Introduction: 1-1-1 Cookies

About: It's all about the process. The finished product is just a bonus!

Have you ever had that craving for homemade cookies but lacked the desire to actually put in the time and effort to make them? All the time, right? Well here is a fool-proof recipe that couldn't be much easier. It's easy to remember and easy to follow, and the results will satisfy that craving!

Step 1: Combine Ingredients

Since measuring and mixing the ingredients takes so little time, go ahead and preheat the oven to 375° F (190° C) now. I'll wait.

Okay, let's get our ingredients together. These are called 1-1-1 Cookies to remind you of how much of what to add. You need:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • 1 egg

1-1-1 Cookies. Got it?

Mix together the egg and sugar, and then add in the peanut butter. If you want to go a step further, you can experiment with additional ingredients like vanilla or almond extract, oatmeal, etc. But if you do that, we've moved past the beautiful simplicity of 1-1-1 Cookies, so for this Instructable, let's stay focused, shall we?

Step 2: Form (or Not) and Bake

Form the dough into the size, thickness and shape of the cookies you prefer. It's really up to you. You won't ruin them. A few options for the complete newbies who want to be told what to do:

  • Form small dough balls (an inch or so in diameter) and press down into them with a fork (cross-hatch).
  • Smash lumps of dough between your palms to form thinner, disk-shaped cookies.
  • Flatten the dough out and use a cookie cutter to create custom shapes.

Optionally, you can sprinkle something (white sugar is my preference) on top of your cookies before you put them in the oven. Then place the pan into your preheated oven (375° F) and let them bake for 8-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the cookies and your desired level of crispiness.

Step 3: Craving Satisfied

Now pour yourself a tall glass of cold milk and enjoy!

Thanks for reading. So remember, the next time you have that sweet tooth but are too lazy to make a batch of homemade cookies, come back here and try these! This recipe will win few awards, but 1-1-1 Cookies have saved the day more than once in my house, and that's reward enough for me.

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