Recipes Using All Natural Peanut Butter

Last Updated on April 21, 2022 by Ellen Christian

Searching for recipes using all natural peanut butter? If you’re asking yourself “Can I use natural peanut butter for cookies?” keep reading!

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When I grew up, the only kind of peanut butter I knew was your standard commercial peanut butter that contained high fructose corn syrup. Take a look at the label on the back of most commercial peanut butter and you will see what I mean.   Here are a few tips for baking with natural peanut butter.

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Recipes Using All Natural Peanut Butter

In an effort to remove high fructose corn syrup from our diets, I had to find a new alternative.  I choose almond butter when I want a nut butter because peanuts are not allowed on the Paleo diet.

However, the kids and my husband still enjoy the taste of peanut butter. Baking with natural peanut butter is just as easy as traditional peanut butter.

Can I use natural peanut butter for cookies?

If you have ever tried to bake with all-natural peanut butter versus traditional commercial peanut butter, you’ll know that it’s not an exact substitution. All-natural peanut butter is generally a bit drier and not quite as smooth.

If you try an exact substitution in peanut butter cookies, for example, you’ll notice that your cookies are more crumbly than they should be.

You can certainly use natural peanut butter for your cookies. But, you may notice a slight change in how they come out. You will also need to add salt if the peanut butter is unsalted.

I’ve found Betsy’s Best in my local grocery store. But, if you prefer to shop on Amazon or you can’t find it, this brand is really good as well.

a jar of natural peanut butter on the counter

Recipes with peanut butter

Here are a few recipes that you can make using natural peanut butter. You may not have thought about using peanut butter in a main dish or entree recipe, but it’s a wonderful addition and common in Thai cooking.

Recipes using natural peanut butter and natural peanut butter cookie recipe

Easy peanut butter cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of butter, softened
  • 1 cup of natural peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda

flattening peanut butter cookies with a fork

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F
  2. Cream the softened butter, peanut butter, and sugars together in a large bowl.
  3. Add the eggs and mix well.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift the dry ingredients together.
  5. Add to the peanut butter and mix.
  6. Chill the dough for an hour in the refrigerator (covered).
  7. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place on a non-stick baking sheet.
  8. Flatten each ball with a fork. 
  9. Bake at 375F for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Recipes Using All Natural Peanut Butter

Yield: 48

Easy peanut butter cookies using natural peanut butter

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Easy peanut butter cookies using natural peanut butter

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of butter, softened
  • 1 cup of natural peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F
  2. Cream the softened butter, peanut butter, and sugars together in a large bowl.
  3. Add the eggs and mix well.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift the dry ingredients together.
  5. Add to the peanut butter and mix.
  6. Chill the dough for an hour in the refrigerator (covered).
  7. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place on a non-stick baking sheet.
  8. Flatten each ball with a fork. 
  9. Bake at 375F for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 374Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 378mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 2gSugar: 24gProtein: 7g

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12 thoughts on “Recipes Using All Natural Peanut Butter”

  1. I made these with 2/3 cup of the white sugar and rolled the balls in sugar before flattening. Added 1 teaspoon of vanilla flavoring. I made 18 and froze the rest of the batter (about another 20) on a sheet then transferred them to a freezer box. When I baked THOSE I put them directly on a parchment-lined cookie sheet, in a cold oven...with preheating (about 7 mins.) it too 15 minutes to bake them to done. I let them sit on the cookie sheet a little longer (5 mins) to ensure they wouldn't fall apart. They didn't and there was no discernible difference between the frozen and fresh.
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  2. Perfect cookies! I halved the recipe and got 25 cookies. I did not refrigerate the dough and everything was fine (not sure why the recipe calls for it, the dough was firm, held structure, and baked nicely). Will save recipe and use agin. Thank you! 5 stars!
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  3. Instead of flattening with a fork, would I be able to let it bake the way it is and then put a Hershey's Kiss chocolate in the center after it’s done baking? (See peanut butter blossom cookies) I have the Kisses and it would be neat to use them in this recipe. Would it work like this?
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  4. Hi thanks for this recipe! There aren't a lot of successful natural peanut butter cookie recipes around, so I was so happy to find yours! Do you think it would work if I doubled the peanut butter quantity? Thanks again!
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  5. hi!! i usually don’t comment on recipes but this one was fantastic!! i hadn’t found any natural peanut butter cookie recipes, and this one was just fantastic. it made about two dozen and a half for us, and the cookies were crumbly and delicious. thank you so much for the recipe!!!!
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    • Hi Debbie - For a 16-ounce jar of peanut butter, you will add 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt. You will need to divide it out depending on how much you are using. Add it at the same time you are adding the peanut butter. Thanks for stopping by.
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