May 3, 2021| By

Honey Peanut Butter Cookies

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins
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These Honey Peanut Butter Cookies are a fun take on a classic cookie! The honey adds a candied taste that truly enhances the flavor. This chewy, fluffy, and soft cookie is a recipe you will be making over and over again!

If you love these cookies, you'll also love these Biscoff Butter Cookies too!

Honey Peanut Butter Cookies on a cooling rack with a cloth

These Honey Peanut Butter Cookies are so good. They kind of taste like a Payday! There's a caramel-like flavor followed by crunchy peanuts on a soft and fluffy cookie. Pure heaven. It's such a fun take on a classic cookie recipe.

In addition, these are super easy to make and don't require any long waiting times or fancy ingredients or cooking equipment. If you're a fan of peanuts and enjoy peanut butter cookies, you have to give these Honey Peanut Butter Cookies a try!

Honey Peanut Butter Cookies on a cooling rack with a cloth

do you use crunchy or smooth peanut butter?

I crunchy peanut butter because it's my favorite. There's been a long debate in my household as to whether crunchy or smooth peanut butter is better. I've always been team crunchy while my Husband prefers smooth. But for these Honey Peanut Butter Cookies? I think that crunchy is best, especially because it compliments the added peanuts SO well. However, you can use either. It's all about your own preference.

When it comes to brands of peanut butter, I highly recommend Jif (crunchy) or Justin's Peanut Butter (smooth) because they aren't too oily. There's already two sticks of butter in this recipe and I found that if you use an oily peanut butter, it makes the cookies a bit too soft.

Honey Peanut Butter Cookies on a cooling rack with a cloth

why you'll love these honey peanut butter cookies

  • They're easy to make and don't require any long chilling times or fancy techniques!
  • They're incredibly delicious!
  • They have a beautiful candied flavor that kind of resembles a Payday - major win!
  • These cookies get better as they sit!
  • They're soft and fluffy!
Honey Peanut Butter Cookies on a cooling rack with a cloth

let's talk ingredients

To make these Honey Peanut Butter Cookies, you'll need to gather the ingredients below. Let's talk about their importance and how they make this recipe into the masterpiece that it is!

  • Salted Butter: I highly recommend using salted butter because the salt really enhances the taste of the peanut butter. The butter should also be at room temperature!
  • Brown Sugar, Granulated Sugar, and Vanilla Extract: adding both types of sugars to this recipe adds so much flavor as opposed to just sweetness! Vanilla extract also brings adds richness to this recipe!
  • Flour and Eggs: The binding agent for these cookies - helps with providing the structures for the cookies and are responsible for the lovely texture.
  • Baking Powder and Baking Soda: these are the leavening agents that make these cookies fluffy.
  • Peanut Butter and Honey: the stars of the show! These ingredients are what give the cookie its name!
Honey Peanut Butter Cookies on a cooling rack with a cloth

how do you makes these cookies

The method for making these Honey Peanut Butter Cookies is quite similar to making my Chewy M&M Cookies. Start by preheating the oven. Then begin beating your room temperature butter in a stand mixer using the paddle attachment. Make sure the the butter is nice and fluffy and then add the brown and white sugars and continue to mix. Add vanilla extract and eggs one by one. Then add the peanut butter and honey.

In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients - flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Whisk together and then add to the wet ingredients. Once all of the dry ingredients are incorporated, fold in the peanuts. Using an ice cream scooper (or roughly 2 tbsps per cookie), scoop out the dough and gently roll into a flat disk.

Totally optional: place about 5-10 peanuts on top of each cookie to get the look in the pictures! This also adds more crunch and texture to the cookie 🙂

Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for 12-14 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about 3 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack so that they cookies can set and finish cooking.

Honey Peanut Butter Cookies on a cooling rack with a cloth

can i prepare the dough ahead of time?

Absolutely! You can prepare the dough up to two days prior to baking it. Just be sure to store in the refrigerator and cover with plastic wrap. This is to ensure that it doesn't dry out.

can i freeze these cookies?

Yes! If you would like to store the cookies in the freezer, be sure to store in an airtight container of a ziploc bag! These Honey Peanut Butter Cookies will last for up to two months. When you're ready to eat the cookies, take the cookies out of the ziploc bag and lay them on a flat surface and allow them to warm to room temperature. I highly recommend against adding to them microwave unless you want soggy cookies lol

Honey Peanut Butter Cookies on a cooling rack with a cloth

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Honey Peanut Butter Cookies on a cooling rack with a cloth

Honey Peanut Butter Cookies

These Honey Peanut Butter Cookies are a fun take on a classic cookie! The honey adds a candied taste that truly enhances the flavor. This chewy, fluffy, and soft cookie is a recipe you will be making over and over again!
Serving: 18 servings
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins
Calories: 210kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract 
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1 ½ tsps baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda 
  • ½ tsp salt 
  • ½ cup peanuts

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 °F.
  • Add room temperature butter to a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Beat butter until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes, Add brown sugar, white sugar, and vanilla extract and continue to mix until fully incorporated. Then add one egg at a time. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and mix for another 10-15 seconds.
  • Add peanut butter and honey and mix together until all ingredients are mixed together and smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients - flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix together and pour into the stand mixer. Mix for about 15-20 seconds.
  • Using an ice cream scraper, scoop out dough and roll into a flat disk/circle, about a ½ inch thick. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. (if you do not have an ice cream scooper, simply scoop out 2 tablespoons of dough). Space each cookie about 2 inches apart.
  • Optional: Press 5-10 peanuts on top of each cookie.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack to set and cool.

Nutrition

Calories: 210kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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