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Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Guests will stand in line to kiss the cook when these treats are served! For a change of pace, try them with chunky peanut butter, too. —Canada60, Tasteofhome.com Community
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./ batch
  • Makes
    4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white rice flour
  • 1/2 cup potato starch
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 48 milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat shortening, brown sugar and peanut butter until blended. Beat in egg, applesauce and vanilla (mixture will appear curdled). In another bowl, whisk rice flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Refrigerate, covered, 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. Shape dough into forty-eight 1-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 9-11 minutes or until slightly cracked. Immediately press a chocolate kiss into center of each cookie. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Editor's Note
Read all ingredient labels for possible gluten content prior to use. Ingredient formulas can change, and production facilities vary among brands. If you're concerned that your brand may contain gluten, contact the company.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 98 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 67mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.
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  • gina.kapfhamer
    Nov 9, 2017

    A gluten free version of one of my favorite cookies?? Thank goodness! Easy recipe. Delicious. A definite hit.

  • Queenlalisa
    Aug 11, 2016

    I made these for my niece that can't have gluten. She was overjoyed! I really liked them too.

  • muffbear74
    Dec 4, 2015

    I did not want to buy 3 types of flour so I just used 1 3/4 cup of brown rice flour. I thought they turned out a little bit dry but still good

  • christineheath
    Sep 5, 2014

    Janeron, use Splenda...we use this recipe ALL the time with our Tupperware parties and because we deal with diabetics too, this is a fabulous alternative to regular sugar is he can use it!

  • pjrhodes
    Dec 30, 2011

    Absolutely wonderful cookies. I used canola oil instead of shortening they turned out wonderful. Will certainly make again.

  • lazyjcafe
    Oct 6, 2011

    I just started cooking gluten free and am at a high altitude, so I wasn't sure if these would be good... but they're absolutely delicious! The mile high altitude here didn't pose a problem at all. The flavor is incredible - peanut butter and chocolate are my all time favorites, and my family's too. I will make these often! I didn't have the individual flours and potato starch, so I used 1 3/4 c of Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Flour and the appropriate amt. of xanthan gum. Perfect!

  • janeron
    May 17, 2011

    I MADE THE QUICK AND EASY COOKIES SUGGESTED BY A READER. 1 C P.B. 1 C SUGAR 1 EGG 1 TSP VANILLA 3/4 C MINI SEMI.SWEET CHOC CHIPS. MIX WITH SPOON ADD CHIPS MAKE INTO 1 INCH BALLS BAKE ON UNGREASED SHEET 8 TO 10 MINS. I USED GENERIC CRUNCHY P.B. AND THESE TURNED OUT VERY GOOD, MELTED IN YOUR MOUTH EXCEPT FOR THE PEANUTS & CHIPS. MY SON WILL LOVE THEM THO TOO MUCH SUGAR MAKES HIM ITCH

  • ChristinaCL
    Apr 8, 2011

    I made these and had my kids and husband try before trying them myself. They loved them and were shocked when I told them they were gluten free. Since I have taken them to work and surprised co workers with the news they were gluten free. Awesome cookies!

  • jefsonashley
    Dec 6, 2010

    I have a gluten free recipe just like this one but its very simple. its 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg and 1 tsp vanilla and then the choc kisses.. blend all together bake 350 for 8-10 minutes then add the kiss.. I got it from a Taste of Home magazine a long time ago but havent found it online yet.

  • grammybear04
    Oct 13, 2010

    do you have any gluten free recipes that don't use so many different kinds of flours or starches