Sweet and Spicy Peanut Butter Buds

A simple, sweet, and spicy treat to add to your Christmas cookie plate. These sweet and spicy peanut butter buds are gluten free and bring the heat!

Cayenne gives these peanut butter cookies some kick and the dark chocolate cools it down... get these Gluten Free Sweet and Spicy Peanut Butter Buds in time for Christmas! | hungrybynature.com

Well it is officially the most wonderful time of the year! Are you totally wrapped up in all the holiday magic?? I have a few Christmas-y things on my to-do list for December including a visit to Christkindlmarket, ice skating at Maggie Daley Park, seeing the Zoo Lights, and eating my weight in cookies.

Sounds like the perfect December.

Last month, some friends and I held a virtual Friendsgiving and we had such a blast that we decided to do it again for Christmas; but this time with cookies :))) Enter: the BGB Holiday Cookie Exchange!

I’ll be sharing my new favorite cookie recipe; but make sure you scroll down to the bottom to see all the other recipes – there are some seriously good looking cookies!

A dark chocolate drizzle adds just enough sweetness to offset this gluten free spicy peanut butter cookie! | hungrybynature.com

A few years ago, a friend introduced me to the magic of her 4-ingredient gluten free peanut butter cookie.

peanut butter + sugar + egg + vanilla = gluten free heaven

Yes, the recipe is that easy and so delicious. Like, how in the world are these that good, delicious. Shhhh, don’t question, just bake.

A dark chocolate drizzle adds just enough sweetness to offset this gluten free spicy peanut butter cookie! | hungrybynature.com
A dark chocolate drizzle adds just enough sweetness to offset this gluten free spicy peanut butter cookie! | hungrybynature.com

Now I am all for a good peanut butter cookie. I mean, who isn’t? But I also like to keep people on their toes and surprise them! Last year I made a savory rosemary shortbread cookie. It was such a welcomed changed to the super sugary options that we usually find this time of year.

The shortbread had pieces of fresh rosemary throughout the dough making it obvious that it was a savory cookie. So this year I’m going to be sneaky. I’m making my spicy cookies look like they are sweet so that when someone bites into them, the slow burn of the cayenne hits them right when they least expect it!

Is that mean or is that quite possibly the sneakiest trick of all time?! Maybe they’re just on Santa’s naughty list.

A dark chocolate drizzle adds just enough sweetness to offset this gluten free spicy peanut butter cookie! | hungrybynature.com

What is your favorite Christmas cookie? Make sure you scroll past the recipe to check out all the other BGB recipes!

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Sweet and Spicy Peanut Butter Buds
 
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Recipe type: Dessert, Cookie
Serves: 36 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup peanut butter*
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients until combined. Place the bowl in the freezer to chill for 15 minutes - this will help the cookies keep their domed shape.
  3. Using a cookie scoop (mine was a 2 teaspoon scoop), scoop cookies and place them on your prepared sheet. Place the sheet in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  4. Bake cookies for 9-10 minutes or until the edges begin to turn golden brown.
  5. Let cookies rest on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  6. Once cooled, melt 3 ounces of dark chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave. Drizzle cookies with melted chocolate and let the chocolate set.
Notes
*Do not use natural peanut butter for this recipe. You need something like Skippy or Jif.

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A simple, sweet, and spicy treat to add to your Christmas cookie plate. These sweet and spicy peanut butter buds are gluten free and bring the heat! | hungrybynature.com
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23 thoughts on “Sweet and Spicy Peanut Butter Buds

  1. Emily

    LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. I love peanut butter, and the idea of adding cayenne was such a bold, fun move. 🙂 I totally realized something about my cookie photography too; thank you for sharing Ellie; this has been such a fun collab.

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    1. Ellie Post author

      Thank YOU Emily! You need to try adding the spice next time you make peanut butter cookies – it takes them to a whole new level!

      Reply
    1. Ellie Post author

      Thanks Allie – you’re so sweet! The chocolate drizzle is necessary to cut a little bit of the spice. And they hold their shape because I chilled the dough before and after I scooped them!

      Reply
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    1. Ellie Post author

      Haha seriously! This time of year always gets me… but the spice in these cookies is real and it will give you a serious kick!

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  4. Kara @ Byte Sized Nutrition

    Sweet and spicy is such an underrated combo. But I’ve got to admit, I’ve never tried it in a cookie before. These look fab! I love that you kept this recipe so simple too! Less time baking = more time spent consuming cookies. WINNING.

    Reply
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