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These clean eating peanut butter cookies are full of peanut buttery goodness!

The holidays are upon us. This time of year, it’s soooo easy to fall off track with our eating plans. Holiday parties, big dinners and treats everywhere we go seem to attempt to sabotage us at every turn.

I always have a rough time around the holidays. Not necessarily because I don’t eat clean, but because I tend to eat more. There is food everywhere I go!

Three Clean Eating Peanut Butter Cookies sit on a white background, sticked one on top of the other.

One of the things I love most about the holidays are cookies. But because I’ve been eating clean for so long now, I actually do not like regular, store-bought cookies anymore. I prefer the homemade ones. Cookies that may not be best friends with my waistline, but at the very least, will give my body some better nutrition.

These cookies are a case in point. They are a little high in calories and fat, but the ingredients are clean and wholesome. So at the very least, I can feel somewhat better about indulging this season. And at least with these, I don’t have a tendency to overeat because my body isn’t getting hooked on all the refined garbage found in commercial cookies.

So enjoy these in moderation, but do enjoy them. It is the holiday season after all. If you can’t enjoy a good cookie now, when can you?


NOTE: This is adapted from a Paula Dean recipe that is no long on the Food Network.

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Clean Eating Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Clean Eating Peanut Butter Cookies

A deliciously simple peanut butter cookie you'll bake again and again.
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Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 18 cookies
Calories: 166kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • 1 cup peanut butter (no sugar added)
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (affiliate link)
  • 1/2 cup peanuts (optional)


  • Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir with a wooden spoon until well combined.
  • Using two teaspoons, scoop and drop the cookies onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 350 F. for 12-14 minutes. You may need to experiment with the timing on these because the thicker they are, the longer they take. 12 minutes is about right if you make them no thicker than 1/2 inch. These cookies will bake up exactly as they are on the cookie sheet. No spreading.
  • Remove from oven and cool.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 146mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.7mg

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  1. Giggles Two says:

    I’m gluten intolerant, but LOVE peanut butter. Do you think an almond/flax meal replacement of the whole wheat flour would be successful in this recipe?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Giggles Two – I really don’t know anything about gluten free baking. But cookies are pretty forgiving. You might be able to get away with it.

  2. Talishacomer05 says:

    I make peanut butter cookies using sucanat and without the whole wheat flour and they turned out sooo good!!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Talisha – Fantastic!

  3. Thank you for these! Can’t wait to try them!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Diana – You’re welcome! I hope you enjoy them!

  4. Stephanie says:

    My cousin gave me a similar recipe today, but it called for 1 c. brown sugar and 1 c. peanut butter and one egg. I will have to try this. Trying to make a few clean versions for the holidays. My regular cookies are usually for get togethers and gifts, so I don’t have to eat as many of them!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Stephanie – Good strategy!

  5. I use sucanat too because it gives it that brown sugar type flavor. I have also made them with honey and their good too! Now if only someone made a clean chocolate kiss for the PB Blossom cookies!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Lynn – Hmmm…. I smell a challenge coming on…. Haha!

  6. I appreciate your recipe and hope to try it sometime.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Laurie – I hope you enjoy it when you do!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Stephanie – That’s what I do. It does change them a bit, but I find that they are still yummy. They are more dense and hearty.

  8. Anonymous says:

    SS – Wonderful! I know nothing about gluten free cooking/baking, so I don’t touch on it much. Glad to know it works!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Dicraw – 350 degrees F.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Kim – It’s possible! I’ve never tried, but it’s certainly worth a shot! Let me know how they turn out!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Karleylew – Yes, sorry.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Vanessa – That’s great!

  13. Anonymous says:

    BJ – Thanks for trying my recipe! Glad you enjoyed it!

  14. I just made these and they are crazy good!!! We can’t stop eating them. I ran out of regular honey so I used raw honey. Yum! Thank you for a yummy sweet treat recipe.

    1. Anonymous says:

      You’re welcome! Glad you enjoyed them!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Karen – Fantastic!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Tara – You’re welcome! Glad you enjoyed them!

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  18. Anonymous says:

    Lynda – Fantastic!!

  19. graciouspantry says:

    Jmeyer – Yes you can.

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  22. graciouspantry says:

    Heather – I hope you enjoy them. 🙂

  23. Ajmh_2003 says:

    Question, How do you only eat one? These are soooo good! LOL Thank you for this awesome recipe.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Ajmh – The simple answer is…. you don’t. LOL! Glad you enjoyed them!

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  25. graciouspantry says:

    I get mine at Trader Joe’s. Just read ingredient lists. If it says JUST peanuts, then it’s clean. (a little salt is okay)

  26. graciouspantry says:

    Sure. You might want to cut back on any added peanuts then though. Otherwise you’ll just have a mouthful of peanuts.

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  28. Oh, baby! These were delicious. I’ve even tried these with 3 Tablespoons of cocoa powder added to the batter. You are always my go-to when I need to satisfy a craving. Thanks 🙂

    1. graciouspantry says:

      My pleasure! So happy you enjoyed them!

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  32. Do these usually turn out crunchy, soft, or in between if baked at 12 minutes (or just enough to be fully baked)? Also, I saw a recipe for peanut butter and jelly cookies, where you put an indentation in the middle of the cookie and add a small amount of jelly or jam in the middle before baking. Will this work with these, and will I need to change the bake time at all because of jelly or jam?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sar – These are somewhere in the middle. You can play around with the baking time a bit to get more of the consistency you are going for. It’s hard to say exactly because everybody’s oven is different. I wouldn’t think you would need to change the baking time if adding jam. It should all work the same. Let me know how they turn out!

  33. They turned out great! Thanks 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sar – Awesome!!

  34. I used pure maple syrup instead of the honey. The cookies were soft and very delicious!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Maryse – Awesome!! Thanks for the feedback! 🙂

  35. Can you use Sucanat instead of honey?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sidney – Sure! You might have to use a little extra though. Play it by ear.

  36. Jessy May says:

    I don’t smoke, never been a big drinker except the occasinal glass of wine, but peanut butter THATS my crutch! It is not uncommon to see me sitting on my couch watching the history channel with a spoon and the jar 🙂 of course once i discovered clean eating I switched from Skippy to all natural clean brands. I’m always leery about any recipe that uses my precious PB because if it turns out horrible thats a loss of PB! lol I compare it to a smoker who has a coworker who constantly bums cigs. I tried this because for Christmas instead of candy I got 2 costco sized jars of natural PB (my family knows me well) and these were AWESOME!!!!!!!!! they are like balls of PB goodness!!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jessy – Fantastic!! I’m so glad they weren’t a waste of your PB!! LOL

  37. These are so so good. I am so impressedd! This is a chewy cookie that tastes so good! Definitely try it everyone! Thank you.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Brianna – My pleasure! Glad you like them!

  38. Jessi hammack says:

    Just made these!! They’re great! My 18 month old loves them (so do my dogs that grabbed one she dropped lol)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jessi – Haha! Great! I’m glad you all enjoyed them! 🙂

  39. Liane Stephens says:

    I’m going to make the peanut butter cookies today!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Liane – Fantastic! Let me know how you like them! 🙂

  40. Liane Stephens says:

    They are really nice!! My daughter and her friend loved them too!!
    Can I freeze them?
    Also making the naan bread tonight. Can I freeze the dough? x

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Liane – I would just make the naan and freeze that. Yes, you can freeze the cookies. I’m glad you enjoyed them! 🙂

  41. OMG!! I love these cookies! I cannot stop making them. I like to double the batch and put them in the fridg. Very good cold in my opinion. I love them for breakfast.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Michele – I’m so happy you like them! 😀

  42. My daughter and I just made these and they were a hit! I did bump the temp down to 325 for the second batch since the first were a little darker on the bottom and that did the trick. 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jessica – Fantastic! Ya, every oven is a little different, so it’s good to make those adjustments as needed. I’m so happy you both enjoyed them! 😀

  43. These sound so delicious! Do you think almond butter would work also?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Victoria – I haven’t tried it, but it might work okay. Let me know how they turn out if you try them! 🙂

  44. Hi! I saw the comment about freezing but, is that before or after baking? I’m looking for clean doughs that can be frozen. Also, do you know if they should be thawed before baking, or just add a few minutes to baking time straight out of the freezer?
    Thanks so much!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amy – I think because these are so high in natural fats, you could pretty much do anything you want with them. You do, however, want to be very sure that no matter how you freeze them, they are packed air-tight. Air is your enemy in the freezer. But with these you could go either way.

  45. Do you think I could substitute the whole wheat pastry flour for spelt flour?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sara – You can, but the cookies will be more dense and “bready”.

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