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Peanut Butter Cookies Without Flour

These peanut butter cookies are made without flour, so I was shocked by how delicious they were. Most people who try them love the fact that they practically melt in your mouth.

Peanut butter cookies on a plate

After the first bite, I knew they were the perfect dessert. Peanut butter is one of my favorite foods, so I naturally love them!

I follow a mostly gluten-free diet, but even people who can have gluten enjoy these cookies. In addition to great flavor, the texture is perfect.

Delicious Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

When I set out to make some peanut butter cookies, I figured it would be a long, drawn-out process. However, this happened pretty quickly.

I read a few other recipes that gave me a starting point. I wanted one that tasted similar to the classic peanut butter cookie.

At first, I tried to follow a recipe that wasn’t great. So I tweaked it a few times, and it finally became perfection–at least to me.

And now, I would choose this peanut butter cookie recipe over any other in my recipe file. It’s that good!

Not having flour allows the peanut butter flavor to come through without interruption. Surprisingly, it’s still crunchy with a traditional cookie texture.

Plate of peanut butter cookies, a jar of peanut butter, and a potholder

Whether you have to be gluten free, or you simply don’t want flour in your diet, give these a try. Southern food should please the palate and make you feel good all over.

That said, even my husband who can eat all the gluten he wants prefers these. He says that the texture is better than most.

The Best Peanut Butter Cookies

As much as I love peanut butter, I knew there had to be a cookie that I could eat. I’ve been gluten-free for almost twelve years, and that’s a long time to go without something I enjoy.

However, it seemed like no matter which recipe I tried in the beginning, nothing measured up to what I wanted in a peanut butter cookie.

But I didn’t give up. I tried one recipe after another, until I realized I needed to figure it out on my own. So I started working on making them good enough to meet my personal standards.

Then when I discovered a way to make them delicious, I had a whole new problem. I couldn’t stop eating them.

Seriously, these cookies will melt in your mouth. Without a doubt, these are the tastiest peanut butter cookies I’ve ever had.

Plate of flourless peanut butter cookies

In addition to these cookies, I’ve discovered new ways to make a lot of tasty treats. For example, these pumpkin bars will send your taste buds into orbit.

I’ll continue testing out new recipes and post them so you can enjoy them too.

A Treat That Melts the Heart

Now, back to these peanut butter cookies. Not only will they melt in your mouth, when you give them to your family, their hearts will melt.

They’ll quickly become everyone’s favorite sweet treat, and you can feel good about giving them fresh, homemade cookies.

Peanut Butter Cookie Ingredients

You only need a few ingredients for these cookies – just peanut butter, sugar, vanilla, egg, and baking soda. That’s it!

You can also substitute brown sugar for all or some of the sugar for slightly different results. I’ve made them with half white sugar and half brown sugar.

Peanut butter and sugar

They are so delicious!

But work with what you have on hand because either way, you’ll enjoy them.

Vanilla, egg, and baking soda

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

Super Easy to Make Peanut Butter Cookies

First, mix the peanut butter and sugar. I use a medium-size bowl for this.

Next, mix the egg, vanilla, and baking soda in a separate bowl.

Combine all of the ingredients in the larger of the two bowls.

If you want to save some to bake later, divide the batter in half and cover it in plastic to bake at another time.

Peanut butter cookie dough in plastic wrap

This is especially good to do if you enjoy having just a couple of fresh-baked cookies for an afternoon snack.

Roll teaspoon-size balls of dough and place them on the pan.

Using a fork, make a crisscross pattern on top of the cookies. Bake until the edges are done.

Raw peanut butter cookies on a pan

These cookies are super easy to make, and chances are, you already have the ingredients in your pantry.

In the event you have unexpected guests, you’ll always be prepared.

Just can whip these up, pop them into the oven, and serve them warm, delicious, homemade cookies.

They’ll have a delicious treat that will make them think you’ve been baking all day.

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Flourless peanut butter cookies on a plate

One thing I like to tell people about any recipe is to try it the original way the first time. Then tweak it according to your personal tast.

I love taking a recipe and making it my own. In fact, I think that’s what southern cuisine is all about.

While you’re trying new things, add a few chocolate chips to your peanut butter cookies. I’ve done this, and the cookies turn out great!

And if you like peanut butter, you’ll also like these peanut butter Cocoa Krispie treats.

They’re the perfect final touch after enjoying a bowl of homemade bean soup.

More Delicious Food

My favorite recipes change periodically. At the moment, I’m enjoying this basic chaffle and several variations of it that include the chocolate chaffle.

I also like this homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream that doesn’t require cranking and churning. It tastes like something you’d get at a gourmet ice cream shop.

Do you like these peanut butter cookies? If so, you’ll love these: Shanibars.

Here is another delicious dessert option: Peanut Butter Fudge.

If you like mint and chocolate together, try these Mint Chocolate Brownies.

For a combination of tart and sweet, these 3-Ingredient Lemon Bars are wonderful! They make the perfect dessert after any family dinner.

Pineapple lovers go a little crazy over this pineapple dump cake! It’s so delicious and super easy to make!

Yield: 24 cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies Without Flour

Plate of peanut butter cookies

These cookies are ideal for anyone who has to follow a gluten-free diet. They have the perfect combination of crunch and chewiness.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (Use crunchy peanut butter if you prefer pieces of the peanut)
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the peanut butter and sugar.
  3. In a separate small bowl, mix the egg, vanilla, and baking soda.
  4. Combine all of the ingredients in the large bowl and mix well.
  5. Place the dough in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and form it into tablespoon-size balls.
  7. Place on cookie sheet approximately an inch apart.
  8. Press the tops of the cookies with a fork in two directions, making a crisscross pattern.
  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the edges of the cookies are firm.
  10. Cool for 5-10 minutes before transferring them to a platter.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

3 cookies

Amount Per Serving Calories 230Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 23mgSodium 339mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 9g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Nyte Shayde

Monday 19th of December 2022

I have been making flourless peanut butter cookies for several years. My recipe is slightly different from yours. All mine is 1 c peanut butter, 1 c sugar and 1 egg. I think they are the best peanut butter cookies I've ever had as the flavor of the peanut butter really comes through. If you haven't ever made them that way you really need to try them.


Tuesday 20th of December 2022

Yes, I'll definitely try them next time I make peanut butter cookies. I love having a variety of recipes!

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