What could be better on National Peanut Butter Day than gluten free peanut butter cookies? I mean, I love peanut butter on all kinds of things, but a great gluten free peanut butter cookie is hard to top. This amazingly easy, everybody-loves-em gluten free peanut butter cookies recipe is soft and chewy, and a little crispy on the outside — it pretty much checks off all the perfect cookie boxes.
I’m re-sharing this recipe today (even though it’s no longer National Peanut Butter Day) because it’s a great year-round recipe and it’s so darn easy. So easy, in fact, that even though I had emergency surgery earlier this week, I dragged myself off the couch to make these because I NEEDED PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES (I’m sure you’ve been there, right?).
Chewy or crunchy, this recipe is for you. A reader asked me just last week if I had a recipe for gluten free peanut butter cookies that actually made soft and chewy cookies. Apparently, she’d used my gfJules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour in several other peoples’ recipes, and the cookies always turned out crunchy. Good crunchy, but not when you really want chewy. It’s like grabbing a fork when you needed a spoon. Helpful, but not.
My answer? Of course I do! I also have 440 other delicious gluten free recipes right here on my gfJules site (probably why it’s been voted #1 Gluten Free Blog 4 years in a row). Just look at the top of the screen and you’ll see a search bar. Type in what you’re looking for and voila! The recipes are yours for the taking!
So even if you’re not in the mood for gluten free peanut butter cookies today, you may be in the mood for something else. You’ll probably find a recipe for it here on gfJules.com. Give the search bar a whirl, or just scroll down on my Recipes Tab for recipe inspiration any time you need it!
Ok, back to the cookies at hand!
In my opinion, there’s not much that peanut butter doesn’t make better (and for you sunflower seed butter fans, the recipe works great with those instead): peanut butter with cut apples or pears; PB&J; peanut butter & banana sandwiches; peanut butter on a spoon with vanilla or chocolate ice cream; gluten free peanut butter blondies (instead of brownies); shrimp or tofu sauteed in peanut butter; gluten free peanut butter pie; these gluten free peanut butter cookies; … my husband even likes peanut butter with macaroni and cheese. I kid you not.
I use Earth Balance natural peanut butter for these gluten free peanut butter cookies. If the natural peanut butter you’re using is particularly oily and thin, you may need to add extra gfJules Flour to balance it out and keep the cookies from becoming too thin, too.
But even with all these delicious peanut buttery options, there’s not much that could top these amazing, crowd-pleasing, makes-you-smile gluten free peanut butter cookies. When made with coconut peanut butter or coconut oil, the flavor is over the top! Seriously it is next level.
And the fact that this cookie recipe is so easy means that you’ll want to make these gluten free yummies again and again. Which is a good thing, because they won’t last long.
What’s your favorite way to enjoy peanut butter (beside in peanut butter cookies)? Tell me something new! I just might try it, too!
Here’s one customer’s cookie jar filled with these delicious gluten free peanut butter cookies! “Peanut butter cookies. Thank you Jules for another amazing recipe.” ~ Bridgette Riggin
1 cup coconut oil or vegetable shortening
1 1/4 cups brown sugar or unrefined coconut palm sugar
1/2 cup granulated cane sugar
3 tsp. Ener-G® GF Egg Replacer whisked into 4 Tbs. warm water (OR 2 eggs)
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups natural peanut butter, crunchy or creamy (Earth Balance Coconut Peanut Butter or Earth Balance® Natural Peanut Butter)
3 cups (405 grams) gfJules Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt (optional)
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup granulated cane sugar for rolling
Preheat oven to 350° F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Cream together coconut oil, brown sugar and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add the combined egg replacer and vanilla, then stir in the peanut butter until well mixed.
In a separate bowl, whisk together gfJules Flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder.
Mix dry mixture into wet mixture, in three separate additions, beating well after each addition. Dough will be thick, but if it's crumbly, stir in water or your favorite milk by the tablespoon to get the dough to hold together into a soft dough so that you can squeeze the dough in your hand and it will form a ball.
Make cookies immediately, or if refrigerating, cover dough well and bring to room temperature before rolling out cookies because coconut oil makes the cookie dough more fragile when cold.
Measure one tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball. Roll the ball in the sugar and place on prepared cookie sheet. Repeat, placing the balls about 1 inch apart.
Gently flatten each cookie using a fork, pressing once across the cookie, then again, making a crisscross pattern.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until the tops are lightly browned. Bake for only 8 minutes if you like your cookies chewy; bake for 10 minutes or even up to 12 minutes if you like them crunchy.
Let the cookies stand 5 minutes before removing from cookie sheets to cooling racks.
I use Earth Balance natural peanut butter for these gluten free cookies. If the natural peanut butter you're using is particularly oily and thin, you may need to add extra gfJules Flour to balance it out and keep the cookies from becoming too thin, too.
Serving Size 2 cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 197Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 0mgSodium 140mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 2gSugar 18gProtein 4g