If in doubt, make cookies…

You know those weeks where you’re madly busy, but with absolutely nothing to show for it?

Yup, one of those. Oh, things got done, just nothing much I can post about. Family to stay for 3 days; cooking, cleaning, shopping and other exciting tasks; admin for the annual national motorbike rally we’re organising; and sewing. Where’s that last bit, then? Well, I went on a bit of a scrappy bender and got another four blocks done, but I can’t show them because they’re for ScrapHappy Day. I also can’t post about the F²F³ blocks I made for Sue because she hasn’t received them yet and I don’t want to spoil the surprise (but if you want to take a look, head over to the gallery). So, feeling a bit meh about everything, I made peanut butter cookies. As you do….

Personally, I could eat the whole batch of these babies in one sitting, but being an adult (still a work in progress, I’m afraid), I made an effort and controlled myself. Most of them are still in the container… One of the main things I love about them is that they’re so simple and quick.


1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/2 cup dark choc chips OR raisins*
1 large egg
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup soft dark brown sugar

Put everything in a bowl and beat till well combined. The mixture will be wet, not like dough.

*Personally, I prefer raisins but I’m not allowed to eat them just now, so choc chips it is. And yes, you can have both…

Dollop large teaspoonfuls onto a paper-lined cookie sheet or baking tray. See how I didn’t make two dozen? That’s the self-control working. For two dozen, double the quantities.

Bake at 175°C/350°C till golden brown, about 15-20 mins, depending on your oven. (They’ll still be soft and chewy.)

Slide the paper off the tray and onto a cooling rack. Once the cookies are warm rather than hot, remove from the paper. You can wait till they’re cool, but… why? They’re gluten free, lactose free, and with the choc chips, fructose-free. But I’m making no promises about calories.

So now you can see why it’s important to keep busy. When you’re not, cookies happen 😉


29 thoughts on “If in doubt, make cookies…

  1. These have become my latest go-to biccies but I bake double batches to keep up with demand!

    • katechiconi says:

      If I make too many, they get gobbled up in the same time as a smaller batch. I make the Husband eat his own bickies, these are for me because they’re ‘safe’ 🙂

  2. nanacathy2 says:

    They look super yummy! I made batch after batch of peanut butter biscuits for Mr E prior to surgery to get his weight up. We calculated that for the recipe I followed each one was about 90 calories each. No raisins or choc chips, and there was flour.

    • katechiconi says:

      These were my standard go-to biscuit when I was on the strict gluten free diet, and because they’re so quick, it’s easy to whip up a batch for visitors.

  3. kathyreeves says:

    Those look quite delicious Kate. Your self control is amazing!😄

  4. I make something similar minus the cinnamon, sometimes topped with chopped salted peanuts.

    • katechiconi says:

      The Husband would approve the chopped salted peanuts but I require cinnamon in a lot of things I make due to having had a Dutch mother. It’s almost a genetic tic!

  5. Lol! I know what you mean about meh days. I find they pop up when I have been so busy and then I take a break. It’s kind of hard to get started again. Cookies are always a good idea to get the ball rolling again!:)❤️😊

  6. anne54 says:

    I couldn’t believe how simple the recipe was! Perfect for gluten free. I have an elderly friend, so perhaps I can make a batch and pretend I am making them for her. Some might just have to be taste tested before they get delivered!

    • katechiconi says:

      My oven is a little uneven in temperature between front and back. There are always a few cookies which are rather too suntanned, and those are the ‘cook’s perks’ as far as I’m concerned 🙂 And yes, they’re amazingly simple, and I always have the basics of peanut butter, eggs and sugar in the house.

  7. Baking sometimes happens to me, too. Inexplicable — I have to make a quick bread… or something.

  8. That last line just cracked me up. I fully understand. 😉

  9. katechiconi says:

    You have to keep your hands busy. This afternoon, I discovered that three or four cookies had somehow jumped into my mouth while I wasn’t paying attention ;-P

  10. Lynda says:

    No raisins?!?!? That’s harsh. As for homemade cookies jumping into your mouth, well, cookies are just devilish that way aren’t they? I have taken to making the dough, and baking a few, then I refrigerate the remaining to stiffen it. Once stiff I place it onto waxed paper and roll it into a log, twist the ends closed, and then slice off a few rounds to bake when I need a cookie fix. 😛 mmmmmmm……

    • katechiconi says:

      Sounds yum! Sadly my diet is very restricted just now, but these peanut jobs tick all the boxes except keeping. However, that is a defect in me, not in the cookies!

  11. Emma says:

    Those look so yummy! I might go to coles later and buy some crunchy peanut butter to try this recipe!

  12. rutigt says:

    Yummie! You don´t always have to remember you´re an adult 🙂

  13. kymlucas says:

    Look delicious!

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