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Friday, December 8, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Day 8~ Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

Christmas cookies is what it is all about!  So how did the tradition of cookies get associated with Christmas in the first place?

It is probably no surprise to most of you that the tradition of cookies at Christmas is tied up with a winter solstice gathering to celebrate the changing of the seasons.  Since the cold had settled in, meat could be butchered and stored, the beers and ales were ready for drinking and to cut through all this savoriness, a dessert, one that could be made and stored ahead of time.  The cookie!

According to, the Middle Ages had completely transitioned from winter solstice rituals to Christmas ones.  With the discovery of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg the pastry world was experiencing some dramatic changes. Sugar, lard and butter were expensive ingredients and were used by cooks during the special season.  Cookies were easily shared and given to neighbors and friends.

And did you know, the first gingerbread men were ordered by Queen Elizabeth I in the shape of her courtiers!  

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Cookies have come a long way since those times.  The ingredients in this cookie are relatively easy to find and can be purchased inexpensively.  They are made without flour to satisfy our modern need to be gluten free.  My family really enjoyed these cookies, and I hope you do, too!

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 c peanut butter
3/4 c sugar
1 egg
1 t vanilla
1/4 t salt
6 oz chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350.  Place a sheet of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.  Beat peanut butter and sugar together until well blended.  Add egg, vanilla and salt and beat until well incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Place one rounded tablespoonful on the cookie sheet, leaving about 2" around the cookie.  Bake 12 minutes, or until cookie has flattened and the edges are brown. Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes before removing. Finish cooling on a cookie rack.

Makes 2 dz.

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  1. These look so good. I have never made flourless cookies before. Cant wait to try.

  2. Those cookies sound so good. I have a cookie swap coming up this weekend, so I have been on the hunt for awesome cookie recipes.

  3. These look and sound so good. I've never made flourless cookies before, I'm interested to try

  4. I had no idea that little bit of trivia about Queen Elizabeth. These cookies sound delish!

  5. I have never had a flourless cookie before. I love flourless cake though so I will have to give it a try.

  6. I've never had any cookies without flour before. These look really good! May have to make to take for Christmas dinner!

  7. These cookies sound divine. I've made a couple of recipes without flour and you don't even miss it. I'm excited to give these a try as peanut butter chocolate chip is my absolute favorite.

  8. I did not know that about Queen Elizabeth 1 and the gingerbread. But that's an awesome fact. I love finding flourless cookie recipes. They come in so handy!

  9. I can't believe that this recipe doesn't contain flour! That's really awesome and I'd love to give it a try since we all love peanut butter!

  10. I love your Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip! I'm looking for great recipes for my family at Christmas. Your blog has a lot of recipes I need. I will do them this weekend.

  11. Thanks for the history of cookies and winter solstice. I always find it really interesting to see how traditions evolve. Those cookies look amazing. Peanut butter and chocolate combos are one of my favorites!

  12. Confession: This weekend I had my last cookies until Christmas. I'm trying to exclude gluten for a few weeks to see how I feel. Anyway, while no one was looking I took a chocolate chip cookie and dipped it into our peanut butter...YUMMMM!! I ended up sharing with my husband. So you can imagine I'm sitting here staring at your cookies longing for them.

  13. I love peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies. They are such a good combination! Definitely will need to try it fast!

  14. This recipe looks delicious! I will have to try this one at home!

  15. We started a tradition of making cookies for Christmas Eve - I would love to give this recipe a try this year. It has all our favorite things!

  16. Cookies are one of my favourite things to have and it seems as though these are so straight forward to make! I bet they taste great too :)

  17. Oh wow, what an awesome idea! These are definitely some great cookie ideas. You can't go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate!

  18. Oh my yum! I have a soft spot in my heart for chocolate and peanut butter combination.

  19. My father in law loves peanut butter and chocolate. Maybe I'll make a batch of these for our Christmas gathering next week.

  20. So excited to try this recipe with my daughter, who has to be gluten free!


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