Whoa there, October! Hollaaaaaa!
Did you know Halloween is one of my favorite holidays? I love the fact that it is…
- A. not only acceptable, but encouraged for people of all ages to dress up and act strangely,
- B. a great excuse to get together with friends and watch horror films and drink booze, and
- C. the one day of the year I don’t feel an ounce of guilt for eating all the candies in abundance. In triplicate. In the voluminous of volumes.
Speaking of candy …
When it comes to store-bought treats, I tend to go for the chocolaty goods — and the more peanutty, the better. Whipping up healthier baked goods using said treats is a major win in my book. It’s not only a great way of making candy stretch so that I don’t end up eating bag after bag, but also a brilliant way of using up leftover Halloween candy once the holiday is over.
For those who, like me, are huge fans of the peanut butter and chocolate combo, this flourless skillet peanut butter cookie with Peanut M&Ms is the ultimate treat! Made completely flourless using only six ingredients, the cookie is easy to whip up quickly and is fun to enjoy with friends and family. I used coconut sugar for the cookie in place of cane sugar to keep it lower on the glycemic index and on the healthy end of dessert.
I served the skillet cookie with my homemade Paleo Coffee Ice Cream, but you can also serve it with any ice cream of choice, such as vanilla, chocolate, dulce de leche, rocky road, etc. I also topped the cookie with additional Peanut Butter M&Ms and regular M&Ms for good measure.
All I did to prepare the recipe was make flourless peanut butter cookie dough, similar to my Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies recipe. Instead of making individual cookies, I spread the dough in a 10-inch cast iron skillet. The mondo cookie was ready after 20 minutes in the oven.
When it comes to serving skillet cookies, I enjoy plopping a scoop of ice cream on top and handing everyone a fork (or spoon), rather than serving the cookie in separate pieces. This way, everyone can dig in together and have fun with the dessert.
Because this cookie is gluten-free and flourless, it doesn’t hold together quite as well as a regular cookie made with all-purpose flour. It is a bit crumbly, especially when it first comes out of the oven, which is why I love serving it with ice cream. The hot cookie melts the ice cream, creating a moist pool of melt-in-your-mouth goodness.
If you’re serving individual slices of the cookie, just be sure you let it cool to room temperature before slicing into it, or else it will be difficult to get the slices to hold together. And that is all it takes to make the peanut butter lover’s ultimate Halloween treat!
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