Today I am sharing with you the best gluten free peanut butter cookie recipe ever! Not only are these gluten-free peanut butter cookies super tasty, but they are also super quick to whip up! If you have about 20 minutes and 3 super common kitchen ingredients, you can create these flourless peanut butter cookies.
This peanut butter cookie recipe is not only gluten-free, but it is also dairy-free, and can easily be made keto or paleo-friendly, helping you stay on track no matter your eating plan.
But enough chit-chat, let’s get to the recipe, shall we?
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Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookie
While my husband prefers following a keto lifestyle, I actually can’t have gluten due to health reasons. So as much as I love creating low-carb dishes for him, there are times I simply want to create something that works for me (with serious bonus points if it also works for him!).
So for me, these gluten-free peanut butter cookies were a labor of love for myself. A delicious treat that I was able to create that allowed me to enjoy the simplicity and timelessness of a peanut butter cookie, just without the gluten.
I was so sure these cookies were just like the real thing, that I actually made them for my birthday and served them to my guests who had no idea they were enjoying a gluten-free peanut butter cookie – until I told them! They were super surprised to find out that a cookie made without flour could still taste like a cookie and be just as palatable as a traditional recipe.
And luckily, these are pretty similar to my keto peanut butter cookies that I can make both recipes at the same time – one for him, and one for me. 😉
Why This Recipe Works
- With no flour in the recipe, there is no need to shop for a specialty flour such as almond flour or coconut flour.
- Containing just 3 common kitchen ingredients, you can easily create your flourless peanut butter cookies anytime you feel like it.
- Perfect for cookie swaps, bake sales, and other events where food-sensitivity items are requested.
- With just a couple of quick swaps, you can easily make these amazing peanut butter cookies paleo or keto (instructions on how to do that is below!).
Ingredients for Peanut Butter Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Cookies
These gluten-free and dairy-free peanut butter cookies only require 3 ingredients! Super simple and definitely items that are already in your kitchen.
To make these peanut butter cookies you will need:
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
How to Make 3 Ingredient Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies
Let’s get baking!
To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and make sure your rack is in the center of your oven. Grab your favorite cookie sheet and line it with some parchment paper.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine your peanut butter, sugar, and egg and stir until just combined.
Now that your 3 ingredients are combined, begin rolling out your batter into balls about 1-inch in diameter. This should yield you about 16 cookies.
Using a fork, gently smoosh the balls to create that classic criss-cross pattern that tells everyone these are peanut butter cookies!
Bake in your pre-heated oven for 8-9 minutes. Allow your cookies to cool for a few minutes before digging in! 😉 To store, simply use either an airtight container or a zipper bag.
Adapting to Diet Restrictions
Where these cookies are already flourless you can easily adapt them for keto by swapping out the sugar for Swerve, erythritol, or Lakanto monk fruit. Using a natural peanut butter without the addition of sugar will also reduce the carb count.
These swaps will also make these cookies work for Paleo lifestyles as well! Such a versatile little cookie recipe, isn’t it?!
Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe Tips
- Use natural peanut butter instead of regular peanut butter to make these cookies even healthier than they already are.
- Use chunky peanut butter instead of creamy to add a little extra crunch to your cookies.
- Mix things up by using other nut butters including sun butter and almond butter.
- Add some mini-chocolate chips or dip half of the cookie in melted chocolate for an extra-special cookie.
- Instead of using a fork for the criss-cross pattern, consider adding a Hershey’s kiss to the top of your cookies. Bake as usual.
Are All Brands of Peanut Butter Gluten-Free?
Yes, all brands of peanut butter should be gluten-free, making these flourless peanut butter cookies a fantastic option when you are looking for a sweet treat! As always, double check the label but peanut butter typically contains NO gluten.
Can I Freeze My Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies?
Yes, you can absolutely freeze these peanut butter cookies. Simply allow them to cool then place in the freezer for 20-30 minutes in a single layer. Once they are frozen, store them in an airtight container or zipper bag.
Other Gluten-Free Desserts You Are Sure To Love
- No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Fat Bombs
- Creme Brulee (Gluten-Free and Sugar-Free)
- Raspberry Custard Pie (Gluten-Free and Keto)
- Gluten-Free Blondies
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- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
Preheat the oven to 350F and make sure the oven rack is in the center position.
In a medium sized mixing bowl, add the peanut butter, egg, and sugar. If you have vanilla, adding 1/2-1 tsp is a nice addition, but optional of course.
Mix the ingredients until just combined.
Form the peanut butter cookie dough into small balls and put them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
LIghtly flatten the peanut butter cookie dough balls with a fork to makea criss-cross pattern.
Bake for 8-9 minutes until the cookies are baked through.
Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes before removing from the baking sheet.
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