This post was written by the ever so sweet Katie Hartsfield of House 54. She.is.amazing. If you follow her on Instagram @House054, you’ll find that she is a loving mother that’s an absolute boss in the kitchen. There have been many nights that I have scrolled through my IG wishing I was a guest at her dinner table. I hope you enjoy Katie’s recipe for Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies, although I doubt there is anyone in this entire world with functioning taste-buds that wouldn’t. Take it away, Katie…
Truth be told — I have a little bit of a sweet tooth.
Ok, ok…so maybe it’s not little.
So naturally, when I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease 5 years ago, my sweet tooth was the first on the list of things I refused to part with. I’ve always loved to bake. And more importantly, I’ve always loved to eat what I bake. And that’s where the G-Free journey began for me + my quest to keep my life, particularly my favorites in life like sweets, intact.
Fast forward to present day + you’ll see the same theme showing up on my newly established gluten-free blog, “House 54” — my love for sweets, southern comfort foods, classic family dishes, and my theories on how to overcome a diagnosis + still have fun in the kitchen.
And ok, keeping this truth train rolling…rarely a ‘healthy bite’ shared.
Just keepin’ it real.
It’s not that I don’t eat healthy (I’m actually a very health conscious person) but I guess I just came to the conclusion that anyone out there who’s looking for gluten-free dishes, especially someone recently diagnosed with celiac disease, isn’t hunting down recipes for salads, fruit + soups.
If they are anything like me, I knew they’d be looking for the things they missed the most — breads, desserts, family style meals, and favorites they used to eat out at restaurants…you know, when they didn’t have to consult with the hostess, server + chef to do so. ;)
My Plan Is Simple.
If I can’t have the “old stuff”, I’ll be darned if I’m not going to love the new gluten-free stuff + have it taste equally as good.
And that’s my pledge — to never post a recipe on my blog that: (1) I don’t absolutely love myself and (2) couldn’t pass as a “regular” dish that your neighbor down two wouldn’t notice is actually gluten-free.
Speaking of that…
Take my lead + try this one at home: Tell guests after you feed them, that what you just served them was gluten-free. Not before.
And watch their faces shift from this-is-so-amazing to no-way-that-was-gluten-free, as they question if you’re playing a prank on them after you tell them. Only for them to find out that, YES, who knew…you weren’t kidding. It really is gluten-free.
And yes, that it’s just as good as the “regular food” that they love to ramble on about + tell you that they would miss sooooo much, if uhhh, they were “us”. (I know you hear this as much as I do…right?!)
Don’t believe me? Ready to prove them wrong? Feast your eyes on these:
Now do those really look like gluten-free cookies to you? I think NOT! But they are + I assure you that they taste just as good + can trick even the biggest G-Free skeptics.
Case in point — I got a friend to “Go Gluten-Free” simply because she loved my recipes + she desperately wanted to learn to cook for her family. And she doesn’t have Celiac. She’s been telling me all week how excited she is for me to post these cookies on Laura’s site. ;)
And believe it or not — it was super easy to make these PB cookies a gluten-free friendly dessert. All I did was take a “regular” recipe from allrecipes.com, “swapped” (I’m big on this term) a few non-GF ingredients for safe, gluten-free ones + voila! A new gluten-free dish is born.
Give or take a little extra flour + some extra peanut butter.
You know…just because I think it’s better that way. ;)
I Know You Want To Make These. And I’m Going To Show You How Easy It Is.
The way I layout how to make my dishes is also just as simple. I entice you with step-by-step pictures that, believe it or not, actually do make the idea of cooking + baking seem far less complicated and overwhelming.
And if you’re a baking pro? Well, then I suppose you’ll simply appreciate the fact that you know what “it’s supposed to look like” when you’re done. ;)
Now Let’s Get Cooking…
To make yourself some Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies — start by adding your first 4 ingredients to your mixer or bowl: 2 eggs, 1 cup of white sugar, 1 cup of packed brown sugar + 1 cup (2 sticks) of salted, softened, room temperature butter.
**If you use unsalted butter, just add ¼ teaspoon of salt to your bowl now**
And by softened, I don’t mean pull the butter out of your fridge + microwave it for 30 seconds on high. It doesn’t work that way, folks! HAHA. I mean, pull it out of the fridge + place it on a dish on your countertop until a hour or so later (or more) when you’re ready to use it. ;)
Turn on your mixer + combine all the ingredients.
Now add to your bowl 1-1/4 cups of extra crunchy peanut butter. I used Jiff.
Combine with all of the other ingredients + you’ll have this delicious concoction:
Lastly, add 3 cups of gluten-free flour to your bowl. I used Pamela’s Pancake + Baking Mix. This is definitely my “go to” G-Free flour mix. It’s great with so many baked goods + perfect for pancakes and waffles. No need to add baking powder or baking soda to it either. It’s all in there!
Mix all of the ingredients together one last time + then the dough should look like this:
Last thing on the list? Get out your ice cream scooper (I like my cookies on the bigger side) + measure out about a dozen cookies per cookie sheet. This recipe will make about 2 dozen cookies.
Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes + VOILA! You’ve got a warm, delicious G-Free cookie in your hand + a BIG smile on your face! :)
Enjoy, my new friends, and as always — Happy Gluten-Free Baking!
About Katie from “House 54”
Katie Hartsfield is the founder and writer over at “House 54: Living. Cooking. Eating. Gluten-Free.“, a gluten-free blog that shares her love for cooking, baking, and embracing the positive when it comes to unexpected challenges in life – Celiac Disease diagnosis included. She is also a wife and mother + strong advocate for those with disabilities and special needs.