Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Original Recipe HERE

This is a great recipe to have on hand for when your kids want to make cookies - but YOU don't want to get involved in an hours-long process that involves a lot of mess and probablyyour kids losing interest and leaving the boring part of putting baking sheet after baking sheet in the oven and monitoring the time.  Upside: they're tasty!
Downside: they're greasy!  So you may reget letting your kids handle the dough unless you're hovering over them with a paper towel and orders to scrub their hands before they run through the house.
The recipe says it makes 20 cookies, and that was about what I got.  They spread more than I thought they would, so be sure to leave enough spacing on the baking sheet.
1 cup peanut butter [I used creamy]
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 large or extra large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips [optional; I used it]
sugar for rolling [optional; I did not do]
(1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silpat (I used a silpat).
(2) In a medium bowl, beat peanut butter and brown sugar until smooth.
(3) Add egg, vanilla, baking soda, and salt to peanut butter mixture.  Beat until incorporated. fold in chocolate chips, if using.
(4) Shape into balls approximately 1" diameter.  Roll in white sugar if desired.
(5) Slightly flatten with a fork into a criss-cross pattern or the bottom of a glass.
(6) Bake for 8-9 minutes (I did 9).  Let cookies sit on baking sheet for several minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
Kid Participation:
* Beat all ingredients with a stand mixer
* Roll out balls of dough (if you don't care much about uniformity of size)
* Flatten cookies (if you can trust them to use a light touch)

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