Healthy Pirate Cookie Copycats

Everyone always asks for chewy cookies, and I’ve done those.  Usually, that is what I want.  But recently I just wanted a crunchy cookie.  Something not too sweet…PEANUT BUTTER!  I’ve seen some awesome looking sandwich cookies around the blog world lately, and wanted to take a crack at my own version.

peanut butter sandwich cookies

I haven’t been one to buy boxed cookies in years…but I have to say that the one kind that still catches my eye are those Pirate cookies.  They’re a peanut butter sandwich cookie.

Now that I’ve made these, I’ll never need to buy those again!

And these were super quick.  Quick-like-I-have-a-craving-now-and-I-can’t-wait-kinda-quick.

Mmmmm.  Peanut butter.

My frosting/filling recipe made a little more than I needed, but don’t worry, that was not a problem.  I ate the extra frosting by the spoon…so I didn’t get to mix it into some homemade vanilla ice cream.  I think I’ll need a whole batch by itself to do that.  Oh, yes.

PB2 powder Don’t judge me on the frosting. I know you wouldn’t…but the whole recipe is refined sugar free!

There’s only 1 catch.  I used a slightly specialty ingredient.  I stumbled upon this in a health food store one day, and was waiting for the right opportunity to use it.  This was awesome! It’s like the flavour extracted from the peanut butter, without all the oil.

This means intense flavour! It looks like you can buy it online…I just might do that next time.


peanut butter sandwich cookies

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Healthy Pirate Cookie Copycats
Recipe type: cookie, dessert
Cuisine: shockingly healthy
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Serves: 24
This recipe made 24 sandwiches, with some extra frosting to spare (trust me, you won't complain about that). These cookies were just over an inch in diameter. You should make a double batch. If you don't have coconut manna, these would taste amazing with just plain peanut butter with a little date paste to sweeten it.
  • ½cup peanut butter powder
  • ½ cup flour (I used spelt)
  • ⅓cup date paste (soak ⅓ cup packed pitted dates in 1.3 ounces of water, and puree)
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • ¼ t salt
  • ¼ cup smooth peanut butter
  • ¼ cup coconut manna melted (this is coconut meat pureed all smooth).
  • 2T date paste
  1. Preheat oven to 300.
  2. You should probably make ½ cup of date paste (to do so, take ½ cup pitted dates, and soak with ¼ cup very hot water, and then puree).
  3. Mix together wet cookie ingredients, and then fold in dry ingredients.
  4. Roll onto a piece of parchment (I like to use parchment between the rolling pin and the dough as well, so I don't pile on the flour to avoid sticking).
  5. Use a cookie cutter and cut 'em.
  6. You can then transfer the parchment to baking sheets (I used 2).
  7. Make for 12minutes. Restrain yourself while they cool!
  8. While they're baking, mix together the frosting. You can melt the coconut manna at low heat, and then add it to a bowl with the other ingredients.
These were nice to dip.

dipping peanut butter sandwich cookie


Betcha can’t eat just one.

peanut butter sandwich cookie



I did use one other specialty ingredient: coconut manna.  Coconut manna is only used in the frosting, so you could definitely get away with a plain sweetened peanut butter and it would work just fine.  Maybe melt some chocolate and mix it with the peanut butter.

The sky is the limit.

What’s your favourite way to eat peanut butter?


Lauren Breuer

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  • Claudia says:

    You have NO idea how excited I am to bake these…well, based on your post, I guess you do. 🙂 My friend and I share this guilty pleasure, so whenever I think of these, I think of her. So this would be a great dessert for girls night, thank you so much! Also, I made the coconut carrot cake pancakes yesterday and they were fantastic. Thank you!

    I was wondering about the coconut oil. I bought mine from Zehrs’ organic aisle. It’s solid white in a jar so I scrape it and then melt it and add it to the recipe. My question for you is – do I have to melt it first or can I just add it as it is to the recipe. I find 2T of the solid stuff is about 1T of the liquid stuff…or maybe I’m mistaken in that because I was a bit surprised with that too.

    What do you recommend?


    • Lauren says:

      Hi Claudia! I’m so excited for you to make these 🙂

      Coconut oil is a different texture depending on how hot/cold your home is. Mine tends to be on the softer side, so I don’t have to melt it first, but if it’s pretty solid (more firm than softserve ice cream), then you’re right to melt it first. I don’t actually think that I’d change the measurements depending on the solid or liquid (I’ve never noticed a difference like that before). You want to make sure it’s soft enough that it blends well into the recipe.
      The one exception would be for something more pastry-like, such as scones or a crust, where you’d want to cut it in more (in which case you want to start with it solid).

      Let me know how your cookie baking goes!

      • Claudia says:

        Finally made them last night and they were SOOOO good! I didn’t have the powdered peanut butter so I used half a cut up natural pb and then a full cup of spelt flour. I think I should have used more coconut oil though because they were softer and less crumbly than I hoped for. And this only made 13 or 14 sandwiches for me, I think. I can’t remember because we devoured them so quickly. Definitely making these again and doubling or tripling the recipe. Yes, I love them THAT much. 🙂 Thanks again!!!

        • Lauren says:

          So glad they worked out well! I’m also happy you made it work without the PB powder. I knew this was one of those hard-to-find ingredients, but I was excited to use it myself. Mine made lots of cookies as they were quite thin, and about an inch wide. If you nail the pb substitution be sure to post again 🙂 Thanks!

  • Julie @ WolfItDown says:

    Fingerlickingly good cookies by the looks of it! And Pirates are awesome too, so how can you lose!?

    I have been meaning to buy the PB2 myself, as I have seen many people using it for their recipes. You can get it from! And as soon as I get my hands on a jar, I’ll prooobably making these bad boys!

    X J

    • Lauren says:

      Thanks for reminding me about that powder! I do love it. I’ll have to get some more, or order off next time. It’s sometimes harder to come by all these specialty ingredients in Canada.

      When you make them, let me know how they turn out!


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