We wanted a super peanut buttery treat but found that store-bought peanut butter made the cookies a bit gummy when we used more than 1 cup. So we ground roasted peanuts ourselves and added that to the batter for an additional boost of flavor. Honey and melted butter add richness and create a soft and chewy cookie with an irresistible crackled exterior. We topped the dough balls with raw sugar for extra crunch and a hit of sweetness that balances the salt of the peanuts.
Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
Process the peanuts in a food processor until very finely ground; it should be the consistency of almond flour. Whisk together the ground peanuts, flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
Beat the brown sugar, granulated sugar, peanut butter, eggs, melted butter, honey and vanilla in a large bowl with an electric mixer until completely smooth. Add the dry ingredients and beat on low until a soft dough forms.
Working with 2 tablespoons of dough at a time (or using a 1-ounce ice cream scoop), roll the dough into balls. Evenly space them on the prepared baking sheets (12 balls per sheet). Sprinkle with the raw sugar.
Bake the cookies, 1 baking sheet at a time, until the edges are just set and just beginning to brown, 12 to 15 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
When measuring flour, we spoon it into a dry measuring cup and level off excess. (Scooping directly from the bag compacts the flour, resulting in dry baked goods.)
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