As promised, I had found TWO healthy peanut butter cookie recipes. So I am now posting that second one 🙂 I like this cookie better because I am such a spice person! Anyone else this way? I love ginger cookies, pumpkin spice bread, pumpkin spice anything, cinnamon anything, etc. This is a nice fluffy cookie with peanut butter and a hint of ginger, and I added molasses! Only a teaspoon, but I think the molasses is kind of necessary 🙂
Link to the cookies as created by chocolate covered Katie:
Look how pretty they are…don’t they look so light and fluffy??
Peanut Butter Gingerbread Cookies
(with optional choc. chips)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (or Sunbutter, almond butter, cashew butter)
- 1/2-1 tsp powdered ginger (this all depends on how much you like your spices!)
- 1/3 cup brown sugar (Katie uses Sucanat and says that it makes the cookies taste more similar to gingerbread, but I have never bought this before! Will have to try it)
- 1 tbsp of sugar (OR 1 NuNaturals stevia packet, or add 1 extra tbsp of the sucanat)
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 4 tbsp flour, I added an extra tablespoon, hers only calls for 3 (spelt, white, ww pastry, and gf all-purpose are all fine)
- tiny pinch of salt
- 2-4 tbsp chocolate chunks, or chips, or broken-up chocolate bar (this is optional, I only added in a few!)
- 2 tbsp milk or 2 tbsp applesauce
- 1 tsp. molasses, this is my personal addition and it helped the cookies taste more like gingerbread!
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Don’t preheat your oven yet because you will want to chill the dough first!!
Just like my other PB cookie recipe, mix your dry ingredients in a large or even medium-sized bowl: brown sugar (Sucanat), sugar, ginger, baking soda, flour, salt. Once this is all mixed very well, add the vanilla, milk or applesauce, peanut butter or nut butter, molasses, and the chocolate chips if you want them! Katie says to chill them at least 30 minutes in the fridge, but I just did the 10 minutes in the freezer and they turned out great 🙂
Now preheat your oven to 350° and stick your dough in the freezer for 10 or fridge for 30 minutes. Lightly spray the cookie sheet and form balls out of the dough (makes 12-16 cookies depending on how you roll them). Bake for just 8 minutes! Again they will look underdone, but this is fine!! Leave them on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes and then remove.
Trust me, these are so good, and check out the nutrition facts on these little tastes of heaven!
Enjoy your warm cookies on this bitter, cold day! Great to have with coffee in my personal opinion. Bundle up and stay healthy!