No excuses cookies

It’s December 23rd and you still haven’t figured out a Christmas gift for your neighbor/babysitter/brother-in-law, etc. Or maybe you have a holiday get-together tonight and need to bring dessert….

Even if you don’t usually bake or you don’t have a pantry full of baking supplies, you can make these cookies. The ingredients are things you probably have on hand and the process is EASY. I promise. Plus, they taste good and can be made gluten-free/vegan/peanut-free. No more excuses – just make these cookies!

No Excuses Peanut Butter Cookies (makes about 2 dozen)


  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • 1 cup of sugar (I used 1/2 granulated, 1/2 brown sugar)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • In a large bowl, cream together the peanut butter and sugar with a hand mixer
  • Add in the egg and baking soda, mix until combined
  • Stir in the chocolate chips, roll dough into walnut size balls
  • Roll in granulated sugar, place on ungreased cookie sheet, and use a fork to make a criss-cross pattern on the dough
  • Bake for 10 minutes, cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, and then eat!

Note: These are gluten-free and can be adapted for almost any diet. Allergic to peanut butter? Use almond or cashew butter. Vegan? Use a flax egg and non-dairy chocolate chips.

Have I been doing anything besides baking? Hmm, not much. BUT, I did get myself to the gym today for a tempo run.

  • 1 warm-up
  • 3.25 miles @ 7:24 pace a.k.a. ideal marathon pace
  • .5 mile recovery jog
  • 2.25 miles @ 6:53 pace a.k.a. ideal half-marathon pace
  • 2 cool-down
  • 9 miles total

Every run I complete over the holidays is a victory at this point, so I felt particularly proud of myself for doing a workout. But this workout (especially those 2.25 miles at “half-marathon” pace) made me feel ridiculously out of shape. There’s a long way to go before ideal race pace = reality! I finished up with some stretching and ab work, which I’m trying to make myself do at least 1-2 x per week.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go eat some cookies.


What’s the easiest recipe in your repertoire?

Are you going to work out/run on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? Or rest?

  • Whoa whoa whoa. No flour? For real? I’m in. My mom’s allergic to wheat and everyone has a peanut butter addiction in this house anyway. I want to make these tonight. (I do have a few “easy” baking recipes in my repertoire but they are basically half-assed and not fit for human consumption unless I’m the one eating them. These cookies, on the other hand, look pro.)

    Yes, I will still work out on Christmas eve and day. Otherwise I would probably get all grumpy and wreck the holiday spirit. Can’t have that.

  • i think my easiest recipe is the pineapple cake i made a few weeks ago. although that still required me turning on the oven. so you win 😉

    i’m hoping to get a long run in on saturday. it’ll probably happen as i have ample time between opening presents and dinner. yippe.

  • Taylor

    I’d love to run! I’ve been sick for a week. Being able to run again (preferably before Christmas) is the only gift I want. Gar! I hate not running.

  • Maren

    ooo those look yummy and easy!! double awesome! I will definitely be working out both days. Not because I feel like I have to, but because I always feel sooooo much better when I do! Hope you have a Merry Christmas!!

  • Easiest recipe I have is for butter cookies-just need 4 ingredients (plus whatever you have around to decorate them with) I just may need to make these cookies sometime though (wonder if I can use natural PB? or is regular PB better?)

    I don’t even celebrate Christmas so…I intend to run at least one of the 2 days. Or maybe both if I’m really ambitious (and if I wake up before noon on XMas Day 🙂 )

  • @nyflygirl – i think you could definitely use natural peanut butter for the recipe. although i used peter pan because that’s all my younger sister will eat 🙂

  • Kelly

    I worked out this morning (x-mas eve) and I will work out tomorrow morning too. My husband and I don’t have kids so we usually wake up on christmas morning and work out together. Then we make a fun breakfast and do out christmas morning before heading to my mom’s.

    Oh easiest recipe ever is 5 cup salad: 1 cup pineapple chunks (drained), 1 cup mandarian oranges (drained), 1 cup cherries (drained), 1 cup sweetened coconut, all mixed with vanilla greek yogurt. Sometimes I will add in walnut for crunch! Delish!

  • Ohh those look good! My easiest recipe is my hot artichoke dip: artichokes, parm. cheese, mayo and a sprinkle of Tabasco sauce. People go crazy for it! Annnnnd your Rolo/pretzel snack. I’ve made it ever since I saw it on your blog…it’s always a HUGE hit 🙂

  • Yum! Those cookies look good! I plan on resting today (Christmas Eve) and going for a longish run tomorrow, to make room for Christmas dinner! Happy Holidays!!

  • I’ve been eating so many cookies the last couple of days. It is amazing and I love it. Those look great. And nice running and core work 🙂 I plan to run on Christmas and ran today – love running during the holidays! Merry Christmas!

  • These. look. amazing.
    Happy Holidays, girlie!
    Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!

  • I too was shocked by the “no flour!” Never seen a cookie recipe like that before.

    I learned to cook by watching Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals, and while I’ve “graduated” to many sources for recipes, most stuff I make is still 30 minutes or less. Today I made a really simple French onion soup: slice 3 red onions, melt 2 tbsp butter and then add onions and 2 tbsp brown sugar, cook for 10 mins (tossing it around to coat the onions), then add 1/2 cup red wine and 2.5 cups beef broth plus 2 cups water. Cook for ten more minutes, and then top with bread and cheese. You can broil it if you want, but I stuck with a bit of finely grated cheese on the top and toasted bread on the side for dipping. SO easy! And fairly low calorie – it makes about 8 servings.

    I’m doing either the Christmas Marathon or Christmas Half Marathon tomorrow in the Bronx, basically as determined by how tired I am and how cold it is.

  • @Laura – I always feel like I’m forgetting an ingredient when I make these cookies, but they turn out great without flour. It’s amazing!

  • the cookies look amazing! i ran today because after i finished work i had nothing planned so i figured why not. I’m resting on christmas because i’ve got a long run scheduled for sunday and i want to be in primo shape!

  • those cookies are genius! i have seen a lot of the PB no-bake kind around too. if only my sugar coma would end, then i could eat sweets again…

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