Easy Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies
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These flourless cookies are a breeze to make. Just add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix them together. After thoroughly mixing, set the bowl aside for 10 minutes and the dough will firm up a little. Roll the dough into balls. The high oil content of the peanut butter means the dough will not stick to your hands. Place the balls on a tray, mark a crosshatch pattern with a fork and bake for 10-12 minutes.

When you remove them from the oven you will need to exercise patience. They smell fantastic and are so tempting but they must be cooled before they’re eaten otherwise they will crumble in your hand – I know from experience.

Some similar recipes require a full cup of granulated sugar but I’ve chosen to use brown sugar for a more caramelised flavour, and I’ve cut the quantity to ¾ cup.

In addition, I use a crunchy peanut butter as opposed to smooth to give the biscuits a little more crunch.

I also use natural peanut butter as some of the regular supermarket brands are mixed with vegetable oils of unknown origin. Natural peanut butter, not surprisingly, contains the natural peanut oils. In addition, I was shocked to discover that some brands of peanut butter contain “Antioxidant 320”. Now, that sounds harmless but a little research revealed that this product is banned in some countries and is derived from… wait for it… petroleum!

I do hope you will try this recipe. These cookies are quick and easy and are ideal to make with children. Enjoy peanut butter as much as we do!? Give our delicious Easy Peanut Butter Pie or Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana Bites a try!

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Xx Alex and Faye

5 from 100 votes

Easy Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Just one bowl, four ingredients, a few minutes work and you have these flourless peanut butter cookies. They’re also gluten free and thoroughly irresistible.

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Universal
Keyword biscuits, cookies, gluten free, peanut butter, sweet
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Resting 10 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 32 Cookies
Calories 69 kcal
Author Alexandra


  • 1 cup natural peanut butter (crunchy or creamy)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg (large)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • melted chocolate (optional – for drizzling on cookies)


  1. Place all the ingredients into a medium sized bowl and thoroughly mix them together.

    Set the bowl aside for 10 minutes to firm the dough.

  2. Meanwhile, line two rimmed baking sheets with baking paper.

    Preheat your oven to 180 Degrees C (350 F)

  3. Remove some dough with a teaspoon and roll with your hands into balls about 2 ½ cm/1” diameter and place them onto prepared baking sheets. Lightly press tops of cookies with the tines of a fork, flattening them a little and making a crosshatch pattern.

  4. Put both trays in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, swapping the trays halfway through, until the cookies are golden brown on the edges.

  5. Allow cookies to cool on the tray for five minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  6. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 – 5 days.

    I drizzled a little melted chocolate on some of the cookies as peanut butter and chocolate go so well together but this is optional.

Recipe Notes

I use a natural peanut butter, either crunchy or creamy, to avoid those with unwanted additives.

A jar of natural peanut butter frequently has a layer of oil on the top and this will need to be mixed in well before measuring out for the cookies.

You could use a small ice cream scoop to shape the dough into balls.

Chocolate chips would be a great addition.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 69 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 40mg2%
Potassium 61mg2%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 5IU0%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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161 Comments on “Easy Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. 5 stars
    Hi Alex,

    A big fan of your recipes ??

    My children and I made these super yummy cookies. I love the fact that it has very few ingredients. The recipe is so easy follow and to make, plus I liked the fact the cookies are flourless, so they’re very tender.
    So thank you. ???

  2. 5 stars
    I sort of wish I never saw this recipe because they are SO GOOD AND SO EASY.

    I’ve made them 4 times since posted and they are delicious every single time and rarely last longer than an hour in my two person 1 dog household (they are suitable for dogs and let me tell you he loves them!)

    Also super fun to adapt, I added maple syrup and it was delish! If I had dark chocolate chips in the house I would have thrown them in too!

    1. Hi Rhiannon!
      Thanks so much for such great feedback – it makes me so happy to hear!!! So exciting to hear you have made them so many times also!!! 🙂

  3. I’m making these right now! So excited to try them… currently trying very hard to resist eating the mixture.

  4. 5 stars
    I can almost taste the texture. I think these actually look better than traditional peanut butter cookies made with flour. Yum!

  5. 5 stars
    Alex as usual you know I love your stuff but this i can’t try. Because I have dental problem.

  6. 5 stars
    Wow, this cookie recipe looks so delicious and looks so easy to prepare I will def try to make this for my kids.

  7. I love trying new recipes this time of year. It seems all the baking supplies are on discount, win, win.

  8. 5 stars
    Wow those really are easy! They look really delicious too! I would love to bake a batch.

  9. And now I remember that I didn’t pick up peanut butter at the grocery store. I think I’ll have to correct that tomorrow and give these a try. Looks so easy and delicious!

  10. My kids would absolutely love these. This would disappear in no time at our house! This is my kind of weekend treat.

  11. 5 stars
    You had me at peanut butter. Lol I am definitely excited to try these cookies with the kiddos. Thanks for sharing an easy recipe!!

    1. Hi Ashley! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 I am the same, any recipe with the peanut butter in it gets my attention. On that note, you’re going to love an upcoming recipe this week 😉

  12. 5 stars
    Ok – pinned the recipe and went to the cupboard to check my (Aussie) peanut butter.
    It says “No added sugar, additives or weird stuff”… lol
    Yours is very easy to make – so will get some eggs in (we don’t eat a lot) and will surprise
    my hubby. When I try them I will pin the photo on pinterest for more coverage for your
    pin (I’m told) – so I better get to it! 🙂
    Better than those bought biscuits!

    1. Hi Deborah! Thank you SO much for stopping by 🙂 I hope you will love these!! Can’t wait to hear what you think when you make them 🙂 🙂

  13. I am always looking for delicious ways to use peanut butter. Can’t wait to add this to my cookie rotation!

  14. 5 stars
    Looks like a fun recipe! My boyfriend makes a flourless cake using protein powder and figs and it is delicious. And thank you for enlightening us about the ingredient in regular (non natural) peanut butter. I knew it was bad for you, but I didn’t know it was that bad!

  15. Omg, these look sooo good–peanut butter cookies are really yummy!! Love that this is a simple recipe with just a few ingredients, can’t wait to try these out soon! ?

  16. These cookies are amazing!!! Personal thank you for creating this recipe. Since going gluten free earlier this year one of the thing I’ve missed are really good cookies .I have tried different cookie recipes and they have all not turned out ….but this one did! So happy to fine one that works!!! So melt in your mouth good

    1. Hello Anna 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by, and for your kind words. So glad you love this recipe!! Make sure to check out my other GF recipes, and we will be adding more frequently 🙂 Thanks! x

  17. I love peanut butter cookies, mainly the dough and I need flour when I eat the dough can’t explain why. But when I follow the recipe all the way through I’m going to try this recipe.

  18. These cookies look so delicious and easy to make. I bet they smell yummy too! Thanks for adding pics. I’m a visual learner (but not that good of a baker) and these help assure I’m following the steps correctly. Will try this recipe out!

  19. OK now these sound absolutely amazing! What a delicious cookie idea, I love that they are flourless before as well, that is going to open them up to more people.

  20. I’ve used a similar recipe before, but used white sugar instead of brown sugar. I bet it tastes amazing with the brown sugar! I will definitely try that switch the next time I make these 🙂

  21. Peanut butter cookie are my favorite especially warm. I’ll eat them crumbled and all. I’m going to make this recipe. Thanks!

  22. 5 stars
    I make peanut butter cookies every time the grandkids come over. They love them and so do I. There are two in my family who are unable to tolerate flour so this is going to be added to my flourless baking list.

  23. 5 stars
    It looks super delicious! I can almost taste the texture. Peanut butter is my favorite. I will try this today.

  24. My daughter was just talking about making Peanut Butter Cookies a couple of days ago. We have a tub of peanut butter waiting to be baked into cookies. I have already passed this recipe on to her. Looking forward to a house full of cookie smells.

  25. 5 stars
    I have came across recently on a low carb recipe that used peanut butter instead of flour. I had no idea that it can act like it and bring all the other ingredients together. I bet these cookies are delicious, very peanuty.

  26. The cookies look lovely and an amazingly easy recipe. Peanut butter has always been a healthier alternative to other snacks. Enjoy Your cookies. Time for me to head over and bake some for myself.

  27. My son has been begging to make cookies. We have all these ingredients already in our kitchen, so I think we’ll give it try when he gets home from school.

  28. YUM! These sounds amazing, I think I need to make a batch today. I love the idea about using crunchy peanut butter. I have always used smooth but that extra crunch sounds perfect. Printing for later 🙂

    1. Hi Kaycee, many people find that they can’t tolerate wheat or gluten. A flourless cookie is a great help to them. And, there are fewer carbs. Glad you like the recipe, thank you. 🙂

  29. 5 stars
    What a fantastic recipe! Nice job, it also looks fairly easy to make. I will definitely have to give it a try.

  30. 5 stars
    Peanut butter cookies are my absolute fave. The only problem I have with them is I can’t stop eating them when I make them, lol. I can’t wait to try them with your recipe.

  31. 5 stars
    I can’t believe how easy it is to make these flourless peanut butter cookies! I love recipes that are these easy to make, so I definitely need to give yours a try! 🙂

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