I’ve been living in the mideast for a month now, and I’m slowly starting to get my bearings in the kitchen. I’ve been able to find gluten free food pretty darn easily, but dairy free and egg free has been a nightmare, especially when I’ve got a craving for sweets. No problem. I’ll just bake. …Except, I’ve been to nearly every decent sized market within 25km of the capital, and I can’t find xanthan gum or guar gum to save my (baked goods’) life. And for some reason, the fact that I haven’t been able to bake (edible, non-disintegrating) cookies has made me miss my loved ones even more than usual.
I could just order xanthan gum online or have my parents ship some, but I need to bake now. My first attempts at baking without xanthan gum were tasty but otherwise disasters. I’m still trying substitutes like chia, but I need a lot more practice…and patience.
Then last night I remembered that peanut butter cookies don’t need flour, and if they don’t need gluten in the first place, then I wouldn’t need a substitute. And, since I’ve found peanut butter (and sugar) in every country I’ve ever been in, I may have just found a connection back home, regardless of where my oven is.
BTW, these make awesome sandwich cookies. Try layering them with strawberry jam or chocolate spread just before serving.