I would love to find the perfect three-ingredient cookie recipe. I love simplicity. I love cookies and anything baked. Wouldn’t it be great if the two worked together?
Last weekend I found a recipe for a single peanut butter cookie on Pinterest. Perfect for someone like me who doesn’t want to eat more than one cookie. It was only three ingredients.
It was almost too good to be true.
It was Sunday afternoon, and my husband and son were going down for their afternoon naps. I thought I would try it. If it turned out well, I wouldn’t have to share.
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup of powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon of whisked egg
2. Roll into balls, place on cooking sheet and make criss-cross pattern with a fork.
3. Bake for 12-15 minutes (depends on the oven).
Here is the original recipe. (This is a fantastic tutorial with great pics.)
I took some shortcuts here — I used the toaster oven. I didn’t have any creamy peanut butter so I used my husband’s chunky. I put it on foil and let it go.
The original recipe called for 12-15 minutes and I let it cook 12 minutes, which was too long. Yes, it was a little crispy. You could smell the slight tinge of almost-burn wafting in the kitchen. (Although, it wasn’t bad enough to set off the smoke detector, which would have woken up my son. Whew!)
The taste: I ate around the crispy parts and it wasn’t bad. Tasted like cooked peanut butter that was sweetened. Hit the spot for me that afternoon but I wouldn’t serve it to guests.
Seriously, what can you expect from a three-ingredient cookie? There is a reason why some things are more complicated to make.
So here is my shortcut takeaway: Three-ingredient cookies are a quick fix if you need something now. Otherwise, if you are looking for a good shortcut cookie, go to your neighborhood bakery!
P.S. Don’t try this with almond butter, or anything other than peanut butter. Trust me — it does not work at all!