Thick and Soft Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

I made these cookies for National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day, coming up on March 1.

But these aren’t just any peanut butter cookies. There’s: No butter, No white sugar, and No flour used.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies (GF) - No butter, No white sugar, and No flour used

The cookies are brownie-like in thickness and density, super fudgy, and not at all cakey. They’re slightly chewy around the edges with soft, tender, rich interiors that I just want to sink my teeth into. And the crackled edges are prime for picking off.

I was trying to decide whether they’re more chocolate-peanut butter cookies or peanut butter-chocolate cookies, and in the end chocolate-peanut butter wins. The chocolate intensity is bold and unadulterated, but the peanut butter is definitely present. Because there’s no butter or flour used, the peanut butter shines and gives the chocolate a run for its money. When I  was making the dough and before I even turned on the oven, my husband shouted out, It smells like peanut butter in here! There’s enough peanut butter in the dough to send the sweet fumes wafting through the house.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies (GF) - No butter, No white sugar, and No flour used

Recently I revamped an older recipe, turning Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies into Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies, with some small but noteworthy tweaks. Here, I’ve revamped the 2010 Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. In both revamps, I removed all white sugar and replaced it with brown sugar for a moister, softer, and richer cookie. And also made sure both revamps turned out nice and thick.

The recipe makes a baker’s dozen, 13 cookies, perfect for times you have a chocolate and peanut butter craving, but don’t need too many cookies lingering around the house.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies (GF) - No butter, No white sugar, and No flour used

Make them by combining peanut butter, brown sugar, one egg, one tablespoon of vanilla, and mix until well-combined, about 5 minutes. The brown sugar is gritty and granular for the first few minutes of beating, so make sure to cream the ingredients until the sugar has smoothed out, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary. There’s very little harm in over-mixing here and even with a powerful mixer, it takes time for the ingredients to come together smoothly.

I used light brown sugar but they’d be scrumptious with dark brown sugar. I like using Peter Pan Honey Roasted Peanut Butter for these cookies, but regular Jif or Skippy is fine. Don’t use natural or Homemade Peanut Butter. As lovely as they are for eating with a spoon or spreading on toast, they lack the structure that storebought peanut butter has and I don’t recommend them for baking. Good old-fashioned Jif, Skippy, or Peter Pan are my recommendations.

Chocolate peanut butter like Dark Chocolate Dreams (code AVE630 will save you $10 on your first order) could be used, but because not everyone has access to it, and I kept things more universal with old-school peanut butter. Creamy peanut butter is the only way for me, but if you like little marbles in your cookies, go with crunchy.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies (GF) - No butter, No white sugar, and No flour used

Add the baking soda, cocoa powder, and mix to incorporate them. I use Trader Joe’s unsweetened natural cocoa but a Dutch-process cocoa or Hershey’s Special Dark would be nice. I have the hardest time finding it, but if you use it or a similar very dark cocoa, you may want to use slightly less than the half-cup indicated so the cookies don’t turn bitter. For cookies, I don’t bother sifting cocoa powder, but sift if you wish.

The dough should come together into a big mass. If there are crumbly pieces, that’s fine as long as when you go to press them into the rest of the larger mass, they stick together. If for some reason your dough is too dry, sandy, and not combining, add a little more peanut butter, one tablespoon at a time, blending to incorporate. I’ve found with this dough that even one tablespoon can make the difference. Because climates and brands of peanut butter and cocoa vary, it’s possible you may need to add a touch more peanut butter.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies (GF) - No butter, No white sugar, and No flour used

With a medium cookie scoop, form two-inch diameter mounds. My scooped mounds weighed 1.80 ounces each and the recipe makes just 13 cookies. If you don’t have a scoop, roll them into balls. Make a criss-cross pattern on top of the mounds with a fork. This not only gives them that old-fashioned, classic peanut butter cookie look, but it serves to flatten them just enough so when baking they don’t stay too domed. With properly chilled dough, they don’t spread or flatten much, so smooshing them just a touch is recommend, but not too much or you won’t wind up with thick-as-brownies cookies

Place the dough mounds on a large plate, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least two hours, or up to five days, before baking. If you don’t chill the dough and bake with warm, limp dough, your chances for thick, puffy, fat cookies go out the window.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies (GF) - No butter, No white sugar, and No flour used

Bake at 350F oven for 8 to 10 minutes, but I really recommend the lower end of the range. The cookies in the photos were baked for eight minutes, with the trays rotated once at the four-minute mark. It’s hard to really determine if the cookies are done then because the dough is dark and they’ll look underdone at eight minutes, but firm up as they cool.

Cocoa powder has a way of inherently drying things out and not over-baking is key to having them set up soft and chewy, and stay moist and fresh as the days pass. If you prefer slightly more well-done cookies, go for nine minutes, maybe ten, but don’t bake them longer than 10 minutes or they’ll set up too firm and crunchy and turn dry and crumbly.

They’re thick, dense, moist, and soft in the middle. I love the fork impressions on the surface and how the edges became crackled. Picking off crackled cookie edges is the cookie equivalent to picking off muffin tops, both of which I’m very good at. I relish breaking them apart at the splits and seams. Big morsels of fudgy cookie just chunk right off and easily find their way into my mouth.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies (GF) - No butter, No white sugar, and No flour used

They have a bit of fine-grain grittiness, a result of the cocoa powder and peanut butter combining. It gives the cookies an old-fashioned and distinctly homemade taste like something from an old-fashioned diner where a little old lady is still making the desserts from scratch.  The exclusive use of brown sugar serves to keep them softer and moister than using granulated and they keep well for up to a week.

There’s no flour to cloud the chocolate flavor, which packs a punch. The cookies aren’t too sweet and are more adult-themed than your typical peanut butter-based cookie. Although my six year old never says no to chocolate, they go just as well with a few shots of espresso as they would with a glass of milk. The honey roasted peanut butter makes for a slightly sweeter cookie than using plain peanut butter, but either way keeping butter out of the recipe allows the boldness and purity of chocolate and peanut butter to shine through.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies (GF) - No butter, No white sugar, and No flour used

National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day is a nostalgic holiday for me. Ironically, this week last year I had just inked my contract to write my cookbook, Peanut Butter Comfort. I almost shared the news for the holiday, but decided to wait. For another 51 weeks. Until I just announced it last week, My Cookbook: Peanut Butter Comfort. And then for National Peanut Day in September, I almost announced the book again, but instead I simply shared 35 National Peanut Day Recipes.

But now, a peanut butter holiday to be celebrated with a peanut butter cookbook under my belt, and with chocolate and peanut butter in full force.

Chocolate and peanut butter is probably the best flavor pairing on earth. Sure, twist my arm.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies (GF) - No butter, No white sugar, and No flour used

Thick and Soft Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies (GF) - NO butter & NO flour used in these thick cookies that taste like peanut butter brownies!

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Thick and Soft Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies (gluten-free)

There’s NO Flour, NO Butter, and NO White sugar used! The flavor is intensely chocolaty, balanced by the sweet and creamy peanut butter. The cookies are brownie-like in density and thickness. They're soft, chewy, and moist. They're more rich and bold than they are overly sweet. For those who love pairing chocolate and peanut butter, these cookies are for you. It's a small-batch recipe, and makes just a baker's dozen, perfect for quick cravings when you don't need a huge batch of cookies.

Yield: about 13 medium-sized cookies

Prep Time: 12 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


1 cup + 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter (i.e. one heaping cup - I prefer creamy honey roasted; plain or crunchy may be used; do not use natural or homemade peanut butter, it's too runny)
1 cup light brown sugar, packed (dark brown may be substituted)
1 large egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder (Dutch-process or Hershey's Special Dark may be substituted)
1 teaspoon baking soda


  1. To the mixing bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine peanut butter, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until well-combined and the sugar is fully incorporated and is mixture is no longer gritty or granular, about 5 minutes. Stop to scrape down the bowl as necessary. Note regarding peanut butter - although natural peanut butter or homemade peanut butter may work, I recommend using storebought peanut butter like Jif, Skippy, Peter Pan or similar so that cookies bake up thicker and spread less. Using natural or homemade peanut butter tends to result in thinner, flatter cookies, that are prone to spreading.
  2. Add the cocoa powder (I don't bother to sift), baking soda, and beat to incorporate, 1 to 2 minutes. Dough may be a bit crumbly in pieces, but pieces should all stick together forming a large mound when pinched, squeezed, and pushed together. If your dough seems dry, adding 1 to 2 additional tablespoons of peanut butter will help it combine.
  3. Using a 2-inch medium cookie scoop (about 2 heaping tablespoons of dough or 1.80 ounces by weight), form dough mounds or roll dough into balls. Recipe makes 13 cookies; dividing dough into 13 equal portions is another way to do this.
  4. Place dough on a large plate and flatten each mound with a fork, making a criss-cross pattern on top. Slightly flattening the mounds before baking ensures they don't stay too domed and puffed while baking because this dough, when properly chilled, doesn't spread much; just don't over-flatten. Cover plate with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 5 days, before baking. Do not bake with warm dough.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F, line 2 baking sheets with Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mats, parchment, or spray with cooking spray; set aside. Space dough 2 inches apart (8 to 10 per tray) and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until edges are set and tops are barely set, even if slightly underbaked in the center. It's tricky to discern if they're done or not because they're so dark, but watch them very closely after 7 minutes. I recommend the lower end of the baking range. Cookies firm up as they cool, and baking too long will result in cookies that set up too crisp and hard (The cookies shown in the photos were baked for 8 minutes, with trays rotated at the 4-minute mark, and have chewy edges with pillowy, soft centers).
  6. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 to 10 minutes before removing and transferring to a rack to finish cooling. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

Adapted from Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies (GF) and Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (GF)

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189 Responses to “Thick and Soft Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. Abbe@This is How I Cook — February 26, 2013 at 9:24 pm (#

    To many cookies. So little time. My husband loves peanut butter. All the time!

  2. Liza M. — February 26, 2013 at 9:48 pm (#

    Another great easily veganizable recipe. Eggs could easily be subbed for cornstarch and water, or my new favorite egg replacer – chia seeds! Can’t wait to make these for some upcoming bake sales.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 26, 2013 at 9:59 pm (#

      I know – it’s just 1 egg away from being vegan! I would use chia or flax seeds, and you’re good to go!

  3. Michele Sparrow — February 26, 2013 at 10:10 pm (#

    Wow, Averie. I love how simple this recipe is but how gourmet it looks! Those cookies look so incredibly moist! I have to say that the combination of chocolate and peanut butter never gets old and I am thrilled to see this combination instead of just a peanut butter cookie with chocolate chips. Definitely making these soon! :-D

  4. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — February 27, 2013 at 6:05 am (#

    So yeah. I’m making these. Done deal. omg.

  5. Alyssa — February 27, 2013 at 8:07 am (#

    Those look like they are so chewy and moist! Barely cooked! Just how I like them :-)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 27, 2013 at 10:59 am (#

      And if you cook them longer, they get very dried out and crumbly b/c of the cocoa powder so it’s best to bake them 7-8 mins and that’s it!

  6. Rachel @ Bakerita — February 27, 2013 at 9:37 am (#

    Oh my goodness, these look phenomenal! Definitely going to get PB today so I can make these. Yum!

  7. Joy @ Baking-Joy — February 27, 2013 at 11:00 am (#

    These look fabulous Averie, this is officially the best combination in the world! :-)

  8. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — February 27, 2013 at 11:55 am (#

    Those look intense, just how I like em!

  9. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — February 27, 2013 at 12:50 pm (#

    Oh my gosh, 6 ingredients–I love it! I can’t believe they have no flour in them. I am intrigued. :)

  10. Laura Dembowski — February 27, 2013 at 1:43 pm (#

    My mouth is watering looking at these cookies. They look like they have the perfect texture with just enough grit to make them interesting.

  11. Alexandra @ Delicious Knowledge — February 27, 2013 at 2:37 pm (#

    Wow! Your cookie recipes always amaze me but this one might take the cake! Chocolate and peanut butter is always a winner!

  12. Rena — February 28, 2013 at 8:59 am (#

    eating these now….yummy but even after adding 2 extra tbsp of pb are still very crumbly and not staying together. still delicious though!!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 28, 2013 at 11:03 am (#

      You could have added more then! Everyone’s brands of PB, cocoa powder, and sugar (some is very dry, some is moist) all vary – so next time just add enough additional PB so the dough is moist enough to stick together and not be crumbly and you’ll be all set. Thanks for trying them and glad the taste is great!

  13. Jamie — February 28, 2013 at 2:34 pm (#

    WOW, these look heavenly! PB and chocolate are the best combination on the planet…I am going to have to make these tonight!

  14. Erin — February 28, 2013 at 8:19 pm (#

    I just made these and they didn’t come out at all. They weren’t dry, so i didn’t add more peanut butter. They were completely crumbly when baked. THey never really baked properly and just fall apart when you pick them up. I also think the chocolate over powers the peanut butter flavor, so I feel like it was a waste of peanut butter. Any suggestions?

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 28, 2013 at 11:27 pm (#

      I am sorry you had issues with them.

      Yes, they are a CHOCOLATE cookie, hence the name Chocolate-PB Cookies. And I wrote this in the opening couple paragraphs…”I was trying to decide whether they’re more chocolate-peanut butter cookies or peanut butter-chocolate cookies, and in the end chocolate-peanut butter wins. The chocolate intensity is bold and unadulterated…” I always try to write as descriptively as possible and I’m sorry you didn’t catch the drift of how much of a chocolate cookie they were.

      As you can see from the photos, my cookies held together and weren’t crumbly and I wrote down exactly what I did. I was going to suggest baking less time, but you said you felt like they were underbaked, yet crumbly. The recipe is a remake of my 2011 recipe and the most notable change is that I used all brown sugar now and some white back then. Hundreds of people have written over the years saying they’ve made those and loved them.
      Maybe try that recipe but it’s a CHOCOLATE cookie with some Pb flavor. If you want a PB cookie, make these

  15. Eleanor — March 3, 2013 at 4:01 pm (#

    First off, just found your site and it is amazing. I absolutely LOVE that your site is “loves veggies and yoga” and you make AMAZING sweets. I have been pouring over your website for forever now and you have prompted me to buy some coconut oil! it is FABULOUS! This is the first “real” recipe that I have made and it turned out amazing! i ran out of light brown sugar so I had to do 1/2 cup light brown sugar and 1/2 cup dark brown. SO GOOD! thanks for doing all that you do!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 3, 2013 at 4:53 pm (#

      Thanks for finding me and trying thees cookies and glad that you loved these – half and half, light and dark brown sugar, sounds great to me! And re LY&Yoga…well, when I started blogging 4 yrs ago, those ARE things I loved then and still do, but not something I want to write my food blog about anymore :) I love desserts too and there’s only so many times I can write about kale salads before it was snore-bore. Ha! I go by Averie Cooks even though my URL is LV&Y (and that’s in the works to change, too) – anyway though, please come back and tell me if you make more things! :)

  16. Kimberly — March 5, 2013 at 4:02 pm (#

    Because I am a type 2 diabetic and pregnant, I made the Thick and Soft Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies this afternoon with a couple of slight adjustments: I ran out of peanut butter, (used 1/4 cup almond butter for the rest), cut the light brown sugar amount to 1/2 cup, and used a small cookie scoop (1 TB size). The results were exactly what I wanted — enough sweetness and flavor in a small package. Thanks for sharing your recipe!! =:8

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 5, 2013 at 4:47 pm (#

      So glad to hear that the 3/4 c PB + 1/4 c AB worked out – and that reducing the sugar by half worked. Wow, you’re hardcore b/c that’s a fair amt of cocoa powder-to-sugar ratio. Just enough sweetness in a small package is about exactly right! Thanks for coming back to tell me what you did and it may help others now, too! :)

  17. gabrielle — March 5, 2013 at 10:46 pm (#

    this is so cool yum

  18. Rabi'a — March 6, 2013 at 10:52 am (#

    Yum, they turned out great. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  19. Samuela — March 10, 2013 at 4:26 pm (#

    Okay so I tried these cookies as well as the PB chocolate chunk. I like these chocolate cookies better than the chunk ones, but I have one big qualm with the recipe and I wonder if you might have any suggestions. I used Skippy Roasted Honey Nut peanut butter and it was WAAAAY too oily. I mean, there were multiple teaspoons (if not TBSP) of oil that collected in the bottom of the bowl that I kept having to drain off. And before I baked the dough, I had to pat each ball of dough with a paper towel because they were just sitting in a puddle of oil on the plate. That was seriously disgusting to me. We don’t have the Peter Pan PB here in Washington where I live, so I was wondering if anyone had a suggestion as to a better brand to use that isn’t excessively oily. I’d like to make these again, but not if it’s always going to be that oily. Suggestions are appreciated. Thanks for the delicious recipe!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 10, 2013 at 4:49 pm (#

      I’ve never used Skippy Roasted Honey Nut peanut butter and so can’t speak to it. I usually use Peter Pan or a storebrand honey roasted that I get at Ralph’s Grocery store, or related to Kroger. It’s about half the price of name brand and works like a charm for me. If your PB was THAT oily that you were dobbing it off, yes, use another brand! Or in this recipe, you could have added more cocoa powder, more sugar, or a tbsp or two of flour and been all set! But glad you worked it all out regardless!

  20. wendy — April 2, 2013 at 7:16 pm (#

    I’ve made these several times and they turn out very well with homemade pb and an extra egg. My only problem is the labeling of “no white sugar” as brown sugar is really just white sugar with molasses…

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 2, 2013 at 8:24 pm (#

      I’m glad you enjoy the recipe!

    • Amber — November 21, 2013 at 11:21 am (#

      wendy is right. Brown sugar is white sugar with molasses added.

  21. Norma @ Allspice and Nutmeg — July 18, 2013 at 5:38 pm (#


    I made these yesterday. They are really good! My husband really likes them as well. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Averie Sunshine — July 18, 2013 at 5:50 pm (#

      Thanks for trying them and so glad both you and the hubby are pleased! Thanks for the field report!

  22. Andi Houston — August 7, 2013 at 5:03 pm (#

    My daughter and I made these last night. Now only were they really rich and satisfying cookies, they were so fast! This is my new go-to cookie recipe.

    • Averie Sunshine — August 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm (#

      I love comments like this! Thanks for trying them, for telling me they’re your new go-to!! And I love that you and your daughter were baking together :)

  23. Molly — September 17, 2013 at 12:36 pm (#

    Lol, I tried to press these down after chilling.
    Also, you are SO RIGHT about the Silpat!

    • Averie Sunshine — September 17, 2013 at 12:41 pm (#

      Yes BEFORE chilling is definitely preferred as is always baking on a Silpat. Sounds like you’re a fan!

    • Molly — April 27, 2014 at 3:46 pm (#

      I made these today because I’m packing for a pretty big move and needed some cookies! So much of my baking gear is packed already; it was so nice to dig through your site and find something I could make with what’s still out. Thank you!

    • Averie Sunshine — April 27, 2014 at 5:18 pm (#

      Some of the best recipes I’ve ever made/blogged about have happened right before big moves. Something about cleaning out that pantry and I’ve come up with some winners. That’s not how these happened but glad you enjoyed them! Good luck moving!!

  24. Taryn — September 24, 2013 at 5:49 pm (#

    I made these last week and they didn’t work for me at all. The dough was oily but crumbly. I had to really squeeze them into a ball and pressing with a fork made them explode. I watched them like a hawk in the oven but they never seemed done. Even though they were still glossy I finally took them out at 8 1/2 min for fear of overbaking. They remained crumbly, though soft. People at work still ate them but they were not the chewy nuggets of awesomeness I was hoping for! Good thing I made some of your coconut peanutbutter magic cake bars at the same time to satisfy my chewy cravings!

    • Averie Sunshine — September 24, 2013 at 8:28 pm (#

      Cocoa powder can dry dough out very easily and based on brand of cocoa powder, PB, climate, this dough can be a little tricky to work with. Sorry they didn’t work for you. Next time I would reduce the amt of cocoa you use by 2 to 4 tbsp and see if that helps things out – I bet it will.

      Glad you enjoyed the coconut peanutbutter magic cake bars! They’re a fave of mine!

      Thanks for trying so many recipes!

    • Taryn — September 24, 2013 at 9:42 pm (#

      That may be it! I do live in a dry climate. I’m loving your recipes and most are working out beautifully! You have totally sold me on the ‘bar’. Sooo easy, versatile and delicious. I’m loving exploring the endless flavour and texture combinations. Keep them coming!

    • Averie Sunshine — September 24, 2013 at 10:10 pm (#

      Oh if you’re in a dry climate, cut back the cocoa powder. It’s acidic and super drying and will zap the moisture out of your batter really quickly. That should do the trick!

  25. Andrea Dickinson — December 2, 2013 at 5:33 am (#

    what’s the (health) difference of using brown instead of white sugar – I understand the textural issue, but the heading sort of indicates that it will be healthier because there’s no white sugar. Thanks, Andrea

    • Averie Sunshine — December 2, 2013 at 9:01 am (#

      It’s darker, richer, and has more depth of flavor and lends more moisture to the cookies.

    • Colleen — March 15, 2014 at 10:08 pm (#

      Actually, there is no real health difference between white sugar and brown sugar but for added molasses. I do think the heading for the cookies is a bit misleading in this way, because brown sugar – whether light or dark – IS white sugar which is covered in molasses. A more pure sugar choice might be turbinado sugar. It is less processed, and can be interchanged in recipes for brown sugar.

  26. Mindy — January 6, 2014 at 5:21 pm (#

    I just made these and they turned out excellent! Precisely the same texture and flavor you described. My family loves them too! It seems like everyone is going gluten-free nowadays, so these will be perfect cookies to bring to get-togethers. Thanks for the great recipe, so simple and with just a few basic ingredients.

    • Averie Sunshine — January 6, 2014 at 5:22 pm (#

      Glad the recipe delivered and worked, exactly as promised! Thanks for LMK! And yes to so many ppl being GF and these are a safe bet for a mixed crowd!

  27. Judy — February 22, 2014 at 10:12 am (#

    Oooo, I just made these, too, and they’re lovely! They turned out just as I hoped they would – crispy on the outside, squishy on the inside. And SO chocolately. Yum! Thank you xx

    • Averie Sunshine — February 22, 2014 at 12:43 pm (#

      Thanks for trying the recipe, Judy, and glad you liked it! :)

  28. Sam — March 14, 2014 at 7:43 pm (#

    Hi — probably should adjust the “total time” to include the 2 HOURS of chilling required prior to baking. SMH.

  29. Lynda — March 17, 2014 at 11:55 am (#

    Hi Averie — have you tried substituting the brown sugar with Truvia or an alternative sweetner?

    • Averie Sunshine — March 17, 2014 at 1:58 pm (#

      I haven’t but if you do, LMK! I have a feeling you would actually be ok in this recipe as long as the bulk/quantity of the Truvia is about the same as the bulk/quantity of real brown sugar.

  30. Karen — March 27, 2014 at 6:13 pm (#

    Can you just chill the dough in a bowl or do you have to roll them first? (Space issues in fridge!) Can’t wait to try!

    • Averie Sunshine — March 27, 2014 at 6:44 pm (#

      If you chill the bowl, the dough will turn into one big ROCK that you then need to chisel out and it will be too firm/hard/impossible. So…you really are better off putting it on a plate in the fridge, covering with plasticwrap, and chilling. I know it’s annoying and I have the same space issues but if you do it the mixing bowl way, you’ll hate yourself.

    • Karen — March 27, 2014 at 6:57 pm (#

      Ok thank you for your quick response! Will try tomorrow!

  31. Sarah — March 30, 2014 at 11:47 am (#

    The total time on this recipe does not include chill time. While they are fast to prep and bake, you still need to let them chill for 2+ hours. Total time at minimum is 2hrs 20min.

  32. Jasmine — May 24, 2014 at 1:40 pm (#

    Just tried these today and I just want to say they tasted amazing!! Definatly going to make them again!!

    • Jasmine — May 24, 2014 at 1:43 pm (#


    • Averie Sunshine — May 24, 2014 at 4:59 pm (#

      So glad you loved them and will make them again, too!

  33. Hannah — July 1, 2014 at 11:51 am (#

    I made these cookies a couple nights ago! They turned out amazing, and tasted even better than that! I was wondering if you happened to know how many calories are in each cookie? Thanks!

    • Averie Sunshine — July 1, 2014 at 12:54 pm (#

      Glad you love them and I think they’re probably calorie-free and totally a billion percent healthy :)

  34. Lindsay — July 14, 2014 at 4:33 pm (#

    Since finding this recipe on Pinterest last week I have made it literally 5 times in a row. It is my absolute favorite chocolate fix…ever! I made a few substitutions, such as natural (whole foods brand) peanut butter instead of JIF, because it’s all I had. But they turned out so well! Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Averie Sunshine — July 14, 2014 at 5:03 pm (#

      I love hearing stories like this, how a random find can really come in so handy and be a little gem :) So glad to hear you’ve made these 5 times! And that the WFs natural PB is working out!

  35. Shanna — July 28, 2014 at 9:05 am (#

    These look really yummy! I just have a regular old hand mixer, do you think I could use that and they would still turn out? Thanks for the help. I don’t bake enough to buy a fancy one

    • Averie Sunshine — July 28, 2014 at 2:51 pm (#

      I’m sure it will be fine. Just take your time and make sure everything is well-creamed and mixed properly like you would do with any cookie recipe you’d make. Enjoy!

  36. Jessica — August 14, 2014 at 7:26 pm (#

    I followed your recipe as it is written, had to add more peanut butter, about 2 tablespoons worth because the dough was very dry and crumbly. I hoped that after the hours if chilling the dough and then baking that the sugar would dissolve a bit, but it never really did bind with the peanut butter. My boyfriend compared these cookies to lumps of “wet sand”. They taste fine, but the consistency is nothing like a brownie – they crumble to the point that it is impossible to eat a whole cookie without loosing some (or most) of it to gravity, they are very gritty, as the brown sugar has nothing to melt into. I thought this would be an easy recipe because it has so few ingredients. And I looove anything that is compared to a brownie. But no matter how long I mixed the ingredients (I mixed w an electric mixer for close to 15 minutes) I was not able to achieve the necessary consistency; (the recipe calls for a mixing time of 5 minutes but says one cannot over mix). The best part about this recipe is the blog/website, as it did illustrate what I thought would be a delicious, fun little recipe. Unfortunately, my results did not match.

    • Averie Sunshine — August 15, 2014 at 12:31 am (#

      Sorry that you had trouble with them and thanks for trying the recipe. I wish I could offer you troubleshooting advice for how to get the brown sugar to meld into the PB better, but since I’ve never experienced that when making these, not sure what to say. Thanks for trying the recipe.

  37. April — August 25, 2014 at 5:54 pm (#

    Is it possible to use natural PB and add a little flour to firm them up? I know the point is that they’re flourless but I can’t bear to use regular PB!

    • Averie Sunshine — August 26, 2014 at 7:55 am (#

      I’m sure that will be an okay combination, although I haven’t personally tested it.

  38. Natasha — November 2, 2014 at 6:33 pm (#

    so I just baked these…I’m pretty sure my diet is now completely gone forever. Sooooooooo good. Thanks for the recipe.

  39. abby — December 9, 2014 at 9:38 pm (#

    after beating in all the cocoa powder and baking soda, the batter was very oily. i didn’t add much peanut butter and the other ingredients were added as stated. so why is my batter so oily? or is it suppose to be like that? will this affect the texture of the cookies?

    • Averie Sunshine — December 9, 2014 at 11:32 pm (#

      It’s an oily batter because there is no flour to absorb the natural oils in PB; there’s also no butter so you need that oil. Chill the dough as stated and bake as directed and I think you will be just fine!

  40. Carole — December 10, 2014 at 10:35 am (#

    Since we buy/use Adam’s, I’ll have to do some experimenting. I’ll also need to cut the brown sugar somewhat for our tastes. I like the fact that this recipe automatically omits white, something I’ve been doing with my cookie recipes for years. Thanks for sharing.

  41. Claudia Schneider — January 4, 2015 at 4:33 pm (#

    What is the nutrition information/calories?? (BTW I LOVE these cookies:)

  42. Elle — January 30, 2015 at 9:05 am (#

    I live in student halls and our oven is miserable. It is impossible to choose a temperature since no temperature is written around the knob (the numbers haven’t rubbed off, they were never there). Therefore I was wondering if there was a way to tell if these were ready without knowing the temperature. Since those cookies are dark you can’t tell if the have become golden and if they become hard, that means they have baked too much, so how can you tell if it’s ready if the texture is still dough-ey? I long so much to make those cookies (I made your pb & chocolate microwave fudge and it was amazing!)
    Thank you (and thank you so much for your recipes!)

  43. Mer — February 7, 2015 at 6:37 pm (#

    These exceeded my expectations! I made them last weekend and they were absolutely delicious! They’re also very addictive. I couldn’t stop eating them! I cannot say enough positive things about them. Highly recommended!

    • Averie Sunshine — February 7, 2015 at 6:49 pm (#

      Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it exceeded expectations! That’s awesome and thanks for all the praise and high remarks!

  44. cher — February 11, 2015 at 6:23 pm (#

    these didn’t work out for me at all. i mixed for 5 minutes in the first step, and chilled the dough in cookie form for 3 hours before baking. after 10 minutes of cooking they are still the same consistency basically as the dough was. i agree with the reviewer who said it was like wet sand. that’s exactly what the consistency was like. so so so strange. they fall apart before i can get them to my mouth. and yes, i added an extra 2 Tbsp of peanut butter to the dough when it was too crumbly to start with. my son still ate one and liked it but my husband and i can’t eat them.

    • Averie Sunshine — February 11, 2015 at 9:54 pm (#

      Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m sorry that things didn’t go well for you! I don’t know what to say because it sounds like you did everything right and tried to salvage things but that it just didn’t work for you. I’ve never had them fail on me and I’m sorry they weren’t a success for you…wish I could offer some words of wisdom or suggestions!

  45. Nancy — February 13, 2015 at 9:57 am (#

    My husband and I made these together for an office cookie competition and these won first prize! Make these cookies!

    • Averie Sunshine — February 13, 2015 at 11:04 am (#

      Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out so great that you won 1st place in your cookie competition!

  46. Nela — March 2, 2015 at 2:16 pm (#

    Hi there!

    Just wondering, could you freeze them unbake? If so, for how long? I know you said before that you can freeze them for up to 3 months, but that was for baked cookies though. Thank-you!

    • Averie Sunshine — March 2, 2015 at 2:54 pm (#

      Raw dough can be frozen for 3-6 months. That’s my comfort zone anyway.

  47. Brookie — March 19, 2015 at 4:25 pm (#

    i could kiss you!!!  I just made these and they are amazing!!  I’ve recently gone gluten free but continue to struggle because of my relentless sweet tooth.  These little beauties will do the trick.  THANK YOU!!! 

    • Averie Sunshine — March 19, 2015 at 6:17 pm (#

      Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you! AND that they will satisfy your sweet tooth while staying GF!

  48. Kate — March 26, 2015 at 8:35 am (#

    OMG so tempting! I love the pictures, these cookies look so delicious! And I can see all the positive comments here so I need to give it a try as well :) Thank you

  49. Christine — April 5, 2015 at 12:14 pm (#

    Are twelve photos if the same thing really necessary? I took an informal poll of women who frequent food blogs and every one of the sixty + women who replied said the same thing…any more than three photos before the recipe and we drive right by. It’s unbelievably annoying.

    • Averie Sunshine — April 5, 2015 at 1:50 pm (#

      Happy Easter Sunday to you, too! Is this how you speak to a perfect stranger, on Easter Sunday, no less?! Wow!

      As a blogger, it’s my choice to decide how many photos to use and it’s your choice as a reader to either visit my site or not to access recipes that are FREE to you. If you don’t like my style, then drive right by. No need to leave comments during said drive by if they’re comments like these. All the best to you and I hope you find some peace and something more fulfilling in your life than being so hostile to others.

  50. D — April 9, 2015 at 9:50 pm (#

    i bake with homemade and store bought fresh ground PB all the time and have absoultely no problem with it….I don’t understand why you keep saying don’t use it??

    • Averie Sunshine — April 9, 2015 at 11:32 pm (#

      Because not everyone’s homemade PB is the same consistency and some people do have problems when they use it. I write my recipes to have as much guaranteed potential for success as I possibly can and eliminate all potential variables that can go wrong or just be extremely variable; i.e. homemade PB. Whereas storebought isn’t a variable; it’s always the same.

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