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Flourless Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe – How to Make it in 9 Simple Steps

Learning to bake delicious foods that are gluten free does take some time, but if you are baking for someone with these sensitivities, it will definitely be worth it. Our recipe for Flourless Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies is a great introduction to the world of gluten free baking.

A batch of peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies on a wire rack.

Some people consume a gluten-free diet because of sensitivities and allergies. Others just find that their bodies respond better to a diet that is low in gluten-containing foods. Whatever the reason that one might eliminate or reduce gluten, one thing that is missed by most people who restrict gluten in baked goods.

Bread, muffins, cookies, and other tasty baked items generally contain wheat flour, and on a gluten-free diet, wheat flour is forbidden. However, if you are willing to learn to cook a new and different way, you can still enjoy certain baked goods that are gluten-free. This recipe for Flourless Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip cookies provides a tasty gluten-free option for when you have a sweet craving without violating your gluten-free diet.

A batch of peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies on a wire rack.

Flourless Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

April Freeman
Studded with chocolate chips and featuring the all-American flavor of peanut butter, our recipe for Flourless Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies will become a favorite for afternoon snacks or for a simple dessert after dinner.
Prep Time 15 mins
Baking Time 12 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 20 Cookies


  • Cookie Sheet
  • Medium-Sized Bowl
  • Cookie Dough Scoop
  • Fork
  • Spatula
  • Wire Rack


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper to help with clean up later.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the granulated sugar, the brown sugar, the salt, and the baking soda.
  • Stir in the peanut butter, the egg, and the vanilla extract one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
    The butter and egg are added into the mixture.
  • Add the chocolate chips and stir well.
  • Use a cookie dough scoop or a tablespoon to drop balls of dough onto the parchment-lined baking sheet. Keep the dough balls about an inch apart to keep them from spreading so far that they will stick together.
  • Moisten your fingertips and press the tops of the cookies flat with your fingers. Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with a bit of granulated sugar. Use the tines of a fork to make criss-cross patterns on the tops of the cookies. You may need to dip the fork tines in sugar to keep them from sticking to the cookies.
    The cookie dough are separated and flattened on the sheet.
  • Put the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake them for about ten minutes. Bake the cookies until they are lightly browned on the edges. Do your best not to over-bake these cookies, or they will be hard, dry, and crumbly.
  • When the cookies come out of the oven they will be very crumbly and fragile. Do not touch the cookies while they are hot and fresh from the oven or they will fall apart. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for at least ten minutes before you try to scoop them off with a spatula.
  • If they are still falling apart when you try to take them off the cookie sheet, wait another five minutes. Remove the cookies to a wire rack and allow them to cool. Store in a container with a tightly fitting lid for up to two weeks.
    This is a close look at a batch of freshly-baked peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies.


Caring for a loved one who has to follow a gluten-free diet can be frustrating, particularly if your particular love language is food. Many people show their love for those close to them by making delicious, favorite food items. This recipe for Flourless Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies can start you down the road to gluten-free baking.
You can learn to make traditional favorites in the gluten-free version! This recipe could only be the beginning of your learning a new way of cooking, and you can treat your gluten-free loved ones with a snack that they will love. One nice thing about this recipe is that it does not contain any hard-to-find ingredients.
You won’t have to put in an order at your local grocery store, nor will you need to hunt down a specialty grocer to make this recipe. It has simple, familiar ingredients, and it tastes great, even without the addition of flour in the recipe.
The key to ensuring success with this recipe, however, is to pay close attention to the baking time. If you over-bake the cookies, they will become dry, hard, crumbly, and unappealing. You want to remove the cookies from the oven just as the edges begin to brown. The center will still seem a little under-done, but they will set up if you give them time.
Additionally, do not attempt to remove the cookies from the pan right away. They need some time to sit undisturbed on the baking sheet before you try to put them on a rack to finish cooling. The cookies will fall to pieces if you try to skip this step. Take your time, and soon you and your gluten-free loved ones will be enjoying this delicious recipe for Flourless Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies.
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