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Peanut Butter Cookies

Call me old before my time, but a cup of tea and a biscuit in the afternoon are one of life’s simple pleasures.  When you twin that with an unexpected visit from friends, then you have one of life’s perfect moments.  The problem is, guests equals biscuits, and you’ll need to have some to hand.  If you’re anything like me, you won’t have any freshly baked and stored in a tin (unless advance notice is given), in my house if biscuits are made, biscuits are eaten – it helps that I have a hungry boyfriend and live nestled in a collection of flats filled with lovely and eager neighbours!  So, said unexpected drop in of friends can cause a flicker of doubt – is a cup of tea alone enough?

Fortunately, over the years I’ve adopted a number of biscuit recipes, collected both for their flavour and their timeframe.  These Peanut Butter Cookies are part of that collection and are completely brilliant: simple, delicious and just the thing to make for your friends and family.  The combination of light brown sugar and peanut butter give them a really decadent flavour, their texture and scent reminisce of their American counterparts.  Enjoy them fresh from the oven and treat yourself, as the longer they are kept, the softer they will get – all the more reason to help yourself to another one...


Makes around 32 cookies

90g dairy free margarine – I use Pure Sunflower Spread

4 tbsp crunchy peanut butter

125g soft light brown sugar

1 heaped tsp Orgran egg replacer whisked together with 2 tbsp water

125g Doves Farm gluten free plain flour

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

A pinch of cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 180c and line three baking sheets with parchment.  Place the margarine, peanut butter and sugar into a large mixing bowl and beat together with a wooden spoon until creamy and incorporated.  Sift in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon and stir together until mixed.

Scoop heaped teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto the baking trays, around 8 to each tray and evenly spaced as the cookies will spread out when baked.  Bake in the oven for 12 minutes until golden and fragrant.  Leave to cool for a few minutes on their trays (the cookies will still be very soft at this point) and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

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I made these over the weekend and they were so good! We didn't have any left by sunday which I would say was a success!

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGemma

Thanks Gemma, so glad you liked them and yes, ridiculously moreish!

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Intolerant Gourmet

I am going to try these but just want to double check if it matters at which point you add the egg substitute as it is not mentioned in the method. I look forward to hearing your response before I try these. Many thanks Debbie

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Drennen

Hi Debs
Apologies for the delay, I missed your comment for some reason. Thank you for pointing out my error! I've amended it now but you add the egg replacer, bit by bit, once you've creamed together the sugar and margarine and before you add the flour. Hope this helps and happy cooking!

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Intolerant Gourmet

hi pippa, I also made these for my son's 1st birthday party (as well as your gingerbread) and they were a huge hit with my son and all the adults. They are so simple to make too.

October 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

Hi Helen
So pleased you enjoyed them, they're one of my favourite biscuits to make and, as you say, so simple to make. They also work well with sunflower butter or tahini in place of the peanut butter for a slightly more subtle flavour.

October 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Intolerant Gourmet

Lovely simple delicious recipes! No leftovers or spare biscuits. I am so happy to find recipes that are gluten free. All the family enjoy them as well as me. Thank you so much, Julia

November 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjuliadance

Lovely simple delicious recipes! No leftovers or spare biscuits. I am so happy to find recipes that are gluten free. All the family enjoy them as well as me. Thank you so much, Julia

November 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjuliadance

I have just made these. I didn't actually have any egg replacer at home so instead I used one small egg and I also added some oats to the mixture. They have turned out wonderfully. So yummy! Thanks, Pippa, for a great recipe. :)

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJas

Kid loved them with crunchy peanut butter but could almond butter be used if so would the amount needed be reduced. Thanks

August 19, 2015 | Unregistered Commentercal

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