Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies are such a treat for my friends who have to avoid gluten and they were so good I could have finished them off myself!

Flourless (Gluten Free) Peanut Butter Cookies Stacked on a Pink Plate

You’re right; I’m not a Gluten Free blogger but I’m still sharing these Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies. Maybe not something I have to worry about myself but I know that many deal with food allergies; gluten, dairy, eggs, etc.

Some of those people are my friends, including Amy who lives across the street. She didn’t seem to have a problem when we first moved in but she has always dealt with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis; a disease of the Thyroid gland. She had tried several different doctors and remedies but nothing gave her relief until she cut gluten from her diet.

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It’s no secret I love to cook and I share a lot of the food from the results of that passion with my neighbors. I’m the one who has party central at my house and where we most often gather as a group and I have to give Amy credit; she’s never been a prima donna about her disease and is willing to bring something of her own to eat rather than make it difficult for me or anyone else. Now I can make her these Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies…and everyone will love them!

Flourless (Gluten Free) Peanut Butter Cookies Out of the Oven on Parchment Paper

You know what happens when a person with food allergies takes ownership of their allergy and doesn’t think you should have to cater to them? You WANT to make things they can eat! I’ve found it’s just as tasty to serve pork barbecue on mashed potatoes as on buns and actually love it and I always buy corn tortilla chips now.

I recently dusted the chicken in this Baked Chicken with Leeks, Bacon and Mustard dish with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Flour since I knew I would share it with her, and I’ve always got a bottle of potato vodka handy so I can make us a quick cocktail. Simple things but enough to make an effort without hugely modifying either my pantry staples or techniques enough to be a big challenge for me.

Where I’ve too often failed Amy though was in the dessert category. I want to accommodate but switching gears for baking is a big deal, especially at high altitude, and not one I’ve actually been willing to jump into for one person. I love making cakes and pies but once I discovered Amy loves Rice Krispie Treats; I’ll go that direction.

Recently I’ve been of a mind that I wanted to try my hand at a couple more sweet treats. With some irony, when I decided to try my hand at a flourless chocolate cake and was using my pal Google, I actually ran across recipes for flourless Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies and loved how easy they looked to make so I decided one day last week to get busy with these first.

Flourless (Gluten Free) Peanut Butter Cookies On Pink Plate Served with Milk

I combined about three different recipes and ignored all of them when they called for plain peanut butter. Use it if you want, but I’m only a fan of crunchy so that’s what was in my pantry and we loved having that bit of crunch in these cookies too. And these cookies? Honestly delicious!

It’s funny, if you live at altitude like I do; cookies struggle to have that same lift that they might at sea level; these cookies turned out better than most! I had neighbors here the day I finished them and asked them to test the waters; only telling them that they had something unique about them. No bugs or anything, promise…and they got a hearty thumbs up all the way around.

So I sent a couple over of these Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies to Amy as a trial balloon, promising the rest as soon as I got photos completed.

She told me she had not had homemade peanut butter cookies since her Grandma had made her some many, many years ago and was going to find a quiet space and get a glass of milk and really enjoy them.

Then she sent a text and wondered if I was really going to give her more…clearly the best sign of success. Yep, I sent them all to her; I might have loved them but I can eat the real deal so I wasn’t going to devour hers.

How much did she love them? I have one photo where I took a bite out of a cookie; it was her choice whether she wanted that one or not. No question, she took it. 🙂

I did a flourless chocolate cake yesterday too. Honestly? It was just OK. The texture was good but for me, and maybe not for you, the chocolate ganache on chocolate cake was too much.

Not inclined to try again either. I think I’ll spend more time on some fancy Rice Krispie Treats; I know Amy loves all things Rice Krispie Treats…even had them for her wedding!

In the meantime, make these for someone you know that needs to cut out gluten and, well, make sure you don’t devour all of the yourself!

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Flourless (Gluten Free) Peanut Butter Cookies Stacked on a Pink Plate

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies are a great treat for those needing to limit their gluten but good enough that everyone will enjoy them!
5 average from less than 50 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Cookies, Brownies and Bars, Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 9 Servings
Calories 207 kcal


  • ¾ cup peanut butter plain or crunchy
  • ¼ cup sugar plus a bit extra for sprinkling on top
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a mixing bowl, cream peanut butter, white sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt until smooth.
  • Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
  • Scoop dough using a Tablespoon measure and place on the prepared cookie sheets spacing them 2 inches apart.
  • Using the back of a fork, gently press down on the tops of the cookies to flatten them; do both directions.
  • Lightly sprinkle the tops of the cookies with granulated sugar (optional).
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, rotate trays halfway through baking.
  • Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely. (Be careful, the cookies will be very delicate until fully cool)


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies
Serving Size
2 Cookies
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword cookies, desserts, gluten free, peanut butter
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