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Peanut Butter & Cashew Cookies

Chewy, nutty and buttery best describe these delicious, oversized cookies made with all-natural peanut butter. Makes a great protein/energy snack. | Share

This is your classic peanut butter cookie recipe with a little extra crunch.

Preparing the cookie dough

Good things come to those who wait. For these cookies, that means chilling the dough for a few hours. The reason is that the cold dough is less sticky and much easier to portion onto the baking sheets. You’ll find that out when you start to stir the ingredients together in the mixing bowl how sticky though dough can be. If you don’t have a strong arm and a good grip, then maybe recruit somebody who is proud to show off their very capable muscles. You will also need a very sturdy mixing spoon. I use a heavy wooden spoon. The average cheap plastic mixing spoon is just not up to the task.

Variations and healthy options

The classic recipe can easily be modified to reduce the calories, saturated fat and refined sugar.

The Healthier Option – Peanut butter made with only one ingredient, 100% peanuts.

The peanut is a nutrient-rich powerhouse. Studies…reveal that eating peanuts regularly helps prevent disease, improves life expectancy and delivers positive effects throughout the body.

Peanuts Rise to Superfood Status – The Peanut Institute
Peanut butter

Some spread it on their morning toast. Others spread it with jam to make PB&J sandwiches for their kids’ lunch. But you should know that there is more choice than just smooth or crunchy. Since we’ll be using ¾ cup of peanut butter in this recipe, it’s time to look at the ingredients listed on the jar’s label. Besides peanuts, conventional peanut butter often contains added salt, sugar, hydrogenated vegetable oils, emulsifiers and preservatives.

For a more natural option, look for salt and sugar free peanut butter, made from just one ingredient, 100% peanuts.

Butter vs coconut oil

Of course, there’s nothing like the taste of cookies baked with butter. But if you’re trying to cut down on cholesterol from animal fat, then go with coconut oil. You can even compromise with half butter (4 tbsp) and half coconut oil (4 tbsp).

Sugar options

Does adding scoops of white sugar to recipes make you cringe? Then try a healthier substitute. Replace the ½ cup white sugar with ⅓ cup pure natural honey.

Nuts for protein and energy

The addition of cashews to this recipe adds more crunch and enhances the nutty flavour. However, cashews are packed with calories. The half cup used adds about 23 calories per cookie. If you are concerned about those extra calories, either illuminate them or consider substituting a lower calorie nut like almonds.

Peanut butter cookies

Peanut Butter & Cashew Cookies

Kevin Lamoureux
The perfect treat for peanut butter lovers in a nutty, chewy over-sized cookie.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Chilling Time 3 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 341 kcal


  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup all-natural peanut butter
  • cup flour
  • ½ cup chopped cashews
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder


  • Mix the sugars, butter and egg.
  • Combine the baking powder, baking soda and flour. Stir into the remaining ingredients. Blend well.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours.
  • Heat oven to 375° F.
  • Line two cookie baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Place 1½ inch balls of the cookie dough onto the cookie sheets, about 3 inches apart. Then flatten the dough with a fork. This should fit 8 cookies per sheet.
  • Bake 12-15 minutes or until the dough is cooked.
  • Cool for 5 minutes and remove from the cookie sheets.


Keeps for up to one week if stored in a sealed container either in the cupboard or in the refrigerator.
Per serving
Calories: 341 kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Iron: 2mg
Keyword cookie, peanut butter

Originally published 11/22/2014. Revised and republished 2/28/2022

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3 replies on “Peanut Butter & Cashew Cookies”

Cookies were outstanding. Nice crunch and flavor. My go to recipe for peanut butter cookies

That is so nice to hear, Nancy. Thank you very much for your comment and 5-star rating.

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