Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

These 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.

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

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!

One of the things I love most about the holidays is the 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?

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

Clean Eating Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Peanut Butter Cookies

A deliciously simple peanut butter cookie you’ll bake again and again.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 18 cookies
Calories: 166kcal


  • 1 cup peanut butter (no sugar added)
  • ¾ cup honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ 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 ½ 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.