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Healthy Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies

“I stir a few chocolate chips into the melted butters to give the cookie batter some chocolate flavor.” Muriel Mableson - Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    4-1/2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  • In a small microwave-safe bowl, microwave butter and peanut butter until butter is melted; stir until smooth. Stir in applesauce.
  • Transfer to a large bowl. Beat in the sugars until blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to peanut butter mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 7-9 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 75 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 47mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.
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  • Orbs
    Mar 24, 2019

    Delicious. I substituted almond butter for the peanut butter. Thank you, Muriel, for sharing your recipe.

  • mccaro
    Dec 21, 2012

    No comment left

  • spronovo
    Jul 3, 2012

    No comment left

  • lblanton
    Dec 16, 2011

    Grandkids loved them

  • LouannPearson
    Sep 6, 2011

    I do not care to add applesauce to any thing I bake, These cookies just didn't taste good at all. Sorry!

  • Bluegreen9
    Aug 31, 2011

    Love the flavor I used crunch peanut butter, but it took 25 minutes at 350 degrees to bake this cookie

  • Careaga
    Aug 31, 2011

    These cookies are fabulous! I used chunky peanut butter and needed to bake mine longer than directed (about 15 minutes). I definitely will be baking many more batches.

  • FitnessLovingMom
    Aug 6, 2011

    Did you use all whole wheat flour or  some  whole wheat and some all purpose??? I  know that sometimes when baking you can't use all whole wheat or it messes up the baking process.

  • Rach_TheBoss
    Jun 25, 2011

    They're awesome! I added a cup of chopped up peanuts for a crunch; it worked great!

  • Hilda93
    Jun 18, 2011

    I used whole wheat flour to supplement for bleached flour. My kids didn't even know they were a healthy made cookie. Love the recipe!