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Tasty, (almost) Guilt-free Peanut Butter Cookies

Updated on January 30, 2014

Some healthier habits.

We have stopped using many processed foods. For instance, we exchanged pure butter for margarine and olive oil for vegetable oil. When pans need to be coated, we spray them with olive oil cooking spray. We make an effort at portion control. While I did use white sugar in my recipe, I only made one batch. And while we used to grab several cookies at a time, we limit ourselves ro how many we take. We know these are small things but they are all part of adapting to a healthier lifestyle.

Why eat cookies at all?

Last year, we started a gluten-free diet in an effort to diagnose some health problems my son was having. It turns out that he is not gluten intolerant but it made us more label conscious of our foods. Please note, I said "label" meaning that we began to be even more conscientious about what we ate, contrating on healthy over dietic. This cookie recipe is not super low fat or calorie free. It is simply a bit more healthy than its original recipe. The fact that it has less fat and calories desn't hurt, though!

The (dwindling) finished batch of cookies.
The (dwindling) finished batch of cookies. | Source
These are the 4 ingredients I used.
These are the 4 ingredients I used. | Source
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 2 dozen medium size cookies
  • 1 cup Natural Peanut Butter, smooth or crunchy
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tbsp rice flour
  1. Mix the sugar, peanut butter, flour and egg together until smooth.
  2. Make 1 inch balls and place on greased cookie sheet (about 2 inches apart.)
  3. Use a fork to flatten and make grid pattern on cookies.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. The cookies will be soft and chewy.Bake a little longer if you want crispier cookies.
  5. Let cool for 15 minutes on baking pan.
  6. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2 cookies
Calories 191
Calories from Fat90
% Daily Value *
Fat 10 g15%
Carbohydrates 19 g6%
Sugar 9 g
Protein 5 g10%
Sodium 67 mg3%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

A simple recipe.

The best thing about this recipe is the time it takes and how easy it is to make them. You don't have to be a great baker to turn out these delicious cookies! And you only need one bowl and pan so there is very little clean up!

Another adaption.

This recipe would easily accomodate several variations but one favorite is to add Hershey Kisses in the center to make Peanut Butter Kisses. While Hershey's doesn't have a sugar free kiss, you can get sugar free chocolate chips.

Will you try this peanut butter recipe?

5 stars from 2 ratings of Peanut Butter Cookies

Make them even healthier!

If you want lower calories and/or less fat, you can adapt this recipe further with a few simple exchanges:

  • Use egg whites instead of a whole egg.
  • Make your cookies flourless. Peanut butter cookies are also delicious when they are baked without flour
  • Use a lower fat/calorie peanut butter. I wouldn't worry as much about this because peanut butter is a great source of protein, making it a healthier fat as long as you stick to a natural one.
  • Substitute sugar free sweetener for the sugar.
  • Substitute applesauce for the sugar.

Gluten Free

As I said at the beginning, we were concerned with gluten intolerance. To read and understand a little more about this, please check out my hub, Am I Gluten Intolerant?

These cookies are tasty with a cup of coffee or glass of milk!
These cookies are tasty with a cup of coffee or glass of milk! | Source

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Nice alternative to the traditional peanut butter cookie. The rice flour would add body and a little more sweet flavor to them. So glad to read that your reducing your processed food intake--so important!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, RTalloni! We were truly headed in a bad direction. We still aren't where we should be, but we are getting there! The rice flour does add body but can be a bit dry. I have had to adjust my liquids to balance that.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      I personally don't like any "diet" foods with labels. Or non fat which is usually filled with additives and sugar. I find buying food that has no labels eliminates the problem.. Of course that is not always possible for some. Now youthink I am goodie two shoes.. Seriously this sounds like a good recipe... How are you doing my friend. I hope all is well..Perhaps we can get together...You know it has been almost a year since our lunch.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We will probably give it a try. What the heck, right? Thanks for the recipe, Randi, and Happy Thanksgiving to you.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      How funny, Carol! I tried to message you on facebook yesterday and had problems so I planned to email today. I can't believe how quickly time passes. Our little man is over 6 months old! I would love troget todether again!

      As far as labels go on foods, what started as a necessity (food allergies) became intrigue due to the great discrepencies. I

      t's great to see you here!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Bill! I really don't taste much difference! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Bill! On my way to check out your latest, now and just finishing another for the back roads series.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      If I had rice flour I would make some right now! Well I surely will very soon, thanks for sharing. I agree with that one step at a time, and it is more practical to ease into a new way. ^

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great recipe for those who are gluten intolerant! I think because people talk more about this now, we pay more attention to that problem too. I have a friend who is gluten intolerant and when we go to a restaurant we make sure there is ample choice for her to eat!

      Thanks for sharing this recipe, Randi!

      Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      Btrbell, yeah Im gonna give this a try I was hoping to give it ten stars but your bar-o-meter just goes up to five, its way more than five so you know :)

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I always have rice four on hand and I'll be trying your peanut butter cookies this weekend when I start my Christmas baking.

      Hope you and your family have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 3 years ago from Planet Earth

      If I gain weight, it's going to be your fault! Peanut butter cookies are my favorite (although I'm not sure I've ever met a cookie I didn't love). I need the relief from guilt. I've been curious to try rice flour - nice tips here!

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      I LOVE peanut butter cookies! Even with my lack of cooking skills, I might even be able to make these. Thanks for sharing! Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the recipe. I love peanut butter cookies! Baking them without flour sounds interesting. Adding chocolate chips does, too!

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      Ceres Schwarz 3 years ago

      This peanut butter cookie recipe looks good. Interesting idea to add chocolate chips or Hershey Kisses to these cookies. I love chocolate chip cookies. It's also good how this recipe is much healthier than its alternative.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Peanut butter cookies are one of my absolute favorite, and I like that you've make them healthier as an option.

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      Angela Siuta 3 years ago from London

      Great recipe! I will definitely give it a try, Thanks for sharing :)

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      What a 'sweet' recipe, Randi, and I like the creative touch of adding Hershey chocolate kisses in the center of the cookie. Thanks for this treat. Do you need an official taster? I am available. No charge.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Jackie! You could use regular flour, also!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Joelle! Yes, gluten intolerance is certainly more prevalent right now and I am happy that more and more places are proving gluten free choices! Thank you, you have a good one, too!

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Aww, Frank, thank you so much (blushing) You made my day! :)

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Than you, Susan! Thanksgiving was good! If you make these for Christmas, I think the chocolate kisses would be good! I hope you are feeling well.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Ah, Marcy....you know the expression...Misery loves company. If I'm going to gain weight, I'm not doing it alone! It is a good recipe but I, personally find the rice flour to have a heavier, drier texture. I have been experimenting a little but haven't had much time for baking. Thank you for your comments! Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Randi

      Peanut butter cookies are among my favorite. I must give your recipe a try.

      This is being bookmarked for later.

      Angels are on the way you....ps

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Patricia! Angels are always welcomed!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Not to worry, Heidi! I am absolutely the worst at baking and these not only taste goog, they don't look too bad either!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thanks for stoppig by, AliciaC! These are pretty yummy! Enjoy!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you and welcome to my hub, Ceres! We have been experimenting with healthier recipes this year. I know I could go healthier than this but we want a bit more flavor.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, flourishanyway! Enjoy!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you angelasiuta and welcome! Enjoy!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      drbj, I would love an official taster if it meant you'd come hang out with us! The job would is yours! :)

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, SusanRecipes and welcome to my hub!

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      Ryem 3 years ago from Maryland

      I have been on a really crazy peanut butter kick lately and these cookies look great. I'm definitely going to find time to make them!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Ryem! They are pretty good! Enjoy!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Love peanut butter cookies! I am mostly gluten free these days and feel so much better--I will make these tonight!!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thanbk you, Audrey! I hope you enjoyed them!

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