Peanut Butter Meringue Cookies

My grandma brought over cookies a while ago (in typical grandma fashion) and their recipe which her friend had given her. They were a simple peanut butter meringue cookie, made with only a few ingredients, but downright addicting.

I was having a peanut butter craving the other day, and knew that this was just what to make… at 9 PM after dinner. But it’s so easy, there’s no reason not to! The batter takes about 5 minutes to make and 10 to bake… and 20 to eat. Seriously. These small, almost guilt-free cookies flew off our counter. Even my mom, who said that she only likes “real” crunchy peanut butter cookies, was seen taking a few off the plate.

This recipe makes about one cookie-sheet full. You can make the cookies as small or large as you want, although I prefer a smallish, almost one-bite cookie. I used a pastry bag with a large star tip, but it would’ve been just fine using a spoon.

And for the topping, I put some Planters honey-roasted peanuts in a folded paper towel and smashed them with the back of my measuring cup. Because that’s what I had on-hand.

Ingredient List

  • 2/3 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter*
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Large Egg Whites
  • Crushed Peanuts

* I used natural peanut butter with no sugar added. If you’re using something like Peter Pan or Jif with added corn syrup, reduce the sugar to 1/2 cup.

For the Peanut Butter Cookies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375º.
  2. Beat the egg whites to stiff peaks.
  3. Sift the powdered sugar into the peanut butter a little at a time, stirring until combined.
  4. Add the vanilla to the mixture.
  5. Fold the egg whites into the peanut butter mixture.
  6. Spoon or pipe onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Place a few crushed peanuts on each cookie.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before removing to a plate or tray.


1 Response to “Peanut Butter Meringue Cookies”

  1. 1 Diane October 4, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    This recipe looks yummy! Thanks for sharing.

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