Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

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I was super excited when I saw Joy The Baker’s recent post on flourless peanut butter cookies because these cookies are made without flour (as the name would suggest!) and also without butter (in my previous post I noted that I’m out of butter!).  The cookies require only four ingredients, and they bake up soft and chewy.


I’m so impressed with these cookies and am thankful to Joy for posting the recipe.  If you’re short on staple baking ingredients (such as flour, butter or vanilla, etc.) and in need of a super quick sweet treat, I highly recommend these little gems.

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
Adapted from Joy The Baker & The Gourmet Cookbook

1 cup all-natural chunky or smooth peanut butter
1 cup sugar (1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup granulated sugar)
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet with butter and set aside. In a mixer combine peanut butter and sugars until well combined, about 2 minutes. Add egg and baking soda and mix for another 2 minutes. Roll into walnut sized balls and create a cris-cross pattern with a fork. If you’d like, add a few chocolate pieces to the top of the cookies. Bake for 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool on a baking sheet for two minutes, then transfer to… your mouth.

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  1. Paige says

    Thanks for sharing! This recipe will be great for my son who has a gluten intolerance. Those with Celiac disease can enjoy these too!!!

  2. says

    YSLGuy, I wanted to leave a comment on your blog, but it wouldn’t work!? Just wanted to ask what kind of peanut butter you used. I used just a regular peanut butter – JIF, actually. Joy recommended a natural peanut butter to hold up better, but mine actually did just fine. My dough was crumbly as well and I had to mash up the crumbs to make a ball. :)

  3. Mallory Sanders says

    Hi! I really want to try this recipe, but I wonder if I could use the Maranatha Almond Butter in place of peanut butter? Since it is all natural, it is more liquidy than say a JIF type product, but since the recipe calls for “all natural” I thought maybe that’s the texture it needs. Can anyone tell me if they used the type of peanut butter you have to stir–the real stuff? Thanks!

    • Jennifer says

      Yes you can, I like to use half almond and half peanut butter but you can use any nut butter to make these, you should also try it with chocolate chips.

  4. kurt says

    I made cookies like these before. They were delicious, but I put in a little cinnamon and it made them even better!

  5. mandybird says

    Made these tonight, and they are/were excellent! Even used the reduced-fat peanut butter, and it turned out fine. Chewy and delicious. Thanks!

  6. Sarah C says

    I made these cookies just now since they looked delish and very low maintenance (no butter, no sugar?!). I didn’t use organic PB (Skippy instead) and it came out…powdery. They taste great, but there’s really no consistency. I even tried baking them a little longer. I wonder if I should have used more PB or less baking soda??

    • RosnSC says

      Sarah C. , I noticed you didn’t add the 1 cup of sugar called for. That would affect the outcome of the cookies, too.

  7. says

    Sarah C, I’m really not sure why your cookies were dry and crumbly. I did not use organic peanut butter either; I used Jif. I’ve made these twice and my cookies are soft and chewy. Maybe if someone else reads your comment they might have a suggestion, because I’m really not sure what the problem could be…

  8. Kristy says

    Sarah, i just made these cookies and i think the trick is taking them out as soon as they get a little brown, they’ll still look a little undercooked, but as they cool they harden a little.
    Because a left a few in a little longer and they weren’t as good.
    Then you get a chewy yummy cookie :D

  9. Karen says

    I tried these, and i cut the recipe in fourths cause i only wanted to try them, but my “dough” was more batter than dough… it was about the consistency of, well, peanut butter… i just put them in the oven, so i’ll see if they work… i think the problem was i put in a whole egg instead of a fourth of an egg…

  10. sheila says

    hi, i tried this recipe and my cookies turned out extremely flat… do you happen to know why? thanks!

    • says

      I couldn’t say for sure, although the first thing that comes to mind is to ask if you used real butter, and not a butter spread from a tub. This could result in a flat cookie. Were they crunchy or soft?

  11. sheila says

    ohh! oops, I guess I was supposed to use all natural peanut butter, i used Skippy out of a tub. Thank you for the quick response. I love your blog by the way :)

    • says

      Oh hang on, Sheila, I should have looked again at the recipe before I replied. In my reply I was not talking about peanut butter, I was talking about butter. But after I read your reply I realized that there is no butter in that recipe! I’m so embarrassed! I used Jif peanut butter for these cookies, so the fact that you used Skippy shouldn’t have been a problem. Now I can’t actually pinpoint any ideas on why your cookies ended up flat. You could try a different peanut butter, and make sure to correctly measure all the ingredients, as well as making sure the oven temp is set correctly. I hope they work out for you if you decide to make them again! Let me know if you do!

  12. christie says

    I made these for my son who we suspect has a gluten and dairy intolerance and they are fantastic! We have only just started him on a gluten and dairy free diet and it is hard for him. He is only three and doesnt quite understand why his brother and sister can have biscuits and he cant. These are great because he loves peanut butter. They turned out beautifully. He doesnt feel left out now he can have his ‘special biscuits’…in fact the other two wanted to trade their chocolate chippy biscuits for one of his!

  13. Jamie S says

    Every time I make flour less peanut butter cookies they turn out hard within an hour out of the oven. I would like to make these for a reunion, since I am gluten free, and flour less cookies rock. any suggestions on why my cookies get hard so fast?

    • Jamieanne says

      I am not absolutely positive, but my first, and only guess, might be that you are baking them for too long. Make sure your oven temperature is correct (an oven thermometer can be helpful for this) and take the cookies out of the oven *before* they look done. If they already look done inside the oven, then they are over-baked and may become hard and crunchy once they cool off.

  14. Aesha says

    Wow this sounds like a great go to recipe when you running low on baling ingredients ;-) Thanks for the recipe can’t wait to try it!

  15. laura says

    These cookies are fantastic! I’ve been on the search for a nice soft & dense pb cookies and my luck has been sketchy at best. These cookies are so peanut buttery & easy! My search has officially ended!


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