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Chocolate Heart Peanut Butter Cookies (Refined Sugar Free!)

A thick and dense peanut butter cookie made with honey, and topped with a dark chocolate heart is perfect for your Valentine…or just you! 😉 Chocolate Heart Peanut Butter Cookies Refined Sugar Free

January was a rather savory month here on greens & chocolate, wasn’t it?  I focused heavily on the greens and much less on the chocolate.

The main reason was that Marc and I were doing a (very) modified version of Pinch of Yum’s Sugar Free January.  It was mainly a month where I did little to no baking, we stayed away from desserts, and focused on healthy eating.

Chocolate Heart Peanut Butter Cookies Refined Sugar Free

Now that January is done I’m easing back into desserts.  I don’t feel the need to go crazy with sugar, which is one of the benefits of getting my cravings back under control, but a girl needs a cookie every now and then y’know?!  So I’m starting with these refined sugar free chocolate heart peanut butter cookies!

I used Dove’s Dark Chocolate Hearts because I may have been sneaking one or two here and there the last week of January (hey Pinch of Yum says dark chocolate is okay!) and already had a bag open.  You could use whatever chocolate you want to top them with!  Dove also has some peanut butter filled chocolates that would be wonderful. A good ‘ol Reese’s peanut butter cup would do the trick.  Or maybe a Hershey’s kiss to resemble peanut butter blossoms?  All great options.   Chocolate Heart Peanut Butter Cookies Refined Sugar Free

So if I didn’t use sugar in these cookies, then what did I use?  To replace white sugar that is in a traditional peanut butter cookie, I used honey.  The result is a much less sweet cookie than your traditional peanut butter blossom, but I have to say – these definitely still hit the spot!  I also used white whole wheat flour in these, making them full of whole grains!

One last thing that I LOVE about these cookies is that they stay chewy days after I made them, which I think is due to the honey in them.  I love a thick and chewy cookie, and this is exactly what that is!

Chocolate Heart Peanut Butter Cookies Refined Sugar Free

Chocolate Heart Peanut Butter Cookies (Refined Sugar Free!)

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • Chocolate hearts of your liking/preference

Instructions

  • Preheat oven o 350 degrees F.
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, beat together honey, peanut butter, egg, and vanilla extract until well combined.
  • Add salt, baking soda, and flour, and mix until combined.
  • Roll dough into ~1 1/2 tablespoon dough balls and place on baking sheet. These don't spread much, so you can put them fairly close together.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 9-11 minutes, until edges are lightly golden. You definitely don't want to over bake these so error on the side of under done.
  • Once out of the oven, place a chocolate heart on the top of each one.
  • Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container.
  • Enjoy!
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Chocolate Heart Peanut Butter Cookies Refined Sugar Free

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