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The World’s Simplest Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

These can be made with three ingredients, or five if you’re feeling fancy, and they’re delicious, vegan, and gluten-free!

Take three ingredients, take one more if you want, and then — maybe — take just one more. It’s as simple as that. These very straightforward recipes can be made with minimum effort and ingredients, but the more things you add, the better they get. The only ingredient I’m going to assume you have already is salt and pepper, everything else gets added to the total. However, feel free to use these ideas as starting points for your own experimenting based on what you have to hand.

Step right up, peanut butter lovers, this one’s for you — in fact, there’s not much else to these cookies. Just peanut butter, sugar, and a pinch of baking soda magically transforms into delicious, intensely nutty cookies. They’re also gluten-free, if that’s of interest.

Peanut butter + sugar + baking soda

Set your oven to 350F and line a cookie sheet with baking paper. Mix together one cup good-quality peanut butter, one cup sugar, and half a teaspoon of baking soda — it sounds silly for such a tiny amount, but it’s worth sieving the baking soda to make sure it’s evenly spread through the mixture without any lumps. Gently roll and flatten tablespoons in your hands and lay them evenly on the cookie sheet. Bake for ten minutes. Once you take them out of the oven, allow the cookies to cool completely before you move them from the tray — they’re very fragile and prone to breaking apart (relatable!).

A pinch of cinnamon to the mixture and some melted dark chocolate drizzled over steps it up a level. The easiest way to do this is to melt a small quantity of chocolate, dip a teaspoon into it, and flick it back and forth over the cooled cookies. This makes a little go a long way — quarter of a cup of dark chocolate pieces was plenty here — and you don’t have to bother with a piping bag.

You should, give or take how much of the dough you eat, get twenty cookies out of this.

Food blogger and author from New Zealand. Writing at hungryandfrozen.com; Twitter at @hungryandfrozen; and exclusive stuff at Patreon.com/hungryandfrozen.

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