[pinit] My kids still haven’t started school! Have yours? And I am reminded every single day why I would never, ever (ever) be a homeschooler. Now, I know that many schools are nut-free (my kids’ classrooms are nut-free, but the lunchroom isn’t (allergy tables instead)) so these peanut butter gluten free chocolate chip cookies might be a no-go for your gluten free kid’s lunchbox. But they’re perfect for an after-school treat, right? For my kids, these are going in that first lunchbox.* They don’t even know it yet, but they’re gonna feel like they hit the lottery. Like they need to hit the lottery. I need to hit the lottery, but youknowwhatImean.
These chocolate chip cookies travel super well. They’re thick and crunchy, so they crumble a bit when you bite ’em or break ’em. But they’re not delicate or anything. Think of them like a deeply satisfying, peanut buttery version of gluten-free Chips Ahoy! cookies (btw, they don’t make gluten-free Chips Ahoy! but we do).
And … they’re a slice and bake deal. That means a little planning ahead since the dough has to chill in a wrapped cylinder, but it’s much less trouble to shape the cookies. And they bake up in just the most perfect shape ever.
Hey, Nicole, nice-looking cookies, but can I make them with another nut-butter? Or how about a non-nut-butter? I bet you can, sister! I haven’t tried it myself, but I bet these would be outstanding with Nutella. Or even Sunbutter or something. Try it, and let us know how it goes, would you? And while you’re pulling a rabbit out of a hat, occupy my kids until school starts. Okay?
*Speaking of lunchboxes, I’ve been testing all manner of lunch containers and working on back-to-school lunchbox ideas. I shall post about it ASAP.
1 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (55 g) packed light brown sugar
2 eggs (120 g, out of shell) at room temperature, beaten
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
Place the peanut butter and chopped butter in a small, heat-safe bowl. Place the bowl over a small saucepan of simmering water, ensuring that the bowl does not touch the water. Stir occasionally until the peanut butter and butter have melted and are smooth. Remove the bowl from the heat and set it aside to cool briefly.
In a large bowl, place the flour, xanthan gum, salt, baking soda, and granulated sugar, and whisk to combine well. Add the brown sugar, and whisk to combine again, working out any lumps in the brown sugar. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the peanut butter and butter mixture. Mix to combine. Add the eggs and vanilla, and mix again to combine. The cookie dough will be very thick. Add the chocolate chips, and mix until they are evenly distributed throughout the dough.
Divide the dough into two parts, place each on a large sheet of unbleached parchment paper or plastic wrap, and press each half of dough with your hands so that it holds together well. Shape each piece of dough into a cylinder about 1 ½ inches in diameter. Roll the cylinders of dough tightly in the parchment paper or plastic wrap, and cinch the ends. Place in the refrigerator to chill until firm (about 1 hour, or up to overnight).
Once the dough has chilled, preheat your oven to 325°F. Line rimmed baking sheets with unbleached parchment paper. Unwrap the cylinders of cookie dough and slice each with a sharp knife into about 12 pieces. Place the disks of dough about 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets.
Place the baking sheets, one at a time, in the center of the preheated oven and bake until set and lightly golden brown all over (about 15 minutes). Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes on the baking sheet or until firm. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.