Peanut Butter Cookies w/ Chocolate Chunks & Sea Salt

I have never made a recipe from Paula Deen. I made her son's fish recipe once, but never a recipe from Madame. Her stuff is too heavy with cream, butter, mayo and loaded with fat for moi.

I was so surprised when I saw this cookie on this blog and it was from a Paula Deen "healthy" recipe!

What got me interested was the sea salt and the orange zest, both, for which I am a sucker for.

I wouldn't exactly call this recipe "healthy", it does have a lot of sugar, but at least it's gluten free and has no butter!

So a first recipe from Paula, and a first gluten free recipe here!

These took 5 minutes to whip up and 11 minutes to bake.
The easiest cookies I have ever made, and VERY DELICIOUS!

"Healthy"??? Cookies w/ Chocolate Chunks & Sea Salt (adapted from Paula Deen)

1 cup of creamy peanut butter
1 cup of brown sugar
1/3 cup of granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tbsp orange zest
2 tbsp vanilla
chocolate chunks for the top
fleur de sel or Maldon (my favorite) sea salt

Cream together all of the ingredients, except the chocolate and salt.

On a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet, form tablespoon sized balls (DO NOT FLATTEN THE BALLS......sounds perverse!).

Push a chocolate chunk into each ball, and sprinkle w/ sea salt.

Bake in a 350F oven for 10-12 minutes. Let sit on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.

Makes 16 cookies.
Next time I will double the recipe.



mil said…
Now I have to buy sea salt?
I'm definitely adding to my shopping list after your blogs.
Joshua said…
Ijust love cookies like this and they look like the ones I grew up with. Pity it's so hard to get good peanut butter over here (one of the few American classics Italians don't secretly like anyway).
Ciao Chow Linda said…
No butter? I guess the oils in the peanut butter make up for it. I'm in.
Sherry said…
It's hard to find something even remotely healthy from Paula D. This looks like a great recipe though, and since it's so quick I really appreciate it.
LauraNorthernCA said…
I confess... I like Paula. Life is too short not to indulge in butter. I am making these either tomorrow or the next day. They look so good!
You had me at Peanut Butter and Chocolate!
They sound like delicious cookies, Stacy! I feel the need for something sweet today. I'm going to see if I have all the ingredients to make these! Thanks!
Pam said…
I love salty/sweet together so these cookies are screaming my name!
Dillon said…
Looks good, sounds good, i bet it tastes good and smells good as well. Love this recipe, thanks for sharing!
Swain said…
Let me see...sugar, salt, peanut butter, chocolate...all the major food groups in one cookie!!

I may never leave the house...
Oui, Chef said…
I gotta tell you, that woman scares me a bit....I think it has something to do with her more than perfect teeth. I too have stayed clear of her cooking as I would like to live just a few more years, but I think I may need to make an exception for these lovelies. Thanks - S