Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Flourless Almond Butter Cookies

I've been in the baking mood the past few days. However I always hate the mess that baking makes. When you don't have a dishwasher in your small apartment, washing 5 different bowls and pans gets old...fast. This recipe only used 1 bowl and a few ingredients! And who doesn't love peanut butter & jelly? Well ok, I decided to use almond butter since I am trying to get over my addiction to peanut butter, plus I had a whole jar in our cabinet just waiting to be used. But still, these cookies taste just like a PB & J sandwich, only better since they are cookies.

Since I already said the "peanut" word...I'll tell you the ways I most love peanut butter (or any form of butter really-almond, pumpkin, chocolate peanut butter, the list goes on and on) :

on a banana
by the spoonful
peanut butter & fluff
after a bad day
on a good day
before bed
in bed while watching a movie
in the morning
on my bagel
on an apple
with a glass of milk
in my cookies
with chocolate chips on top
rolled in a tortilla with banana
on a chocolate rice cake
in my amazing grass shake
with my finger
on my oatmeal
always have always will love me some (a lot) peanut butter.

But like I said, these cookies I made with almond butter! Here's a picture of the beautiful butter I used for these cookies...

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup almond butter or peanut butter (or you could mix them)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • about 1/4 cup of your favorite fruit preserves (I used raspberry)
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Next, spray a baking sheet and set aside for the cookies to be placed on once made. In a mixer, combine almond butter and sugars and mix well for 2 minutes. Add the egg and baking soda and mix for another 2 minutes. Roll the mixture into teaspoon size balls and place on the baking sheet. Make a small indentation in the middle of the cookies and fill with the jelly! Finally, bake for about 12 minutes or until perfectly browned.

Note to self: don't make the dough ball this big...my cookies turned out much bigger than I had anticipated.

These cookies are easy and quick, great for kids too! I made them while the kids I nanny for are at school so they can enjoy them when they get off the bus. Am I the best nanny or what? I try really hard because I want them to like me...

And a plus...these are gluten-free! I've still been incorporating wheat back into my diet and haven't had any side affects yet, but still mostly eat gluten-free. I may have to make these for my gluten-free sissy one day too.

PS. I AM VERY HAPPY...how could I forget to tell you this? Jeff and I sold my Olympus camera and ordered my new one! A Canon Rebel T2i. We have researched cameras for a few weeks now and decided this would be the best fit for us. I cannot wait to have clearer and brighter pictures. However since I have to ship my Olympus away, I will be without a good camera for about a week so bear with me and my point and shoot canon pictures this week. Here she is, the newest addition to the Jensen family. Did I mention we are VERY excited? :)

I'm off to eat some lunch (a turkey and cheese melt on a bagel thin and a clementine or two) then finishing up work and meeting Jeff at the gym for a long treadmill run. Shooting for 6 miles today. I'm making roasted brussel sprouts & sweet potato for dinner tonight and I'll try and post later since I want to take a few last pictures with my Olympus. I'm sad to see it go, but beyond excited for our new camera!

Question of the Day: Starting next Monday, Jeff and I will be living (well eating) off of $1 a day for the entire week. We want to experience the way in which the majority of the rest of the world lives. We can each spend 7 dollars for the week, so what food do you think we should buy to live off of? ...Pasta? Bread and peanut butter? Ideas would be greatly appreciated!


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Since I got a 20 lb. turkey for FREE at my supermarket and there should be plenty of leftovers since only 6 adults will be eating it, I would be happy to share with you! Does that count? I mean people shoot a deer and live off the meat for months! I'm figuring Glenn and I will eat turkey every week for a meal until it runs out. I think the best way to save money is to buy in large quantities and live on left overs.Cheryl

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wow, i love the idea of trying to live off of $1 a day for food! it seems so impossible but so many people do it! thankfully pb&j's are cheapish and include peanut butter!!! :) (ps smuckers, all natural = heaven)
oh, and congrats on the new camera! by far, one of the best investments!

Ashley B said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for the recipe, I just baked these for my husband! First batch I baked for 11 mins and they burned :( 2nd batch for 6 mins and they came out perfect... we must have a super-powerful oven!

Tichina said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Jeff and Cait!
What a great site, with beautiful pictures and great recipes. I made these cookies a little while ago, substituting a "chia egg" for the egg, they were delish! I will admit when it came time to make my "small indentation" it was more of a scoop of batter I removed from the middle and placed directly in my mouth. Let's just say my cookies turned out pretty small :).

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