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Sweet and Spicy Peanut Butter Buds

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 9 mins
  • Total Time: 24 mins
  • Yield: 36 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Cookie
  • Method: Oven


A simple, sweet, and spicy treat to add to your Christmas cookie plate. These sweet and spicy peanut butter buds are gluten free and bring the heat!


  • 1 cup peanut butter*
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients until combined. Place the bowl in the freezer to chill for 15 minutes – this will help the cookies keep their domed shape.
  3. Using a cookie scoop (mine was a 2 teaspoon scoop), scoop cookies and place them on your prepared sheet. Place the sheet in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  4. Bake cookies for 9-10 minutes or until the edges begin to turn golden brown.
  5. Let cookies rest on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  6. Once cooled, melt 3 ounces of dark chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave. Drizzle cookies with melted chocolate and let the chocolate set.


*Do not use natural peanut butter for this recipe. You need something like Skippy or Jif.

Keywords: dessert, cookie, baking, peanut butter