Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Okay, anyone who knows me at all realizes the kitchen is not my preferred venue for creativity. So, when my good writing buddy (and kickass fantasy author) Kerry Schafer (click here for her cookie recipe) asked me to participate in this virtual cookie exchange, I came this >< close to refusing. On the grounds, you know, that I don't bake cookies. I buy them. 

But then I remembered that I do occasionally bake cookies. From scratch, even. 

But only this recipe for the world's easiest peanut butter cookies: 


1 cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky, makes no diff)
1 cup sugar (white or brown, whatever's on hand)
1 egg (white or brown works here, too)

Stir it all together, shape into 1-inch balls (heh-heh, I said balls), place balls (oops, I did it again) 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet, flatten balls gently with fork (snicker). 

Bake at 350° for 12 minutes (or until golden). Remove to wire racks to cool. 

Got that? 1+1+1, ball 'em, fork 'em, bake 'em. Ta-da!

Easy-peasy. And really yummy! Also, gluten-free, if that's a concern for you. 

Oh, and technically I'm supposed to persuade four other bloggers to post their favorite cookie recipes on their blogs next Tuesday. Only I know so many wonderful bloggers (all of whom make excellent cookies, I'm sure!) that I couldn't decide among them. 

Sooo, if you happen to have a cookie recipe you're dying to share, next Tuesday (Dec. 16) would be a good time to do it. You can let me know in the comments if you do, so I can stop by and get a look at the wonderful cookies I will not, alas, be baking. Unless, you know, they only have three ingredients and don't require decoration. ;)

Peace, Joy, and Merry Everything to you and yours this Holiday Season! 


Kerry Schafer said...

A rather ballsy post, I must say. 1+1+1. I like this. This I could make some night when I'm supposed to be writing and suffering a cookie craving.

Linda G. said...

Kerry -- They truly are easy (they'd have to be, for me to make them *grin*), and honestly some of the best peanut butter cookies I've eaten. Really yummy!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

I got that same peanut butter cookie recipe from my favorite aunt many years ago. She said they tasted just like Reese's peanut butter cups, and they kinda do, don't they? (Especially if you mix in a bunch of chocolate chips. Yummy!)

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Pearson Report said...

Well, finally a recipe I'll be able to follow. Anything with more than 3 ingredients is, like, you know, like, way too, like, hard! I also like that bit about "ball 'em, fork 'em and bake 'em" - way cool!

Can I drink while making these, like, do you think it'll be, like, safe! (might impact the handling of the balls)

Ah… nothing like easy-peasy to get me in the holiday mode.

Thanks for sharing!

Dawn@Lighten Up! said...

Whoa! What an easy recipe for balls! (Heh!)
Srsly though - love it. Going to write it down!

Linda G. said...

Susan -- They do! And the chocolate chips are an excellent idea. Though it does add an extra ingredient. Hmm...well, I suppose chocolate it always worth the trouble. ;)

PR (aka Jenny)-- Yes! In fact, I find drinking tends to improve the ball-handling. ;)

Dawn -- I know, right? And, really, do you need to write it down. I mean, 1+1+1 and you're done! :)

Diane Henders said...

Cookie exchange - woohoo! I have your PB cookie recipe, too, and it's one of my favorites.

I'd love to play cookie exchange! And if you'll let me diverge into fudge recipes, I'll post two totally yummy 3-ingredient recipes that you don't even have to cook - one for peanut butter fudge and one for chocolate. Or put 'em together for PB-Choc fudge (but then there would be six ingredients...)

Linda G. said...

Diane -- I adore fudge! Please do share your easy recipes. I might even attempt them myself, since the payoff would be, yanno, FUDGE. :)

LD Masterson said...

Oh, I love peanut butter cookies. I'm going to try this one.

Reading this post was a bit like the conversations I've been having with my grandson lately. He's on his high school bowling team and I'm his usual chauffeur to practices and matches, so we do a lot of:"Where are your balls?" "Have you got your balls?" "It's too cold to leave your balls in the car." And his favorite, "I'm not carrying your balls, they're too heavy."

Linda G. said...

LD -- LOL! Sounds like you both have my kind of sense of humor. ;)

Lola Sharp said...

That's a lot of ball handling! Smashing balls with forks...hmmmm, i like it. ;)

MERRY Christmas, LG!!!! <333