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Peanut Butter Cookies Made With Natural Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter cookies made with natural peanut butter.

That title is a mouthful, right?

So are these chocolate bomb buttermilk cookies!

Think “natural peanut butter” used in peanut butter cookies!

Yummo!

Natural Peanut Butter Peanut Butter Cookies

Classic peanut butter cookies.

Is there anything that invokes home and love like a warm peanut butter cookie?

~keep thinking~

The twist on these lovelies is that the recipe calls for all-natural peanut butter.

Natural peanut butter cookies.

What I mean to say, however oddly stated, is that I made traditional peanut butter cookies with non-traditional peanut butter, aka natural peanut butter.

Natural peanut butter vs regular:

You know, the stuff you gotta stir. 

The stuff with two ingredients: ground peanuts and salt. 

The stuff with no sugar added. 

The stuff that needs to be stored in the fridge.

The stuff that has been banned from our pantry because of its disappointing charade of trying like hell to be peanut butter.

We are peanut butter lovers.

 

We can go through a jar like nobody’s biznezz.

Therein lies our problem (#peanutbutterloversproblems).

It’s not so good for you in the quantities we consume, so I had the bright/horrible idea to replace our sugar-laden peanut putter with the natural stuff. 

What is natural peanut butter?

Again, natural peanut butter contains ground peanuts and maybe salt. That’s it.

No added anything.

It is nothing like traditional peanut butter other than the color.

If you buy JIF or Peter Pan peanut butter, you can pretty much know you aren’t buying natural peanut butter (yes, they do make their own version of natural, but their classics are waaay more popular).

Take a quick peek at the ingredients and you’ll know everything you need to.

I wanted to buy a healthier peanut butter, considering how much we consume.

What a disaster.

I also made the mistake of purchasing two jars, two GIANT jars, because hey! Costco had a great deal on their Kirkland brand peanut butter.

For a solid month after purchasing, I kept selling the idea of our new found healthy peanut butter to Garry. 

For a solid month, his reaction was to smile weakly in my direction, with a healthy dose of toddler side-eye. 

In other words, he wasn’t buying what I was selling.

What to eat with natural peanut butter.

I had it on crackers.  I had it on sweet bread.  I spread it on toast.  I dipped apples in it. 

And every time I ate it, I told Garry that it would take some getting used to, but this was a good change to make.

I was a big fat liar. 

And one day, as I was curling my lip at the mess of brown “butter” on my bread, I decided to have a peanut butter intervention with myself.

STOP LYING TO EVERYONE YOU LOVE!  STOP LYING TO YOURSELF!  LEAVE THIS LIFESTYLE CHANGE BEHIND YOU! IT’S TIME TO GET CLEAN!

…and so I did, and there was great rejoicing throughout my house and with those I loved.

Trouble is, I hate to waste anything. 

So, what the hell was I going to do with my leftover natural peanut butter (I just came thisclose to calling it peanut sludge)?

MAKE HEALTHY PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES!

Natural Peanut Butter Peanut Butter Cookies on a blue plate

…and so I did.

I made what I assumed was a healthy peanut butter cookie.

The question that remained, or more accurately, loomed, was twofold:

Could low sugar peanut butter cookies be good?

Truth is the cookies were good; I ate quite a few of them and so did Garry. 

I’m not a fan of peanut butter cookies, but these were perfect.

A definite hit.

I was concerned that the lack of sugar in the natural peanut butter would leave the cookies lacking. 

I even thought about fiddling with the recipe to add a bit more sugar, but left it as is for a fun-time experiment.

The verdict? 

I would happily make these again if I’m ever in the position to use up a giant jar of natural peanut butter. 

Right. 

I can’t see that ever happening again.

Were these peanut butter cookies healthy?

Natural Peanut Butter Cookies on a blue plate

Or at least healthier than than regular peanut butter cookie made with a brand name classic peanut butter?

They were light.

No heavy peanut butter taste. 

Way less greasy.  

I’m calling it: they are a healthier version of the classic peanut butter cookie.

Do you buy natural peanut butter?

If you guys have natural peanut butter in your pantry, these cookies are worth baking. 

This recipe worked great.

Kids will love these natural peanut butter cookies!

Natural Peanut Butter Peanut Butter Cookies on a blue plate

I took these to Sweet E‘s birthday celebration and even he liked them. 

Cute kiddo approved!

You can’t argue with cute.

Of course, the caveat is this: peanut butter allergies are becoming increasingly common in kiddos, so before you bake and serve peanut butter cookies, classic or natural, please check with parents and care-givers to make sure everyone you’re serving is not allergic.

Happy Baking (or eliminating the sludgy peanut butter from your lives), Y’all!

Scroll to bottom of page for the printable recipe.

Peanut Butter Cookies With Natural Peanut Butter

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup natural peanut butter

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, on medium speed, beat butter, sugar, and salt until fluffy and well blended.
  2. Beat in egg yolk and peanut butter.
  3. Add egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.
  4. Reduce speed to low and beat in flour until just blended.
  5. Divide the dough in half and wrap in plastic.
  6. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.
  7. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  8. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on parchment-lined cookie sheets, spacing about 2 inches apart.
  9. Flatten each ball with a fork, making a criss-cross pattern.
  10. Bake until the cookies are evenly golden brown, 6 to 10 minutes.

Notes:

Adapted from Joy of Cooking

Happy Baking, my babies!

Natural Peanut Butter Cookies on a blue plate

Natural Peanut Butter Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen 2 1/2 inch cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 33 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 3 minutes

A twist on an American classic Peanut Butter Cookie,

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup natural peanut butter

Instructions

In a large bowl, on medium speed, beat butter, sugar, and salt until fluffy and well blended.

Beat in egg yolk and peanut butter.

Add egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.

Reduce speed to low and beat in flour until just blended.

Divide the dough in half and wrap in plastic.

Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 375°.

Roll into 1 inch balls and place on parchment-lined cookie sheets, spacing about 2 inches apart.

Flatten each ball with a fork, making a criss-cross pattern.

Bake until the cookies are evenly golden brown, 6 to 10 minutes.

Notes

Adapted from Joy of Cooking

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 134Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 52mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g

Original Post: July 6, 2015 ~ Updated post: March 23, 2022

Now that you have this recipe – did ya know I created a PDF for others?

Tired of searching for a popular OMT! recipe?

Rest yer weary fingers.

Except to click on the image.

You still have enough strength for that.

COME ON!

YOU CAN DO IT!

 

UPDATE SINCE ORIGINAL POST:

Garry and I have come to LOVE natural peanut butter and it has been years since we bought a name brand.

Peanut Butter Cookies made with natural peanut butter are the only kind I make now.

Life is funny, ain’t it!

Get to baking, y’all!

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Homemade Roasted Almond Butter

Monday 28th of September 2015

[…] Remember what happened when I bought two giant jars of natural peanut butter? No? Turns out we’re not fans. I took one of the jars to Boy’s house (mostly so they couldn’t give it back!) and I resorted to making cookies with the other jar, really delicious cookies: Go See For Yourself Here. […]

Elle Spann

Sunday 12th of July 2015

PB is SO good! I've recently made the switch from Jiff (which I still love), to a natural pb from trader joe's! It has flax seed and chia see. I would love to make cookies out of it!

Elle shopsouthernelle.com

Patti Tucker

Monday 13th of July 2015

I'll have to start taste-testing other brands. Thanks for the head's up.

Faith

Sunday 12th of July 2015

I didn't like the jarred natura peanut butter either, but I grind mine fresh at the grocery store and that tastes good to me... like peanuts! Have you ever made peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips? Mmmmmm

Patti Tucker

Monday 13th of July 2015

I have thrown in some chocolate chips....and bacon!

Melissa D

Tuesday 7th of July 2015

I've tried to eliminate as much sugar as possible from my daily diet (birthdays and special occasions not included!), so I've given up the regular peanut butter in favor of the natural stuff ground up locally at the HEB. I buy small containers, though--I definitely eat a lot less of the sugar-free stuff.

Patti Tucker

Tuesday 7th of July 2015

Try the peanut butter cookies with it! If you do, come back and tell us if you liked it.

Pristine

Tuesday 7th of July 2015

I love how simple these are! They sound lovely and light. Can't wait to try

Patti Tucker

Tuesday 7th of July 2015

Thanks, Pristine. Hope you like them.

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