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Simple Peanut Butter Cookies

These simple peanut butter cookies take just 3-ingredients to make! Gluten-free, small-batch, fun to make with kids.


My sister and I come from a peanut butter loving family, and it shows. (Remember when my sister came up with these peanut butter and jelly cookies?) Just use the search bar on this site, and search the phrase “peanut butter,” and you’ll see what I mean.

I’m totally not surprised she came up with something this awesome. It’s just like her. I’ll get out of the way now, and you can read what Em has to say!


Honest question: at what point does eating peanut butter straight out of the jar stop being a snack and start being a meal?

I don’t know why, but whenever I’m home by myself and I feel like I want a snack, I open the fridge and stare in it for about three solid minutes before I decide to have a spoonful of peanut butter.  I guess it’s because when you have peanut butter, you’re never really alone.

It’s like…peanut butter just gets me.

The only thing I like more than peanut butter is avocados and the only thing I like more than avocados is being lazy and there is nothing I’m willing to do to prove it.  To that end, I have what seems to be this affliction where every time I feel ambitious enough to bake something elaborate, I’m always out of just ONE ingredient.


Given my aforementioned laziness, you know I’m not going to the store for one stupid thing.  So I’ve taken to developing a habit of mitching and boaning for a few minutes, eating a spoonful of peanut butter, then sitting in front of the TV and foregoing any baking aspirations that may have cropped up in my subconscience.

Mr. Nation and I were simultaneously experiencing a hankerin’ for something sweet the other night (who says we don’t do things together?).

If I’m going to exert the energy to actually make something, then I’m going to go a step further and write a potential blog post about it.  Enter the universe trying to have its way with me by declaring my entire house devoid of flour.  If you’re contributing to a baking blog, a flour shortage is a mighty big challenge to overcome, but again…too lazy to go to the store.

I stood in the middle of my kitchen for a minute, looking down the mouth of an open jar of peanut butter and realized that I also have a few squares of dark chocolate in my fridge.  Knowing that nothing can go wrong with this combination helped me summon the confidence I needed to come up with a solution.


That’s when I MacGyved these delicious little cookies.

They seriously take next to no time and about the same amount of effort.  I especially enjoyed haphazardly wrapping my chocolate squares into a piece of parchment paper and breaking them up with a meat mallet.


Simple Peanut Butter Cookies
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Easy 3-ingredient cookies topped with chocolate.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 1 dozen
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 5 teaspoons sugar
  • 4-5 squares dark chocolate (about 2 oz.), broken into pieces *(optional)
  1. In a small bowl, combine peanut butter, egg, and sugar.
  2. Using two spoons or a cookie scoop, form small balls of dough and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Sprinkle chocolate pieces on top of each cookie. Bake at 350F for 12-15 min.


Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies

chocolate cookie recipeIt’s Monday, and that means it’s cookie day.

Because Mondays require cookies, that’s why.  And because I woke up with a huge headache.  AGAIN.

I thought I had this headache thing licked after I read this awesome-sauce headache book.  My previously frequent headaches had become quite infrequent, and all was right with the world.  Then I became sort of lazy about my rule-following and slightly indulgent about my caffeine intake, and wouldn’t you know it?  The headaches returned.

You know it’s going to be a long day when you wake up hoping you can have chocolate cookies and diet coke for breakfast.

I could tell the dog was feeling the same way.  He’s a full week into his required 10 days of cone-wearing after his neutering, and let me tell you… that cone is getting old.  For all of us.  He also can’t bathe until the 10 days are over, and that is getting old too.

Dark Chocolate Cookie recipe

Puppy and I moped around the kitchen, me begrudgingly making meals and doing dishes, and he fruitlessly sniffing the kitchen floor for yummy crumbs to nibble.

I also begrudgingly drove the high school kids to school, waiting for my ibuprofen to kick in and mustering all the patience I had to listen to the silly and bathroom-activity-filled conversation happening in the back seat.  What is it with talking about bathroom activities?  I literally can’t remember the last extended conversation I had with my kids that didn’t come around to that at some point.

Just as I was congratulating myself for making it all the way to school without yelling at any kids, Bam!  I suddenly remembered that it’s a rare short day, and the lunches I packed them were completely unnecessary.  And now I’m going to feel irritated all the way home, too.

I went through a chocolate cookie ingredient list in my head, thinking I would stop at the store while I’m out, if necessary, because I’m having chocolate cookies today, come hell or high water!

dark chocolate dessert

Easy chocolate cookies

Honestly?  So rarely does something as simple as a cookie balance out the day, but this one delivered on it’s promise. That lovely dark chocolate flavor really did the trick.  The high egg-to-flour ratio means the cookies spread quite a bit, and they flatten out and become rather thin.  It’s part of the charm, if you ask me.

This cookie isn’t heavy, it’s not chunky, or fancy, or frosted.  It’s not visually notable in any way but one… it’s black.  Dark, dark, black.  With a little sprinkle of salt in the middle.

It might be the most perfect cookie that ever lived.  I may have eaten fifteen a couple of them to brighten my afternoon.

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{Adapted from these Salted Dark Chocolate Nutella Cookies from Faux Martha.}

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Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies

Recipe Type: Cookies
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Serves: 3 dozen
A rich dark chocolate cookie topped with coarse sea salt.
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • coarse sea salt
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, baking powder, and cocoa powder, and mix well.
  3. Add oats and flour and mix until combined.
  4. Drop by spoonfuls onto a baking sheet, leaving room for spreading, and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Immediately top with coarse sea salt, then remove from baking sheet and allow to cool.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Chewy Chocolate Cookies from Completely Delicious

Triple Chocolate Oreo Chunk Cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

Chocolate Mint Oreo Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod


Intense Dark Chocolate Cake

Chocoholic CakeA recipe for a dense chocolate cake with chocolate icing.

Source:  Adapted from Chocolate Armagnac Cake by Dorie Greenspan in her book, Baking: From My Home to Yours

I got such a sweet deal on these two Dorie Greenspan cookbooks recently.  I was beyond excited when Around My French Table and Baking arrived in an Amazon box on my front porch.  I spent days drooling over recipes, and trying to decide which to make first.  I changed my mind several times. Lemon Tart?  Basque Cake?  Devil’s Food?  Indecision haunted me… 

…until I found this Chocolate Armagnac Cake.

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