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Peanut Butter Cornmeal Cookies

Peanut Butter Cornmeal Cookies

Lethargic, listless, lackadaisical. I've been utterly lazy the last week and half. At first, it was because I was jet-lagged, blaming time differences and long flights on my reason for not getting up from the couch. However, after the fatigue wore off, so did my excuses. I began setting my alarm to get up for the gym—an honest attempt to drag myself back into a normal schedule. Waking up to the loud beeping with cloudy skies overhead, I found myself hitting the snooze button and turning over for another hour's rest.

Not today, I'd tell myself. Maybe tomorrow...

Peanut Butter Cornmeal Cookies Peanut Butter Cornmeal Cookies

One day turned into two. Then three, then four. After rolling out of bed, I'd eat breakfast before situating myself in front of the television to watch hours of sitcoms and Lifetime movies. I made up excuses to convince myself I didn't need to leave the house. Overdue library books sat by the front door, accumulating small, but bothersome ten cent charges each day that passed. I wasn't sad or depressed, sick or under the weather. I was simply and inexcusably lazy.

I don't really need to go to the gym, I'd tell myself while eating through a bag of potato chips. I'll bake something tomorrow, I'd assure myself, scrolling through more recipes on Pinterest. Laziness was a luxury, wasn't it?

But, as the days turned into a week, I wasn't so sure of that anymore.

Peanut Butter Cornmeal Cookies

Abraham Miller once said that he who knows how to loaf is wiser than three sages. I have the feeling, however, he wasn't talking about me. With all the reality television I was watching, I couldn't hope to be as wise as one sage, much less three. Laziness was no longer a luxury. It was becoming a chore (and no one likes chores).

Exactly 10 days after my lazy streak started, it abruptly ended. I pulled myself together. I went to the gym. I cuddled back up to my Kitchenaid mixer and made sweet, sweet desserts. I returned the library books back to their rightful home. Though laziness does have a time and place (and I will look back upon mine fondly), sometimes enough is enough.

The real world comes calling and we all must get up off the couch.

Peanut Butter Cornmeal Cookies

These Peanut Butter Cornmeal Cookies are the product of curious thinking and experimentation. Gluten and dairy free, the cookies are made with crunchy peanut butter and rolled in sugar for sweetness. The cornmeal adds a little extra texture to these cookies, without a distinguishable taste. Though the cornmeal can give the cookies a drier texture, it isn't anything a glass of milk can't cure.

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Peanut Butter Cornmeal Cookies

Yields about 18 cookies

1 cup chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus extra for rolling
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup cornmeal

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the peanut butter and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla extract, mixing well. Stir in baking powder and cornmeal. The batter will be very thick. Add 2-3 tablespoons water to smooth out the batter.

Form tablespoon-sized balls and roll cookie dough in sugar. Place cookies on a baking sheet and flatten. Press a fork into the top to create decorative patterns. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for at least 5-10 minutes before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely. The cookies will be very fragile and need to cool down before they can be moved.

Reader Comments (15)

What a unique way to make PB cookies! These sound lovely!
I wish that when I drag myself off the couch, something delicious looking like these cookies was the outcome. I think if it was, I might be a bit more motivated to switch off the TV and the laptop! :)
05.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa |
It's true that baking gluten-free and dairy-free does require "curious thinking and experimentation," more so than just throwing a bunch of fats, sugars and animal products together. I hope you pursue further with baking healthier. I absolutely love your photographs, but honestly, it's the pictures only that draw me to your site.

You have such a raw passion and ambition for baking and have followed your dream, which I admire. Combining that drive with the pursuit of healthy desserts (i.e. recipes that address allergies, refined sugar substitutes), you would just steal my heart. There is such a movement out there for this, you would be wonderful at developing recipes for those that otherwise overlook your site.
05.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJane
Interesting take! I am excited to try them, I've never came across a peanut butter cookie that I didn't like!
05.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngela
I definitely have those days where I don't feel like doing anything productive. It's a sickness really. But nothing a little motivation (and cookies) can't cure.

I love peanut butter cookies, but I never thought of combining them with cornmeal. It sounds interesting.
So glad that these can easily be made gluten free! Yum!
05.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmily
What a wonderful twist on traditional peanut butter cookies. I love adding cornmeal to, well, everything! :)
They're on the cooling rack... Hate that I have to wait for them to cool haha, they smell delicious :D
05.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRose
I'm totally bookmarking these to serve to my gluten-free friends. So beautiful!!
Does it have to be chunky Peanut butter?
05.23.2012 | Unregistered Commenterlindsey
I LOVE these! THEN remembered my husband and son hate peanut butter. Im blaming it on pregnancy! lol
05.24.2012 | Unregistered Commenterlindsey
Lindsey-- So happy you liked them! Did you use creamy peanut butter for them?
05.24.2012 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
Yum! These were great! I loved being able to taste a hint of cornmeal. And they were dry, but not in a bad a crumbly way which went perfect with a glass of milk. Thank you so much for sharing!
06.9.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjenny
Love these! Love peanut butter in anything! =)
06.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa
These are absolutely my favorite cookies I've ever made. So simple and fresh. I'm in awe!
07.10.2013 | Unregistered CommenterNoelle

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