Imagine biting into a soft, thick sugar cookie and melted chocolate and peanut butter oozing out of the center.
Now stop- and if you’re imagining any gluten, butter, white sugar, or guilt of any kind in this situation, remove it from your mind right now.
Because this recipe contains none of the above!
I first had the idea for this recipe while scrolling through Pinterest the other evening. Seriously, guys, my Pinterest addiction is real. If I let myself go on my phone for even two minutes before going to sleep, you can bet I’ll end up on Pinterest… And most likely end up mindlessly scrolling through not-so-healthy recipes until midnight.
Anyway, I kept encountering recipe upon recipe of cookies “stuffed” with candy, from Twix bars to Reese’s. While I knew that I couldn’t exactly include a recipe like that on Skinny Sweet Treats, as there’s nothing even remotely healthy about a cookie packed with butter, sugar, white flour, and a candy bar, I started to wonder if I could do something similar.
Then the other day, it hit me! Instead of placing a candy bar inside a cookie, I would use a combo of peanut butter, dark chocolate, and vanilla. Which, while decadent, would prove healthier than the sugar-and-corn-syrup-containing candy I would otherwise use.
Well, let me tell you, people: these cookies were without a doubt a success!
I have a small confession to make, and if you know me in real life, then please stop reading right here right now…
I have a habit of convincing my friends to try my recipes under the facade that they’re just your average unhealthy dessert and finding out what they think before revealing the ingredients I used to make them. When I first started my blog, I used to do this with my sisters, but unfortunately, they caught onto that really quickly. And for the next couple of months, they would actually refuse to eat anything I made (note: they’re against all things healthy, so unless the cookies I made were laden with sugar, butter, and white flour, they wouldn’t give them a second glance).
So I resorted to tricking my friends who weren’t huge fans of healthy desserts into eating my baked goods! 😀
In fact, I just learned from one of my friends the other day that they could always tell when what I made was healthy… but the good news is she LOVED this cookie, even though she knew from the get-go that it was healthy.
The moral of the story: these cookies are absolutely delicious. They’re healthy, yet decadent enough to appeal to even your most health-despising friends. Plus, who doesn’t love the taste of melted chocolate, rich peanut butter, and soft sugar cookie?
Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies
- 1 c gluten free flour
- 1 tbs flax seed meal
- 1/2 tsp corn starch (or arrowroot powder for a healthier alternative)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 3 tbs stevia
- 3 tbs coconut sugar
- 3 tbs coconut oil
- 1/4 c milk of choice (I used unsweetened coconut milk)
Peanut Butter Filling
- 1/4 c peanut butter
- 1/8 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbs dark chocolate chips (if desired)
Preheat oven to 350°F. For the cookie dough, add all dry ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine. Add vanilla, egg, stevia, sugar, and melted coconut oil and stir until the consistency of large bread crumbs has been reached. Add milk and stir until fully combined (the dough should be a large ball at this point. If not, add another tablespoon of milk and knead until it comes together). Scoop 1/2 tablespoons of the mixture out and roll into balls, then flatten out. Set aside.
For the peanut butter filling, roughly chop the chocolate chips, if using. Then add to a small bowl and mix in the peanut butter and vanilla extract.
To put the cookies together, add a scoop of the filling to the center of a cookie. Then add another cookie on top and pinch the edges together. Push the edges under the cookie so it forms a ball shape. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Repeat until all the cookie dough has been used, placing cookies 1-2 inches apart on the cookie sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove and enjoy!
Nutritional Information (from myfitnesspal.com)
(Yields a dozen cookies)
Nutrition information calculated to include chocolate chips. If you choose not to use them, the nutrition information reads as follows: 123 calories, 7g fat, 14g carbs, 3g protein. The cookies themselves are 91 calories, 4g fat, 13g carbs, 2g protein.