Make peanut butter cookies with just four ingredients – and you don't need flour

Paul Hollywood won’t be the only tough judge on next year’s Great British Bake Off as many of us use our time in coronavirus lockdown to fine tune our skills in the kitchen.

As we all do our bit by staying at home, and many shops running low on basic necessities, it’s meant amateur cooks and bakers have had to get resourceful to recreate their favourite foods.

Jamie Oliver has already shown us how to make pasta using just flour and water, and everyone seems to have perfected creating bread, bagels and doughnuts without the need for yeast by using a sourdough starter.

Being able to replicate essentials and take pressure off the shops is brilliant – but sometimes you also need a sweet treat to get you through.

And what better than an incredibly simple recipe for peanut butter using just four ingredients you probably already have at home?

The recipe has received glowing reviews online

For the BBC Good Food recipe, you’ll need:

  • 200g of peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
  • 175g of golden caster sugar (others have recommended reducing this to 125g)
  • One large egg
  • A pinch of table salt

Begin by preheating the oven to 180C and lining two baking trays with baking paper.

Measure out the peanut butter and sugar into a bowl, add a pinch of table salt and mix it together with a wooden spoon.

Add the egg and stir until it forms a dough consistency and break off little balls of the mixture, roughly the size of a cherry tomato.

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It doesn’t take long to do

Space them apart on the trays and flatten them down slightly with the back of a spoon or fork.

Place them in the oven and leave them for around 12 minutes, until the edges start to turn golden.

Allow them to cool on the tray for 10 minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool off completely.

They have to be eaten within three days, but we’re sure you won’t have a problem completing that bit of the process.

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They’ve been given a string of five-star reviews online, with one who tried it out saying: “When I read this recipe I couldn’t imagine how they would work (despite reading all the comments). They absolutely do though and are delicious.”

As others suggested reducing the amount of sugar to 125g, another raved: “Well that’s the diet ruined – took the tip to reduce the sugar content and these are excellent – family of 4 two batches destroyed…. Great recipe.”



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