Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies Three Ways

We got nearly a foot of snow here on Saturday!  That means a happy, fun day in the house for us!  I love baking on days like that.  It feels so cozy, but not lazy because you don’t have any choice but to sit in the house all day.  It’s like Mother Nature forcing you to chill for a day.  Thanks, Mother Nature.  Not everyone gets to sit in all day, however.  My brother plows for our town and, so, he was working all day.  He has celiac disease and because I knew he would stop at my house to plow after a very long day/night of plowing the town, I made him Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies Three Ways.  That’s right.  Three different cookies from one batter.

What we have there is a Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie, a Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie and a plain old Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookie.  There is also a fourth version of these cookies where you plop a Hershey Kiss on top right after you take them out of the oven, but I was out of kisses.   I made those for Thanksgiving so that my brother would have some dessert that wouldn’t make him sick and he absolutely LOVED them.  My family also devoured what I didn’t give to my brother.  My husband likes the plain ones, my daughter likes the jelly ones and my son likes the chocolate chip ones.  So that worked out.

Peanut Butter Cookies 3 Ways

2 C Peanut Butter

2 Large Eggs

1/2 cup Xylitol

1/2 tsp baking soda (gluten free brand) (optional)

1 tsp vanilla (gluten free brand) (optional)

Optional:  Jelly, Chocolate Chips

  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together peanut butter, eggs, xylitol, baking soda and vanilla with a hand mixer. Not the Chocolate chips!  Save those for the very last batch!
  3. For the plain cookies:  Drop tablespoon size mound of dough onto cookie sheet.
  4. For the Jelly cookies:  Drop tablespoon size mound of dough onto cookie sheet, form a divot in the middle and add about a teaspoon of jelly.
  5. For the chocolate chip cookies:  Fold the chocolate chips into the remainder of the dough.  Drop tablespoon size mound of dough onto cookie sheet.
  6. Bake the cookies for 9-12 minutes.  Cookies should be just slightly soft to the touch and will continue to cook just a bit as they cool.

And yes, these are so delicious with a glass of milk.  Enjoy!

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