If you are a peanut butter fanatic…I mean, eat peanut butter right out of the jar type of fanatic, you are going to LOVE my new homemade gluten free peanut butter cookies recipe. These cookies seem to melt in your mouth, and they are full of peanut butter flavor.

A stack of four peanut butter cookies next to a mug of coffee.

My husband and son are die-hard peanut butter fanatics. They eat it with a spoonful by the jar. If I need peanut butter for a recipe, I must put a don’t eat sign on the lid. Even then, they often slip up and eat my peanut butter!

If you are a cookie lover like me, you will want to check out ALL of my Gluten Free Cookie Recipes :-).

  1. My gluten-free peanut butter cookie recipe is easy to make with just a few simple ingredients!
  2. These cookies freeze well, so you can have delicious cookies on hand anytime.
  3. I include a dairy-free option and an egg-free option.
  4. Make a big batch in about 20 minutes!

While you bake them, try these Gluten Free Chocolate Espresso Cookies and these Gluten Free Russian Tea Cookies!

I made these using Jiff Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter. I had several people taste test them and everyone loved them! My favorite comment was “these are the best peanut butter cookies I have EVER eaten…. Not the best GF peanut butter cookie – but the best peanut butter cookie – period!”

Janine M., Blog comment

Allergen Information:

These homemade peanut butter cookies are gluten-free, soy-free, and oat-free. Make them dairy-free by using dairy-free butter.

A peanut butter cookie with bite taken out.
Photos of the peanut butter cookie ingredients.

Ingredient Notes:

For the full list of ingredients and amounts, please go to the recipe card below.

  • Gluten Free Flour Blend – I tested this recipe using Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour Blend and King Arthur’s Measure for Measure Gluten Free Blend. That doesn’t mean others will not work; I have not tested other flours.
  • Xanthan Gum – If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, please add 1 teaspoon. A binder is essential because it holds the baked treat together. If you are gum-free, see the Substitutions section below for a gum-free option.
  • Baking Powder and Salt – Use aluminum-free baking powder.
  • Unsalted Butter – To make these yummy cookie recipes dairy-free, see my Substitutes section below.
  • Peanut Butter – I used creamy unsalted peanut butter. Check to be sure your peanut butter is gluten free.
  • Eggs – Use size large.
  • Peanuts – To add crunch, I added chopped peanuts to the cookies. You can use crunchy peanut butter to do the same thing, adding crunch.

Substitutions:

  • To make this recipe dairy-free, use plant-based butter.
  • To make this recipe gum-free, use my DIY Gluten Free Flour Blend. It uses psyllium husk instead of xanthan or guar gum.

How To Make Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies:

The peanut butter cookies steps 1 and 2 photos.

Step 1: In a large bowl, add your dry ingredients and whisk to blend. Don’t forget to add Xanthan Gum if your gluten free blend doesn’t contain it.

I recommend using the spoon or leveling method to measure your gluten-free flour. In a perfect world, people weigh their flour, but most do not own a kitchen scale.

Put the measuring scoop into the flour and fill. Do not pack the flour. Use a knife to scrape along the top to remove the extra flour. Use a spoon to fill the measuring cup. Use a knife to level along the top to remove the excess flour.

Step 2: Add your wet ingredients to a microwave-safe dish. Melt the butter, but not too hot. Remove the container from the microwave and add the peanut butter. This will help soften the peanut butter, making it easier to mix in.

🔑 Sandi says: We refrigerate our peanut butter so it won’t mix in without softening! Add the eggs and vanilla next. The peanut butter will also cool the mixture down before adding the eggs.

NOTE: If your butter/peanut butter mixture is very hot, temper your eggs so they don’t cook in the hot liquid. To temper the eggs, mix your eggs in a small bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of the hot mixture, whisking constantly. Repeat this twice, then pour the mixture into your butter mixture.

The peanut butter cookies steps 3 and 4 photos.

Step 3: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients; add in the chopped peanuts or any other mix-in you want. (A lot of people like to add chocolate chips, too!)

Step 4: Mix your ingredients to make a soft peanut butter cookie dough.

📢 Sandi says: Every gluten-free flour blend has a different starch-to-grain ratio. The brand of gluten-free flour you use will affect the moisture of the batter. If your cake batter is too runny, add more flour, and if it is too thick, add more liquids.
Read Why Gluten-Free Flour Blends Vary to learn more about this.

The peanut butter cookies steps 5 and 6 photos.

Step 5: Use a cookie scoop to drop even balls of cookie dough onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Use a fork to press down the cookie balls, as shown in the photo. Two presses of the fork are enough, one in each direction, to make tic tac toe-looking indents.

Step 6: Bake at 350º F for 10 minutes. Remove and slide the parchment paper with the cookies onto a cooling rack.

  • Try to measure correctly. If you add in too much gluten free flour or other ingredients, it can mess with the cookies as they bake. If they don’t have the proper ratios of ingredients, you may end up with a disaster.
  • Chill the dough when possible. I know you are probably ready to eat your cookies, but taking a few minutes to chill the batter makes them less likely to spread.
  • Use a cooled cookie sheet when baking. Don’t take a hot cookie sheet and put the batter on it, or I promise the cookies won’t turn out. They start baking immediately, and it messes with the shape of them. Use a couple of sheets and rotate them out when making large batches of cookies.
  • Don’t let the cookies sit on the pan too long. After they have baked, only let them sit up to 5 minutes on the baking sheet. The pan will still be hot and continue baking them otherwise.

I also have a helpful Gluten Free Cookie Troubleshooting Guide to read if you want extra guidance.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can you make these peanut butter cookies vegan?

You can make this recipe vegan by using dairy-free butter and using an egg replacer like Bob’s Red Mill GF Egg Replacer in place of the eggs.

Can you make these peanut butter cookies nut-free?

You can use SunButter instead of peanut butter to make this nut-free.

Can you freeze these cookies?

I always make double batches and freeze the cookies. Allow your cookies to cool completely. Place 6-8 cookies in rows in a zipper freezer bag. Freeze, then add a piece of wax paper over them. Add another row and repeat until all of the cookies are frozen. The wax paper will help prevent them from sticking to each other.

How long will these cookies keep fresh?

These cookies will keep fresh for up to 4 days in an airtight container or up to 4 months in the freezer.

Four peanut butter cookies stacked on a white plate.

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Please include which flour blend you used. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

A stack of four peanut butter cookies next to a mug of coffee.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Sandi Gaertner
These soft gluten free peanut butter cookies are full of delicious peanut butter flavor. There is a nut free and dairy free version as well.
5 from 16 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Gluten Free Cookies and Bar Recipes, Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 214 kcal

Equipment

  • Cookie sheet
  • Cookie scoop

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ¾ cups gluten free flour blend * see note
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • cup sugar
  • 13 tablespoons butter
  • 1 ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs large
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup chopped peanuts optional see note

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  • In a large bowl, add the dry ingredients and whisk to blend.
  • In a microwave-safe dish, melt the butter. Add the peanut butter and the hot butter will soften the peanut butter. Add the eggs and vanilla. *If your melted butter mixture is too hot, you will need to temper the eggs so they don't cook in the hot butter. To do this, whisk your eggs in a dish. Add 1 tablespoon of the hot mixture and whisk constantly. Repeat 2-3 times. Pour into the rest of the wet ingredients and mix.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, add the mix-ins, and mix well.
  • Use a cookie scoop to drop peanut butter cookie dough balls onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
  • Take a fork and press each cookie dough ball down with the fork. I do this in a plus shape in two directions as shown in the photos.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven to a cooling rack.

Notes

  1. I have tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure GF and Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 GF blend. That doesn’t mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours. If the brand you use is high starch, you may need to use less flour.
  2. If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
  3. To make this recipe dairy-free, substitute the butter for vegan butter.
  4. To make this recipe nut-free, use SunButter spread instead of peanut butter.
  5. I recommend using no salt added peanut butter.
  6. These cookies will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.
Fun Mix-Ins:
  1. Chocolate chips
  2. Pecans
  3. White chocolate chips
  4. Heath Bar Crunch Bits
  5. Chocolate chunks

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 214kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 5gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 136mgPotassium: 132mgFiber: 2gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 209IUCalcium: 30mgIron: 1mg
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18 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Absolutely amazing!!!! I’ve tried numerous peanut butter cookies recipes with celiac and this is my go to. I’ve probably made this recipe a dozen times, I just about have it memorized. Perfect every time!!!!

    1. 5 stars
      I made these using Jiff Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter. I had several people taste test them and everyone loved them! My favorite comment was “these are the best peanut butter cookies I have EVER eaten…. Not the best GF peanut butter cookie – but the best peanut butter cookie – period!”

  2. 5 stars
    These cookies are excellent! I used KAF 1to1 flour, Fleishmans margarine, and added crunched salted peanuts. Perfect. (and you’d never know they are GF/DF).

  3. 5 stars
    These cookies are great!! You would not know they are gluten free. The first
    batch I wanted a little softer and the second batch I wanted crispy and baked that batch 13 min. I think that was a little too long. Both were really good! I did use crunchy peanut butter. At first, I thought the dough was greasy but after baking it comes out almost like a shortbread. Delicious!!

  4. Thank you so much for including dairy free options with your recipes! The combination of gluten and dairy free can be very challenging.

  5. 5 stars
    I love a good peanut butter cookie and the fact that this is gluten free makes this recipe that much better!

  6. 5 stars
    These are exactly what I’ve been craving lately! So easy to make and I have all the ingredients on hand! Thank you!