Cookie magic, coming your way! These Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies contain no butter, no oil, and no flour, AND YET they are the most intensely peanut-buttery, soft, and chewy peanut butter cookies I’ve ever baked.
Here’s why these flourless cookies will leave you spell bound:
- SO MUCH PEANUT BUTTER. Almost an entire 16-ounce jar! The peanut butter gives the cookies richness and makes them ridiculously soft without the need for flour or any other added fat, such as butter or oil. (Peanut Butter Protein Cookies are another PB-packed, flourless cookie option.)
- One Bowl. Low dishwashing commitment for maximum cookie bliss. (Loving the one-bowl situation? Try my One-Bowl Brownies.)
- No Mixer! A whisk and maybe a rubber spatula are all you need.
- Minimal Ingredients. This recipe calls for just 7 simple ingredients, most of which you already have in your pantry.
5 Star Review
“I was skeptical however these are absolutely delicious!”— Angie —
How to Make Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
Like these Peanut Butter Banana Cookies, this healthy dessert recipe will satisfy even the most intense of cookie cravings.
In fact, these peanut butter cookies taste so decadent and utterly peanut-buttery, I forgot I’d left out the butter until I went back and reviewed the recipe for today’s post.
- Peanut Butter. The signature ingredient that gives these ooey gooey cookies their decadent taste and melt-in-your-mouth texture, as Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies also proves.
- Brown Sugar + Granulated Sugar. A mix of the two gives the cookies a caramely flavor and keeps them from spreading out too much.
- Egg. An essential binder in flourless cookies.
- Baking Soda. To help the cookies rise.
- Salt. An essential ingredient to help sweet recipes pop.
- Chocolate Chips. While these are optional, flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are especially irresistible.
- Pure Vanilla Extract. Can you even bake cookies without it?
Want to trim down the ingredients even more? You can make flourless peanut butter cookies with 3 ingredients!
- The 3 ingredients you need are peanut butter, eggs, and sugar.
- Make the flourless peanut butter cookies with brown sugar only (add an additional ¼ cup brown sugar in place of the granulated sugar). Omit the other ingredients.
Heads up: If you use only these 3 ingredients, the cookies won’t have the same depth of flavor or identical texture due to the lack of salt, baking soda, granulated sugar, and vanilla, but they will still be yummy.
- Place all of the ingredients but the peanut butter and chocolate chips in a mixing bowl.
- Whisk to combine.
- Stir in the peanut butter, followed by any mix-ins (I do some with chocolate chips and some without). Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes.
Yes, chilling the flourless cookie dough is mandatory or your cookies will spread too much during baking. For a no-chill option, try these Flourless Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars.
- Scoop the cookies into balls, then lightly flatten. Bake flourless peanut butter cookies for 7 to 8 minutes. Let cool a few minutes on the sheet, then ENJOY!
- To Store. Store leftover cookies an airtight storage container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- To Freeze. Place baked leftover cookies in an airtight freezer-safe storage container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw over night in the refrigerator.
Meal Prep Tip
Keep prepared cookie dough in your freezer for cookie “emergencies.”
- Scoop the dough into balls as directed and arrange them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the freezer until the cookie dough is hard.
- Transfer the cookie dough balls to an airtight freezer-safe storage container or ziptop bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
- Bake directly from frozen, adding a few minutes to the baking time. Fresh cookies on demand!
Serve Peanut Butter Cookies With
Oat Milk Ice Cream
Banana Ice Cream
Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe
- Cookie Scoop. Easily and evenly portion cookies so they all bake in the same amount of time.
- Silicone Baking Mat. No sticking guaranteed, and it’s reusable.
Flourless peanut butter cookies, you can cast a spell on me any day.
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Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
- 1 large egg
- 2/3 cup brown sugar packed (light or dark)
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter*
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or peanut butter chips, optional
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla, baking soda, and salt until combined.
- Whisk in the peanut butter, stirring until the dough is smooth and the peanut butter is completely incorporated into the batter (if at any point the batter is too thick to whisk, switch to a large spoon or rubber spatula).
- Stir in the chocolate chips (if using), until they are evenly distributed.
- Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes or up to 3 days.
- When ready to bake, place a baking sheet in the upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- With a cookie dough scoop or spoon, scoop the dough by heaping tablespoons onto the baking sheet, leaving 1 1/2 inches of space in between (they will spread as they bake). If desired, use a fork to flatten the cookies just slightly (you can press a crisscross pattern in the top if you like, though most of the pattern will disappear when they bake). Place any remaining dough back into the refrigerator and chill between batches.
- Bake until the cookies are starting to crinkle on top and look soft in the centers, about 7 to 8 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven BEFORE the edges begin to brown even slightly.
- Let the cookies cool on the hot sheet for 2 minutes. Gently slide the parchment paper with the cookies on it off of the pan and onto the rack. Let the cookies cool completely. Repeat with the remaining dough, allowing the cookie sheet to cool between batches. ENJOY!
- *Do not use a 100% natural-style (“drippy”) peanut butter that separates at room temperature. Classic creamy or crunchy peanut butter like JIF or Skippy work best for these cookies Add tips to store/chill/freeze/bake cookie dough.
- TO STORE. Store leftover cookies an airtight storage container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- TO FREEZE. Place baked leftover cookies in an airtight freezer-safe storage container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw over night in the refrigerator.
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Peanut butter cookies that I don’t need to feel guilty about when I eat a dozen of them in one sitting (because that happens, every. single. time.)? I LOVE YOU. :)
Steph, if we ever get together over a plate of PB cookies, we’re going to need a double batch, because it sounds like we take a similar PB cookie approach!
We love peanut butter ANYTHING! These cookies look wonderful, Erin.
Erin, I am about to make these cookies, I think I will try to add oat bran and wheat germ, maybe honey, I will work with them, but first I will use your recipe. Erin, I don’t understand why people need to say things that are not edifying. It is okay to not like a recipe, but why post, “I think I will stop following you”, I want you to know I appreciate you and your recipes. Truthfully they are healthier than the Peanut Butter cookies I have made. Thank you for sharing. I just recently started eating healthier and I am 52yrs old. Changing things slowly to me allows me to still enjoy the taste. Please add more, and may you be blessed.
Thank you so much for trying this recipe and for your kind words. It’s so encouraging to read comments like these, and I hope you enjoy the cookies very much. Have a wonderful day!
I was skeptical however these are absolutely delicious!
YAY! I’m so happy to hear this, Agee! Thank you for taking the time to share this kind review!
sorry just saw this now will be making this soon i never had flourless peanut butter cookies before perfect for my office snacks will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya
Hi Ramya! Hope you enjoy them!
Could I use xylitol/erythritol or monk fruit sweetener for these?
Hi Linda, I’ve only tested the recipe as written so you if try a different sweetener you would be experimenting. Let me know how it goes!
I am vegan so I will try these with a flax egg.
Hi Maggie! Hope you enjoy them!
These are bomb.com. So quick to make and I bet you already have all the ingredients! Will definitely become a staple for my sweet tooth.
Hi Elaine! So glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for this kind review!
Hi Erin. Made this recipe and I’m at the refrigeration stage. Unfortunately as I was reading through the comments I noticed 2 replies you made to GAH & Monica about an error that should have read 2 tablespoons but I can’t see their original posts and you didn’t mention which ingredient it was. That was way back in 2014 and your reply mentioned fixing the error but I don’t see any ingredients that call for 2 tablespoons. If it’s an ingredient I can amend before baking I would like to do that. Please advise. Thank you for all you do!
Hi Andrew! The recipe has been updated and fixed since then, so everything is correct in the version you’re using. I hope you enjoy them!
I made these for a visitor to my home who is gluten free. EVERYONE loved them and they didn’t last long. Already have two more batches in the refrigerator to bake tomorrow. Great recipe! Cookies freeze really well too!
Hi Julie! So glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for this kind review!