Guilt-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Any baker knows that the easiest cookie out there to create would be the peanut butter cookie. The recipes can range from a cookie with a mere four ingredients, to much more complex ones. On a day with lots of experimenting in the kitchen, the simple one dominated for me.

Now here’s the real beauty of these little confections: they are virtually guilt free. Low cal, tons of protein. And here’s how you do it:

1 Cup of Natural Peanut Butter

3/4 Cup of Natural, Calorie Free Sugar Substitute {this wasn’t my intention; the original recipe calls for 1&1/3 Cup, but I only had the little packets, and after spending 15 minutes ripping each on open and pouring them out, I disturbingly came to find this was all I had. But, I think it would have been much too sweet if I had added any more.}

1 Egg

1 1/2 TSP of Vanilla

And, here’s my secret ingredient that I add to most pastries {and even pancakes} to make them stand out:

1 TSP of Almond Extract

Trust me – people will notice a difference with that – almost like they taste a bit of Christmas.

All you do is thoroughly mix everything together, roll the dough into 1 inch balls and mush with a fork to get a crisscross pattern. Pop them into a preheated 350 degree oven, and leave them in there for 10-12 minutes – unfortunately, this was difficult for me to gauge as I believe our oven is broken. Sad day.

This recipe should yield 16-18 cookies, depending on how much dough you eat. And you can eat it, friends!

Enjoy!

*Statistics are approximate and can be calculated on www.recipes.sparkpeople.com

 16 Servings
Amount Per Serving
  Calories 110.5
  Total Fat 8.3 g
  Saturated Fat 1.3 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 0.1 g
  Cholesterol 11.6 mg
  Sodium 64.4 mg
  Potassium 5.0 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 5.3 g
  Dietary Fiber 1.0 g
  Sugars 2.8 g
  Protein 4.4 g
  Vitamin A 0.4 %
  Vitamin B-12 0.5 %
  Vitamin B-6 0.3 %
  Vitamin C 0.0 %
  Vitamin D 0.6 %
  Vitamin E 0.0 %
  Calcium 0.1 %
  Copper 0.0 %
  Folate 0.4 %
  Iron 1.3 %
  Magnesium 0.0 %
  Manganese 0.0 %
  Niacin 0.0 %
  Pantothenic Acid     0.0 %
  Phosphorus     0.6 %
  Riboflavin 0.6 %
  Selenium 0.0 %
  Thiamin 0.0 %
  Zinc 0.3 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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