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 cookies have a more even distribution of chocolate. They’re also free of gluten and refined sugar. I could sit down and eat a whole bunch of them any time of day.
Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Swirl Recipe
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 the cool peanut butter 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 peanut butter cookies are much healthier than the traditional peanut butter blossoms, and I don’t think you’ll miss the original version after you taste these.