4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies! (Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Oil-Free)

It should be illegal how delicious and easy these cookies are. No, really…they can be yours in 20 minutes.

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Peanut Butter Cookies

They are crispy, golden, sweet and absolutely delicious. The coconut sugar gives them that extra flavor and crunch.

Peanut Butter Cookies

I used to be obsessed with the peanut butter cookies at Subway. Believe it or not, Subway happens to have some really good cookies. Well, these have replaced those….and you only need 4 ingredients!

Peanut Butter Cookies

Literally, 10 minute prep, 10 minutes to bake. Chances are, you may just be tempted to pop one of these suckers straight into your mouth before baking them. However, if you can contain yourself, roll them in glorious coconut sugar and bake them to ultra-yumminess! Is that even a word?

Peanut Butter Cookies

See this guy right here….he was calling my name, to eat him. Confession, I did…after I took the photo.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

Recipe: Makes 10-12  Prep time: 10 minutes  Bake time: 10 minutes (Double for a large batch)

Gluten-free (Make sure all of your ingredients are labeled to be in a gluten-free facility if you’re gluten sensitive, in case of cross contamination)

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1 cup blanched almond flour

1/2 cup creamy all natural organic peanut butter, with no added sugars or oils (I use Santa Cruz, it contains a trace amount of salt, if yours doesn’t, then add a pinch of salt if you like)

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1 tablespoon or so of organic coconut palm sugar to roll the cookies in (you could also try xylitol, stevia or truvia but it won’t have that crunchy golden exterior and I’m not sure of the taste)


Preheat an oven to 375 degrees. Combine the first 3 ingredients well with a spoon. Pour some coconut sugar on a flat plate. Using your palms, form the dough into the size of 10-12 small golf balls. Roll in the sugar completely. Place on a parchment lined sheet pan. Press down gently with the back of a fork in both directions. Don’t completely flatten, they should be about a 1/2 inch thick, as in the picture. Bake for 10 minutes, until the edges are golden brown and the tops have slightly cracked. Cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to cool completely on a cooling rack.

Nutrition:  145.5 calories/ 10g fat/ 4.3g protein/ 9.4 carbs (Per cookie based on 12 cookies. Keep in mind the fat content is healthy fats from the almond flour and peanut butter.)

Peanut Butter Cookies

Whip these up, put them in a decorative basket or box, put a bow on them and give them as a gift!

Peanut Butter Cookies

Look at that gorgeous, crunchy, golden goodness…..

Peanut Butter Cookies

Make sure to check out my other delicious cookie recipes here!

Featured gluten-free cookies: Dark Chocolate Molasses Cookies

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82 Comments on “4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies! (Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Oil-Free)”

  1. January 21, 2013 at 5:14 PM #

    Thanks for providing alternatives to coconut sugar as I can’t eat coconut. Will have to try these!

    • January 21, 2013 at 5:16 PM #

      You could also probably try organic LIGHT brown sugar as well, dark would be too wet. It’s not quite as thick as coconut sugar, but it would still work! 🙂

  2. January 21, 2013 at 6:00 PM #

    I’ve never used coconut sugar, but it sounds delicious!

    • January 21, 2013 at 6:33 PM #

      Oh, it’s fabulous Brittany!! A more floral, vanilla-ish flavor than regular sugar and of course healthier!

  3. January 21, 2013 at 6:10 PM #

    These look & sound amazing – plus, they’re Paleo-friendly! I can’t wait to make these asap!

    • January 21, 2013 at 6:56 PM #

      Thank you Leah!! Oh good, I’m so glad they fit in with your eating plan..yay! 🙂

  4. January 21, 2013 at 6:11 PM #

    Brandi, these look delicious! I love anything with peanut butter!

  5. January 21, 2013 at 6:33 PM #

    I love how simple these are and I love peanut butter. Another must make recipe!!

    • January 21, 2013 at 6:57 PM #

      Thank you Suzanne! These are so simple, it’s crazy. Crazy sweet, crunchy good too. 🙂

  6. January 21, 2013 at 8:30 PM #

    These are crazy effect my friend 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. January 21, 2013 at 8:30 PM #

    *perfect 😛 not effect!

  8. January 21, 2013 at 9:04 PM #

    The suggestion to make double is a great one. Honestly, these look really beautiful. I’m going to try them with sunflower butter so they can be nut-free for the boy’s lunches. Will report back. Oh, and yumminess is definitely a word!

    • January 21, 2013 at 11:00 PM #

      Thank you so much! That’s a great idea, yes, please let me know how they turn out. I’ve never used sunbutter before…is it as creamy/oily as peanut butter…if it is, then the ratios should be the same…if it’s drier, maybe use just a hair more of it, so they aren’t too dry and maybe bake a minute less or so. 🙂

      • January 22, 2013 at 2:46 AM #

        The sunbutter we buy is quite oily, so it should be a straight swap. Can’t wait to try them.

  9. January 22, 2013 at 12:06 AM #

    I can’t imagine a cookie being easier to make, Brandi. I’ve never used coconut sugar but I like the idea of it. Now I just need to find it. Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

    • January 22, 2013 at 4:06 AM #

      Thank you John! It is sooooo good and tastes nothing like coconut, so it’s not a coconut flavor issue at all! It is at whole foods, health stores and even Walmart carries it now!

  10. petit4chocolatier
    January 22, 2013 at 2:30 AM #

    Brandi, I have eaten Subway cookies and they are good! This is probably the best looking peanut butter cookie I have ever seen. It looks and sounds so scrumptious. I wish I had one right now. I love the ingredients; especially the coconut sugar! You make the best stuff 🙂

    • January 22, 2013 at 4:07 AM #

      Thank you so much for saying that Judy! I really appreciate that…they are super delicious with the golden coconut sugar! Thank you 🙂

  11. January 22, 2013 at 4:30 AM #

    Yumm! I looove peanut butter cookies! These look fantastic!

    • January 23, 2013 at 5:35 AM #

      Thank you Raechel! Me too…these are so delicious and too easy not to make them!

  12. January 22, 2013 at 6:45 AM #

    I need to try them made with maple sugar for the coating 🙂

    • January 22, 2013 at 6:53 AM #

      Oh yes that should work great too!! I ran out of that a couple weeks back, need some more!

  13. January 22, 2013 at 1:57 PM #

    very interesting !!!

  14. January 22, 2013 at 8:26 PM #

    Wow amazing, so easy and so delicious! I am making these 🙂
    Thank you!

    • January 23, 2013 at 5:36 AM #

      Thank you so much Anne!! Please do…I’d love to know if you like them! 🙂

  15. January 23, 2013 at 12:58 AM #

    Wow, Brandi, YUM!

    • January 23, 2013 at 5:37 AM #

      Thanks Heather!! I won’t admit how many I’ve eaten in the past few days, lol!! 🙂

  16. January 23, 2013 at 1:40 AM #

    I love how easy these must be to bake yet they look so perfect and tasty!

    • January 23, 2013 at 5:38 AM #

      Thank you!! I can’t stop making them myself…which could be bad, haha!

  17. January 23, 2013 at 1:51 AM #

    Brandi, I CAN’T believe these gorgeous, perfect cookies were made from only 4 ingredients. I love when you do baked goods – I’m a sugarholic and at least when I make your recipes, I know that they’re not wreaking havoc on my arteries and waistline (unlike everything that I make!). I can’t wait to try these.

    • January 23, 2013 at 5:43 AM #

      Aww thank you Nancy!! I appreciate your sweet compliments! It really is shocking but I was craving something sweet over the weekend and didn’t feel like whipping up one long baking ordeal, so I literally just grabbed the almond flour, peanut butter and syrup and threw them together…then decided the coconut sugar would add another beautiful, as well as, crunchy exterior. I was thrilled when it worked out SO perfectly and delicious! Truly, sometimes the easiest recipes can be the best ones!
      Please let me know if you make them…I’d love your opinion either way! 🙂

      • January 24, 2013 at 4:12 AM #

        What an awesome way for an experiment to turn out. I love when that happens! This is perfect for when the mood strikes. I’ll definitely let you know when I try it.

  18. January 23, 2013 at 3:19 PM #

    I LOVE peanut butter cookies! They are one of my faves, next to good ole chocolate chip! These look so great and healthy, love it Brandi! 🙂

    • January 23, 2013 at 11:26 PM #

      Thank you so much Alice! Mine too!! These are so delicious and easy!

  19. January 24, 2013 at 7:32 PM #

    I am even not a fan of PB but these cookies look to hard to resist even,….Pure deliciousness!

    • January 24, 2013 at 11:30 PM #

      Thank you Sophie! You can try sun butter! Another reader I believe made them with that! 🙂

      • January 26, 2013 at 8:00 AM #

        That’s great & tasty alternative!

  20. January 25, 2013 at 3:52 AM #

    YUM, Brandi! Impressive and so easy and … peanut butter! Truly one of life’s heavenly and healthy pleasures. Thanks so much for sharing! =)

    • January 25, 2013 at 4:01 PM #

      Thank you so much Christina! I agree, I’m in love with peanut butter!

  21. January 25, 2013 at 10:36 AM #

    Aw…Brandi, I need to try this recipe soon …I am crazy over peanut butter cookies. Often buy from subway. It’s time to make my own. Thank you for sharing!

    • January 25, 2013 at 4:03 PM #

      Yes, Danny you must! These are so much better for you and honestly I think taste better! It’s also cheaper to make them! Deciding to roll them in coconut sugar makes them like no other peanut butter cookies I’ve had before!

      • January 26, 2013 at 5:01 AM #

        That’s a creative idea! 🙂

  22. January 27, 2013 at 11:49 PM #

    I believe it! I have googled the copy cat recipe for the raisin ones! They were only 3 pts. each and you are right Subway makes the best cookies! Thanks for this!

    • January 29, 2013 at 7:09 AM #

      Thank you so much! Subway, yummy cookies, but these are better I think and certainly healthier 🙂

  23. February 1, 2013 at 1:04 AM #

    My recipe is also featured here for review and works with maple sugar! Thanks to Gazing In for featuring my recipe! 🙂

  24. February 2, 2013 at 12:58 AM #

    I just baked a batch and they are divine! I rolled them in maple sugar before baking. They’ll be a terrific dessert tonight alongside flourless chocolate cake. Speaking of chocolate and peanut butter, have you ever tried rolling the cookies in cacao nibs?

    • February 2, 2013 at 6:38 AM #

      Wonderful Hannah! It means so much to me that you are trying several of my recipes 🙂 Flourless cake with cookies sounds like the perfect evening to me! No, I haven’t tried that yet with cocoa nibs, but now that you mentioned it, I think I will tomorrow! Yummy!

      • February 2, 2013 at 6:54 AM #

        The cookies were a hit with all our guests! No one could believe the simple ingredients and how delicious they are. And we had whipped creme fraiche and started dipping the cookies…oh wow.

    • February 2, 2013 at 7:12 AM #

      That’s so wonderful to hear, you made my night! I’m so happy your guests enjoyed them. I made a batch today as well for a friend and her family and they loved them. You can’t beat easy, quick and delicious can you?! 🙂

  25. February 3, 2013 at 1:49 PM #

    I really really love this recipe. This is the third time I’m visiting this post and I’m getting my oven ready 🙂

    • February 5, 2013 at 10:04 PM #

      Thank you soooo much Danny! They have been my post popular recipe thus far! Did you end up making them? 🙂

      • February 6, 2013 at 2:58 PM #

        will be making them soon and i’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

      • February 8, 2013 at 8:54 AM #

        Hi Brandi, I wanted to bake these for Chinese New Year but having a hard time finding almond flour over here. Do you think there is any other flour I can replace with?

    • February 8, 2013 at 4:53 PM #

      Hey Danny! I wouldn’t sub another flour because the almond flour gives lots of moisture and crisp and chew. You can easily make your own almond flour. All you have to do is grind up some almonds in a food processor, that’s it! Only difference is the kind in the stores doesn’t have the skins on them and is a bit softer than if you grind your own. But it will still work, grinding your own will probably just make them slightly chewier. He is another one of my cookie recipes where I grind my own almond flour, with the pics, for this specific recipe. It only tajes like 2 minutes. You can see here. Just make sure to measure the 1 cup of almond flour after you grind, not before! 🙂

      • February 9, 2013 at 6:36 AM #

        Hi Brandi, thank you so much for your reply. I do see almond powder over here but I thought that wasn’t almond flour. Silly me. I do have almonds at home with skin on. I’ll try blending on my own. It’s Chinese New Year tomorrow, most stores are closed now. But I’ll get those almond flour soon and try your double chocolate espresso version too! Thanks again! 🙂 Tomorrow starts the year of the snake in the Chinese zodiac. Happy New Year! 🙂

    • February 10, 2013 at 6:57 AM #

      Oh good I’m so glad you found some! If you don’t buy it, it should work grinding your own as well! I can’t wait to hear after you try them! Happy new year to you too! 🙂

  26. February 5, 2013 at 2:46 PM #

    WOW! These cookies DO sound amazing–so smart to roll them in coconut sugar! Where have these cookies been all my life??

    • February 5, 2013 at 10:05 PM #

      Oh you gotta make them, only 20 minutes, it’s so easy! I’ve seen so many people pinning it and some are just eating the dough, lol!!

  27. Donna
    February 10, 2013 at 11:39 PM #

    On one recipe you had added the nutritional info, with calories. Wishing it were done on all of them, I’m trying to lose weight and just trying some vegan recipes, as I have a cousin who has controlled his cancer for three years (or more?) by eating vegan. Therefore, I’m trying to introduce more recipes to my family. Love your site so far, lots to explore! Thank you for sharing!

    • February 11, 2013 at 6:21 AM #

      Thank you so much for visiting Donna! I just added the nutrition for these cookies. Sorry about that. I try to add the nutrition on all my recipes going forwrd, it can get a bit time consuming and delay me posting the recipe, so I post with the intention of coming back to add the nutrition stats. Then I get so busy with the next recipe, it slips my mind. 🙂 I will try to have the nutrition added more quickly. Thank you so much for following my blog! 🙂
      Oh, and that’s wonderful news about your cousin…going vegan has been life changing for my husband and I as well!

  28. Healthy Glow Nutrition
    February 20, 2013 at 3:16 PM #

    Hi Brandi, I was looking for this recipe and I am glad I found it. It was in my inbox then it disappeared 😦 I searched your site and finally found them, yeaaaah 🙂 So excited to make these cookies as I love simple and delicious recipes. I wonder if these would work equally well using almond butter? Thanks again!

    • February 20, 2013 at 7:02 PM #

      Oh good! Yes, almond butter should work but it is oilier than peanut butter, so you may have to slightly increase the amount of almond flour so the batter can be formed into balls. Peanut butter is very dry, so that’s why it works so well. Try it out and let me know if you do the almond butter! Thank you! 🙂

      • Healthy Glow Nutrition
        February 21, 2013 at 4:04 AM #

        Thank you so much Brandi. I will try them with peanut butter first. Bought a big bag to make my own homemade PB 🙂 I agree almond butter is oily so I won’t try it the first time around. I will post it when I make it. Thanks again 🙂

      • Healthy Glow Nutrition
        February 21, 2013 at 9:40 PM #

        Hello Brandi,
        I made these cookies today and they turned out amazing! Now I switched up a few things but this will be my go-to for when cravings hit. I just posted it on my page with a link back to your wonderful original recipe. A million thanks 🙂

    • February 21, 2013 at 10:28 PM #

      Thank you so much Eva!! I just checked it out! I’m so greatful to you for trying my recipe and linking back to me. More importantly, I’m glad you loved it. I’m a little addicted to them because they are so easy and hit the spot. Thanks again 🙂

      • Healthy Glow Nutrition
        February 28, 2013 at 5:16 AM #

        Thank YOU Brandi! These are my new addiction! I love any recipe that is quick, easy and more importantly tasty and healthy. What more can you ask for from 4 simple ingredients right? Thank you for saving me from PMS hell and the junk that I would have reached for in my daughter’s “junk” drawer lol

  29. April 20, 2013 at 5:28 AM #

    I made these tonight! I used almond butter in place of peanut and i used raw honey in place of maple syrup… they were good! If i make them again im goinna try a little coconut oil in hopes to moisten them up a little bit! thanks for this great recipe!


    • April 27, 2013 at 9:55 PM #

      Im so glad you enjoyed them! Thank you so much for the feedback…everybody has loved them. I find maple syrup to be much more liquidy than honey, so the honey may have made them drier. Also, make sure not to cook them too long, they can dry out quickly…mine are always crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. 🙂 Thank you again, I really appreciate it!

  30. Jennille
    May 6, 2013 at 6:52 PM #

    I just made these Brandi, and found them to be very easy to make and delicious. More crumbly and cleaner tasting than traditional peanut butter cookies, and I think this makes them superior. My coconut sugar had hardened into a rock in the cupboard, so I rolled them in sucanat instead and it worked great. The color with sucanat is a little darker and gives a slight molasses caramel flavor. I also added a tiny bit of sea salt because the natural peanut butter I got was very lightly salted and the batter tasted extra sweet and I felt that it needed a boost in saltiness to make the peanut butter “pop”. After 7 minutes in a 375 degree oven, the bottom of the cookies was medium brown (definitely done) while the insides were still slightly gooey. I’m right at sea level, so maybe this is why; next time I will use 350 instead of 375. Temp is not usually an issue for me with baking here on the bay, but I think these are a bit more delicate than most baking endeavors. That and I should have made them a little thinner (pushed down more with the fork), which would have ensured more even cooking. I didn’t mind the slightly gooey center when coupled with the crisp, crumbly exterior, and this batch won’t last long. Excellent creation!

  31. July 8, 2013 at 4:50 PM #

    Who doesn’t love a good peanut butter cookie! Yum! These look perfect!

  32. September 14, 2013 at 11:05 AM #

    Oh my GOSH. These look incredible. I just purchased another batch of organic coconut sugar from my local wholefoods store and I can’t wait to use it on a batch of these wonderful cookies. The crunchy, golden exterior is drool-worthy (I understand why you ate that little guy after the photo!). Love all that you do Brandi! xx


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