Saturday, June 8, 2013

Peanut Cookies Gluten Free / Book signing in Winnipeg

I love peanuts !!
Years and years ago ... almost 'once upon a time' ..  I bought packaged peanut cookies that were my absolute favorite !   I bought them for several years , then , suddenly they were gone, never to be seen on grocery store shelves again!
I tried over the years to copycat them in my kitchen but could never quite capture the flavour that was locked into my memory.
Recently, I bought some peanuts and I thought about these cookies again and wished I could have one !   I decided I had nothing to lose in trying to come up with a cookie  recipe that would at least attempt to satisfy my taste longing.
And to my great surprise the resulting cookies taste EXACTLY like the ones I used to love , and they are gluten free !

So here is the recipe -- hope you enjoy them as much as I do !  I won't be making these too often, because I definitely can't eat just one !

  • 1/2 cup butter 
  • 1/2 cup white sugar 
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut sugar (or brown sugar - see note on bottom) 
  • 1 large egg 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla 
  • 1/2 cup millet flour 
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour 
  • 1/3 cup white bean flour (or chick pea flour) 
  • 1/4 cup  potato starch 
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar 
  • 1 cup of blanched salted peanuts 
  1. Cream butter, sugars until fluffy, then add egg and vanilla and beat for a couple of minutes. 
  2. Mix dry ingredients together and mix into the creamed batter. 
  3. Stir in peanuts. 
  4. Form into two rolls   each 8" long -  The dough is a bit sticky  , so I cover it with plastic wrap as I form the dough into the rolls.. then wrapping them up  in  the plastic wrap.
  5. Refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight. 
  6. Slice rolls into 1/4 inch slices - place on a parchment lined cookie sheet, adding  half a peanut, flat side down in the middle of each slice. 
  7. Bake on parchment lined cookie sheet at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.  
  8. Eat your share before the kids come home from school !  smile 
Variation: Substitute chocolate chips for the peanuts .. or divide the dough in half and add 1/2 cup peanuts to one portion and 1/2 cup chocolate chips to the other.

NOTE : I have recently read a book on the benefits of coconut oil.   On our last trip to Costco I saw a bag of Organic Coconut Sugar.   I thought I'd try it.  Coconut sugar is made from the blossoms of the coconut tree.  The sugar is organic, unprocessed and has the benefit of keeping the blood sugar from spiking as much as regular sugar. -- therefore making it advantageous for diabetics.   It is a little healthier than sugar - probably on par with honey.   Coconut sugar tastes like brown sugar and can be substituted in equal amounts where brown sugar is called for in a recipe.
(I have not tried this recipe with reg. brown sugar or chick pea flour, so I can't guarantee the flavour to be identical ) 

Today there will be a book signing in Winnipeg at the Ten Thousand Village store on Henderson between 11 - 1 and the Ten Thousand Village store on Plaza between 3 - 5.  Yesterday we had a great day in Steinbach.  Lovella writes about their time in Steinbach on her blog today.   Here is the link.  Happy Saturday!


  1. Great note about the coconut sugar - I saw it at Costco my last trip there too, but wasn't sure if it worked 1-1 like regular brown sugar. Thanks for the tip! The cookies look great!

  2. I so also remember buying these cookies ,, and love peanuts ,, now would you have them the recipe ole fashioned ,, way as we are not all needing gluten free ,,
    would like then to try to make them ,, we love coconut .. to me something either needs to be the taste , of one or the other ,,

    Their is so much out their now ,,like peaches made in pear sauce etc ,,, just seems all is getting crossed over ,, my husband ,, has already asked at times ,, is it supposed to taste like what ?this or that ,..
    Just a opinion ,, Thx

    1. I agree with your 'opinion' - why can't we just leave some things alone!
      I was wondering if anyone would remember those cookies -- but didn't really think anyone would ! Thank you for 'remembering' ! smile
      As far as making my recipe with reg. flour -- I haven't tried it but you could try just using 1 2/3 cups wheat flour instead of the gluten free mix of flours and leave out the xanthan gum.
      Let us know if it works!

  3. What was the name of the B & B you all stayed at? Thanks!

    1. It is Women Refreshed at the Well
      here is their website:

  4. What quantity for potato starch -- tsp-tbsp-cup <<

  5. I'm sorry, Anonymous... I have corrected the amount of potato starch. Thank you for pointing out the error !