Brown Paper Bag Peanut Butter Protein Cookie

Brown Paper Bag Peanut Butter Protein Cookie

They say that necessity is the mother of invention, but I say that to be really inventive, you have to look at the world in an unusual way. That is how the idea for this protein cookie on a paper bag was born.

For about two weeks now, I’ve been experimenting with my cookie in a mug recipe to try to make it a bit better (mainly moister). It’s been a frustrating endeavor. I’ve tried adding different ingredients, adjusting cook times and so on.

I wanted a cookie that was:

  • Low carb
  • Would satisfy a sweet craving
  • Had added protein to keep me satisfied for a while
  • Had healthy fat for the same reason
  • Could be microwaved
  • Could be created in single serving sizes, so I didn’t eat to many of them

I tried everything from adding an egg yolk (this made the cookie so cake-like that I hated it) to adding more liquid, which just gave me a runny goo. The goo tasted good, but was not anything like a cookie.

Today, it finally hit me that the problem might not be with my batter as much as the vessel I was cooking the cookie in. I use parchment paper for nearly everything, but tearing off a piece small enough to fit in the microwave isn’t always feasible. Still, I wondered if moving the batter to a piece of parchment would make a difference in the final product. Of course, I knew it would.

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That is when I opened my cabinet to grab my bag of Jay Robb – Egg White Vanilla Protein Powder. I love this protein powder. It doesn’t have the after taste of some others out there and it is extremely low in carbs (2 net carbs per serving). I can’t speak for his other flavors, but I love the vanilla for making protein cookies and smoothies.

Well, since my cabinet is a mess, as you know if you read my articles this week about organizing it (x and x), my Paper Lunch Bags that I keep on hand for popcorn in the microwave fell on my head.

This was my light bulb moment. Would the paper bags work in a similar way to the parchment paper when cooking my protein cookie? It was certainly worth a try. I am happy to report that the cookie was perfection.

I was able to lift the lunch bag down and eat the cookie off it with a fork. The cookie is made of protein powder (and stuff, info below), so you won’t be able to pick it up and eat it like a cookie with flour. However, use a fork and I promise you that you will have a great, filling, healthy treat.

Let me know what you think! I’m definitely making this one again.

Brown Paper Bag Peanut Butter Protein Cookie
Author: Crabby Housewife
  • 1 teaspoon or a pat of real butter (grass fed is even better)
  • 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter the only ingredient should be peanuts and possibly salt
  • 2 pinches of Splenda or sweetener of choice
  • 1/2 - 2/3 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder
  • Atkins chocolate covered candies optional
  1. In a mug, place butter and peanut butter. Microwave on high for 20-30 seconds or until melted. Stir.
  2. Add Splenda. I don't actually measure this. I just pinch some between my thumb and forefinger and throw into the mug. I do this twice and the taste is just right. Stir thoroughly.
  3. Add 1/2 scoop of the protein powder. Stir. The mixture should be like regular cookie batter in consistency or similar to Play-dough. If not, add a bit more until you get it there.
  4. Lay out your paper bag (still closed). Spoon the cookie mix on top and spread it out to about 1/2 inch thickness.
  5. If you are adding candies, press into the top now. You could also add nuts, sugar free sprinkles, sugar free toffee or other item of your choice.
  6. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Allow to cool for a minute and then eat right off the bag with a fork.
Recipe Notes

Want something different? Try using 1 Tablespoon of butter, leave out the peanut butter, add fresh berries for a raspberry flavored sugar cookie.
You could also replace the vanilla whey with chocolate for a chocolate cookie. Yum!

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Note that grassfed butter is very pricey. You won’t use much for this recipe and it will last you a really long time. However, if it isn’t in your budget, any butter from the grocery will do as will any protein powder. Some protein powders have a strong aftertaste, so your results may vary if you choose not to use Jay Robb.

Hope you enjoy this cookie!