What's Baking: Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Blossoms

Gluten-free peanut butter blossoms || A Less Processed Life

Christmas might be over ... but holiday cookie season isn't done yet, right? Meh, whatever, it's always cookie season.

Gluten-free peanut butter blossoms || A Less Processed Life

D's favorite cookies are Peanut Butter Blossoms, but he's eating healthier and part of his regimen precludes eating refined flours. So, a quick Internet search led me to these flourless (and thus gluten-free!) peanut butter blossoms. Without the flour, these cookies are super-peanutty, which I think makes them even better than the original. 

The recipe I worked from said it made 36 cookies, but I'm calling shenanigans on that yield, as I only got 18 cookies out of the dough. (And I swear I didn't eat that much cookie dough!) But, personally, I like a smaller yield of cookies, as that means I don't have to feel too bad when they quickly disappear from the kitchen. :)

Gluten-free Peanut Butter Blossoms (printer-friendly version)
makes 18 cookies

1 cup all-natural creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 egg
1/3 cup additional granulated sugar for rolling
18 milk chocolate Hershey's kisses

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat and set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the peanut butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, baking soda, and salt.
3. Stir in the egg until well-combined.
4. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar, then place on the prepped baking sheet.
5. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven. Press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie and return to the oven for 2 more minutes. 
6. Carefully removed the cookies from the cookie sheet (they will be quite crumbly just out of the oven) and set on a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

(adapted from this Hershey's recipe)

Gluten-free peanut butter blossoms || A Less Processed Life