Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

These are simple cookies I made just because I wanted to use the peanut butter waiting for its turn in my pantry.I am not a peanut butter fan and its always in the bottom of my list of items.Its my daughter who loves it and she was very happy when I first made oatmeal peanut butter choco chip cookies.After that I gave up looking for peanut butter cookie recipe sticking to the tried one and after coming here I sort of neglected the PB.Well till I found these lovely here.These are sure hit and are super easy and I think now I may have to buy more PB now.

Ingredients:
Peanut Butter : 1 cup
Light Brown Sugar: 1 cup
Baking Soda: 1 tsp
Egg : 1
OR
Ener G Egg: 1.5 packed tsp of powder is mixed with 2 tbsp of water and whipped with a fork or blender.

Ganache Topping (optional)
Equal amounts of cream and choco chips. Warm cream on very low heat and pour over the chocolate chips and stir well till the chips dissolve and result in a smooth ganache.

Peanuts: garnish. Optional

Preparation:
In a big bowl,add the ingredients of the cookie and mix/cream well to obtain a sticky thick mass.If you feel the dough especially when using Ener G replacer then add 1-2 tbsp water while mixing.
Pour packed tablespoonfuls of dough 1/2 inch apart on a very lightly greased bakingsheet.Greasing is optional though I prefer it.


Bake in a preheated oven at 350F for 10 -12 minutes until the bottoms are lighlty browned and the cookies have expanded.The centre of the cookie will be still be soft to touch.Take out and let the cookies cool in baking sheet for 5 minutes after which transfer them to a wire rack.

You can consume the cookies as such or by spreading the ganache filling on top and then topping with peanuts.You can also add 1/2 a cup peanuts/choco chips/any choice of nuts to the batter and can go for a different topping.I went for ganache topping for a few of the cookies.

Once the cookies are placed in the wire rack they harden and when tasted they were crisp and crunchy.But after some time or after the ganache spread,I left them to dry on the wire rack for a long time and found that the cookies have turned little soft.So make sure your store then in an air tight container immediately after the ganache dries.

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