Peanut Butter Cookies: Vegan & Non-Vegan Recipes

Updated on December 4, 2017
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Vegetarian most of my life, I love the creativity of veggie cooking—as well as creating & curating poems!

P-Nut Butter Cookies: A Recipe History

I call my peanut butter cookie recipe "p-nut butter cookies" because it comes from my having tweaked a recipe I found in an old cookbook. I alter the name of the cookie to give it a special originality.

I have always loved peanut butter cookies. For years, I relied on the recipe from an old battered cookbook that my mother owned. Interestingly, she did not use that cookbook for most of her cooking, and ironically, she never made the peanut butter cookie recipe. I enjoyed that kind of cookie at the homes of relatives in Kentucky and at school functions.

After I was old enough to use the kitchen, I went looking for a peanut butter cookie recipe and found it in that old cookbook. While I enjoyed the cookies that resulted from the recipe, it always seemed to me that the peanut butter flavor was a bit weak.

So I began experimenting with the recipe, adding more peanut butter, substituting whole wheat flour for all-purpose flour, adding raw sugar instead of the granulated and brown sugar called for in the old cookbook's recipe. After a few other tweaks I finally found the recipe that best suits my taste.

After creating the just-right regular version of the peanut butter cookie recipe, I experimented with a vegan diet for about a decade. So I had to tweak my recipe further to make it vegan. After a few unsuccessful tries which resulted from trying to find the right substitute for the egg, I landed upon my perfect vegan recipe. Although I no longer follow a strict vegan diet, I still enjoy my vegan version of this cookie recipe every bit as much as the non-vegan.

Peanut Butter Cookies With Chocolate Chips

Because of my enjoyment of peanut butter and chocolate, I also created a recipe featuring those two flavors. They are simply alterations of the peanut butter cookie recipes. There are only a few minor changes along with the addition of chocolate chips. They are yummy!

Happy Baking and Buon Appetito!

Vegan P-Nut Butter Cookies

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Recipe for Vegan P-Nut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

Dry

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Wet

  • 1/3 cup vegan butter (I use Earth Balance)
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter (I use Smucker’s Natural Chunky)
  • 1 1/2 cups raw sugar, divided (1/2 cup for rolling)
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350˚
  2. Stir together dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. Blend vegan butter, peanut butter, 1 cup sugar, apple butter, and vanilla in stand mixer to a creamy texture. Add dry Ingredients.
  4. Blend well to a nice, cookie dough texture. Shape into round balls, roll in remaining raw sugar.
  5. Place on parchment paper on baking sheet about 1 inch apart.
  6. Press & criss-cross each cookie with fork for traditional pattern.
  7. Bake for 14 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 3 dozen.

Non-Vegan P-Nut Butter Cookies

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Recipe for Non-Vegan P-Nut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

Dry

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Wet

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter (I use Smucker’s Natural Chunky)
  • 2 cups raw sugar, divided
  • 1 egg (warmed to room temperature)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375˚
  2. Stir together dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. Blend butter, peanut butter, 1 cup sugar, egg, and vanilla in stand mixer to a creamy texture. Add dry Ingredients.
  4. Blend well to a nice, cookie dough texture. Shape into 1-inch round balls, roll in remaining raw sugar.
  5. Place on parchment paper on baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  6. Press & criss-cross each cookie with fork for traditional pattern.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 3 dozen.

P-Nut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies: Vegan Recipe

P-Nut Butter Chocolate Chip: Vegan Recipe

Ingredients

Dry

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips

Wet

  • 1/3 cup vegan butter (I use Earth Balance)
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter (I use Smucker’s Natural Chunky)
  • 1 1/2 cups raw sugar, divided (1/2 cup for rolling)
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350˚
  2. Stir together dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. Blend vegan butter, peanut butter, 1 cup sugar, apple butter, and vanilla in stand mixer to a creamy texture.
  4. Add dry Ingredients, except chocolate chips and mix well.
  5. Add chocolate chips. Blend well to a nice, cookie dough texture.
  6. Shape tablespoon-sized amounts into round balls, roll in 1/2 cup raw sugar.
  7. Place on parchment paper on baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  8. Press & criss-cross cookie with fork for traditional pattern.
  9. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 3 dozen.

P-Nut Butter Chocolate Chip: Non-Vegan Recipe

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P-Nut Butter Cookies: Non-Vegan Recipe

Ingredients

Dry

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Wet

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter (I use Smucker’s Natural Chunky)
  • 1 1/2 cups raw sugar, divided (1/2 cup for rolling)
  • 1 egg (warmed to room temperature)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375˚
  2. Stir together dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. Blend butter, peanut butter, 1 cup sugar, egg, and vanilla in stand mixer to a creamy texture. Add dry Ingredients.
  4. Blend well to a nice, cookie dough texture. Shape into 1-inch round balls, roll in remaining raw sugar.
  5. Place on parchment paper on baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  6. Press & criss-cross each cookie with fork for traditional pattern.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 3 dozen.

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