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Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

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Every Friday should involve cookies, don’t you think?

Especially when those cookies are as fluffy and delicious as these!

I baked these yesterday to share with our Thursday night community group and they were a huge hit! If you love fluffy oatmeal cookies, you’ll adore these. They’re made with some of my favorite ingredients: whole wheat flour, Greek yogurt, brown sugar, butter, peanut butter and dark chocolate…obviously. I can’t believe I listed the chocolate chips as “optional” in this recipe — they are clearly mandatory! I know we’ve had this discussion before, but in my opinion chocolate chips beat raisins in oatmeal cookies every time. What about you? Are you a chocolate chip or raisin fan?

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I’ve made baked goods with sour cream before, but this was my first time trying Greek yogurt as a substitution. I’ve been loving the stuff lately — I always buy 2% and lately have been enjoying it over blueberry crisp for breakfast! Yes, dessert for breakfast. Always a good idea. I’ve also been spooning it into hollowed out melons and drizzling a bit of honey over for an afternoon snack. So good.

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It’s been so cold and foggy here lately that baking cookies just seemed like the right thing to do. This is my first summer in the Bay Area and I’m totally shocked at how cold it is!!! I know you Southerners are probably hating me now when I say that, but it’s true. The other night we actually had a fire it was so chilly and dreary!

Moral of the story: whether it’s 110 degrees or 52 degrees outside, homemade oatmeal cookies are always a good idea.

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Hope y’all like them! Feel free to substitute almond or another type of nut butter for the peanut butter if you like. These are best eaten the day they are baked but will keep for up to three days when sealed in a Tupperware container {although I have no idea how cookies could last three days, personally}.

Happy weekend to you!

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Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
27 mins

The perfect "all occasion" cookie. These are a family favorite!

Course: Dessert
Servings: 2 dozen
  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt full fat or 2%
  • 1/2 cup all natural peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips {optional but recommended!}
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a Silpat baking sheet. Set aside.
  2. Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and oats in a medium bowl.
  3. Beat the butter, brown sugar and peanut butter together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat again. Add the yogurt and continue mixing until fully combined. Add the dry ingredients, along with the chocolate chips, and mix until just combined. Be careful not to over-mix here.
  4. Spoon heaping tablespoons of dough onto prepared baking sheets. Place in the oven and bake for 12 minutes. Let cool on a wired rack.

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  • Laura
    July 12, 2013 at 1:32 am

    I know I shouldn’t ask this but what happens if I want to remove the peanut butter? What can I sub in?

    • Debra
      July 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      I’m going to try these with Maranatha no stir almond butter since I have a peanut allergy. It’s about the same consistency as peanut butter. I just used this substitution to make peanut butter cookies and it worked pretty well.

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    July 12, 2013 at 1:46 am

    They look hearty and healthy! I love PB and oats – and although I like raisins, I like chocolate too πŸ™‚ Wouldn’t say no to either! Great job on working in some Greek yogurt, too!

  • Danielle
    July 12, 2013 at 1:49 am

    Every Friday should definitely involve cookies! I’m making these as soon as I settle into my new Parisian apartment πŸ™‚

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    July 12, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Cookies are definitely perfect for Fridays! Yum!

  • Lauren @ The Highlands Life
    July 12, 2013 at 4:59 am

    My husband definitely thinks chocolate chips trump raisins. I think I agree. How could you not choose chocolate over a raisin?

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    July 12, 2013 at 5:06 am

    I love baking with Greek yogurt! And I know I’ll probably get a lot of grumbles from the chocolate fans out there, but I think I’m on team raisin when it comes to the raisin vs chocolate chip debate! Not that I’d turn down the latter… πŸ˜‰

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    July 12, 2013 at 5:10 am

    These sound interesting with the Greek yogurt, but the peanut butter cookies are missing my favorite characteristic-the criss cross fork markings. That is so nostalgic for me.

  • allie@sweetpotatobites
    July 12, 2013 at 5:23 am

    mmm pb cookies are the best! i like the addition of the greek yogurt in this recipe as well. will have to give it a try.

  • Elisabeth
    July 12, 2013 at 5:43 am

    I’m definitely! in the chocolate chip over raisins camp! I like raisins but NOT in oatmeal cookies πŸ˜‰

  • Sophie
    July 12, 2013 at 5:51 am

    I’ve never thought of using greek yogurt in cookies… I use it all the time in muffins though. These cookies look fab!

  • Jenna
    July 12, 2013 at 5:51 am

    Ive never tried greek yogurt in cookies! Interesting concept! These look delicious.

  • Linda
    July 12, 2013 at 6:02 am

    I’m definitely in the chocolate chip camp. As I have gotten older, I dislike raisins more and more. Jenna, do you plan to teach yoga as a married lady?

  • Kinsey
    July 12, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Chocolate chips are always mandatory! Especially when peanut butter is involved.

  • Tieghan
    July 12, 2013 at 6:40 am

    I agree, every Friday needs cookies!! These ones look awesome!!

  • Ksenija @ Health Ninja
    July 12, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Chocolate Chips all the way! Though a combination if craisins and dark chocolate is to die for.

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
    July 12, 2013 at 6:50 am

    These are practically health food since they have whole wheat flour, right?!

  • Colleen
    July 12, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Perfect to whip up with 5YOD this weekend for a non-refrigerated cookout dish.

  • rachel
    July 12, 2013 at 7:05 am

    i hate when i go for what looks to be a chocolate chip cookie and it turns out to be an oatmeal raisin.

    not that i hate raisins, i just really really would rather have chocolate πŸ™‚

  • Jordan
    July 12, 2013 at 7:35 am

    My hubby’s birthday is coming up and he LOVES anything with oats and peanut butter. These will be the perfect bday treat! Thanks for sharing!

  • Brianna
    July 12, 2013 at 8:01 am

    MMMM….a whole wheat cookie? …I don’t really need one more reason to eat cookies. But I will take it…definitely have to try these!

  • Erin @ Texanerin Baking
    July 12, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Love that you used Greek yogurt in here! And hey, every day needs cookies. Not just Fridays. πŸ˜‰

  • Maegan @ The BakerMama
    July 12, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Raisins definitely take a back seat to chocolate chips when it comes to cookies in my kitchen! I’m excited to try greek yogurt in my cookies. These look healthy and delicious!

  • Gina
    July 12, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Bay weather is so funny! Beautiful in February, sunny in November, then crappy in June/July! It will be nice again in August:) I’m fairly certain I can eat cookies during any type of weather!

  • Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete
    July 12, 2013 at 8:26 am


  • Mary Clay @ Cooking with the King
    July 12, 2013 at 8:32 am

    These look great! I love using whole wheat whenever I can, and I’m glad someone else can relate. πŸ™‚

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    July 12, 2013 at 8:36 am

    It’s crazy how much the weather changes from where you are compared to the East Bay area, it’s been so hot here! Luckily, it just cooled down yesterday and I could give my AC a break.

    I love this recipe. Whole grain, Greek yogurt, peanut butter and chocolate. That’s where it’s at! πŸ™‚

  • Caroline L.
    July 12, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Looks amazing! I think I convinced myself that I’m not a fan of oatmeal cookies because of the raisins, but with chocolate chips and peanut butter, I think this oatmeal cookie will definitely be one that I’m a champion of!

  • Renee-hungry monster
    July 12, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Beautiful cookies! I will have to try this recipe πŸ™‚

  • Michelle Kennedy
    July 12, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Oh my! Truly a treat I would indulge in!
    All in moderation πŸ˜‰

    Peanut butter – chocolate = can never go wrong

    Holistic Health Coach

  • Megan
    July 12, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Peanut butter, oatmeal and chocolate?? I think I’m in heaven! These sound amazing — thanks for another great recipe!

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic
    July 12, 2013 at 11:05 am

    I’d want these cookies for breakfast!

  • Tracey
    July 12, 2013 at 11:17 am

    These look amazing!!!

  • Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie
    July 12, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Every Friday and every day should involve cookies. Especially when they have healthy things in them like whole wheat and oats to make me feel less guilty. And PEANUT BUTTER!

  • Kim
    July 12, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Oh my gosh, my husband would LOVE these! And I agree, they would last two days at the max in my house!

  • joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    July 12, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Chocolate chips ALWAYS beat raisins… always.

    Wait… is Santa Rosa not considered the Bay Area? (Clearly I’m not from Nor Cal. πŸ˜‰ )

  • Tina@GottaRunNow
    July 12, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I like raisins and chocolate chips, too! I’m pinning this. I probably should try to wait to make these when it cools down this fall. Let’s see how long I can wait! ; )

  • Candace @The Wheatless Kitchen
    July 12, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    PB, chocolate, and oatmeal?! Oh, yes. And Fridays should always involve cookies, of course!! I’m so jealous of your chilly weather, we are melting in Texas.

  • Lori
    July 12, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    These look so good! I was wondering recently, are you all done with the recipe box challenge? I can’t remember reading about an end to it. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of the cool retro recipes come to life! Thanks so much for all the great posts. LOVED the honeymoon recaps!

  • Jessica
    July 12, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    These look amazing…Peanut butter and chocolate is the best combination in my mind! I’ve gotta try these!

  • Luv What You Do
    July 12, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I agree! you can never go wrong with oatmeal cookies. Thank goodness there are no bake ones for the 110 degree days : )

  • Heather
    July 12, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    These look so good! What would happen if I used just regular whole wheat flour?

  • Addy @ Six-Kick Switch
    July 12, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    How interesting – I’ve never thought of using Greek yogurt! I usually use applesauce if I want to “lighten up” a cookie, but I’ll have to try this out. Can’t beat a good cookie recipe though, that’s for sure.

  • Kate
    July 13, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Sounds delish!! I want to make them now! But I’ve never seen whole wheat pastry flour. Can I use regular whole wheat flour?

  • Amy Winkeljohn
    July 13, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I have a container of PB in the fridge and of course I always have chocolate chips! Def. going to give these a try sooner rather than later! Have a great weekend!

  • Kiran @
    July 13, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    So yum!! I love using whole wheat pastry flour in my baked goods and I’m sure this turned out so delish πŸ™‚

  • Gertie
    July 13, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Hmmm….chocolate chips and raisins are both delicious, in their own way. I actually tend to like just oatmeal raisin cookies, even though I love chocolate. Isn’t a cowboy cookie just an oatmeal cookie with everything?

  • Tracy
    July 14, 2013 at 11:24 am

    I’m sorry Jenna, I do love chocolate, but my oatmeal cookies must have raisins!! That’s the only way my mom made them when I was growing up πŸ™‚

  • Joe
    July 14, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Baking with Greek yogurt, I’ve never tried that before. These cookies look killer, great recipe.

  • Meg
    July 14, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I made these today and they are SUPER yummy… Delish! Thanks for sharing and posting this!

  • Healthy Life
    July 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Hi Jenna!

    Thanks for the post “Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies”. I found it very helpful and expect other will find it useful too.


  • Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More
    July 14, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    These look delicious! I will have to try them soon.

  • Susan
    July 15, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Also wondering where to find whole wheat pastry flour? I have whole wheat flour but couldn’t find the pastry kind?

  • nicole
    July 17, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I made these tonight and my family can’t get enough of them!! My hubby said they are the best cookies he has ever had and he is a tough critic. πŸ˜‰

  • Amy Walters, A DESIGN DOCK
    July 17, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Mmm…mmm….mmmmmm. Yes, please.

  • Jac
    July 25, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    They came out Abit chewy, which I’m not sure, is it meant to be chewy? Taste is nice though and was so fluffy when it was freshly baked!

  • Meaghan
    August 10, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Made these the other day and they were fabulous! Didn’t last more than 3 days in our house. πŸ™‚ I used almond butter instead of peanut butter and nonfat Greek yogurt since that was what was in the fridge, and they came out perfectly, very light.

  • Laura
    August 14, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    ALWAYS chocolate chips over raisins, but occasionally white chocolate and a more tart dried fruit, like sour cherries or cranberries, is desired. πŸ™‚

    Am intrigued by the yogurt in these–pinning now! The look wonderful.

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  • Ellie
    August 24, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    These were so good! Even better with some coconut πŸ™‚

  • Holly
    January 27, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Any chance you’ve figured out the nutrition facts on these? Or an estimate? Specifically calories, fat & protein. We made them for the first time today & we love them! Thanks for the recipe.

    • jenna
      January 27, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      No, I’m sorry! I don’t compute nutritional information for any of my recipes. I apologize.

  • Jerret
    February 8, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I just made these. They are delicious. I cooked them 1 minute less than recommended. The end result is a soft, almost creamy, peanut butter flavored oatmeal cookie. Also, I substituted raisins for the chocolate chips and used a mixture of brown sugar, regular sugar and honey for my sweetener. Thank you so much!

  • Jayne | Tenacious Tinkering
    December 1, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    I’ve already printed the recipe for this! Bought an entire tub of Greek yogurt not knowing if they’ll go into cookies. I’ll link back when I post this recipe on my blog!

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    March 13, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Loved these. Do you have a favorite lactation cookie recipe you could share?

  • Aimee
    March 24, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    The only Fridays I want to be a part of are the ones that involve cookies.

    Thanks for sharing!!

  • Rani
    June 12, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    What could be the substitute for egg here? I would like to try an Eggless version.

    Thank you