Welcome to my blog, through which I hope to be able to share my experiences of gluten free cooking, baking, experimenting and eating.
When my daughter was diagnosed (age 6) with Coeliac Disease, our world of eating changed overnight. From breads, pastry and pasta to cakes, biscuits and puddings.......... suddenly most of what we knew was 'off the menu'. I think I must have tested every available gluten free product on the market, seeking out replacements to try and keep things as normal as possible. I was disappointed to find that what was available was often dry, crumbly and flavourless.
Not one to shy away from a challenge, I decided to turn my kitchen into a laboratory, turn all I knew about cooking on its head and start creating!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Dark & Chewy Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies - gluten free #RecipeRefurb

Check out these Dark & Chewy Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies. They are a favourite recipe of mine. Sweet, chocolatey, peanutty, chewy yumciousness which are incredibly simple to make. You can knock up a batch in about half an hour, if you work with speedy hands.

I have recently been revisiting old recipes and whilst doing so, have been updating a few photographs. Some of my earlier photos were so cruddy, that making recipes again seems a great opportunity for a revamp. Midge over at Peachicks Bakery has also been doing a few updates under the hashtag #RecipeRefurb, so I thought I would join her!

A couple of weeks ago, I made a double batch of these cookies for a Unit team day at work. They went down a storm with lots of colleagues telling me they needed the recipe. I'm not surprised. They are laden with oodles of crunchy peanut butter and cocoa and stuffed full of chocolate chips. Let's face it.... there's no better combo than chocolate and peanut for sheer indulgence and cookie comfort.

When I devised the recipe, it was loosely based on my earlier Peanut Chocolate-Chip Biscuits, but these cookies are much softer, spread further when baked and have had the flour removed and replaced with a cocoa hit. Each batch makes 18 to 20 cookies which should go a long way, but be warned..... they are totally addictive.... They don't last over at the Gluten Free Alchemist....

I am sharing my amazing Dark & Chewy Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies with :

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Dark & Chewy Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies (makes 18 to 20 cookies)


140g soft light brown sugar
25g cocoa powder
¾ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
150g crunchy peanut butter
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg - lightly beaten
100g dark chocolate chunks/chips


  1. Line 2 baking sheets with baking paper.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 C/350 F/ Gas 4.
  3. Weigh and mix together the sugar, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda, ensuring any lumps of sugar are completely broken down.
  4. Add the peanut butter, vanilla and egg and stir thoroughly until the mixture is well-combined and even.
  5. Add the chocolate chunks and mix again until evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  6. Divide the dough into approximately 14 even-sized portions, rolling into balls with your hands.
  7. Flatten each ball slightly between the palms of your hands and place on the baking sheets allowing room for spreading between each.
  8. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes, swapping the trays around in the oven half way through cooking to ensure an even bake.
  9. Remove from the oven and leave on the trays for about 10 minutes until the cookies are firm enough to transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
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  1. these look so good - I was a stack of them - am sure they would not last long at my house!

    and I know the feeling of wanting to update photos - occasionally I return to my favourite photos and give them an update, but not as much as I would like

    1. Thanks Johanna. They are really good..... I am quite glad I had a load of people to share them with, or I probably would have eaten them all! x

  2. Wow Kate, these look amazing - somehow I find the cracks which develop as cookies bake is very inviting...and the flavour - well i can certainly understand why they soon disappeared.
    I definitely need to do some #RecipeRefurb too
    Angela x

    1. Thanks Angela. I'm with you on the cookie cracks. I always think they make cookies look better! xx

  3. They look amazing and so inviting with all those lovely little cracks on them. I have to say it's a couple of years since I've made peanut butter cookies and so definitely time I revisited them. I'm also slowly going through and trying to remake some of my old recipes - It's hard to find time but so worth it! I'll have to try and remember the hashtag next time I remake something, although with the holidays coming up it might not be until September now! Thanks for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice x

    1. Thanks Corina. Two years is too long without Peanut Butter Cookies! Definitely time to revisit those old recipes xx

  4. These biscuits look divine would never have guessed they were gluten free. The crumb looks delicious. Thank you for sharing on #CookBlogShare

  5. Oh my - these look incredible!! I could quite happily scoff the lot :-D Eb x

  6. Oh wow, these look so rich and alluring. Great news that they can be made in half an hour too - We are not the most patient in our house! Thanks so much for joining in with #BakeoftheWeek

  7. Love the look of these and what a gorgeous shot too! Got a redundant jar of peanut butter that needs a make-over, I know what to do with it now!!!

  8. these look seriously moreish Kate! Like mega yummy! I love your photos - I mean they always look fabulous, but they just make you want to reach in a grab a cookie to eat!
    Thank you for linking up to #Bakeoftheweek x

  9. Oh my! I would need to stay WELL away from these because I'd demolish them all in one go! They look utterly incredible x

  10. Very nice recipe and they looks so perfectly made. I would dive in and grab a few!!

  11. The cookies are fab, I would love to bake them. I'm not baking gluten free often, so I would love a challenge too.

  12. They look absolutely stunning Kate and I love love love chocolate and peanut butter! Thanks for linking up to #TreatPetite


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