Honey-Peanut Butter Cookies

As I’ve briefly stated a couple times – I’ve gone through a pretty big life transition in the past 6 months. And without getting into all the dirty details, I’ll simply say that I’ve found an incredible sense of balance during this time and I’m finally starting to feel like myself again. And feeling like myself is definitely good stuff.

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”

It’s no big secret that I haven’t been baking or cooking as much as I once was. I’m fairly certain you’ve all noticed that I’ve been posting less frequently. However, I realized the other day while uploading my post for Chocolate Cookies with Thin Mints that I really, truly miss my blogging routine and of course my readers and blogging friends.

At that moment, I walked into my kitchen and stared at a barren pantry and fridge which were littered with Slim Fast (Chocolate Royal flavor in case you’re interested), cans of soup and cucumbers that were certainly well beyond their prime. My flour and sugar containers were just about empty and there was not one single stick of butter in my refrigerator. Despite a lack of pretty much everything, I was determined to bake something.

The outcome were classic peanut butter cookies – you’ll never catch this girl without a jar of PB – sweetened with honey and rolled in sugar. They’re perfect for a little midday pick-me-up with a cup of tea or a surprise sweet treat for the kiddo’s lunch box.

Honey-Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: about 36 cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8-10 minutes


1/2 cup butter flavored shortening (see note below)
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup honey
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup of sugar for rolling dough balls


1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat shortening, peanut butter and honey on medium speed until well combined and fluffy - about 3 minutes.

3. Add eggs and vanilla mix well.

4. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the peanut butter mixture and mix on low speed until combined.

5. Using a medium cookie scoop (about 2 tablespoons) form dough into balls, roll in sugar, and place on prepared baking sheets. Flatten with a fork. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for about 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.


- I have not attempted this recipe with butter, so I cannot attest to the results. If you try this peanut butter cookie recipe with butter instead of shortening, please let us know how they turn out.
- Cookies will store well in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

My Baking Addiction adapted from Taste of Home


This post is part of an ongoing relationship between My Baking Addiction and Gold Medal Flour. In June of 2012, My Baking Addiction attended a Farm to Table event in Kansas City to learn why Gold Medal has been America’s flour of choice for 125 years. Although this is a sponsored post, the views and opinions expressed are our own and based upon our personal experiences with Gold Medal Flour.

52 Responses to “Honey-Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. Holiday Baker Man — April 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Yum! Butter may make them spread a little.


  2. Urban Wife — April 22, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Peanut butter cookies make everything better!


  3. Aimee @ Simple Bites — April 22, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Yay!! Happy to have you back. Wishing I had a stack of these right now…


  4. Shawna — April 22, 2013 at 8:34 pm


    I made them with butter as I had no shortening at home and they turned out wonderful. I was also short on honey and used 1/2 cup of agave. Yummy! Thanks for the awesome recipe.


  5. Micah — April 22, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Yum. These sound amazing!
    Glad you’re back.


  6. Patti — April 22, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    I actually didn’t have any peanut butter at home tonight (I know, gasp!!) so I used almond butter instead. They aren’t as sweet as your typical peanut butter cookies and they seem a bit thicker/firmer – but they’re really tasty and definitely addicting! Thanks for the base recipe – I think I’m going to try this with other nut butters too.


  7. Tieghan — April 22, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    YUM! Love honey and peanut butter. Wish I had some now!


  8. I don’t know what’s going on, or how deep it goes, but I’m glad you found balance and you’re feeling like yourself again. Sometimes I drift away and find myself not being… myself. So I know and can appreciate that feeling of balance.

    And I love how the peanut butter cookie is always there for us. So easy, so quick. Minimal ingredients, and such a huge payoff. That cookie deserves some sort of award.

    I like the addition of honey, I think I’ll try this one out next time!


  9. Renee @ Awesome on $20 — April 23, 2013 at 3:05 am

    Peanut butter and honey sandwiches were my favorite as a child. I think I might have to buy some bread and make one tomorrow. Oh, and these cookies? Yeah, I’m totally making those. I hope you continue to experience that elusive balance we all seek and that things get easier. Keep breathing.


  10. buttercream bakehouse — April 23, 2013 at 6:04 am

    What a great idea. Never thought of adding honey to peanut butter. I used to eat peanut butter and honey sandwiches as a kid so I love the combo.


  11. Cassie | Bake Your Day — April 23, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Nothing like a classic peanut butter cookie. I love the honey addition, Jamie!


  12. Grace @ Perpetual Nomming — April 23, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I absolutely love honey paired with peanut butter! When i made those sandwiches, the honey would crystallize my bread…..but it was so, so good!


  13. Love the simplicity to these :)


  14. Becca - Cookie Jar Treats — April 23, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I’m so glad you’re getting the hang of balance in your life. I’m trying to do the same with with school and baking and right now baking has taken the back seat and I’m still stressing over school. blah!

    These people butter honey cookies look really good. I remember I had a peanut butter and honey sandwich every single day in elementary school growing up. Then I fell in love with PB&J. But I still love the pPB and Honey combo. :)


  15. Kerry — April 23, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Love the touch of honey in PB cookies. Will have to try this with mine next time!


  16. Amy — April 23, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Glad you’re back :) your cookies look heavenly delicious!!! I love peanut butter cookies, I will definitely bookmark this recipe! Beautiful post!


  17. tracy {pale yellow} — April 23, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    So glad you have found balance during this time of transition. Baking always helps me to find my center and calm the crazies that go on around me. Love the addition of honey in the peanut butter cookies!


  18. Sinead — April 23, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    These look so lovely…there’s nothing more comforting than some cookies and milk! :-)


  19. Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com — April 23, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    I grew up eating peanut butter and honey sandwiches, which I guess seems a little weird but at the time seemed totally normal. So I’ve always loved the pb-honey combination–can’t believe I’ve never tried it in a cookie before! I’ll definitely have to give these babies a try.


  20. Carla @ Carlas Confections — April 23, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Glad to hear you are getting back to normal. Hope you are doing ok :) These cookies look perfect!


  21. Gloria @ Simply Gloria — April 23, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    These kept staring at me on Instagram! You are such an amazing baker! (=


  22. Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 23, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Welcome back and PB cookies are always a win! And no matter what, I always have PB on hand too :)


  23. Holly — April 23, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    These cookies sound so good! Can’t wait to try them out!


  24. joan — April 23, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Honey! I will definitely try this. Love peanut butter cookies. Making that criss cross with the fork always makes me feel good. I have no idea why. :)


  25. Casey@Good. Food. Stories. — April 26, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Look at those birch bark straws! Adorable – and yes, welcome back!


  26. Charlie - Baking At Home — April 28, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    These look great, thanks for sharing! Honey is a great addition to peanut butter.


  27. Madeline Fuhriman — May 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Mmm! Cookies with pb? Cookies with pb and honey? Perfection! I tried this recipe with butter and they turned out great! :)


  28. Margene — May 18, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Hi I made your Honey Peanut Butter Cookies and they were the best!! I doubled the recipe and used 1/2 cup plain Crisco (only one I had on hand) and the 1/2 cup butter and they were excellent. Not runny just “perfect”! Thanks for sharing!



    • Jamie — May 18, 2013 at 8:39 am

      Thanks for reporting back, I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe! Have a great day!

  29. andrea — June 2, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    I had been looking for a peanut butter cookie recipe without brown sugar. I didn’t have any :( So I used this recipe and used 1/2 cup of honey (all I had) and used 1 1/2 sugar and used butter. Oh and I added chocolate chips (as requested by hubby). They turned out amazing! :)


    • Jamie — August 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm


      So happy the recipe was a success, your substitutions sound great! Thank you so much for stopping back and thank you for following MBA!


  30. Judy grubbs — June 4, 2013 at 7:04 am

    I made these cookies last night, they were wonderful. I didn’t have peanut butter so I used Almond butter. They were yummy. Love your website!


    • Jamie — August 10, 2013 at 2:09 pm


      Wow, almond butter sounds like a wonderful substitution. Thanks so much for reporting back on your experience with the recipe. We’re so happy to hear it was such a success. Have a great day and thanks so much following MBA!


  31. ec — June 5, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Wow this look amazing.


    • Jamie — August 12, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      They are great, thank you! Have a wonderful day and thank you so much for following MBA!


  32. Tracy — June 10, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    These look awesome, Jamie! I will definitely be giving them a try with SunButter. I can’t resist a cooke that looks this good!!


  33. Chanel — October 9, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I used butter and the cookies were great.


    • Jamie — October 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks for the info – I am so happy to hear they worked out for you!

  34. Marcelina — September 17, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Hello, I’ve got one question. A cup = 150 ml or 250 ml ?


    • Jamie — September 17, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      I think it is about 236 ml. I hope this helps.


  35. Natasha Kearns — December 5, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    I made these with butter instead of shortening. I used organic sugar and I rolled half with sugar and the other half with coconut. They were delicious!! Best peanut butter cookies, so far. My son and I have renamed them, The Devil’s Cookie ;-) YUMM!!


    • Jamie — December 5, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing your version of the cookies, Natasha! I’ll definitely have to try out your variation. Thanks so much for stopping by to report back!

  36. Leyla — December 13, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    i <3 peanut butter & condensed milk but not an experienced baker, so wondering if the honey could be subbed out, just for another twist.


    • Jamie — January 29, 2015 at 12:04 am

      Leyla, certainly! You could try brown sugar instead.

      – Jamie

  37. Kathy — December 19, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Made with butter and honey no sugar and they turned wonderful.


    • Jamie — December 19, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      Thanks so much for reporting back, Kathy! I appreciate you stopping by.

  38. sally — February 23, 2015 at 11:57 am

    i just made this recipe … the taste was more than amazing , actually everyone one loved it , but i had this issue , i used homemade peanut butter which is not creamy as u know .. so when i ate the cookies they didn’t melt in my mouth ,they were a bit crumbly , it wasn’t a bad thing ,but i was wondering is it the homemade peanut butter or something i did.. and this is the first time ever i taste peanut butter cookies so i dont even know how the texture is supposed to be …


    • Jamie — February 24, 2015 at 9:55 am

      I haven’t tried the recipe with homemade peanut butter but the cookies should not be crumbly. I’m glad you got the chance to try these. Thanks for stopping by.


  39. Jasmin — March 25, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Ive tried this recipe numerous times with butter, and their simply AMAZING! Thank you for sharing.


    • Jamie — March 30, 2015 at 11:42 am

      I’m so glad that you are enjoying the recipe. Thanks for stopping by.


  40. Kelly — May 15, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Made these today with my grandbaby and they were awesome! I doubled the recipe and used 1 stick of butter and 1/ 2 cup of regular shortening. We keep bees and chickens so being able to use fresh honey and eggs was a huge plus!! Thank you for sharing this recipe, will definitely be making these again!!


    • Jamie — May 16, 2016 at 10:42 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them, Kelly! All the best to you!

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