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Healthier Classic Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
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Healthier Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

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"I love peanut butter cookies but they are always a little greasy. I came up with this healthier version and it's a little less greasy. I love it!"

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Original recipe makes 4 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    20 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Beat butter, peanut butter, applesauce, white sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Add eggs and beat until smooth.
  3. Sift together flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a separate bowl; stir into peanut butter batter. Put batter in refrigerator for 1 hour.
  4. Roll dough into walnut-sized balls and place 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Flatten each ball with a fork, making a crisscross pattern.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until cookies begin to brown, about 10 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 04, 2012

I don't make cookies too often, but this recipe is awesome. I am always trying to bake or cook healthier. These cookies have a great taste and are nice and chewy. Just the way my husband and I like cookies. Thank you so much for coming up with a healthier version of peanut butter cookies. I will definitely try this recipe again.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 25, 2013

My kid's liked these but not enough to make a whole batch of cookies disappear in a day like usual cookie recipes. I didn't really like them...the flavor was off to me. They also spread while baking. They were a nice chewy cookie but that is about it. I ended with 3 dozen and 4 cookies using my cookie scoop. I would look into alternate ways to make a peanut butter cookie healthy such as using whole wheat flour, reducing the amount of sugar etc. in the future.


10 Ratings

Jul 27, 2012

Think it is good! I am gonna make it as soon as possible!

Dec 23, 2012

I liked these and I got reviews from friends

Feb 25, 2013

Didnt have any applesauce add vanilla yorgt instead and my kids and hubby loved them.

Feb 11, 2013

Love them. Not your typical greasy cookie.

Jun 14, 2013

Great recipe, but did she really mean to preheat the oven for an hour?

Jan 09, 2015

Very yummy!! Mine came out fluffy (not like in picture). Made mine with organic sugar free apple sauce and natural peanut butter so the cookies were mild tasting and not as rich/sweet as you usual pb cookie, but it's a "healthier" cookie. I also used organic flower Will make them again for sure.


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  • Calories
  • 216 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 30 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 9.3 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 1.2 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 4.6 g
  • 9%
  • Sodium
  • 164 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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