Twelve Days of Gluten Free Cookies | Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip & Walnut Skillet Cookie (Day 4)

I  tastespotted and created this A+mazing and super simple Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip & Walnut Skillet Cookie recipe in April 2015 and it is by far my most used cookie recipe ever! It simply does not get any better than one bowl and a cast iron skillet. Instead of a dozen little cookies you get one giant chocolate chip cookie. The peanut butter and walnuts take this recipe from good to GREAT.

Our Twelve Days of Gluten Free Cookies countdown continues.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip & Walnut Skillet Cookie


½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter or vegan margarine, softened at room temperature
½ cup brown sugar
⅓ cup cane sugar
2 tablespoons apple sauce
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 egg
⅓ cup creamy peanut butter, melted

1 cup gluten free all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips (dark or semi-sweet)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Evenly coat cast iron skillet with baking spray
2. In a large bowl combine the butter, apple sauce, sugar and vanilla, and cream on medium with a hand mixer until fluffy. Add the egg and beat again until combined.
3. Add the flour, baking soda and salt. Fold in melted peanut butter, chocolate chips, and walnuts into the batter until just combined.
4. Using a silicon spatula transfer batter into prepared skillet and sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 23 minutes. Cool for about 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Twelve Days of Gluten Free Cookies | Grain Free Double Chocolate Cookies (Day 1)

Happy Wednesday

I’m in shock that we are midway through the last month of 2016. In celebration of this milestone and the fact that Christmas is just 12 days away, we are bringing back our twelve days of gluten free cookies series.

How does it work?

Every day for the next twelve days we will feature a gluten free cookie recipe. Many of them will be originals but a few will be pinterest favorites and a few tried and true classics featured here on the blog or in my personal recipe collection. As far as I’m concerned, cookies make life sweeter and better. I’ve blogged about my love of eating cookies (notably chocolate chip) and it’s my hope that you like, love, share, and most importantly bake the cookies that made this year’s countdown.

Grain-Free Double Chocolate Cookies


1/2 cup (1 stick) softened unsalted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugars .in stand mixer or using a hand mixer
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
  4. Mix together the soda, salt, and cocoa and add to the wet ingredients, mixing until combined. Fold in in the chocolate chips and nuts.
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes on a silpac

The Griffen Bakery | Restaurant Review

So let me say this: Owning and operating a small business is hard. Let me repeat that:

Owning and operating a small business is hard

The late nights, the early mornings, and countless decisions that never ever ever end make small business ownership not for the faint of heart. Add food to the equation and you have a recipe for closure in two years or less. This my friends I can preach and speak from experience. Add city, county, and state bureaucracy, legislation, taxes, fine print, and Department of Health foolishness and it’s enough to wonder why any body whose any body decided to open up a small business; no less a food business.

We do it because we are dreamers

We do it because we are dreamers. We do it because we are believers. We do it because we are the wheels that run this country called the United States. I applaud my fellow small business owners. I rally for them. I pray for them. And most importantly I patronize their establishments. Especially the foodies. Those that add the addendum of gluten free; and you already know I’m all in. It’s for these reasons that I’ve had to give an official shout out to and blog post for The Griffen Bakery.

The Griffen Bakery is a dedicated gluten free bakery located in the village of Victor, NY. Owned and operated by Amy & Mike Griffen the bakery specializes in “the world’s greatest” cookies and for years operated solely as an online etsy shop and  as vendors at regional farmers markets. One cookie led to the next and they eventually took the plunge to open a retail storefront in late 2015.

Well, I can honestly say I’m so glad they did. The selection of dedicated gluten free establishments in my area are basically 0 so to have a safe establishment that I can run to when I need a gluten free cookie fix (that I don’t bake myself) gives Griffen an automatic A in my book. Upon tasting the epic deliciousness of their mammoth cookies and that A turned into an A+. Griffen’s owners were vendors at my recent Gluten Free Expo and their snickerdoodle cookies turned me into a believer (up until now I’ve hated snickerdoodle cookies). Griffen is the real deal and more proof that gluten free mean nothing than delicious food made without wheat, rye or barely.

For those living in the Rochester area check out The Griffen Bakery at 23 East Main Street Victor, NY