“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”
George Bernard Shaw
No Flour Peanut Butter & Jam Jams
I’ll call this an ode to my dear old great Aunt Mary. She made the most delicious little cookies when I was a kid, very likely when my Dad was a kid too. She called them jam jams.
I was thinking aloud the other day about needing to add a cookie post soon when my son nearly took my head off with the force of his request, “PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES!”
I had been strongly considering those lovely little jam jams of my youth so why not just combine them right? I texted this pic to my son midway through his afternoon at school, realizing in retrospect that I was perhaps not being the most school-law abiding parent in doing so, but the response was worth any possible trouble. “SOOOOOO EXCITED!”
I’m realizing that I’m making my son out to be a bit of a knuckle dragger with my descriptions of his speech patterns, but don’t we all become slightly neanderthal when it comes to our favourite foods? I mean honestly sometimes there simply are no words even for those of us who are normally rather verbose. A molten chocolate cake garnished with fresh raspberries has been known to elicit a mumbled “AHHYAAAMNPH” from me on more than one occasion.
And really, honestly, is there anything more delicious and decadent in this world than raw peanut butter cookie dough? “MMMPHLMARGHLBFT”
Enjoy & Nama… can’t talk… eating…
- 1 cup peanut butter (natural is always a good choice but store bought will do as well)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- Coarse salt for sprinkling
- raspberry o r strawberry jam (or what the heck, get creative and use whatever is in the fridge and will hold up to being smushed between two cookies)
- Preheat oven to 350
- Mix peanut butter, sugar, vanilla and egg until well combined.
- Spoon heaping teaspoons full of mixture about an inch apart.
- Flatten with tines of fork to make a crosshatch.
- Sprinkle with coarse salt
- Bake until golden at edges, about 10 minutes.
- Allow to cool on racks
- Choosing similarly sized cookies, spread jam on underside of one and top with the other. (I am perpetually told "MORE JAM" so I'll let you decide for yourself how much is right)
- Watch them disappear before your eyes.