MAKES 3 DOZEN COOKIES Here, dark-chocolate dough makes the layered flavors of peanut butter a pleasant surprise, while chocolate chips and a kiss of salt catapult this salty-sweet treat to cookie-jar superstardom.
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon gluten-free pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sweet rice flour
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
Fleur de sel sea salt (optional)
Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter, peanut butter, and sugars for 3 minutes on high speed. Add the eggs and vanilla and combine, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
In a medium bowl, sift together the salt, baking soda, flours, and cocoa powder.
Mix the dry ingredients into the butter mixture and fold in the chocolate chips. Scoop a heaping tablespoonful of dough at a time and place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Gently press down on the mounds to create a flat top, sprinkle with fleur de sel, then bake until the cookie tops just start to crack, 15 to 18 minutes.
Recipe Cindy F. McIntosh / Photo Aubrie Pick