Sunday, November 9, 2014

Peanut Butter Brownie Cookies - Gluten Free

With all of the new gluten free products arriving in the marketplace, I discovered that I have  a few packages of mixes for brownies, cookies, cake and muffins.  I am sort of in a slump for making anything different  for sweets and hate the so so packaged prepared ones.

With the holidays nearing, I decided to brainstorm ideas for using the boxed mixes for treats.  Everyone seems to prefer cookies, so I am quizzing my brain for different kinds of cookies  or muffins using said mixes.

My food preferences have changed a bit over the past 6 months too.  I have grown tired of my old peanut butter standard.  I found a different ‘natural’ one with no added sweeteners or oil. It is just peanuts and salt.  The salt is even much lower than the lower-sodium one that I have been eating for at least 15 years!

These little nuggets are crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. There is a mild peanut butter taste.

Well, what are you waiting for?  Get into that kitchen and make some noise with the mixer and pans!

Peanut Butter Brownie Cookies - Gluten Free


 Peanut Butter Brownie Cookies - Gluten Free




1 package Gluten Free Brownie Mix (used Betty Crocker)

2 extra large eggs

6 tbsp chunky natural peanut butter (used Smucker's)

1 tbsp Buttery Spread or 80% fat margarine

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract




Using a hand mixer combine the eggs, peanut butter, extract and buttery spread until fluffy. Beat in the brownie mix, Scrape down the bowl and beat any remaining ingredients until smooth. 



Using a spatula scrape down the bowl sides to bottom to get a rounded ball with no unmixed batter left on the bottom of the mixing bowl. The mix will be thick and sticky.

 Peanut Butter Brownie Cookies - Gluten Free -dough ball


Preheat the oven to 350F. Cover large baking sheets with parchment paper.  Drop into about tablespoon sized balls onto the covered baking sheet. Shape with the spatula. 


Bake about 9 minutes until the shine is gone from the tops. Remove from oven, allow to sit on pan for 2 minutes, remove to single layer serving dish or wire rack to cool.


 These weren't flattened

Peanut Butter Brownie Cookies - Gluten Free - before oven


These were flattened a bit

Peanut Butter Brownie Cookies - Gluten Free -before oven


The cookies will spread to almost double width.


Peanut Butter Brownie Cookies - Gluten Free - fresh from oven



Servings: 30

Makes: 60 bite sized cookies


Nutrition (per 2 cookies): 88 calories, 3.6g total fat, 1.2g monounsaturated fat, <1g polyunsaturated fat, 1.1g saturated fat, 15.8mg cholesterol, 54.2mg sodium, 2mg calcium, 5mg potassium, 13.2g carbohydrates, <1g fiber, 12.6g net carbohydrates, 9.6g sugar, 1.5g protein.


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