Honey-Peanut Butter Cookies

Honey-Peanut Butter Cookies by @browneyedbaker :: www.browneyedbaker.com

I totally lived on peanut butter growing up. I would forsake any other meal for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I slathered peanut butter on everything. When I say everything, I mean everything. I could never get enough of the stuff, and I still eat it almost every day. However, with all of that peanut butter eating, a popular trend escaped me… the peanut butter and honey combo. Suddenly within the last year or so, I’ve heard of folks eating peanut butter and honey sandwiches. I’ve seen jars of honey peanut butter show up at the grocery store. Pictures of honey-peanut butter ice cream have popped up on Pinterest. I might be late hopping on this train, but I couldn’t let honey-peanut butter cookies pass me by.

Honey-Peanut Butter Cookies by @browneyedbaker :: www.browneyedbaker.com

I’ve made quite a few different peanut butter cookies in my day, and these rank right up there at the top with my favorites. The honey flavor is subtle, hitting you just as you finish chewing and lingering a bit on the tongue. Once I made at ate these, I realized how silly it was that I never got the connection between peanut butter and honey. Hello! Honey-roasted peanuts! Doh! My grandma always kept a jar of honey-roasted peanut in her pantry when I was a kid, and I just could not help myself. If allowed, I would have eaten that entire jar in one day.

Honey-Peanut Butter Cookies by @browneyedbaker :: www.browneyedbaker.com

Now that the combination of peanut butter and honey is in my life, I’m not letting it go. Grape jelly will always be my first love, but a girl can have room in her heart for more than one pb love, right?!

Honey-Peanut Butter Cookies by @browneyedbaker :: www.browneyedbaker.com

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Honey-Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: About 24 cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 to 12 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

A recipe for Honey-Peanut Butter Cookies; tastes just like honey roasted peanuts!

Ingredients:

1½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup granulated sugar
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup honey
¼ cup vegetable shortening
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ cup granulated sugar, in a small bowl, for rolling cookies

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the peanut butter, honey and shortening on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Give the mixture a final stir with a rubber spatula to ensure all of the flour has been incorporated.

4. Use a medium cookie scoop (about 2 tablespoons of dough) to scoop out dough and roll into a ball between the palms of your hands. Roll in the sugar and place on the prepared baking sheets about two inches apart. Using fork tines, press a criss-cross pattern into the tops of the cookies, flattening them into disks.

5. Bake until lightly golden brown, about 10 to 12 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then use a spatula to remove them to a wire rack to cool completely. The cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

(Recipe adapted from My Baking Addiction)

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64 Responses to “Honey-Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker on October 8, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Honey & PB sounds divine. This with some tea. Perfect

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  2. Vicki @ WITK on October 8, 2013 at 8:57 am

    I made some honey-peanut butter cookies a few years ago and they were amazing! I’ll have to try yours because my old recipe made 8 dozen :)

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  3. Vicki on October 8, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Oh my! I will be making these today! They sound delish!

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  4. Heather on October 8, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I wish I had some of those right now. They look so tasty!

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  5. Paula on October 8, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Funny, I never got the connection either until you mentioned honey roasted peanuts! These cookies look they’d be scooped off a plate in no time flat!

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  6. Kathy on October 8, 2013 at 10:11 am

    We love peanut butter and honey in our house! These cookies sounds delicious!

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  7. Stephanie @ PlainChicken on October 8, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I am a huge honey roasted peanut fan! Can’t wait to try these cookies.

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  8. Sarah Levosky on October 8, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I guess I’m late on boarding the honey/peanut butter train too! I never thought about using honey in peanut butter cookies! These sound divine!

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  9. Belinda @themoonblushbaker on October 8, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Peanut butter and honey is a great combo for oat meal too. I love this cookie as it simple but is a hit with most people. Honey adds a nice sweetness to most nut cookies. I can not wait to try it

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  10. Tess Singh on October 8, 2013 at 11:18 am

    If I was going to go all honey (and cut out the sugar), what do you think the subs should b? I use raw honey. These look so great!

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    • Michelle on October 11th, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      Hi Tess, Hmm I am not at all sure, and I’m not sure how doing that would affect the texture of the cookies.

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  11. marie @ little kitchie on October 8, 2013 at 11:36 am

    These sound seriously incredible! Love the addition of honey!!

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  12. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on October 8, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I love honey and peanut butter together! Heaven!

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  13. Donna on October 8, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    LOVE peanut butter and honey together (try a sandwich with some sliced bananas on it). I do not like to bake with vegetable shortening. Can butter be substituted for the shortening?

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    • Michelle on October 11th, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      Hi Donna, I’ve always used shortening in my peanut butter cookies – it makes a wonderfully soft texture. If you use butter, the texture will certainly not be the same, and I would recommend substituting at least half of the granulated sugar with brown sugar.

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  14. Olivia at ohmy Olivia on October 8, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I love a peanut butter cookie, but I’ve never tried anything but the one that comes on the back of the Kraft packet! These are a definite must xo

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  15. Shelley W. on October 8, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    what could you use to replace the vegetable shortening?

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    • Michelle on October 11th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Hi Shelley, I don’t recommend substituting for the shortening, as it’s vital to the texture of the cookie. However, if you feel so compelled to do so, you could go with butter, but then swap out at least half of the granulated sugar with brown sugar, or your cookies will not be soft and chewy.

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  16. Renee @ Awesome on $20 on October 8, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    As a kid, I actually preferred peanut butter and honey. I guess my fruit and vegetable aversion was pretty deep. These cookies sound heavenly.

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  17. Averie @ Averie Cooks on October 8, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Honey-roasted peanuts make the best peanut butter, too! I always have a jar of homemade honey roasted peanut PB on hand. I love the TJs nuts for that.

    And your cookies look great! I have a feeling I could give you a run for your money with love of PB. It’s my #1 crush :) And these cookies would be gobbled! Pinned!

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  18. Sara on October 8, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    These look wonderful!

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  19. MElinda on October 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Okay this may sound weird, but it’s sooo yummy. My sister started doing this when we were little. She would mix maple syrup with peanut butter and then make a sandwich….try it.

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  20. Natasha on October 8, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    My fiance is addicted to honey roasted PB, so I will definitely be making these for him!

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  21. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts on October 8, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    My husband always drizzles honey on his pb toast in the morning. He would love these cookies!

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  22. Merideth on October 8, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Ugh I want to make this so badly, but we only have crunchy peanut butter!

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  23. miss messy on October 8, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    This is a super combination! Looks amazing. I’d love some of these with an afternoon coffee.

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  24. Laura (Tutti Dolci) on October 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    I love PB & honey sandwiches, these are my kind of cookies!

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  25. Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts on October 8, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    I’ve always been a little skeptical of peanut butter & honey sandwiches, but your cookies look so amazing – I’d totally go for a few of these.

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  26. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie on October 8, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    One of my favorite cookies I’ve ever made was a peanut butter cookie with honey in it. SO obviously these must be good!

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  27. Erin on October 8, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I saw this recipe and had to try it today! They are terrific! And I doubled the recipe. I did make the cookies smaller than 2 tablespoons each after the first batch. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  28. Veronica on October 8, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    These look delicious! I have a brand new jar of honey that’s been waiting for something fun to do. And I actually have eaten the whole jar of honey roasted peanuts in one sitting… it’s not as fun at the end as it is in the beginning, trust me!

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  29. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar on October 8, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    I often have peanut butter and honey on toast in the morning and looooove the combo! These cookies look lovely!

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  30. Dana on October 8, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Peanut butter and honey on English muffins are the BOMB. I bet these cookies are wonderful and I can’t wait to try them!!

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  31. Brenda on October 8, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Honey/PB is definitely a classic combo that I can never get enough of. Have you tried Perfect Foods Bars – the peanut butter ones? You can find them at Whole Foods in the refrigerator section. They literally taste like honey peanut butter cookie dough, but they are healthy and made with all natural ingredients. They are high in fat because of the peanut butter, but they have other good-for-you nutrients that make up for it (like lots of protein – they keep you full for awhile!). I am completely addicted, and this post made me think of them!

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  32. AnnMarie on October 8, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    A delicious sounding new way to make an old favorite….pinned!

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  33. Bake Play Smile on October 8, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    I love both peanut butter and honey, so these sound like the most wonderful little mix! Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

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  34. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent on October 8, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    I bet these taste amazing!

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  35. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl on October 8, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    These cookies look so moist and fluffy, beauties!

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  36. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen on October 8, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Oh my! I just adore PB anything. PB cookies made with honey and honey-roasted peanuts totally rule. I enjoy baking with alternative natural sugars, too. Your cookies look delightfully chewy, Michelle! Thanks for sharing!

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  37. Rachel (teacher-chef) on October 8, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    WOW – I agree, I will put peanut butter on anything and am just coming to realize how awesome honey is with peanut butter. I will be making these soon, next time I need some cookies (love the almost healthy factor with all those natural sugars & fats too)

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  38. Abbe@This is How I Cook on October 9, 2013 at 12:32 am

    I am not a big pb lover but with honey, I might break down!

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  39. Becca @ Crumbs on October 9, 2013 at 3:01 am

    Yum what an amazing combination! It had escaped me too

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  40. Hannah on October 9, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Can i use butter/margarine in stead of the shortening?
    its not available where i live.

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    • Michelle on October 11th, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Hi Hannah, I really do recommend shortening in this recipe. If you must substitute, I can’t guarantee the results will be the same. I would go with butter and then replacing at least half of the granulated sugar with brown sugar.

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  41. mehrunnisa on October 9, 2013 at 8:16 am

    i could not help but smile when i read this post. you know, i first ate pb when my father sent it back in a package from the states. i must have been eight years old and it was a real novelty in pakistan. anyway, i had heard about pb and jelly but could not understand the fuss. but we have very good local honey and that is how i always ate my pb. it is such a classic combination and a shame that it has taken a while to become a rave. i am sucker for pb cookies and here’s my favourite version –
    http://comeconella.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/peanut-butter-and-chocolate-chip.html

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  42. Dina on October 9, 2013 at 9:11 am

    nice twist on a pb cookie!

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  43. aimee @ like mother like daughter on October 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    mmm peanut butter cookies are one of my favorite things, and peanut butter and honey. Great idea. I too love a good pb and honey sandwich so these cookies sound perfect!

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  44. Kimberly on October 10, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Oh my gosh… I made these a few nights ago and they are amazing! I didn’t have any vegetable shortening on hand so I substituted and equal amount of butter and then I made my cookies extra big so they’re about 4 inches across. They came out perfect… so chewy and delicious! Thanks for the recipe!~

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  45. Shelly (Cookies and Cups) on October 11, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    This is so good!! I love peanut butter cookies!

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  46. Julie Cruz on October 11, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Ha! I thought I was the only one that did maple syrup and peanut butter!! That was my second favorite sandwich to PB and Honey when I was a kid. I just had to try these cookies. I did substitute coconut oil for the shortening and I still got nice chewy cookies. Thanks for sharing!

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  47. Karen Condit on October 12, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Loved these. For my second batch, I didn’t have enough honey so I used half honey and half brown sugar Splenda. Substituted Splenda Blend in both batches for the white sugar. Great taste/Great texture. So good that my Boston Terrier snatched one off my cooling table on the porch. He then put himself in timeout (family room sofa) all by himself for a half hour. Knew he was a bad boy but it was probably worth it!

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  48. Laura Dembowski on October 12, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    These cookies look great! Pub pairs so well with so many flavors. Pbj will always be the best!

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  49. Les on October 14, 2013 at 4:01 am

    These look great but after making a batch, my family is not impressed. They rated it ‘passable’. Back to traditional peanut butter cookie.

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  50. Zuleika on October 16, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I love peanut butter and I love honey. Thanks for this recipe, it sounds amazing! :-)

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  51. Katrina on October 17, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Just tried these today and the husband LOVED them! I saw the recipie on Pinterest and thought I could give them a whirl. I did have to substitute margarine for the shortening because it was all I had on hand and they still came out delicious.Thanks for sharing it!

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  52. Cari on October 27, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    This is just what I was looking for, sounds divine. Off to the kitchen right now!

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  53. Adin Blankenship on October 30, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I made some last night and it was good. Although, I didn’t use shortening because I didn’t have any and no brown sugar either, but mine still turned out delicious. The kids couldn’t stop eating them. I also used a WOWButter, which is not made of Peanuts so mine is a Peanut-free cookies. :)

    http://www.chetopianfamily4.com/2013/10/food-share-honey-wow-butter-cookies.html

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  54. Avra-Sha Faohla on November 12, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    These look so yummy. Do you think I could substitute canola oil for the shortening?

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    • Michelle on November 12th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      I would not recommend substituting oil for the shortening, it would change the consistency of the cookies.

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  55. D. on November 29, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Hi. I just made your recipe today and I wanted to share a few ways I tweeked mine: Instead of vegetable shortening I used coconut oil. I did not add any sugar (honey is sweet enough), though I did roll them with some brown sugar. I also realized on my second batch to only bake them 8 mins., otherwise they turn out more like a cake, instead of soft and chewy.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe. :)

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  56. Susan on January 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I’ve had these Pinned for months but didn’t get to them before the holiday baking whirlwind. Decided these were the perfect baking project for my 3 year old and I – simple ingredients & instructions, minimal wait time, and doesn’t make more cookies than we can handle on a cold weather, home bound weekend. They are so delicious and will definitely be a part of our regular cookie rotation from now on. Thank you!

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  57. Jen on January 23, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I did these with butter and used coconut palm sugar in place of the white sugar as this is what I had on hand…delicious! :)

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  58. Katie Adams on February 12, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Peanut Butter are some of my favorite cookies. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

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  59. Kat on April 18, 2014 at 12:00 am

    I just made these and they are fantastic! I love how soft and chewy they are!

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