MMMMM....these smell so good! And they taste good too! If you have an allergy to peanuts, DO NOT make these. My husband has celiac disease and he cannot have wheat flour, oats, barley or rye. He CAN have peanuts and he DOES have them! This recipe was from a Southern Living cookbook from 1983 and they are called MIRACLE COOKIES, since there is not one bit of flour in them. Here's the recipe, it's easy and I hope you will try it. (Meike from www.librarianwithsecrets.blogspot.com has already made them, and I think they were a hit in Germany!)
MIRACLE COOKIES (Peanut butter):
1 cup peanut butter (I use the crunchy kind)
1 cup sugar (I use 3/4 cup white sugar and 1/4 cup brown sugar)
1 teaspoon vanilla (If you have it, if not it's okay to omit)
1/2 cup chocolate chips (You could leave this out too!)
(optional: some nuts lightly pressed into each cookie, I used pecans, and these few pecans just made them extra special, in my humble opinion!)
That's it! I just use a fork, I mix the peanut butter and sugar together well, then I add the egg & vanilla, mixing, mixing, mixing with the fork. Then, I just work my chocolate chips into the mixture. I roll them into balls and put them on a cookie sheet (NO NEED TO OIL THE PAN!!) Then, you take a fork and press down one side, and then again to make a criss-cross pattern on the top. At this point, you may sprinkle some nuts on the top. Makes about 2 dozen.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 11-16 minutes. WATCH them though! Now, take them out of the oven and DON'T touch them! They need to sit at least 15 minutes or so, but hey, go and do something else and just enjoy that you have made your house smell so darn good!! (You need to get a spatula and gently lift them off the tray, put into a wax paper lined tin and they will keep for...I don't know, they don't last that long in my house!, but should be good for at least 5 or 6 days.) These are GLUTEN FREE but honestly, I have made these for years and everyone seems to love them. But NOT IF YOU HAVE A PEANUT ALLERGY, very important to note this!
I have always thought that my friend, Meike's name was pronounced "MIKEY" and even though it is not pronounced that way, it reminded me of the old Life cereal TV ad which I had to find for you! At the beginning it has the OSCAR MAYER kid for some reason. Hope you enjoy the cookies and the cute boys from the 70's! Thank you, MEIKE, for making these cookies!