Chewy Peanut Butter and Honey Cookies

This most perfect chewy peanut peanut butter cookies is an upgrade on a classic. The secret ingredient, oats. They give it that perfect chewy texture without overpowering the classic peanut butter taste. And the addition of honey brings just the right amount of nostalgia.

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Growing up cookies were a staple in my house. When I was really young my mom would pack my school lunches, and she always packed the BEST stuff. Soup kept warm in a thermos, seriously no one else had that, and when it’s January and freezing outside, it’s the greatest lunch ever! Then as I got older I was put in charge of packing my lunch (that is until my mom found out all I was only putting cheese and mustard on my sandwiches, and let’s just say my freedom may have been minimized).

Another thing about my house, everything was homemade. You would not find a box of cookies anywhere and I was seriously probably 16 before I realized that you could make brownies out of a box. WHAT!!! While other kids came with packaged cookies or bags of chips I came with these homemade little treats that were like gold at the bargaining table of elementary school kids. I seriously could trade them for anything!

Now, you would think that one of those sandwiches I would have had packed for me would have been the classic pb&j, but no, we were more of a pb&h family. Honey that is. Now, these weren’t just any sandwiches, but the kind of sandwich where the bread is basically just the portal for your toppings, not really necessary except to transport all that yummy goodness.

So this is a spin on my family’s classic pb cookie. I wanted to add a bit of nostalgia to it with the addition of honey, and a bit of a chewy texture with the oatmeal rather than the classic slightly more crispy peanut butter cookie.

The great thing about this recipe is this makes a big batch - 4 dozen to be exact. So if you like to pack cookies in your lunch your set for weeks! So eat them, freeze them, and share them with all your friends!

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Prep time - 20 min

Bake time - 10 min x 4 batches

Total time - 60 min

Serving Size - 48 cookies

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups old fashioned oats

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup butter

1 cup smooth peanut butter

3/4 cup honey

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

2/3 cup chopped salted peanuts

1/4 cup white sugar

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375. In a small blow combine oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda & salt and set aside. In a large mixing bowl cream together softened butter, peanut butter, honey, brown sugar and eggs until smooth. Slowly incorporate your dry mixture to your butter stirring until well combined.

Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on a parchment lined baking tray. Place 1/4 cup of granulated sugar in a small bowl, using a dry fork dip into the white sugar then use it to press down each of the cookies. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts then bake 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow to cool on a cooling rack before storing.

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