These flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are amazingly easy to make and equally delicious to eat! Made with only a few pantry staples these cookies are naturally gluten-free.

Did you know this was the FIRST RECIPE I ever shared on my blog? This recipe was originally published in 2012 and we still make them today! I hope you love this family favorite as much as we do!

overhead shot of peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

VIDEO: How to Make Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Did you know this is the VERY first recipe I posted in 2012 when I started this blog? It was my hello world post!

I remember I was just diagnosed with celiac disease and had volunteered to bring cookies to a church activity. I had no idea what to make until I remembered an old stand-by.

Flourless peanut butter cookies! No flour = no gluten. So I whipped up a batch, snapped a picture and posted it to my blog later that night.

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Cookies with no flour?

Years later this flourless peanut butter cookie recipe is still a classic and a tried-and-true recipe. These cookies are EASY to make with pantry staples. I’d bet you already have the ingredients to make them on hand right now!

This recipe is made with simple ingredients and doesn’t require any special flours – so it’s perfect for beginning gluten-free bakers. 

And you can’t beat the decadent combination of peanut butter and chocolate! These chewy cookies turn out rich, gooey and delicious. For more flourless recipes you also might like these flourless chocolate cookies, coconut flour banana muffins or these almond butter cookies! These gluten-free chocolate chip cookies are another tried-and-true favorite.

If you’re a peanut butter lover you also might like these gluten-free peanut butter cookies (with that classic crisscross pattern!), gluten-free peanut butter pie or gluten-free monster cookies.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Peanut Butter: The key ingredient – any kind of peanut butter will work! I personally prefer using a creamy peanut butter like Skippy or Jiff in this recipe. Check out this article on is peanut butter gluten-free. I also love making these cookies with cashew butter!
  • White Sugar & Brown Sugar: A combination of the two for a delicious consistency. Coconut sugar will also work well in this recipe!
  • Egg: One large egg helps hold the dough together. You can also use a flax egg in this recipe.
  • Baking Soda: For a little leavening
  • Vanilla: Adds another level of sweetness
  • Chocolate Chips: Any kind you like! I love dark chocolate chips. Use dairy-free chocolate chips if needed.

How to Make Them

how to mix together the ingredients for peanut butter cookies

MEASURE THE INGREDIENTS

These cookies are super easy to make! You don’t even need a stand mixer, unless you prefer to use one. Add the peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar, egg, baking soda and salt to a large bowl.

Using a hand mixer, mix everything together until it is completely smooth and incorporated. Since peanut butter is usually stored at room temperature everything mixes together nice and smooth.

cookie dough being mixed with chocolate chips then scooped

ADD THE CHOCOLATE CHIPS

You can add any chocolate chips you like! I usually use Enjoy Life Foods chocolate chips to keep these dairy-free. They are also delicious with milk chocolate chips.

balls of dough on baking sheet

SCOOP OUT THE DOUGH

Using a cookie scoop, form mounds of dough and scoop onto a parchment paper or silicone mat-lined baking sheet. You can make the cookie dough balls any size you like but try to keep the size consistent so everything bakes evenly.

BAKE!

Bake on the prepared baking sheet for 11-13 minutes in a 350F oven until set. Let cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

final shot of one cookie on white background

Storage

Store leftover cookies (if there are any!) in an airtight container for up to 5 days. You can store these at room temperature or in the fridge.

My favorite place to store them is actually the freezer! Flourless peanut butter cookies will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Recipe FAQs

Why are my flourless peanut butter cookies crumbly?

Flourless peanut butter cookies can turn out crumbly if you use natural or organic peanut butter (where the oil separates to the top) and you don’t stir the peanut butter and oil together evenly before measuring. Be sure to measure your peanut butter before stirring! You can also use a smooth peanut butter like Skippy or Jiff to ensure non-crumbly cookies.

What are flourless cookies made of?

Flourless cookies are typically made of nut butters, sugar and eggs. They can also be made with egg whites and cocoa powder or almond flour.

Do cookies need flour?

Flour is typically an important ingredient in cookies for the right structure and texture. These flourless cookies have the same chewy and moist consistency as regular cookies, but without the flour.

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • If you’re using natural peanut butter, be sure to stir the peanut butter really well before using in this recipe. You can heat it up a little to help stir it until smooth if necessary!
  • I recommend using Skippy or Jiff smooth peanut butter for best results. You can also use crunchy peanut butter if you prefer the texture!
  • Add chocolate chips to the batter and finish with a sprinkle of salt if you like!
  • Egg-free? A flax egg of egg substitute of choice will work great in this recipe.

I hope you love this flourless peanut butter cookies recipe as much as we do! If you try it leave me a comment and star rating below. I’d love to hear from you!

Aerial view of peanut butter cookies with flakes of salt
5 from 16 votes

Easy Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 18 cookies
These flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are amazingly easy to make and equally delicious to eat! Made with only a few pantry staples these cookies are naturally gluten-free.
Did you know this was the FIRST RECIPE I ever shared on my blog? This recipe was originally published in 2012 and we still make them today! I hope you love this family favorite as much as we do!

Video

Ingredients

  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips whatever kind you like!

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Add all the ingredients except the chocolate chips to a bowl. Using a hand mixer, mix until totally combined.
  • Add the chocolate chips and mix to combine. Using moistened hands or a cookie scoop, form generous 1 tablespoon dough for each cookie into ball. Arrange on 2 ungreased baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart.
  • Bake cookies until puffed, golden on bottom and still soft to touch in center, about 11-13 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a rack. Enjoy!

Notes

RECIPE NOTES
  • If you’re using natural peanut butter, be sure to stir the peanut butter really well before using in this recipe. You can heat it up a little to help stir it until smooth if necessary!
  • I recommend using Skippy or Jiff smooth peanut butter for best results. You can also use crunchy peanut butter if you prefer the texture!
  • Add chocolate chips to the batter and finish with a sprinkle of salt if you like!
  • Egg-free? A flax egg of egg substitute of choice will work great in this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 28IU | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.4mg

This recipe was originally posted in October 2012. It was republished with new photos in April 2019.

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Hi, I’m Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I’m here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve used this recipe for 10 years (musta gotten it somewhere else) and want to encourage everyone to use it! No one would guess there is no flour. My neighbor encourages me to bake them often (I share with her) and says “they melt in your mouth”!
    There will never be a better cookie.

  2. 5 stars
    I looked up quick flourless desserts on google to see what would come up. I don’t necessarily eat a true gluten free diet (I try to limit w/ my rising health issues that point to needing to be GF) but because I was craving a sweet snack and had no flour in the pantry. I’m so glad I stumbled upon your page with this recipe that I could make in 15-20 minutes in between my virtual meetings :D.

    Little did I know that this would be a fantastic peanut butter chocolate chip cookie! Such great flavor and chewiness perfection. So quick and easy and satisfied my sweet cravings in such little time!

    I’ve bookmarked this to make again and will explore your blog for other GF finds! I seriously don’t miss the flour at all using this recipe!

    Thank you!

    1. Hooray! I’m glad the cookies turned out for you. They’re perfect when you want a quick treat 😉 Thanks for the comment!

  3. What are the little white flakes on top in the photo?

    How long do they stay fresh? I want to mail them to my grandson.

  4. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe! My kids and I loved these! I doubled the recipe and added 1/3 c. of gluten free flour blend. Perfect!!!

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