Healthier Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

A favorite Christmas cookie in my family are the peanut butter kisses. They are gone before you know it!

holiday cookies

So, I decided it was time to cut the sugar a little, and keep it a little healthier! (less healthy version above, healthier version below)

healthy peanut butter kisses

Only 54 calories per cookie!

Adapted from this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz white sugar (I weighed these out on a food scale)
  • 1.5 oz Stevia
  • 4 oz packed light brown sugar
  • 1.5 Tbsp. real maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup reconstituted powdered peanut butter (used PB2, and added water back in to make it creamy)
  • 4.25 oz whole wheat flour
  • 2 oz white flour
  • About 36-40 dark chocolate kisses.

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix your wet ingredients. Then, add your dry ingredients. Stir to combine. You can use a mixer if you like.
  3. Lightly grease a baking sheet, or use parchment paper. The dough will not be as thick as regular cookie dough, so just spoon out heaping teaspoons onto the baking sheet. It is OK if they are no perfectly round.
  4. Bake 10 minutes. Meanwhile, unwrap your kisses so you can press them into the center of the cookie as soon as they come out of the oven.

light peanut butter cookies

Perfect! They definitely have a different texture–more moist, almost cake-like. Mr. Cyclist walked in the door, and took one look and said they “look healthy”. Whatever that means… Haha. I don’t care. They are satisfying to me! Enjoy.

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