Tuesday, February 8, 2011

If you like peanut butter

This morning when I woke the sun was rising although I couldn’t directly see dawn arriving beyond the rooftops. But even before it popped over the neighbor’s roof there was evidence. The sky was so clear that the steam stack on top of St. Mary’s billowed white as it climbed far up the stratosphere until the north wind bent it off to the southeast. As I watched the plumes caught the sun’s rays and turned it from soft pink to bright salmon. From my second story window I can usually tell how cold it is outside.

At 11 am it was still minus seven degrees, but the sun was pouring into the dining room, glinting off the orchid that is gloriously in bloom again. I don’t know how it does this since all I give it is the equivalent of two ice cubes every week.

I’ve been away from here lately (the blog). Partly being a slacker. Partly writing other things. Author Walker Percy, says about the act of writing: “It’s a question of being so pitiful that God takes pity on us, looks down and says, He’s done for. Lets’ give him a few good words.”  I personally know that, I mean, how to feel pitiful. I’m done with the next issue of Notes and I think everyone around here is glad for it.

This afternoon the sun is still blasting away, though it “gat no heat” outside, and I wandered into the kitchen to make our own. I’ve been wanting to try this recipe for gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. Couldn’t believe they had no flour whatsoever. They come out crispy and melty in the centers. I ate four. But they were small. Seriously, they’re so easy it’s almost a crime.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies (Gluten-Free)
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 t. vanilla
1 t. baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips
(Make sure vanilla and chips are g-f if baking for someone with celiac.)
Cream all ingredients (except chips) together in a bowl. Fold in chocolate chips. Form into small balls and press lightly with a fork. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes. Longer if you like them crispy.


Kay, The Church Cook said...

My family will absolutely love these! Thank you for the recipe, Margie

Micah said...

I love PB.Alot. I might have to give these a try :)

Sarah! said...

Hooray, you're back! And those cookies look awesome...What kind of chocolate chips did you use?

Sandra Oster said...

just looked at the recipe and wondered as there is nothing like oats or spelt flour in them. Can you double check?

Enjoy the weekend, love sandy

Margie Haack said...

Hi, Sarah. Thanks! I used Ghirardelli.
I'm not sure they are g-f. But I know that both Nestle and Hershey are g-f.

Margie Haack said...

Sandy, I know it's odd, but no, there is nothing else. These the only ingredients and when they come out of the oven they are delightful. I make them small - about one and a half inches in diameter - after they're baked. They don't expand very much while in the oven. Is peanut butter a big item in NZ? Or not so much?

Sandra Oster said...

You can get peanut butter, and I have a really good organic one that I like. I am definately trying these. Sorry to doubt you...

Denisse said...

I'm new at this blog thing--never posted anything anywhere. But I'll be back often. I won't have to wait for the next Notes. For your link to life--and recipes! Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter cookies?!! Steve (my husband) will love you! We'd planned to see you (and hear you) at the L'Abri Conference, but cannot come--again. Sigh. It will be wonderful, I know.

Thank you, Margie, for all you do. Have a beautiful day. Denisse

wheresurtreasure said...

And with that, I have to become an official follower...I can't do sugar, but i will find something to sub that out of this fine looking recipe!Also LOVE the winter co-misery, and writing quotes and comments...Taking my D...lazily layed off it around Christmastime and paid by sleeping like hibernation through January! My Dr tested me, and found me out deficient in D--Those guys are really catching on--prozac makers beware! Love your Blog!

Lvano at Rat Place said...

Ok, late to the game as usual and snarky as usual BUT isn't it illegal to make something without, you know, REAL butter to make something called COOKIES?

If not: it should be.

Margie Haack said...

Really? Let's call them something else, then.

john the terrible said...

could you please bake some and send them to me but leave out the peanut butter? And use a little more vaniilla? And abiout 1/3 less chocolate chips?

And use butter, damn it?

Thanks ever so sweetly.

Margie Haack said...

To John, the Terrible. I might just send you some if you give me your address, your ss#, and bank routing, etc, since you ask so nicely.

John the Terrible said...

how about I just pay you in butter?