Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

CATEGORIES: Cookies, Gluten Free, Sara

These Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies are incredibly simple to make with only 6 ingredients, and no flour or butter required!  But don’t be fooled by their simplicity- this flourless peanut butter cookie recipe is a major contender for your favorite cookie recipe yet- they turn out with lightly crisp edges and soft centers.  You may want to double this family favorite!

PB Cookies on rack

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Peanut Butter Cookies

Easy (Flourless!) Peanut Butter Cookies


Description

The EASIEST peanut butter cookie recipe turns out soft and flavorful.  Chocolate chips, optional!


Ingredients

1 cup peanut butter (we recommend standard Jiff or Skippy,  not natural style pb)
3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 large or extra large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon table salt

optional: heaping 1/2 cup chopped chocolate or chocolate chips
(I recommend dark or semi-sweet)

optional: 1/3 cup oats

optional: sugar for rolling


Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat peanut butter and brown sugar until smooth.  Add egg, vanilla, baking soda, and salt.  Mix for about a minute.  Shape into balls, and if desired roll in sugar.  Flatten with a criss cross pattern with a fork, or simply flatten with the bottom of a glass.  If you’d like to add Oatmeal Chocolate Chip PB Cookies, add chocolate chips and oats. Bake for 8-9 minutes, don’t over-bake, and let them sit on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.  Makes 18-20 cookies.


These flourless peanut butter cookies are seriously the easiest, quickest cookies and I almost didn’t want to tell you guys that they were gluten free, or didn’t have any butter or flour, because I know there are people out there who will dismiss this recipe thinking of it simply as a replacement if you can’t have normal cookies.  Not the case.  This is actually just an amazing cookie recipe and it’s simply a fun side note that they don’t have flour or butter.  As proof- I honestly make these more often than any other peanut butter cookie recipe.  It’s a bonus that they’re stinking fast.  It literally takes me maybe 60 seconds to mix the dough.  This is one of our family favorites for our weekly Monday Night Family Nights because I always have the ingredients on hand!

Ingredients for flourless peanut butter cookies

Here we go!  This is all you need, really.

pb cookie ingredients

 

Mix your dough

When your ingredients first come together, the dough is very smooth and loose.  It doesn’t look thick enough to be cookie dough.

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough

The key is to keep mixing!  It will quickly come together and magically change texture- this time into kind of a crumbly texture.  NOTE:  The texture of this dough is different than standard cookie dough, almost oily?  It feels funny but it works. Just go with it.

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough

Optional: Add Chocolate Chips and/or oats

If you’d like to add chocolate chips, which are optional, you’d do that at this point. Again, the texture of this dough is different- the chocolate chips won’t “stick” in there as well.  Just do your best to mix them in.  You can also add oats in there, too!

Chocolate Chips in peanut butter dough

 

 

 

I like to roll balls in sugar and give them a little criss cross, but you could simply put spoonfuls of dough on the sheet and flatten them a little with a bottom of a cup if you’re in a hurry.

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If I add chocolate chips, I usually skip the step with rolling in sugar and criss-crossing and instead I just use a cookie scoop and then lightly flatten the dough balls with my hand or the bottom of a cup.

Bake your cookies

You want to bake them just until the edges are set, and not over bake.  In my oven 8 minutes is just about perfect.

stacked cookies

Let them cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes so they don’t fall apart on you when you transfer them, and then put them on a cooling rack.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

If you put them in an airtight container, they’re great the next day, too.

peanut butter cookies

And I love that the basic recipe makes a small batch, about 18 cookies with a standard size scoop.  You can easily double it if you want more.

stacked peanut butter cookies

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of super-easy cookie recipes, if this one sounds good, you’ll probably also love this Nutella Cookie recipe- with only FOUR ingredients!

4-Ingredient-Nutella-Cookies-from-Our-Best-Bites

126 comments

  1. I’m a second generation McCall girl. I love the Pancake house and have such great memories there of growing up. We take our three kids there to create more common family memories. McCall is a special place I get to call home. I can’t wait to try these cookies and then pick some up from the bakery next time we visit. You have tried their ginormous cinnamon rolls ?

  2. I know what I’ll be making for my gluten free son this week! And I’ll make sure he knows in advance that he has to share…especially if they involve chocolate. Thanks!!

  3. Natural PB works just fine but almond butter, Biscoff, or Nutella do not. I was going to try the almond butter ones with some almond flour to see if they would have more structural integrity.

  4. These are seriously my favorite PB cookie in the world! The peanut butter flavor is amped because of no flour.

    Try this recipe with a tsp of ground cinnamon in… sounds weird but is super delicious!

  5. Any idea if natural peanut butter would work for this recipe? Natural PB makes me feel better about feeding it to my kids twice a day, every day!

  6. These were the first cookies I made when I was diagnosed with celiac disease nine years ago. Wonderful comfort food when it felt like I couldn’t have anything normal anymore. Hadn’t ever thought of putting chocolate chips in them. Now I’ve got to try it!

    1. I’ve heard that Jif doesn’t label their products as Gluten Free, but that they are. Skippy on the other hand, I believe labels all of the products in their line Gluten Free.

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