Sweet Honey! Peanut Butter Cookies

Sweet Honey! Peanut Butter Cookies

A soft chewy yummy easy-to-make classic treat that's packed with whole grains, sweetened with honey - and butter-free :-)

Ingredients / Directions: 

*3/4 c whole light spelt flour
3/4 c oats
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
optional: 1 tsp cinnamon

* You can use regular wheat flour too. A gluten-free flour mix would probably work here as well - if anyone tries please let us know how it goes in the comments.

Combine separately:

1 c smooth natural peanut butter
1/2 c honey (easier with liquid honey)
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla

optional: 1/3-1/2 c chocolate or carob chips

Mix wet and dry well. Drop heaping teaspoons of batter on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. (I use an insulated aluminum sheet.) Flatten with a fork if you like. Bake at 375* for 8-12 minutes - edges will be slightly browned - be careful not to burn as honey browns fast.


*Bake at 350 if using a thin, uninsulated, or dark metal baking sheet - or if your oven is a bit on the hot side.


I was looking for something

I was looking for something I could make quick to take with me this morning to meet friends for coffee at Starbucks.

Not known for my cooking or baking, it had to be easy, and I thought these seemed to fit - plus I just so happened to have everything in the house.

Recipe was VERY easy - I used agave in place of the honey. Baked 10 minutes in my oven.

I added approx another 1/8-1/4tsp more salt. Since I didn't know what kind/type of peanut butter was used for the recipe I thought this addition to the all-natural peanut butter (nothing but peanuts) I used may add a little more flavor.

They came out great, but seem to be missing a little flavor/something, not sure what I could add - though I'm sure the adding of the choc. chips would definitely add flavor, which I'll try next time to half the batch. Maybe try some roasted salted peanuts?

Was wondering if you used all-natural PB or one of the commercial ones that have additives. I tried a recipe in the past and figured out later the recipe had probably used a regular PB with salt and sugars added, no an all-natural, just peanuts PB. I know next time I make it to add more salt and sweetener.


Hi, thanks for the feedback

Hi, thanks for the feedback :)

I always use natural peanutbutter - I just updated the recipe - thanks. As for the flavour, try making these with honey, as it's a bit sweeter and more flavourful than agave syrup. (I use local wildflower honey.) You can add upto 1/4c more honey (3/4c total) if you like a sweeter cookie - I like my cookies less sweet than traditional cookies. If you add the extra honey, lower the baking temperature to 350. Roasted salted peanuts would make a great addition, so would pecans or walnuts... a teaspoon of cinnamon would be nice too.

I try to stay away from

I try to stay away from honey and only use the agave. A tad more salt may be just what it needs, maybe a bit more agave - just do not want the dough to get too wet.

I'm fine with not having the cookies too sweet - it's the family that didn't care for them, yet, the people I met at SB said they liked them - hopefully they weren't lying just to spare my feelings, but I don't think they were -all I took were eaten without force.

I liked them a lot and would definitely make them again! The problem is I liked them too much and have no self control when I bake stuff like this, so it will have to be when I meet the "others" who do appreciate the baking that I (can) do.

Can't wait to try something else from your site.



Thanks so much for this recipe! This is a keeper; I can't eat refined sugar or baking powder so I was glad to come across this one. The kids loved it too!

You're welcome. Always happy

You're welcome - always happy to hear the kids love it :P

substitution for oats? spelt flour?

Hi there Patty-
I am going to try this recipe- it looks great!
But can not do oats- allergies- or spelt flour - or peanut butter- I am going to substitute cashew butter- but which flour do you suggest out of the approved ones below
and what should I do instead of oats? Thanks so much-! So grateful to find a honey recipe!
Flowers that are ok are- rice-rice bran-buckwheat-amaranth- arrowroot-millet-quinoa-sago-soya-tapioca-

Hi there - ooo, I love a

Hi there - ooo, I love a challenge!

Try using:
3/4c quinoa flakes (instead of oats)
1/4c tapioca starch + 1/2c of your choice of flour (instead of 3/4c of spelt) - I recommend using fine-ground brown rice flour, as it has a more neutral flavour. (You could also use 3/4c of a gluten-free flour mix.)

I'm totally looking forward to hearing how these cashew butter cookies turn out - please let us know how it goes!

Cashew cookie alternative

Thanks so much Patty for responding right away!
Ok tomorrow on my list is Whole foods and will
pick up the alternatives which sound terrific- I also bought little fun cookie cutters too!
Trying to find honey recipes with no sugar (brown or white) and wheat free that rock are difficult- The cashew butter is really great-
Believe me I am no Martha Stewart so was very pleased to get your response! I would have ended up putting something horrid in the mix! Will let you know as soon as I get it done!:)

Cashew butter cookie alternative

OMG! Patty- you are a genius- Just pulled them
out of the oven and let me tell you-
Beyond Delicious!I followed your directions
to the letter- only ten minutes in the oven-
chewy-sweet-perfection! I am going to add
cashew nuts next batch- I found the Quinoa
flakes- Brown Rice flour- Cashew butter and Tapioca starch/flour at Whole foods- Thanks again so much- I would def post this recipe-
even the batter was good! yippee! :)

Yay! I'm thrilled. :) Maybe

Yay! I'm thrilled. :)
Maybe they should be called "Sweet Honey! Cashew Cookies"? Hopefully I'll have a chance to make some before I go on my trip... Thanks for the challenge and the super feedback. Happy Baking!

Yes! Yes! Yes! That is the

Yes! Yes! Yes! That is the perfect
recipe title- especially for folks
who need a substitute for peanuts-
oats or other things- I really
appreciate an expert chefs
help- I had no clue- I even had
to look up Quinoa flakes as there
is also a flour- der-
I also thought that the
soda listed was pop- funny-
I figured it was baking soda
at the last minute-please let me
know if you have other honey
cookie recipes- like coconut
honey something-? or gingerbread
something etc- I will also look
through your lists as well-
Thanks again Patty and Happy
Holidays and safe trip! :)

Thanks! :) Here are 2 easy

Thanks! :)
Here are 2 easy yummy honey cookie recipes:
Sweet Ambrosia Cookies: You could use chashew butter instead of sunflowerseed butter if you like.
Tahini Oatmeal Walnut Cookies: Replace the oats with quinoa flakes.

Peanut butter cookies

Hi Patty,

When I got married three and a half years ago, friends of my husband gave me a recipe for peanut butter cookies that they said he loved eating at their house. The recipe was loaded with margarine, sugar, white flour and all kinds of junk. Since I cook healthy and don't eat sugar at all, I never made them. When I came across this recipe I decided to give it a try. I made it exactly as written, but I used 3/4 cup of honey as mentioned in the comments. They came out dry and crumbly once they had cooled, not soft and chewy as you described them. I liked them a lot, but my husband thought they were too dry, not like the peanut butter cookie he remembered. Any suggestions?



Hi Sari, Thanks for the

Hi Sari,
Thanks for the great feedback. I'm surprised they came out too dry, as I've always made them with only 1/2c honey - but natural ingredients tend to vary in consistency quite a bit. (...even peanut butter is often dryer at the bottom of the container where the solids settle...) In order to be less crumbly, maybe try this variation: keep the honey at 3/4c, and reduce the oats to 1/4c. This should make them sweet and chewey - not exactly like a margarine/sugar peanutbutter cookie - but better in my books! Happy you like them :) Please let us know how it goes.



I just wanted to update you that I've made the cookies a few more times since then, and I've just made sure to bake them for a shorter time. (When I take them out they don't seem fully cooked, but when cooled they are great.)


PB Cookies

Yumm, these are the best PB cookies I have ever had! I am trying to get away from sugar and these were perfect. My kids and I couldn't get enough. Thanks!

Thanks + you're welcome!

Thanks + you're welcome!

sweet honey peanut butter cookies

Hi, thanks for the recipe! Just took the first batch out from the oven. Very good.

You're welcome + thanks. :)

You're welcome + thanks. :)

These turned out GREAT!! I

These turned out GREAT!! I used whole wheat pastry flour and sprinkled shaved dark chocolate over the top before baking! AWESOME taste!!

Thank you! Sounds awesome

Thank you! Sounds awesome with the shaved dark chocolate. :)

what's flower?

what's flower?

Wow, I need an editor. :) I

Wow, I need an editor. :) I just fixed the typo, thanks.

Cookies were a hit!

Thanks for the wonderful recipe!! I've been looking for a 'good' cookie recipe without all the added butter and sugar, and this recipe is perfect! Followed the recipe to a t for the most part, but added crunchy peanut butter, and used regular flour (as it's all I had on hand), as well as adding chocolate chips. Baked for 10 minutes, and they were perfect! Chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside.. Everyone in our house loves the cookies.. will definitely use this again!! Thanks!!!!

Wonderful! You're welcome,

Wonderful! You're welcome, and thank you for sharing your variation. Happy healthy baking :)


Unreal recipe. Perfect in everyway, except that I eat too many of course. Would love to know more of your delish recipes and secrets! Thank u once again. I look forward to hearing from u. ;)

Aw, thanks for the super

Aw, thanks for the super sweet comment. I agree, it's easy to eat too many of these. :) I'm happy to share my foodie secrets - if only I had the time - I have soooo many recipes written down here and there...

peanut butter cookies

Dear Patty,
This is my first time on your blog, I'm getting ready to start eating clean, thanks to a friend who has been. I'm your typical cook and baker. I just wanted to throw a thought out there for the comments on the cookies coming out dry. A little zucchini shredded,will moisten them right up. You won't taste any zucchini at all. It makes some of the best chocolate chips in the world, a little zucchini, it's a hidden ingred. that keeps them like they just came from the oven, moist and gooey. I will be visiting often as I make my voyage into clean eating. Thanks for being here. lol Rhonda

great idea

Yum, zucchini - thanks for the wonderful suggestion - I'll have to give it a go!

All the best to you in your new healthy style of eating. :)


Just wondering, about how

Just wondering, about how many cookies does this recipe make? I'm thinking about making them for a small dinner party and want to make sure I'd have enough for everyone :) Thanks for the recipe! Can't wait to try them.

Hi there! I actually don't

Hi there! I actually don't remember as I haven't made these for a while. If anyone else knows please chime in.

Best wheat free & sugar free peanut butter cookies

I tried 2 recipes for wheat free & sugar free peanut butter cookies before tring yours. Both of the other 2 were terrible, but yours turned out wonderful. I tried one batch with sorghum flour, and one with rice flour. The rice flour was by far the best, but the other one wasn't bad. Now I would like to find a recipe for wheat free & sugar free spice cookies.

Awesome - thanks for the

Awesome - thanks for the feedback. I'll have to try these with rice flour...

Added applesauce

I added 1/4 cup applesauce to the wet ingredients and 2 tablespoons ground flax to th dry, and folded in1/2cup chocolate chips. Baked for 9 minutes. They turned out great! Not dry at all. My kids and husband loved them too! Thanks for this recipe.

Wonderful - thanks for

Wonderful - thanks for sharing your variation - sounds great!

Wonderful peanut butter cookies

We use your recipes all the time and this one is our favorite.

Today we made a version that I think is fantastic and thought I'd share with you.

We increased the flour to 1c

Reduced the peanut butter to 1/2 c

Added 2 mashed bananas with the peanut butter

And because the bananas are so sweet, we reduced the honey to 1/4 c.

We don't use eggs, so we substituted 1T ground flax mixed with 3T water

We baked in a 350degree oven for 9 min

These come out a bit moister/chewier than your
wonderful original version, but these were truly a hit!

Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

Yum, these sound delicious -

Yum, these sound delicious - extra-healthy too. :) Thanks for sharing Melissa!