Peanut butter blossom cookies are a classic holiday treat. You know the ones I’m talking about, with the Hershey’s kiss perched in the middle of a sugar-coated peanut butter cookie. They’re a classic because they’re delicious, but for me, they’re just too sweet. This recipe gives the peanut butter blossom cookie a healthy makeover, and I think my version tastes even better than the original. My husband complains about the original version because you don’t get chocolate in every bite. These peanut butter chocolate swirl cookies have a more even distribution of chocolate. They’re also free of gluten and refined sugar, and I could sit down and eat a whole bunch of them any time of day.
Ingredients for cookies:
1½ cups gluten-free flour
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
½ cup softened butter
¾ cup creamy peanut butter (single ingredient: peanuts)
2 tbs. milk
½ cup maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Ingredients for chocolate swirl:
3 tbs. melted coconut oil
3 tbs. cocoa powder
2 tbs. maple syrup
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- In a small bowl, stir together the dry ingredients and set aside.
- In the large bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and peanut butter until smooth. Add the milk, maple syrup, egg, and vanilla. Beat well to combine.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat until incorporated.
- Take a tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball. Flatten the ball a little and place it on a cookie sheet. Continue with the remaining dough and bake for 8-9 minutes. Don’t let the cookies get brown or they will come out dry. Cool completely on a wire rack.
- To make the chocolate swirl, melt the coconut oil. Add the cocoa powder and maple syrup and stir to combine. Refrigerate the mixture for about 5 minutes so it thickens slightly. Drizzle over cool cookies and let the chocolate set.
This makes about 3 dozen cookies. The total cost of this recipe is $5.33, or $.15 per cookie. These are much healthier than the traditional peanut butter blossoms, and I don’t think you’ll miss the original version after you taste these.