Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today is the big reveal day for the August posts for the Secret Recipe Club

And these fugdy, chewy, very chocolatey chocolate cookies

with hints of peanut butter undertones


are what I am really excited to reveal!

Last month, I made Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Many of you have written to me to tell me that you’ve made these and you love the simplicity of the recipe and that the full-bodied peanut butter flavor has you hooked and you’re never going back to traditional PB cookies.  Me either!

But I think you’ll be very happy with my enhanced version, i.e. chocolate is added in two forms

Because isn’t everything better with a little enhancing?

I think so.

This month, I was assigned the blog Not Rachel Ray and when I saw she had made Flourless Chocolate Cookies using Lori the Recipe Girl’s recipe (as an aside Lori is a fellow San Diego area blogger and she hosted an awesome party I attended a few weeks ago)

I knew I wanted to take a stab at Flourless Chocolate Cookies.

I adapted my own Flourless Peanut Butter Cookie recipe and this is what I came up with.

I’m pretty sure you won’t have problems with leftovers on your hands.


Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (Naturally Gluten Free, with Vegan Option.  Adapted from my own Flourless Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe)

3/4 c white sugar

1/4 c brown sugar, packed

1/2 c cocoa powder, unsweetened

1 c peanut butter

1 egg (replace real egg by combining 1 tbsp ground flax seeds + 3 tbsp warm water in a small bowl and stirring.  Allow a “jelly” to form after a few minutes and use this as your “egg”)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 c to 3/4 chocolate chips (or peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips) & stir to combine


Combine all ingredients except the chocolate chips in one bowl and stir by hand with a spoon.

After all ingredients are incorporated stir in the chocolate chips

At this point you have the option to place the dough in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.  Cold dough will create puffier/thicker cookies vs. thinner/flatter cookies during the baking process.  It will also help with the rolling out/ball-forming process but it’s optional if you’re in a hurry.

Form into 1 inch balls (I rolled mine with my hands but you could just drop them on a cookie sheet with a spoon) and place on cookie sheet (I used parchment-lined + lightly sprayed with cooking spray for easy cleanup).

Bake at 350F for 10 to 12 minutes or until they barely look done.  They can go from raw to burned in about 90 seconds so watch them but know that because they are dark cookies, visuals may be tricky.

They may not look done after 10-12 minutes, but that’s ok.  Take them out of the oven anyway and allow them to cool.

Yields 24 cookies (Mine were fairly small.  Reducing to 12-18 bigger cookies is an option and adjust baking time accordingly)



A Visual Guide:

Gather your ingredients

Add everything into one bowl except the chocolate chips.

I kept the dry ingredients at the bottom and then put the wet ingredients on top because I wanted a dry ingredients “bed” for the PB but I’m sure it doesn’t matter.  I wouldn’t want to waste a drop of PB by having it get stuck to bottom the bowl.

Stir to combine all the ingredients, then add the chocolate chips, and stir those in.

Dough will be very thick and it looks sticky and quite un-workable, but the fat in the peanut butter keeps the dough together and less sticky than you’d imagine.

Freeze your mixing bowl with the dough in it for 10-15 minutes before rolling out the balls.

Or, simply roll immediately if you’re impatient and don’t want to chill the dough.

Note: warmer dough will produce flatter and crisper cookies; colder dough will produce puffier and chewier cookies

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until they are barely done looking.

I like chewy, gooey, half-baked cookies so I was a 10 minute girl

Allow them to cool for as long as you can stand it


The beauty of these cookies are that:

they only take 2 minutes to mix up the dough

no electric mixer required & you can do it all by hand

minimal cleanup/dishes (I hate baking projects where you dirty every dish in your kitchen!)

naturally GF and very easily adapted to be vegan

and they will make all chocaholics very happy.

The cold dough really dis make a difference in the finished product.

The flourless chococlate cookies are really puffy compared to my previous flourless peanut butter cookies which I baked with warm dough on a warm day.

These cookies are perfectly chewy

And not dry.  <– Dry baked goods are not worth my chew!

In terms of flavor, these are definitely chocolate cookies that have been enhanced with peanut butter

If you want more of a peanut buttery flavor, scale back the cocoa powder

Or just make these and add chocolate chips

But if you want to get your chocolate on, today’s cookies are for you.

And they’re small.  So grab a few.

And if for some reason you want to stuff candy bars in your cookies, try Snickers Bar Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Feel free to stuff just about any kind of candy bar in these, too

Want to see what other people in the Secret Recipe Club made this month?


1. What’s your favorite cookie?

My favorite cookies are half-baked, ooey-gooey, not dry.  And if a cookie is properly baked and the flavors are balanced, I can appreciate just about any kind of cookie from chocolate chip to peanut butter cookies to snickerdoodle to molasses.

Ironically one cookie that tends to bore me are sugar cookies.  And I love sugar!  But they are usually too overbaked, too crispy, too dry, and the monotone flavor is boring for me.  I created raw vegan sugar cookie dough bites though, and they’re not dry or boring.  Promise.

I also really like texture which is why oatmeal raisin cookie with their chunky oats, raisins, and brown sugar are always a hit with me.  The raw vegan oatmeal raisin cookies here are so easy, too.  No oven required.

2. Can anything ever be too chocolatey?  Too dark or intense?

I think not! 

Just like I said nothing can ever be too rich or too sweet when I was talking about these

White Chocolate Vanilla Marshmallow Cake Bars – 4 Layers

Nothing can ever be too chocolatey or too dark. 

I’d rather skip “milk” chocolate and either do white or dark chocolate, actually.

These cookies are more of dark chocolate meets hint of peanut butter.

I love sweet, white chocolate but I also love rich, full-bodied dark chocolate, too.

P.S. If you’re just catching up on posts from the weekend, here are mine since Friday:

Have a great week!


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  2. You answered both questions for me :D

  3. I baked some flopurless peanut butter cup cookies this weekend that I’m posting tomorrow. These look amazing. :)

  4. Not only does this recipe look delicious, but the ingredient list is so simple its awesome! I recently moved back to school so I’m always looking to create recipes on the cheap.
    You’ve impressed me again, Averie ;) Thank you!

  5. what a smashing invention! i have been wanting to bake using a flax egg for quite some time now, and this recipe fits the bill. plus, i have all the ingredients at home right now!
    love the photos, too! i love chewy, soft cookies. dislike thin, cardboard-hard, dry cookies. best is chocolate chip, but i’m open to variations!

  6. I am in love with all your flourless creations. Keep ’em coming. Oh and might i add the photography is amazing!

  7. These look incredible!
    I’m totally with you in the ooey gooey cookie camp. I baked PB chocolate chunk cookies (with some incredible dark chocolate) last night and underbaked a sheet of 5 cookies just for myself and my mom to share! Haha!

  8. I’m so excited to try these! I have one child with celiac disease and one child who is vegan. I almost never find a recipe that suits them both, especially one for cookies. Can’t wait to test these out on my girls!

  9. 1.) Haven’t met a cookie I don’t like. I like them to be crispy on the outside, raw in the middle.
    2.) Chocolate can do no wrong. I love every chocolate I ever met.

    Can’t wait to try these for my celiac husband. He is always sad when my baked goods aren’t GF.

  10. Half baked cookies are definitely my fave. I have to eat the edges first so I can save the gooey middle for last….
    Nothing can be too chocolate-y…dark chocolate. I’m not sure I could even eat milk chocolate anymore. It just tastes sweet….whereas dark choc has an actual flavor. Mmmmm…Is it too early for some now? I think one of your cookies would go great with my starbucks this morning!

  11. These sound incredible! I love how doughy they look… I can’t stand cookies that are rock hard and crumble at the first bite haha. Awesome recipe as usual, Averie! :)

  12. These look AMAZING. So freaking dense- right up my alley!

    My favorite cookies are anything soft and chewy, especially chocolate chip and white chocolate macadamia. And too chocolatey or too rich? I’m as much of a sweets lover as you…unless it comes to alcohol, like that cocktail. Makes me sick!!

  13. MMMM, chocolate and peanut butter, my favorite!

  14. Your rendition of these cookies looks fabulous, makes me want to whip up another batch right now!

  15. These look amazing! Sorry I’ve been so MIA, I haven’t even looked at a blog in a week!

  16. I have to go with either chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin as my favorite cookie. My tastes lately are simple. As long as they are gooey though, i’ll eat them. And there can’t be nuts.

    LOVE the looks of these cookies!! And if I ad pb I’d make them right now. I have to go to the store later today….

  17. I think these will be the next thing I will bake.
    I love macadamia nut cookies with white chocolate and I also prefer them only half baked.
    And no, I can never get too chocolaty or sweet. I totally agree with you on that one.
    Have a good start of the week.

  18. Averie these look so good! And thanks for the tip about how chilling the dough gives you puffier cookies and warm dough gives you flatter/crispier cookies. I never knew why some recipes ask you to chill the dough first.

    My favorite cookie — the PB blossom cookies with the kiss in the middle. I could eat those by the truckload.

  19. My favorite thing right now are blondies that my friend is making to raise money for her adoption. OH MY GOODNESS! I have never been in love with a baked good…but I am now.

    Here is the link if you want to try some for yourself: http://chasingcharlotte.blogspot.com/p/charlottes-chocolate-factory.html


  20. Those cookies look beyond crazy yummy.

  21. Chocolate, peanut butter, and ooey-gooey? Count me in! I love my cookies a bit underbaked and chewy. Also, pretty sure I saw your mixing bowls at Urban Outfitters yesterday! I exclaimed this fact to the boyfriend, as if he cared.

    Never too much chocolate! If you like dark chocolate, try Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate Bar. I am addicted! It’s smooth and delicious but still has that slightly bitter dark chocolate taste.

  22. Averie! You always make me hungry :) I book marked this recipe! I am always sending cookies to my brother in law and I know he would LOVE these! Hope you’re doing well

  23. You just made my dreams come true. Can’t wait to make these!

  24. I definitely wish I could pull these babies right out of my computer screen and devour them … yum!!

  25. Oh my gosh! Wow, these look sooo good! I must make them soon. I absolutely loved your other flourless cookies. And thanks for the tip on chilling them for a while. I definitely want a chewy cookie. And yes things can definitely be too intense or dark, especially when it comes to chocolate. I have such a huge sweet tooth I have never tasted anything that was “too” rich or “too” sweet. But too intense and too bitter/dark definitely!

  26. OH MY HECK!!! I can’t wait to make these. They look amazing!!!

  27. I am so so so gifting my gluten free girlfriends with these! That chocolate is basically dripping off the screen, and I for one cannot get enough of it – ever. Great post!

  28. My favorite cookies used to be the oat cookies my grandmom used to make. Sometimes she also added coconut flakes, but I like the pure oat version the best. Now that I eat a flourless, dairy-free, and very low sugar diet, I don’t eat cookies anymore. I can imagine to start experimenting around with nut butter and protein powder for baking, though.

    I’m not a great fan of chocolate, especially the dark one. So for me, things can definitely be too dark, too chocolatey, and too intense. But I sometimes enjoy a hot chocolate made from unsweetened cocoa powder, hot water, and almond milk. :)

  29. Those look just awesome. we love chocolate and PB so much around here.

  30. Oh, I was so hoping for a picture of a cookie broken in half! But there are enough pretty pictures of the whole cookies to (almost) satisfy me. ;) They look so amazing! YUM.

  31. Wow, that list at the bottom with pics is some intense food porn! A whole day could go by just surfing that sugar tide…

    Looks like an awesome recipe, and I’m just like you: I hate losing any smidge of pb (or whatever) stuck to the bottom of the bowl!

    I am actually coming to the conclusion (sacrilege?) that chocolate isn’t worth it for me. I love how it tastes but it really doesn’t make me feel good, and since I changed my diet in favor of more carbs, my cravings for chocolate just disappeared. But I have lots of chocolate lovers to pander to/fix for, who adore pb, so I bet I’ll make these at some point!

  32. Dear GOOD GRIEF OF THE WORLD, these look good!

  33. Curse you – every time you post a new recipe I have to make it. EVERY. TIME.

  34. You have the most tempting, delicious looking recipes EVER. I seriously bookmark pretty much everything you publish because I know I HAVE to make it. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, but I love you lady!

  35. Mmm I’m all about those flourless peanut butter cookies (since I don’t like chocolate), buttt the chocolate ones look amazing as well!!

  36. OMG! These cookies look to die for. I made your flourless pb cookies and they were amazing. Adding the chocolate can only make them better. Yum!

  37. These look great. I love how big and puffy they look – it makes them extremely appealing and also quite pretty. I made peanut butter flourless cookies for the SRC reveal this month, but I ALWAYS love the addition of chocolate!

  38. Ohh these look so yummy and cute! love your blog glad to be a new follower!

  39. Ugh you’re KILLING me over here!! I would gladly eat a handful (or two) of these babies! And those bars look incredible as well.

  40. Though I can’t say that I’m a huge chocolate fan, I would adore a plate of flourless pb cookies OR some of those white chocolate bars. Yum!

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  42. I HAVE to ask…..which was better the dough or the baked cookies? I bet the dough was divine! The pb cookies were so good, I know these will be awesome!

    My favorite cookies are my mom’s jello-pudding cookies. They are so moist, soft, sweet….yum perfect! You will love them too! http://www.katieleehome.com/blog/?tag=health

    I have never met a dessert that is so sweet, bring it on!!!

    • i need to make those jello pudding cookies…perfect!!

      and both the orig PB and the addition of the chocolate…both are great. different.

      pb is intensely PB
      and choc is intensely choc

      so it just depends what you’re in the mood for

      oh and the dough…I didnt eat it raw b/c i used a real egg but was tempted to :)

  43. I can’t wait to make these!

  44. Wow, awesome job on the cookies and pictures, these look and sound amazing! And so many wonderful recipes to go through, yum!

    1. Tough call, anything with chocolate and nut butter I guess.
    2. Probably not, unless mixed with nut butter and caramel.

  45. Yummy! Would you believe I’ve never had a flourless cookie? I really need to make this recipe!

  46. I need these Gluten Free Cookies for my daughter! FUN

    Thanks again for being a part of SRC and being a part of my first group, I enjoyed being your host! Now, I get to visit everyone’s blog, THIS IS THE FUN PART!

    If you haven’t already, come check out my Secret Recipe Club Post: Cucumber Salad http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2011/08/cucumber-salad-secret-recipe-club.html

    or my second post for the SRC Raspberry and Nutella Pizza

  47. Wow! These look soo good. I am definitely making these! The one hard thing about reading blogs and magazines is I want to make so many different things that the list gets long. I’m making pb cup blondies and then these next when those are gone. You’re pictures look so good, I’m happy you got recognition for it. Thanks for putting up the other secret recipes too, it’s nice to click to see more things I need to make :)

  48. I make flourless peanut butter cookies all the time and would never have thought to add some cocoa powder! You are a genius!!

  49. What Gorgeous work you have done! Your blog is absolutely stunning!

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