I know, this isn’t really an original recipe for cookies.  In fact, you probably already have this recipe tucked inside your recipe box.  There’s just something about the process of making the same cookies every year.  Reliving the traditions, talking about the memories of previous years as you roll a ball of dough in sparkling sugar, snitching a chocolate star when you think no one is looking.

We’ve been doing a lot of cookie baking and sweet making lately.  I just wish I had something to show for it, everything seems to get eaten up as fast as it’s made.

peanut butter cookies with chocolate stars

peanut butter cookies with chocolate stars

peanut butter cookie with chocolate stars

peanut butter cookies with chocolate stars

Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Stars


  • 1/2 cup/4 oz brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup/4 oz granulated sugar, plus additional 1/4 cup for coating cookies
  • 1/2 cup/4 oz butter (I used Earth Balance baking sticks, butter works too), room temperature
  • 1/2 cup/4 oz creamy or crunchy peanut butter
  • 3 tsp Ener-G egg replacement + 4 Tablespoons warm water (or 2 eggs)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups/10 oz whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 bag of chocolate stars


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl cream butter, peanut butter, brown sugar and 1/2 cup granulated sugar and vanilla. Add egg equivalent to the wet mixture and thoroughly combine.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together dry ingredients; flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add to wet ingredients until combined. Drop by rounded tablespoons into remaining 1/4 cup of granulated sugar to lightly coat, then place on prepared baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes or until set and just beginning to brown.
  4. Immediately after removing from the oven, gently press a chocolate star into the center of each cookie.

peanut butter cookies with chocolate stars

What cookies are part of your holiday traditions?


One Response to Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Stars

  1. Love doing this with the stars – the kisses are too much chocolate. I always used to take them off 😉

    We made delicious gingerbread men this year! We usually have a few batches of carrot muffins, cinnamon rolls, and chocolate chip cookies and then try out some new recipes.

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