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Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Cookies

Granola is a beautiful thing. And, it has become a staple around here. It’s a rare day that I don’t start things off with a bowl of yogurt and granola. I have almost as many varieties of granola in my pantry as I do peanut butter. Those two facts came in quite handy for making these cookies.

So, here’s a really great thing. You only need four ingredients to make these cookies. That’s right. Four.

And, I don’t mean there’s a mix and three more things. Or a roll of refrigerated cookie dough, some mini candy bars, and a couple of other ingredients. No, there are four ingredients – peanut butter, granola, egg, salt. Seriously.

Combine your favorite granola with just 3 more ingredients to make these delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Cookies.

If there’s a catch, it’s that one of the ingredients is granola, which is, of course, a whole slew of ingredients in one handy package. Part of the granola is finely ground so that it acts much like flour. The remainder is stirred into the dough to add a lovely crunchy texture to the cookies.

Most any kind of granola will work. Just choose one that you think will go well with chocolate and peanut butter. I chose to use one of my favorite brands of granola, Early Bird, for these cookies. Specifically, I used their Choc-a-Doodle-Do granola, which features chocolate and coconut.

I also used Peanut Butter & Co.‘s Dark Chocolate Dreams for the peanut butter. There are several other brands of chocolate peanut butter, so just use your favorite. Or, if you prefer, use standard peanut butter without the chocolate element.

Your favorite granola + 3 more ingredients = Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Cookies

Not only are these cookies amazingly quick to make, they’re also really, really good. They are soft and chewy and a little crunchy. They are just the right amount of sweet to satisfy a little sweet craving.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Cookies

Yield 18 cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Combine your favorite granola with just 3 more ingredients to make these delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Cookies.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Cookies


  • 2 cups granola
  • 1 cup (255g) chocolate peanut butter or regular peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  2. Separate the granola into two 1-cup portions. If using granola with dried fruit, remove the fruit from one portion and add it to the other portion.
  3. Place the granola without fruit into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until finely ground.
  4. Transfer the ground granola to a mixing bowl. Add the peanut butter, egg, and salt. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat just until smooth. Add the remaining granola and mix just until combined.
  5. Using two tablespoons of dough at a time, squeeze the dough together and then form the dough into balls. Place the dough balls on the prepared baking sheets.
  6. Use a fork to flatten the cookies to about 2 inches in diameter.
  7. Bake the cookies, one pan at a time, for 15 to 18 minutes, or until cookies are set and lightly browned around the edges.
  8. Cool the cookies completely on the pans on wire racks.


Recipe adapted from Food and Wine.

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    30 Comments on “Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Cookies”

  1. These look heavenly! I love these ingredients and they sound so simple to make!

  2. Totally loving the simplicity to these! Yum!

  3. This is an AWESOME idea! These cookies look so thick and wonderful and DEEEELICIOUS!

  4. OMG – these looks awesome. I LOVE how easy they are. I am going to try these for the Auburn game this weekend.

  5. I love “healthy” cookie recipes! These sound like breakfast to me!

  6. I love cookies with lots of crunch and chew. I am a big fan of Peanut Butter & Co products. Now I just need to decide on what kind of granola to use.

  7. This recipe looks so simple and delicious! I love that you used the chocolate and PB from PB &Co. That stuff is addictive!

  8. I will skip the granola.. well at least skip the raising, i cant stand the raising… however i think the flavour on this cookie are so yummy.. this is a keeper for me.

  9. I love how simple and adaptable these cookies are! Right now I’m envisioning a honey peanut I’ve been eying from Peanut Butter & Co. and a cinnamon granola! I can’t wait to try!

  10. And to think I ALWAYS have all these ingredients on hand! These are pretty much perfect.

  11. Love these! Will be packing them in my nephew’s lunchbox….if I don’t eat them all first! 🙂

  12. These ARE a beautiful thing for sure! In more ways than one! I love how simple and fast they are to make and for them to taste delicious is a winner in my book for sure!

  13. Granola and peanut butter are two of my favorite things, especially for breakfast. Which means, I think,that it is perfectly acceptable to eat a batch of these cookies for breakfast, right?

  14. Wow, these look fantastic! Chocolate, peanut butter, and oatmeal–three of my favorite flavors. 🙂

  15. These are already in the oven, with Trader Joes Cocoa Almond spread and Pecan Praline granola. Excited to taste them and try other combos!

  16. I just love chubby cookies. What a great idea to use granola!

  17. How simple and delish! Can’t wait to try these out!! 🙂

  18. These look great! can not wait to try!

  19. We thought good for the minimal amount of ingredients and time

  20. If I wanted to use regular peanut butter and some cocoa (cause they’ve gotta be chocolate!!), any idea how much cocoa I would use?

  21. …or maybe sub Nutella for half the PB? Hmmmmm, and mmmmmm.

    • Erin, I think subbing some Nutella might be easier from a texture standpoint. If you want to try to add cocoa powder, I would add it with the granola that gets ground in the food processor. It should take much, as the recipe doesn’t make a lot of cookie dough. My best guess is maybe start with a tablespoonful and see how that works.

  22. Made a batch of both-purely for research purposes,of course. Nutella was the hands down winner for taste and texture. I added about 1/3 c. chocolate chips to both batches and in the Nutella batch I replaced about 1/3 c. of the peanut butter. Very reminiscent of the no-bake cookies of my youth, but I loved this baked variation, especially studded with warm, melty chocolate!! Thanks, Jennifer!

  23. My first batch are falling apart and there is not one bit of crunch. Second batch I have added a bit of oil to hopefully keep them together. I did only use 100% peanut butter…with chocolate granola….I do hope the second batch are successful….

  24. I officially need these cookies in my life 🙂

  25. These were not worth the trouble, even for 4 ingredients. Dry, fell to crumbs during preparation and after. Seems like a good idea but in practice…just have a bowl of granola and put some peanut butter on it.

  26. Unfortunately these cookies crumble to pieces the second you pick them up, although they look pretty before. I made them exactly as directed. As a psa for anyone reading this that wants to try something similar, I would probably add 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 coconut sugar well blended or another route a banana or pureed dates, because they are going to crumble in your mouth like cereal otherwise.

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