Writing Treats: Low Guilt Peanut Butter Cookies

My writing day starts super early, at about 5 a.m. because I enjoy the peace and quiet before the rest of the family wakes up and the house erupts into a buzzing hive of chaos and activity. By 3 p.m. I hit a slump and desperately need a pick-me-up treat. Preferably something healthy and yummy.

One of the best answers I found are peanut butter cookies! Made without flour and sugar, the cookies are high in protein and full of that wonderful nutty peanut butter flavor. Have these with a cold glass of milk and you're adding more protein and calcium too. So much better than grabbing a caffeinated soft drink!

Here's the recipe:

1 cup creamy peanut butter (you could use the chunky if you wanted)
3/4 cup Splenda or Stevia (OR if you're not worried about sugar, go for brown sugar)
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
Garnish: dark semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking tray with foil (for easy clean up).
2. Mix the peanut butter, sweetener, egg and the vanilla extract (if using) in a bowl until all ingredients are well melded.
3. Scoop out a tablespoon of the dough and plop it on the prepared tray.
4. Using a fork, roll the scooped dough into a ball, flatten it to create the crisscross pattern.
5. Bake for 9 minutes.
6. If using chocolate chips, press them into the warm cookies gently.
7. Let cool a bit, then enjoy...of course, with a glass of cold milk!

If you know of any good, easy treats that are both healthy and delicious, please let me know!


  1. Omygoodness the only thing better than this is if they were no-bake! Which... there are some of those recipes out there.
    This looks yummy Rashda! I'll give 'em a try!