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Gluten free peanut butter cookies

Gluten free peanut butter cookies are an almond flour cookie packed with peanut butter that you can make in 30 minutes. These easy flourless peanut butter cookies will delight peanut butter lovers!

pile of peanut butter cookies on wire cooling rack

I love taking a traditional cookie recipe like chocolate chip, lemon cookies, or sugar cookies and turning it into a gluten free cookie recipe. Often a gluten free flour blend or almond flour is a key to transforming a flour based recipe.

Here I am using almond flour as the cookie base and adding in a nice balance of peanut butter to bake a simple, light and somewhat crumbly classic peanut butter cookie that melts in your mouth.

If you like these gluten-free peanut butter cookies, you’ll love the lemon version I made of lemon almond flour cookies! You’ll find almond flour in this recipe for gluten free sugar cookies and almond flour chocolate chip cookies, too.

list of ingredients with photos for gf peanut butter cookies
  • butter- start with unsalted butter at room temperature. Usually peanut butter has some salt included so you don’t need the extra salt from salted butter
  • sugar- white, granulated sugar works well in this recipe
  • egg- only 1 large egg is needed
  • peanut butter- I made these cookies with store-bought creamy peanut butter. If you try the recipe with natural peanut butter or crunchy peanut butter please let me know.
  • almond flour- Almond flour is a wonderful gluten free baking ingredient. See below for more info on the difference between almond flour and almond meal
  • baking soda

What’s missing: salt, xanthan gum, peanut butter chips or chocolate chips, brown sugar, vanilla extract.

Xanthan gum is a popular ingredient in gluten free cookies and it tends to be part of gluten-free flour blends. The nature of these almond flour cookies is more crumbly cookie and less chewy cookies so xanthan gum isn’t used. Feel free to add vanilla if you wish– 1 tsp would be all you need. Add ins like peanut butter chips would add to the peanut butter flavor. Chocolate chips are a great pairing with peanut butter so add a cup if you’d like.

Steps

4 steps with photos to make peanut butter cookies
  1. Beat the sugar and butter in a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand held mixer. Add the egg then the peanut butter.
  2. Add the dry ingredients of almond flour and baking soda and mix until blended.
  3. Scoop out and form small balls of cookie dough and place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. If you like the crisscross pattern common on traditional peanut butter cookies, refrigerate the balls of cookie dough for about 15 minutes then use a fork to press down on each ball with the back of a fork in a crosshatch pattern.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 16-18 minutes then cool on the baking pan for 10 minutes before moving the cookies to a wire rack until completely cooled. Store in an airtight container.

Optional– sprinkle a small amount of sugar on top of the cookies before baking for an added sweet crunch.

peanut butter cookies on wire cooling rack on white counter

One of the tricks with these peanut butter cookies is to remove them from the oven BEFORE you think they are fully cooked — this means that at the end of the 16-18 minutes of baking time, the cookies will still look and feel very soft. If you press the tops or sides of the cookies fresh out of the oven, the cookies will change shape easily. Don’t worry, the cookies will cool and firm up in their shape on the cooling rack. If you leave the cookies in the oven until the tops are golden brown, the bottom of the cookies will be overdone and burnt.

peanut butter cookies on white parchment on baking sheet

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Yield: 30 cookies

Gluten free peanut butter cookies

gf peanut butter almond flour cookies

These easy flourless peanut butter cookies will delight peanut butter lovers!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Beat the 1 cup sugar and 4 oz butter in a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand held mixer. Add the egg then the 1 cup peanut butter.

Add the dry ingredients of 2 cups almond flour and 1 tsp baking soda and mix until blended.

Scoop out and form small balls of cookie dough and place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. If you like the crisscross pattern common on traditional peanut butter cookies, refrigerate the balls of cookie dough for about 15 minutes then use a fork to press down on each ball with the back of a fork in a crosshatch pattern.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 16-18 minutes then cool on the baking pan for 10 minutes before moving the cookies to a wire rack until completely cooled. Store in an airtight container.

Notes

Peanut butter cookies burn easily on the bottoms-- remove the cookies from the oven at the end of the baking time BEFORE the tops are golden brown. The cookies will be soft and squishy but will firm up as they cool.

You can substitute crunchy peanut butter for the creamy peanut butter.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

30

Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 143Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 86mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 4g

This data is provided by Nutritionix and is an estimate only.

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