Kathryne’s Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Kathryne's Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

I often get asked “How did you start your blog?” and “Do you have any tips for me if I’m just getting started?” I’m not very good at answering these questions, particularly the second one because what worked for me in 2011 when I started my blog is probably outdated today.

But I do have one tip that will stand the test of time: Make good blog friends.

I’ll never forget the week I started my blog (waaaay back in 2011). Jack and I had worked really hard to choose recipes, learn to take flattering pictures of food (harder than you think!), and design/program a good looking website. We made the website live and I wondered if my mom would be our only reader.

One day, while Jack was trying to explain to me how Twitter works, there was a sudden “BLEEP” from my computer… someone had tagged me in a tweet that said “Love and Lemons is love at first sight,” and it was from an account called Cookie and Kate. 30 seconds later, “bleep bleep bleep bleep bleep”… re-tweets and messages started flashing in and I squealed with both Tweety confusion and excitement that this blog thing was going to work. Of course, there would be years and mountains of (mostly free) work ahead of me before I could call this labor of love a job… but it had to start somewhere, little by little. In my case, this start was initiated by one kind soul who was the first to share a slice of her readership with me.

Kathryne's Peanut Butter Chip Cookies Kathryne's Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Fast forward to now… Cookie and Kate has become one of my favorite vegetarian blogs to read and Kathryne has become one of my very best blog friends. If you aren’t following her blog, you should – she makes delicious, attainable vegetarian food and her first cookbook, Love Real Food, is a real stunner. I’ve read it cover to cover and I have one tip for you: don’t read it while you’re hungry! I drooled over recipes like Roasted Eggplant Lasagna, Chickpea Tikka Masala, and Fresh Greek Nachos before stopping at her gorgeous peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.

These cookies are so delicious and SO quick to make. It’s a one bowl recipe that results in decadent, soft pillowy cookies that are lightly crisp on the outside. These little guys contain no flour (so they’re naturally gluten and grain free) and they’re sweetened with coconut sugar. I made my cookies with eggs as the recipe states, but Kathryne also gives a vegan option in the footer of the recipe which I’ll include here as well.

Kathryne's Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

I’ll be making these Greek Nachos with Herbed Tahini this week – yum!

Kathryne's Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Her book is not only gorgeous, but there are also the cutest pictures of her dog Cookie 🙂

Kathryne's Peanut Butter Chip Cookies Kathryne's Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Love Real Food comes out tomorrow – go get yourself a copy!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Kathryne's Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
Recipe from Love Real Food by Kathryne Taylor. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.
Serves: 42 small cookies
  • 2 cups lightly packed coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 jar (16 oz.) natural creamy peanut butter (1¼ cups)
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips (60% cacao)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the coconut sugar and eggs and whisk until smooth. Whisk in the vanilla and salt until blended.
  3. Add the peanut butter and whisk until the dough is smooth and the peanut butter has completely blended into the batter (you might need to switch to a big spoon toward the end, which you'll need for mixing in the chocolate chips, anyway). Add the chocolate chips and stir until the chocolate chips are evenly incorporated.
  4. For cookies that stay perfectly mounded, chill the dough for 15 minutes before proceeding. Use a 1-tablespoon cookie dough scoop or two spoons to scoop heaping tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving 1 to 2 inches of space around each one. Chill any remaining dough while you bake the first batch.
  5. Bake until the cookies are golden at the edges but still just a little underdone in the center, 11 to 13 minutes. Let the cookies rest on the hot baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring them with a metal spatula to a cooling rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  6. These cookies keep well at room temperature for about 4 days, and freeze well for up to 3 months.
Make these vegan by using vegan chocolate chips and omitting the eggs. Kathryne notes that egg free cookies will be lighter and have a more meringue-like in texture that's slightly gritty.



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  1. Patricia

    These cookies look delicious! One question… since I am not a fan of coconut sugar, is there a suitable alternative? Thanks!

    • Hi Patricia, I’m pretty sure regular sugar or raw cane sugar would work too!

  2. Cathy Seto

    So essentially, it’s baked peanut butter, sugar and chocolate chips???

    • yep (and eggs) but they turn into cookies once baked – really delicious.

    • Cathy

      Wow…firstly you are fast in responding! 🙂
      And, the 2nd WOW to how clean this is!! I am curious to try this with my powdered peanut butter and add in my own coconut oil (throw it in the blender). I’ll let you know how it goes! I’m so excited!!

  3. Catherine

    Can’t wait to try these! I LOVVVVE both “Love and Lemons” and “Cookie and Kate”! I have your Love and Lemons cookbook and I’m excited for the arrival tomorrow of my copy of “Love Real Food”!!❤️ Thank you Ladies for keeping us healthy and clean in our eating and always so bountifully beautiful in color!

    • aw, thank you for your sweet comment, I know you’ll love her book too 🙂

  4. Ordered! Thanks for the tasty reminder to grab this book. So nice to hear bloggers supporting each other. I looOOoove both of your blogs!

  5. I AM a pb lover like you so yesss I love these cookies! I can imagine how soft and chewy and just full of pb deliciousness they are!

  6. Butterling

    Can I use peanut butter without hydrogenated oils in this recipe?

    • yes, i used natural peanut butter. If you use un-salted peanut butter add an additional 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the recipe.

  7. Maria from almostproperly.com

    I love her blog!! Excited for the book as well:) Those cookies look delicious! Peanut butter and chocolate chip are the best of both worlds!!

    • I think you’re going to really like the book and the cookies 🙂 xo

  8. Mailinh

    Adding this to my “to bake” list. 🙂

    • Mailinh

      Jeanine–Just baked these and…YUM! They’re like inside-out buckeyes. Thank you for sharing the recipe. :0)

  9. Lisa

    I suppose you could substitute aquafaba for the eggs to make it vegan. Definitely going to try this one!

  10. Rahul Gandhi

    So neat! And those cookies sound delicious. 🙂

  11. What great advice! You might not know it, but you are my blog friend! LOL. Love Katherine…and these cookies. Weekend project!

  12. Christine Whittington

    I made these cookies last night and they are the most delicious ever! They taste a little like peanut butter fudge with chocolate chips!

    Here is a huge advantage that does not apply to most L & L readers: I live in Leadville, Colorado, which has an altitude of 10,200′ . Cooking is tricky, especially baking (and beans and pasta, but that is another story). These cookies completely sidestep the altitude adjustment issue because they do not have any leavening (except eggs) and do not rise–just get a little puffy. Just take them out of the oven when they appear to be just a tad underdone and the are perfect! Awesome! Awesomely perfect! These will be my go-to cookie for every event requiring cookies, forever and ever Amen!

  13. Lindsay Kreft

    Inspired! Thank you so much!

  14. Thuy

    Should we adjust the sugar (granulated sugar) amount if we use regular semi-sweet chocolate chips?

    • Hi Thuy, I haven’t tried so I can’t say how reducing the sugar might change the texture.

  15. Tiffany from parsnipsandpastries.com

    Such a nice story 🙂 Blogging really is a labor of love isn’t it? And it really does take time, piece by piece, little by little. But making connections (whether it’s with readers or other bloggers) is what it’s all about! Both your blog and C&K are two of my favorites. These cookies look divine!

  16. Nicole

    Has anyone tried to swap almond butter for the peanut butter?

    • Hi Nicole – in her book Kathryne says that almond butter will work!

  17. Jane

    These look delicious, going to make them tonight!
    Question: any idea of the calorie count? Thanks in advance.

  18. Kate from cookieandkate.com

    Jeanine, thanks again for this post! Your cookies and photos look SO good. See you next week!

  19. Kacy from library.uonbi.ac.ke

    Looking delicious

  20. Didi

    These cookies look delicious. I need a new choc chip cookie recipe so I’m going to try this on the weekend. I liked reading about when you started out!

  21. Edmary

    Can I freeze these whether prior to baking to save for another day or post-baking? The mix makes too many and I’m worried I’ll eat them all!

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