A while ago, I saw a recipe for flourless peanut butter cookies. I was very curious after looking at the recipe because I didn’t think a flourless peanut butter cookie recipe could be made with the ingredients stated.

I previously made three ingredient peanut butter cookies, but they needed flour. These cookies use a few more ingredients, but are really easy to put together. No mixer needed. Just a spoon, a bowl, and a cookie sheet. I actually liked these cookies even better than the previous peanut butter cookie recipe I tried.

I could barely tell that there wasn’t any flour used in these. They were quite sturdy and hold together well. They taste of peanut butter and chocolate chips. This may be my favorite peanut butter cookie to date.

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Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: 15 cookies

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 20 mins


1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix everything except chocolate chips in medium bowl until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips. Batter will be very sticky and wet. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop generous 1 tablespoon dough and place onto cookie sheet, space about 2 inches apart. Using moistened hands, shape dough on sheets to form balls.

2. Bake cookies until golden about 10-12 minutes. Cookies will still be very soft and not set. Leave cookies on sheet to cool and set.

Slightly adapted from Epicurious


27 Responses to “Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche — January 9, 2012 at 3:56 am

    Posts like this make me wish I liked peanut butter!

    • Kirbie replied: — January 9th, 2012 @ 9:18 am

      Aw, that’s too bad you don’t.

  2. Kay — January 9, 2012 at 7:44 am

    These look great!

    • Kirbie replied: — January 9th, 2012 @ 9:18 am

      They were really yummy!

  3. Heidi @ Food Doodles — January 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Yum! These look so good! I’ve tried a similar recipe before but they didn’t turn out so nice looking. I’ll have to give your recipe a try :D

    • Kirbie replied: — January 9th, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

      This way came out really nice. I couldn’t tell it was flourless cookies. Held together so well. Give it a try!

  4. Krissy {Krissy's Creations} — January 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I love flourless Peanut Butter Cookies! They are my favorite type of cookie :). Beautiful pictures.

    • Kirbie replied: — January 9th, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

      I’ve never tried them until now. I loved them!

  5. Donna — January 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I’ve made a very similar cookie(recipe from Skippy) – just does not have the vanilla – which I am definitely going to try!! I like to make them using mini-chips. I have also added 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa to them and made a double chocolate version!!

    • Kirbie replied: — January 9th, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

      Oh I was thinking of doing a chocolate version next!

  6. Mia — January 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    These look great for people that cannot eat wheat (or gluten)!

    • Kirbie replied: — January 9th, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

      I was thinking the same thing!

  7. Alyssa — January 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Yum, I love peanut butter! I don’t think I’ve ever tried a flourless cookie. I thought omitting the flour would make it low-carb, but it still has a lot of sugar, so is it gluten free?

    • Kirbie replied: — January 11th, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

      I’m not sure. I think it is gluten free but I don’t know for sure. I feel like there’s always a lot of exclusions I don’t know about to make something gluten free.

  8. Dina — January 12, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    i’ve tried these with 1 cup pb, 1 cup sugar and 1 egg. i’d like to try with your additions. i like making pb chocolate chip!

    • Kirbie replied: — January 12th, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

      I think the addition of baking soda makes these more cookie-like, similar to a cookie with flour.

  9. Melissa — January 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Would you say fhese are crispy, chewy…. How wouod you describe the texture? I have a very picky boyfriend :P

    • Kirbie replied: — January 30th, 2012 @ 8:58 am

      I would describe them as soft. Not really chewy or crispy.

  10. Melissa — January 31, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Perfect. Thank you!

  11. katy — February 16, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Try making these like a thumbprint cookie with a little spoonful of jam in the middle- PBJ cookies. Amazing.

    • Kirbie replied: — February 16th, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

      What a coincidence! Thumbprint PB&J cookies is on my recipe to-do list!

  12. Eliza — August 8, 2014 at 4:16 am

    Made these cookies last week and they went down sooo well. I had made a similar recipe before but they weren’t as tasty as these… thank you!

    • Kirbie replied: — August 8th, 2014 @ 11:08 am

      yay! glad you like these as much as I do!

  13. nugget — March 26, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    I just made these! :) They are very nice.

    Sadly, the first batch came out way over done (edges almost burnt) at 11m. My subsequent batches I made at 8m 15s, and they came out perfect.
    I don’t think it’s a problem with this recipe though. I think it may be that a) my oven runs hot, b) I’m baking smaller cookies, c) my cookie sheet is black, and I’m using parchment paper on top of it.
    Photo here: http://nugget.posthaven.com/flourless-peanut-butter-choc-chip-cookies-from-kirbies-cravings

    • Kirbie replied: — March 29th, 2016 @ 8:44 am

      yours look so cute! thanks for sharing!

  14. Sue — September 24, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    I am pre-diabetic and need to significantly reduce the amount of sugar. Do you think these cookies would still hold together if I reduced the sugar to 1/2 Cup ?

    • Kirbie replied: — September 27th, 2016 @ 8:33 am

      i think so, but I have not tested it

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