This post is sponsored by the Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission. I received a gift card and accessories as reimbursement for ingredients and time. I have one of my sewing machines back from the shop. Hooray! I thought by having two I would always have a backup, but Murphy’s Law prevailed. As I mentioned last week, while I was sewing machine-less, I did some cooking. Desserts, of course. Even though it’s fine for my husband and I, the Peanut Butter and Jelly Braid was definitely not gluten free and I seem to involuntarily consider that, just in case my daughter and her husband end up at my house. Turns out, the day after I made these they did. I think they smelled the cookies from the next town over.
I made these using an old cookie recipe that’s become a go-to when I need something gluten free. It doesn’t take any special ingredients and has a short list of things that I always have on hand.
Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies
1 cup peanut butter (I’ve used both natural-style and big-brand)
1 cup packed brown sugar (white sugar will work as well)
1 cup blackberry fruit spread
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix the peanut butter, sugar and egg. Lightly grease a mini muffin tin.
Drop tablespoons of the dough into the muffin holes. Press the dough into the bottom, which I found was easiest to do with my fingers. Press an indent into the center, making sure not to press all the way through to the bottom. A wine cork worked great for this, but I couldn’t figure out a way to keep it from getting too sticky. I ended up using the end of a wooden spoon and just pushing the dough around until the hole looked right.
Fill with 1 teaspoon of the blackberry spread. These cookies don’t really change size or shape while they bake, so don’t worry that they look too full.
Bake for 8 – 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely before removing from the pan.
I tried adding some whipped cream mixed with a bit of the blackberry fruit spread on top, and let me tell you, there was nothing wrong with that.
As you might imagine, these are pretty rich, so it only takes a couple. Or a few, depending on who you’re talking to in my family.