Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

I am so excited to finally reveal this post!

 I’ve had this post written for about 3 weeks.

Since even before my photography trip to Mexico City

And even before I announced that we were moving

And before we moved into our new house this past week.

These cookies are long gone.

But they are such great little memories.


Step-by-step photos:

Combine everything in one bowl

Look at all that glorious peanut butter!

Stir to combine

The dough will be sticky but workable.

It seems like a sticky blob and I thought I was going to have peanut butter everywhere and it would be really hard to work with but all was well.  Something about the oil in the peanut butter plus the sugar seemed to keep the dough from being un-workable or too messy. 

If it really does seem too messy, I’d add a tablespoon or two extra of sugar to soak up the sticky + moisture factor.

Roll dough into balls or drop onto a cookie sheet with a spoon.

Or, if you want to refrigerate the dough for 15 minutes or so before you roll the balls, great.  But I didn’t bother.

Lightly press the tops with a fork.

But don’t squeeze the Charmin too much and flatten them into little pancakes.

I like this picture.  And I like raw dough balls.

Sprinkle with a pinch each of brown and white sugar.

Bake and allow to cool.

I had read on various websites with similar recipes that they don’t really spread much at all.  Mine actually did spread a bit, so keep that in mind.

Impress everyone with how easy these are and how good they taste!

The active prep time on these is about 2 minutes to make the batter and about 8 minutes to roll into balls.

So 10 minutes of work

10 minutes to bake

And in 20 minutes you can be chomping away.

It’s the simple things in life like cookies that just make me so happy.

And bonus to the extremely minimal amount of cleanup and dishes.  One bowl.  Love it.

The taste is full of peanut butter flavor and full-bodied.

You definitely know you’re eating a peanut butter cookie and not a sugar cookie which is the problem with lots of peanut butter cookies, I find.

Most cookies are not peanut buttery enough for my liking but these are full-bodied peanut butter flavor for all PB fiends like me.

They are rich and satisfying.  Not some little light airy cookie.

I can feel just a little oil from the peanut butter on my lips when I eat them.  <– To me, that’s a turn on.  Means they’re full of good.stuff.  Like 1 cup of PB!

You can just see by looking at the center of the cookies that they are going to be moist.  I always look at cookie centers to see if they are a touch under-baked and moist looking.

And because of all that PB, they’re not dry.  I despise dry cookies and baked goods.  Not worth my chew. These are anything but dry.


Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies (Gluten Free, with Vegan Option)

3/4 c white sugar

1/4 c brown sugar, packed

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”)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in one bowl and stir by hand with a spoon.


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 for easy cleanup).

Optional: Lightly press each ball with a fork to make criss-cross patterns

Dust each cookie with a pinch of white and brown sugar before baking

Bake at 350F for 10 minutes or until barely browned.  They can go from raw to burned in about 90 seconds so watch them.

Allow to cool well and they may not look very well done after 10 minutes, but that’s ok.  Take them out of the oven anyway and allow them to cool.

Yields 18 cookies (mine were a bit thin and farily small.  Reducing to 12-15 thicker/bigger cookies may work even better which I will try next time)

Edited to add January 2013: There is an updated (and even better) version of these cookies Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies (gluten-free) – My new favorite Peanut Butter Cookie recipe


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Edited to add January 2013: There is an updated (and even better) version of these cookies Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies (gluten-free) – My new favorite Peanut Butter Cookie recipe

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And all the peanut butters recipes and ideas linked in one place.

Yes, I really love peanut butter cookies!

Edited to add January 2013: There is an updated (and even better) version of these cookies Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies (gluten-free) – My new favorite Peanut Butter Cookie recipe

150 comments on “Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. Love flourless cookies. I’m wondering if I can replace the sugars with coconut sugar. Will this work?

  2. Averie, do you have any idea how these would tuen out if I subbed Sugar Twin brown sugar and Splenda granules for the 2 sugars? We are trying to “go low carb” and my sweet tooth is DYING for dessert!!!

    • I really don’t know because there’s no flour and so not sure how those sugars will interact with the PB…they could make the dough turn super runny OR…they may not. Try it! You have nothing other than a cup of PB and an egg to lose! LMK what happens!

  3. Can I use coconut sugar instead of sugar?

  4. just made these- my entire house is filled with the most delicious PB smell.
    and mmm are these good, so nutty and sweet. the perfect cookie!

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  7. Is it ok to use honey instead of sugar? would that make an even healthier version?

  8. I made these today after a morning run and light yoga. Best.Cookies,Ever. I can’t believe I’ve just stumbled upon your website! Veggies, yoga, AND peanut butter recipes? This may be true love at first site! Thank you for the fantastic recipe :)

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  10. Love this recipe! I added chocolate chips to it and they were a huge hit with the husband and at the office! I’ll be posting this recipe on my blog (of course giving our credit!) thanks for the amazing recipes!

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  13. Just made these with a chia egg, 1/2 tsp baking soda, and a little less sugar. Turned out wonderfully, thank you!

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  16. Okay, so I made these today and thought initially that they were a disaster- They barely spread out at all and were still super soft when I took them out of the oven (like you said!). But they cooled and were so moist and flavorful, plus they got rave reviews from my friends!

    A couple alterations though: I cut back on the sugar a tad, used a whole tsp of vanilla, and added in 1 tsp of cocoa powder :) It was nice to have something I could serve for my vegan *and* gluten-free friends,

  17. Thank you for your delitious recipies ,very apretiate. Love to you.

  18. Your cookies look scrumptious! I recently made these, but a lower fat version using better n’ butter for part of the pb in the recipe. I thought it was only my cookies that were super small before baking, but yours look just like mine did! Makes me feel better about my recipe! Thanks for sharing. (: If you’d like to check out my recipe for the lower fat version of flourless pb cookies the link is: http://thesweetprimadonna.com/2012/08/08/skinny-soft-chewy-peanut-butter-cookies-65-calories-per-cookie-vegan-friendly/

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  20. Just made these cookies and my whole family loved them!
    They were the hit of our Fathers Day BBQ!

    Great recipe that I will be blogging about and sharing!

  21. Sorry if someone already asked this… any idea if raw honey would sub for the sugar well? We are off sugar but love the simplicity of this. If you haven’t tried honey, I may need to just try a half-batch and let you know.

    • The issue is that because of the simplicity, the sugar plays a role to bind the dough and honey is going to be a soupy mess I fear in the oven. You could try it but I have a feeling the cookies will go flat and spread on you. You could trying using brown sugar rather than white if that’s better for your dietary needs…

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  24. Just made these cookies…Fantastic! My husband is a Vegan and PB nut so they were a big hit in my family! I have “pinned” several of your recipes and can’t wait to try.

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