Five Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

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Ingredients:
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup egg whites or 1 large egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups finely ground unsweetened flaked coconut*

Directions:
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together peanut butter, sugar, and egg and until well combined - about 1-2 minutes.  Beat in baking soda until combined.  Beat in coconut until combined.

Roll heaping tablespoons of dough into balls.  Place on baking sheets, spacing about 3/4-inch apart.  Flatten balls making a criss-cross with a fork.  Sprinkle with a little sugar, if desired.  Bake 12 minutes or until cookies are golden around the edges, and crisp.  Cool 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool.

Makes about 1 dozen cookies depending how big you make them

*I used Bob's Red Mill unsweetened coconut flakes.  I finely ground the flakes in a food processor and then measured out the 1 1/2 cups.

23 comments:

  1. My family is from St. Louis and you simply must try the gooey butter cake. It is sinful and utterly horrible for you and exactly perfect after a long night of partying (not that *I* know what that's about ...). I grew up making it from my Mama's recipe but .. shhhh .. Paula Deen's recipe (easily found online) is exactly the same. As a kinda local, though, I have to say that anything other than the traditional gooey butter cake is an abomination; none of those flavored versions count as the real thing.

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    1. Hahaha okay I will take your word for it, Angela! The traditional version uses yeast, right?

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  2. Mmm coconut. I like the sound of coconut and peanut butter together. The top of these cookies looks delectable.

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    1. Me too! Coconut and peanut butter makes these healthy. ;)

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  3. I have made Paula Deen's Gooey Butter Cake recipe. They are really good I must say.

    Your cookies are interesting. At first I thought these were like my PB meringue cookies, then I realized you used a whole egg.

    You will have to clue us all in on what to eat in St. Louis. Pork steaks sound yummy to me. I'm also curious how St. Louis thin crust pizza compares to my favorite pizza place Naples 45, which also has a very thin crispy crust (Who am I kdding? NY pizza wins all contests, but still it's interesting to taste variations on the theme.)

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    1. I will try! I don't know very much about St. Louis. Hey you're right - the pizza I had in New York was amazing!

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  4. Yay for settling into your new place! I'm moving tomorrow and it's making me increasingly anxious. Hence why I'm on the internet instead of packing. Oy.

    LOVE these cookies!!

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  5. Glad to see you're settling in - and that hamburger mess actually sounds pretty good right now...

    We have what's billed as a St. Louis pizza place in DC called Pi. Very good pizza, although they also make a thick-crust that's better than the thin crust one. No sign of Provel cheese on it.

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    1. I want to try this Pi place! It sounds good! I think there was a Pi pizza place in Chicago, too.

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  6. how easy is this? I have always wanted to try a flourless peanut butter cookie. they look perfect!

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    1. I think some recipes just use peanut butter, egg, and sugar!

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  7. Have an amazing time in your new city! :) I'm looking forward to reading about your yummy food adventures. Ps. do you have a recipe for your favorite pie crust? If so, let me know! I want to make my mom cherry pie for her birthday and am looking for an exceptional crust!

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    1. Thanks, Monique! I don't have a favorite recipe, I don't think. It seems like I make up a new one every time I make a pie!

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  8. I hope you and Eric are settling in and are excited about your new digs and city. I have never been to St Louis and never heard of the gooey butter cake until last week when I was checking out the Cookie Madness Blog whrer I saw a post for Gooey Butter Cake Squares. They looked yummy but I have not tried them yet. You might want to check it out.
    Happy New Home, Emily!

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    1. Hi Anon! I saw Anna's post. Those bars look good! Thank you so much!

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  9. Oh goodness, this cookie looks delightful :) I love the short ingredient list!

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  10. I made the flourless pb cookies before but coconut is an inspired addition. A week without the Internet might be okay with me but I would die after a day without cable. TV is kinda my life.

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  11. Yummy twist on the flourless pb cookie, Emily! They can be made with Splenda too (for those wanting a low carb-low sugar treat). There are soooo many good restaurants (including pizza places) in St. Louis. I think it would be fun to arrange a St. Louis food bloggers lunch/coffee/drink where we each bring you the names of our top 2 or three eating places (restaurant/bakery/bar/food truck).

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  12. Can you use all natural peanut butter in place of the regular? I have had mixed results when swapping the two. Thanks!

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  13. I haven't tried it yet, but I think it would work just fine.

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