I have always considered myself quite a nice person. I like food of all shapes, flavours and colours. From every country and continent. I don’t discriminate, I am an equal opportunity eater. It’s only the doctors who say I’m intolerant. And certain foods who refuse to tolerate me. They certainly refuse to recognise and respect my right to eat them without major physical discomfort and distress.

Gluten and lactose are not my friends.

Despite the negative attitudes surrounding me from many of those I love best, (cakes, ice cream, hot toast) I decided to become a chef. Not always easy when you live in a bread and milk filled world. I like to think that this has helped me become a better person as I embrace my differences and refuse to let the gluten get me down. I believe InTolerance. I am the InTolerant Chef.

Food should not be about what you can’t eat, but what you can and what you enjoy eating. This blog is about my journey of cooking and eating and discovery. It’s not a definitive guide to allergy awareness nor do my intolerances make me an expert. Your body is your responsibility, not mine. I only know what works for me.

I can tell you this..... No glutens were harmed in the making of this website.

November 7, 2010

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

This is not really a recipe, it's more like alchemy.

Taking raw ingredients, combining them just so, and having them almost magically convert into something amazing! I'm not to sure how the magic works, every time I make them I'm sure I'm missing an important bit.. but they just work. Every time.

Beautiful Celia, from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, sent me this recipe. She had posted a yummy 'normal' cookie recipe on her blog, then kindly sent me a gluten free alternative. What a sweetie to think of us InTolerants like that! Here is the link to her original post:

This has simply got to be the easiest recipe ever. Only a few ingredients that you have in your pantry anyway, only one bowl, not much mixing or stirring, and only 15minutes away from yummy deliciousness. Win win. In fact, these are so easy that littlej is now the designated PBcookie maker as they are almost an insult to cooking. Remember I told you they are not cooking, they're magic.

Here are the ingredients for 2 dozen decent sized cookies:

1 cup of peanut butter
1 cup of packed brown sugar
1 cup of chocolate chips - I use dark chocolate to be lactose free
1 egg
1 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of vanilla essence

Now Celia recommends Sanitarium natural peanut butter, but this week Kraft was on special for only $2, so this is what we used.

Mix everything together, adding the chocolate last. That's it. Nothing else. Told you it was magic didn't I?

Place a heaped tablespoon of mixture in nice little balls on a baking paper covered cookie sheet. Allow a couple of centimetres between each for spreading.

Put in the oven at 175* for 10-12 minutes and wait for the magic to happen. The cookies will spread out and puff up. They will turn a lovely golden brown, but watch them carefully as they can burn easily. Once you pull these out of the oven they will still be really soft, almost squidgy- but they will harden up nicely when they cool down.

Are you sure these don't have any flour in them, even gfree flour? They look like they do, they taste like they do, no one will believe that they don't. See what I mean by magic?

They also magically disappear.

Now these are great still warm from the oven -after they've set, fantastic for a snack or with a cup of tea, but absolutely amazing for dessert as ice cream sandwiches! We put a big scoop of vanilla icecream between 2 cookies (I think chocolate icecream would be good too) and served them to guests. They had no idea that they were gluten free, or that this was the first time I'd ever made this recipe. They just knew that they were yummy, and kind of magic. The children were magically quiet for about 10 minutes, and smiles magically appeared on the grown ups faces, and everyone was happy. That's a magic moment worth repeating for sure.

Thanks Celia.

So Readers, do you have a magic recipe?


  1. Oh... GF cookies. They look lovely!

  2. oh my - this is my kinda cookie! And I love the icecream sandwich idea for them too!

  3. This does look extremely delicious and extremely naughty :P Thank you for sharing, I will definitely be making these!

  4. That is so sweet of Celia! Goodness, cookies like these REALLY hit the spot when you have a craving! Yay for easy GF baking. They must be sooo moist and rich and amazing.
    Heidi xo

  5. Celia is just a gem isn't she! And I just made a gluten free cake today! It's on the mind :)

  6. No flour whatsoever? That IS magic!

  7. Wow, those do sound good! And perfect for the cooler weather, they seem comforting, a recipe you could turn to again and again...And even more fabulous since they're GF!
    I love your Isapahan parfait - it looks so pretty and delicate and dreamy...and thank you ever so much for the shout-out!

  8. That does sound like magic - hard to believe that those ingredients turn into cookies! I could almost stick to my plan of being good at avoding gluten and dairy if I made these. Then again, the part of the plan that had a bit of "lose some of the kilos stacked on over the holiday" would not really be followed...particularly if one batch made so many....

  9. Oh Wow! THose do look totally lovely! I have a really similar recipe that I make and no one can believe that 1. They are gluten free, and 2. They have no flour at all in them. Yum. Now I think I need to make them again! ;)

  10. Aww that Celia is so sweet!!! I'm constantly on the lookout for GF recipes cos I don't want my GF-friend to feel left out during our dinner parties, so here's where I come for inspiration!

  11. Dear Readers,
    I'm glad we all agree that we love Celia, and we love these cookies! Maybe the magic extends to calorie consumption too. Do you think the calories might magically disappear? Let us agree to do so, shall we? Perhaps if we all close our eyes and wish really hard....

  12. You guys are so nice! :) Chef, I'm so glad you like these cookies, and you're absolutely right, it's like magic. It's hard to believe it doesn't have flour or butter in it!

  13. Peanut butter jelly time! lol...yummy cookies...can't believe it doesnt have flour

  14. That is so *Celia-like* :) Love the lady & those fabulous chooks!!! These biccies look pretty darn good too, don't you just love those recipes that work no matter what. Awesome stuff.

  15. They look fantastic!

    My magic recipe is chocolate truffels, I make the for Christmas every year: Melt some chocolate and the mix with the same amount of roasted nuts (almonds, walnuts, pistachios, seed mix) or dried fruit (cranberries, chopped apricots, candied ginger). Make small mountains with a teaspoon and let the dry. Very simple, very fine. :)

  16. And there I was just craving peanut butter cookies...yum, thanks for this they look heaven sent on this rainy afternoon.

  17. ok ok ok.... so I don't need everyone to yell at me- but... I so don't get the whole love for peanut butter. I mean I understand that it can be ok on a piece of toast, but I just don't feel the love in baked treats etc. I do have a friend that is NUTSO about the stuff though- maybe I'm crazy??

  18. The cookies look fantastic but then the ice cream sandwich? Oh my!!! Just fantastic!!

  19. I don't have a magic recipe for any kinds of bakes but if there is one, I wish someone bakes for me? lol

  20. this sounds super awesome! thanks for sharing it.