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So what could be better than my Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies? Flourless Almond Peanut Butter Cookies. What is better than Flourless Almond Peanut Butter Cookies? Flourless Almond Peanut Butter Cookie S’mores! I shared the Cookie S’mores idea quite some time ago, but without pictures. I know … one needs pictures! So, today, I’m giving you pictures and a recipe, just in time for Fall camping and the kickoff of Bonfire Season. (Remember that any cookies can be used to make S’mores though. If you’re gluten free, you can make your own or purchase your favorite safe varieties.)
When two of my girlfriends, Kathi and Cindi, told me that they could definitely come to our mountain property a few weekends ago, I knew I had to get busy making some treats for their collective three children, which included two teenagers. But, it’s Cindi herself who is the ultimate peanut butter cookie fiend. I think she’s related to the peanut butter side of the Cookie Monster’s family! Somehow she manages dignified restraint and discipline though. I don’t know how, but she could always make a small gift tin of my cookies last for several days.
I didn’t make the cookies until the morning we were leaving. I was momentarily thrown off track by clearly not enough peanut butter in the jar to make my Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies. But a partial jar of almond butter was sitting on the counter. A quick peek revealed about half a cup left—the same amount in the peanut butter jar. With just that slight tweak to the original recipe, Flourless Almond Peanut Butter Cookies were born.
These Flourless Almond Peanut Butter Cookies are my new favorite. They are healthier than the peanut butter version because almond butter offers more nutrition and is lower glycemic. I didn’t feel a big “buzz” after eating these even though they still contained brown sugar. I like the slight peanut butter flavor better than the “full-on” peanut butter flavor, too.
Flourless Almond Peanut Butter Cookies
(Click here for a printable version of both recipes.)
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Shirley’s Notes: Do not use low-fat peanut butter; the cookies will not turn out properly. I use Jif (all are gluten free), but it’s my understanding that Peter Pan (all), Planters (Creamy and Crunchy), Reeses, and Skippy (Creamy, Crunchy, Super Crunchy, Roasted Honey Nut) are also gluten free. (Remember to always check labels.) One reader/tester successfully made the “all peanut butter” version using natural peanut butter, but advises that you must press them down a bit before baking for them to spread enough. Using a fork or the bottom of glass will work. Ensure your vanilla is gluten free. I make my own vanilla extract, but most are gluten free (e.g., McCormick’s). (Incidentally, homemade vanilla extract is a great gift idea and now is the time to start making it for holiday gifts.)
Adapted from original flourless peanut butter cookie recipe on the celiac listserv (originator unknown)
Make (or purchase) suitable cookies. We like using the Flourless Almond Peanut Butter Cookies, Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies, and Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies to make ours. When using Chocolate Chip Cookies, one doesn’t even necessarily have to use chocolate squares.
Roast marshmallow. (See links below for making homemade marshmallows, free of dyes and other undesirable “stuff.”)
Place chocolate square on cookie. (Use dairy-free chocolate for dairy-free version.)
Skillfully slide roasted marshmallow (while still hot) on to bottom cookie on top of chocolate square and between top cookie. Or use your own method. That’s how I do it.
Shirley’s Notes: I confess I sometimes like my marshmallows a bit burned; hence, the burnt edges shown in the photos of the Cookie S’mores. Truth be told, I don’t mind my Nut Butter cookies a tad burned either. Except in our house, we don’t call them burned … we call them OC’s–Overcooked Cookies.
Not camping or without a bonfire handy? Roast your marshmallow over the kitchen burner using a skewer. Have you done that before? I certainly have.
Do you want to make some truly phenomenal and even healthier Cookie S’mores? Make your own marshmallows. Use Zoe’s recipes—Honey Sweetened Marshmallows or her Original Recipe Homemade Marshmallows. Enjoy … however you make these delights!
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