won’t be the last time this recipe (or a version of it) will be gracing our kitchen. It’s an easy, go-to recipe for cookies that can please a crowd (and some hungry teenagers).

Check out the recipe for Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies here.

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10 Responses to “Kids In The Kitchen: Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. Aren’t Shirley’s recipes great? How lovely that you make a point of cooking and baking with your teens.

  2. Great job Alta! Those cookies are so easy! We always just made them with the 1:1:1 ratio and it always made great cookies! I need to make those again soon! Love that you have your kids helping you so often!!

  3. You are so right about the kids! Enjoy them while you can. I make these with almond butter because my husband can’t have peanuts. I tried sunbutter once but didn’t really like that. I so often forget to add chocolate, but it’s a great addition. Now I want to make some!

    • Linda – make some! It is dangerous, because they only take a few minutes to whip together, but they’re SO good!

  4. So glad you all enjoyed these, Alta! Thanks for the link love, dear! :-) What I think is neat about that recipe is that there are so many variations. One can use creamy peanut butter, chunky peanut butter, almond butter (or a combination of the two), mini chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, coconut sugar vs brown sugar, etc. Each version provides similar, but different cookies. My son just made these for the first time last night. His friends thought he was a star baker! :-)

    Shirley

    • Shirley – my next step is to make some with coconut sugar for myself. And crunchy nut butter, because that’s really my favorite. I can imagine it’d be lovely!

  5. Does one ever really outgrow peanut butter cookies? I think not.

    I just love that you are getting these kids in the kitchen at a young age. I only wish I’d learned to cook when I was young!

  6. Alta, I just had to pop back to say that my son (he’s 23, gf/df/rsf+) has made these twice now with coconut sugar. He just stopped by with some for us to sample. They’re even better with coconut sugar I think! They were a bit softer, but I don’t think that would be the case with crunchy nut butter. Oh, and to repay him for sharing his peanut butter cookies, I sent him home with a gf/df quiche. ;-)

    Shirley

  7. These sounds so good! I love pb cookies!

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