If you’re a peanut butter fiend, these Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies are for you! They’re soft and chewy and 100% peanut butter lover approved!

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I love trying to figure out how to turn recipes that would normally be considered “junk” food into nutritious snacks that you aren’t afraid to give your kids. I’m not big on totally depriving kids of junk food (I feel like that only leads to a slew of other problems in the long run), but if I can come up with a version of a cookie that doesn’t include all of the unnecessary fillers found in store bought brands, I’m making it homemade for my kids.

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These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies will have your family’s eyes popping wide open when they see them coming out of the oven. These cookies have a healthy carbohydrate from the oatmeal and a protein punch from the peanut butter — great for kids who have been active running around all day. All they’re going to care about though is that they are delicious!

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I made a batch of these for an after-school snack and everyone went wild. My kids have always been obsessed with peanut butter so these were a natural fit. If you’re looking for more creative ways to use your favorite peanut butter, try out Chocolate Peanut Butter SmoothieCoconut Peanut Butter Oatmeal BallsFrozen Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites or Peanut Butter and Jelly Pop Tarts

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I love these cookies too because they’re super simple to whip up when we want something special for a snack or after dinner treat. And the ingredients are pretty much always in our pantry and refrigerator which makes it even easier! They’ve become one of our go-to’s lately and I’m not complaining. 

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies are simple to whip up and a huge crowd pleaser.
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Servings: 30 cookies
Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar OR 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place the butter and agave (or honey) in a bowl or a standing mixer and beat for 1 minute.
  • Add the egg, vanilla and peanut butter and beat another minute on medium speed or until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and mix to combine.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix to incorporate.
  • Drop 1 tbsp of the cookie dough onto a Silpat or parchment-lined cookie sheet. Flatten down each ball of cookie dough with the back of your hand or with the back of a fork making a checkerboard pattern.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • Cool and serve.

Notes

If you’d like to freeze these cookies to bake in the future follow the steps below:
Freeze dough after step 6 for 30 minutes then place par-frozen cookies in a ziploc bag, label and freeze for up to 4 months. When ready, pop them on a silpat or parchment lined cookie sheet and bake adding an additional 1-2 minutes.

Nutrition

Sodium: 60mg | Sugar: 3g | Fiber: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Calories: 70kcal | Fat: 4g | Protein: 2g | Carbohydrates: 7g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

Comments

  1. Just made these with wheat bran and whole wheat flour instead of oats and flour. Turned out crumbly but so soft and yummy! Thanks

  2. First off, let me start by saying that I adore weelicious and most of the recipes on here. But unfortunately I didn’t have much luck with these cookies. I baked them three different times underbaking them a little more each time, and every time they came out just to dry. They are also a little bland for my taste (and my 3yo’s) and believe it or not my husband was surprised that there was peanut butter in them. I think the poster who suggested using less flower might be onto something. I also used honey and maybe the agave would give a sweeter flavor. Oh well, I’ll still keep trying weelicious recipes! And I really appreciate the attempts to make our favorite sweet treats healthier too!

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  4. Hi, if I want to make these dairy free and sub coconut oil for butter, how much would I use? Thanks!

  5. I love this website. I have made a ton of recipes from this site. However, this one was a big flop! I followed the recipe exactly and the cookies turned out very dry and crumbled in our hands. The flavor was a bit bland as well.

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