May 25, 2010

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Cookies (with Mini Chocolate Chips)

These cookies are dangerously good...and when a pregnant woman's craving is the catalyst for a recipe, you can bet your bottom dollar it's delicious. 

I took a basic, from scratch, Peanut Butter Cookie recipe and tweaked it a bit to make it a little more healthy (without sacrificing the YUM factor) then I added some mini-chocolate chips (to counteract whatever "healthy" thing I was trying to do).

Anyway, here's my recipe. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. 

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Cookies 
(with mini Chocolate Chips):

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup canola or olive oil (I used olive)
2/3 cup smooth peanut butter
6 tablespoons unsalted butter (I substituted Smart Balance)*
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)

First, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, beat on medium speed the oil, peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar and brown sugar. Add to this mixture (and beat until well mixed) the eggs and vanilla. Stir the flour mix into the peanut butter mix, add the chocolate chips, mix until well blended and smooth. Let this dough stand for about 5 minutes so it becomes firm. Once slightly firm, pull off pieces and form 1 inch balls. Space about 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet and press down with a fork. I separated my dough into three parts, used the first part for my first batch then rolled the other two in wax paper rolls and placed in the freezer for future use. 

Bake 350 degrees (center rack) for 9-12 minutes.

* The original recipe called for 12 whole tablespoons of butter. I thought this was way too much so I cut it in half with no effect to the taste. I used Smart Balance spread in place of the butter. 


Life is beautiful. Add chocolate chips whenever possible. 

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Diana Mieczan said...

Ohh those look and sound very yummy...Thanks for that I will try those tomorrow...I have a few girlfriends coming for a chat...will be perfect!
Kisses and have a lovely Tuesday!

Anonymous said...

Ooo, they look delicious! Really wishing I had one right now to eat!

Caroline said...

Caroline and Diana, they were seriously good. And not SO sweet that you can't taste the peanut butter. Sometimes I've found boxed mixes (while good) are so sweet you can't tell if you're eating a sugar cookie or a peanut butter cookie.
Funny side note: my oldest daughter is allergic to peanuts (but she's still too young to quite understand why she can't have a cookie made with peanut butter) so I was sneaky and made these last at night after the children were in bed. My husband and I laughed and devoured them all before the morning--like it was "Secret Operation Peanut Butter Cookie".

leigh hewett said...

Oh, these cookies look good! How far along are you? Any names picked out for your sweet boy?

Susan Anderson said...

This sounds like HEAVEN. I especially like that the chocolate chips are not big.

I prefer my chocolate in smaller doses.


Lilacandgrey said...

mmmm :)

Rebecca said...

The only thing better than peanut butter cookies is peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips! Yea!

Also....I am currently working on something that is sure to impress you (impress you coming from ME the crafty-challenged!) I'm excited and can't wait to post about it!

Maggie May said...

oh gosh i'm down for peanut butter cookies anytimne!!!!

Ellen said...

Looks delicious! And yes one can never have enough chocolate chips...oh yes! Wow can you imagine 12 T of butter in the original? Yikes! Glad you "tweaked it".

Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey said...

Whole wheat PB cookies, great idea. Can't wait to try them.

hobovogue . said...

omygod this looks amazing. usually not a fan of pb cookies but... these are whole wheat. will try soon and definitely let you know.

interestin blog btw <3