These peanut butter honey cookies are healthy, gluten-free and have the perfect texture. Not to mention they use just 5 ingredients and taste absolutely amazing!
I find that I'm constantly on the hunt for new cookie flavors. Whether it's reinventing a classic chocolate chip cookie, or creating my own whacky combination like blueberry breakfast cookies, I never stop dreaming up flavor combinations.
One of my favorite things to do is take a classic cookie combo and give it my own healthy twist. Which is exactly what we're doing with these peanut butter honey cookies!
I'm taking the classic peanut butter cookie, and flipping it on its head by using nutritious ingredients.
Ingredients for Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies
When you're making traditional peanut butter cookies, you can one of two ways: 1) the flourless route, 2) the flour(full) route. However, both options use a lot of sugar.
You know the classic 3-ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe? We're talking about upwards of 2 cups of sugar per batch. Which to me just sends the alarms blasting!
So to make our healthy peanut butter cookies, here's what we'll use:
- peanut butter (duh)
- honey (double duh)
- an egg
- oat flour
- baking soda
That's right! Just 5 ingredients, one bowl and probably one of the best peanut butter cookie recipes out there.
How to Make Peanut Butter Honey Cookies
These might just be the easiest cookies you'll ever make. I mean most cookies are easy, but these are made in just one bowl and don't require any chilling.
You'll start by beating together your peanut butter and honey. Once that's combined and smooth, add in your oat flour and baking soda. Scoop them onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake!
Why Do You Fork Peanut Butter Cookies?
One thing I like to do before baking – which gives them that classic peanut butter cookie look – is to make a quick little crosshatch pattern on top. The reason you want to fork peanut butter cookies is two-fold: 1) it makes them look pretty and 2) it helps them get a more even bake since you're gently flattening them.
All you need to do for that is shape your cookies into a somewhat even ball, then use the back of a fork to gently press down on the ball. Lift the fork up, then press down again, but this time the prongs go across the lines you just made.
That will create your crosshatch! And since these peanut butter honey cookies have baking soda, they'll puff up nicely and give you that lovely classic look.
Aren't they the cutest!?
How do you Tell if Peanut Butter Cookies are Done?
Peanut butter cookies take no more than 8 – 10 minutes to bake. You're looking for them to have a golden brown top (although that can be hard to see because they're already golden brown), and slightly darker edges. Especially since we're using honey in these cookies, the bottoms are prone to burning.
It might seem a little counterintuitive, but when your peanut butter cookies are done they will still be soft. You don't want them to be crispy out of the oven – they'll turn into rocks once they're cooled.
As they cool they'll firm up and the outsides will get nice a little crispy, while the inside will stay soft and chewy.
And that, my friends, is how you make the ultimate peanut butter honey cookie. They're easy and delish!
More Healthy Cookie Recipes with Peanut Butter:
- Peanut Butter Oat & Quinoa Cookies
- Salted Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies
- Healthy Peanut Butter Blossoms
- Peanut Butter & Jelly Quinoa Breakfast Cookies
Peanut Butter Honey Cookies
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, beat together the peanut butter, honey and eggs. Beat in the oat flour and baking soda.
- Scoop the dough into tablespoon-sized scoops and form into balls. Place on a baking sheet and gently flatten. Use a fork to make a cross hatch pattern on the top.
- Bake on the center rack for 8 - 10 minutes until the cookies are lightly golden brown.
- Remove from oven, allow to cool on the pan for at least 15 minutes. This allows the cookies to "set". Slightly reheat in the microwave if desired and enjoy!