Last Minute Holiday Gifts: Dark Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Cookies

Wow, cookies are in abundance this time of year, and instead of racking my brain trying to create something new to give as holiday gifts, I decided to go back to a tried and true favorite. Dark Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Cookies are so incredibly fabulous. This recipe is adapted from a “Cooking Light” recipe that I have made many times. What I love about it is that it is lightened up a bit since it has no butter. Instead, it uses Canola oil, water and egg whites. These cookies come out soft and moist with just a hint of peanut butter. Feel free to substitute semisweet chocolate chips or even mini chocolate chips if you like. These are great to give as gifts to neighbors and teachers as well as to leave out for Santa on Christmas eve.

Dark Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Cookies

Cook Time:

10 minutes

Prep Times:

20 minutes


about 3 dozen


1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large egg whites
1 large egg
21/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup dark chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl, beating with a mixer at medium speed until smooth.

3. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Add flour mixture to peanut butter mixture, stirring just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart on 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden. Cool on a wire rack.

22 thoughts on “Last Minute Holiday Gifts: Dark Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. Love that these have no butter and use dark chocolate. I can always can’t on you to reduce calories and fat but not sacrifise flavor

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