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These chewy peanut butter cookies are sweetened with honey for what just might be the most perfect after-school snack ever!

5 peanut butter cookies stacked on a white plate. A bite has been taken from the top cookie.

There’s just something about peanut butter that makes you think about back-to-school season, right?

I know the majority of schools are nut-free these days, but I still think about peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as the quintessential childhood sack lunch. 

Since peanut butter sandwiches aren’t safe to send to school, I make peanut butter treats for an after-school snack instead. 

Peanut butter and jelly bars? Yes! Peanut butter oatmeal bars? Yes! Honey peanut butter cookies? Yes, yes, and YES!

Plate with 4 honey peanut butter cookies on it with more cookies and a glass of milk in the background.

CHEWY PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES WITH HONEY

I know there are a lot of different peanut butter cookie recipes out there. I even have a few different versions on my site, from apple peanut butter cookies to peanut butter sandwich cookies to peanut butter blossoms.

Heck, even my no bake cookies have a healthy dose of peanut butter in them!

But when it comes to a classic peanut butter cookie, there are a few things I look for:

  • It needs to be chewy
  • It needs to be flavorful
  • It needs to have the classic criss-cross pattern on top

I have tried so many peanut butter cookies that were hard as rocks and tasted strongly of peanut butter but not much else. They just weren’t what I was looking for.

But this recipe? It’s exactly what I want.

These cookies stay nice and chewy, even after they cool. They have a lovely peanut butter flavor that’s subtly accented by the honey in the recipe, and they have that classic criss-cross on top.

Honey peanut butter cookie ingredients arranged on a countertop.

HOW TO MAKE THESE FAVORITE PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

This is a pretty simple cookie recipe to whip up, so they’re a great recipe to keep in your back pocket for any time you need a quick and easy treat.

Ingredients you’ll need

The ingredients for this recipe are pretty standard if you do a lot of baking, especially cookies.

To make these honey peanut butter cookies, you’ll need:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened 
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup honey
  • ½ cup lightly packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Honey peanut butter cookie dough in a white mixing bowl.

Yes, there’s a whole cup of honey in these cookies! You can use any honey you like, but I recommend getting a nice, flavorful one. That way the flavor of the honey stands out to really complement the peanut butter!

Make sure you know how to soften butter and how to measure flour for this recipe. I also have a simple brown sugar substitute you can use if you find yourself out of brown sugar.

What kind of peanut butter to use

This recipe uses creamy peanut butter. Make sure you grab creamy peanut butter, not crunchy by accident!

Balls of honey peanut butter cookie dough being rolled in granulated sugar and set on a baking sheet.

If you want to use natural peanut butter, I recommend using a no-stir natural peanut butter. 

I don’t recommend using the type of natural peanut butter that is just ground peanuts and nothing else. That type tends to be grainier and separates easily and doesn’t work as well in recipes like these honey peanut butter cookies or peanut butter cake.

If you have a kiddo with a peanut butter allergy, you could swap in sunflower seed butter in this recipe instead.

Honey peanut butter cookie dough flatted with a fork on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Making this recipe

To make these peanut butter cookies, start by creaming together the softened butter, peanut butter, honey, and both sugars until light and fluffy. This will take about 3 minutes.

Add in the eggs and the vanilla extract and mix well.

Whisk together the remaining dry ingredients and gradually add this mixture to the peanut butter mixture, mixing on low speed until just combined.

Baked honey peanut butter cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Use a medium cookie scoop to portion out 2-tablespoon balls of dough. Roll each ball in granulated sugar and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Use the tines of a fork to flatten the cookies and create a crosshatch pattern on top. 

Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes or until dry on top and just golden around the edges. Make sure not to overbake them! You want them to stay chewy.

Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Honey peanut butter cookies scattered on a wire cooling rack.

STORAGE TIPS

These honey peanut butter cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. They’re the perfect excuse to pull out your favorite cookie jar!

You can also freeze the cookies, either before or after baking.

To freeze the dough, follow the instructions in my tutorial on how to freeze cookie dough. Then you can pull out as many dough balls as you like, whenever you like, and have freshly baked cookies in just a few minutes.

To freeze the baked cookies, just toss them in a zip-top freezer bag or an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. Let thaw at room temperature for a couple of hours before enjoying.

Bite taken from a peanut butter cookie that is leaning against a glass of milk, set on a napkin.
Honey peanut butter cookie with a bite taken from it leaning against a glass of milk.

Honey Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: 36 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

These chewy peanut butter cookies are sweetened with honey for what just might be the most perfect after-school snack ever!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup honey
  • ½ cup lightly packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For rolling dough balls:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Instructions

  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 butter, peanut butter, honey, brown sugar, and granulated sugar 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, 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.

Notes

You may substitute the butter for butter-flavored shortening.

Cookies will store well in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Adapted from Taste of Home

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Nutrition Information
Yield 36 Serving Size 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving Calories 145Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 10mgSodium 135mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 1gSugar 16gProtein 3g

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Lori

Tuesday 30th of August 2022

These look absolutely delicious. Is there a reason why neither butter or shortening are listed in the ingredients?

Jamie

Wednesday 7th of September 2022

So sorry about that, Lori! I fixed the recipe card to add the butter. Thanks for bringing to my attention, and happy baking! Jamie

Michaeline Florek

Thursday 7th of May 2020

This recipe was yummy, love the marriage of honey and peanut butter!!! I used unsalted butter and it worked great. I try to use a little less sugar in measuring because of family members with medical issues and they are just as tasty. Used brown sugar instead of regular sugar. Plan to try coconut sugar next time. I also did not roll in sugar. Used crunchy peanut butter, my preference. I bake gluten free...Namaste flour works well for cookies. I always try to please all family members, I am a purist in peanut butter cookies. My family likes chocolate chips in their peanut butter cookies. I compromise by adding Cacao nibs to half of cookie mixture. :-) Happy Baking

Jamie

Tuesday 26th of May 2020

Yay! So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback. -Jamie

Ann Crews

Saturday 13th of April 2019

I made with butter and added chopped pecans, they turned out delicious

Jamie

Tuesday 16th of April 2019

So happy to hear you enjoyed the cookies, Ann! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie

Mary Ellen Phillips

Tuesday 11th of September 2018

I absolutely love love love these cookies, and so does EVERYONE else that I give them to. I have always made them with regular unsalted butter. I also have never used sugar- I use the Splenda brown sugar mix. I can't have regular sugar... (Well, no more than 2 grams PER MEAL) Since I had the gastric bypass surgery in 2010. Sugar makes me sick... My neighbor asked how I get them to stay soft and moist for DAYS and DAYS??? When I told her I just use honey instead of sugar, and the Splenda brown sugar, she made me PROMISE not to let her husband know!!!! They are so yummy, and they stay soft and delicious for up to a week in an airtight container. Well, maybe longer, they're just always eaten by day 7 at my house!!!

Jamie

Sunday 23rd of September 2018

So happy to hear you enjoyed the cookies, Mary Ellen! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie

Sean Havern

Sunday 5th of August 2018

For some Reason every time I make cookies with baking powder/soda they turn out cakey so these ones did too. Anyone know what I could be doing wrong

Jamie

Wednesday 8th of August 2018

Thanks so much for stopping by, Sean! Without seeing the exact result, I'm not sure what might be happening. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking! -Jamie

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