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Peanut Butter Cookies

Serves: Makes 64 cookies
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3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, room temperature
1 (12-ounce) jar chunky peanut butter
1 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup oats (optional)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup peanut butter chips
8 regular size peanut butter cups, chopped


Heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, peanut butter and brown sugar for 5 minutes. Beat in eggs, honey and vanilla.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, oats (if using), baking soda and salt. Beat into the butter mixture, stirring until well-combined. Stir in the peanut butter chips. (If mixture is too sticky to handle, chill for 1 hour.)

Drop by rounded tablespoons, 2 inches apart, onto cookie sheets. Sprinkle with chopped peanut butter cups. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly golden. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 to 3 minutes before transferring with a spatula to wire racks.


Per serving: 106 calories (percent of calories from fat, 50), 3 grams protein, 11 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 6 grams fat (2 grams saturated), 13 milligrams cholesterol, 97 milligrams sodium.

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