Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

gluten free peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are made without flour, butter, or oil, yet they hold their own against any chocolate chip cookie out there. These healthier gluten free cookies are a sweet surprise!

A stack of flourless peanut butter cookies.

I made these flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies as a follow up to my popular Flourless Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

The originals tasted so amazing, it was a no brainer to branch out to other nut butters, and peanut butter seems like the logical next choice. I’m equally wild about these, they have that same rich, moist texture and tons of flavor. With just 5 ingredients, they’re without question the easiest chocolate chip cookie recipe I’ve ever come across.

Flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet.

What you’ll need:

  • an egg
  • peanut butter ~ I love Jiff, but use your favorite. One note: natural peanut butters (the ones that separate,) are not good for this recipe. The oilier texture doesn’t work as well in the batter.
  • brown sugar
  • baking soda
  • chocolate chips

These peanut butter cookies are crazy simple to throw together!

  1. Just whisk together the egg, peanut butter,  brown sugar and baking soda, and fold in the chips.
  2. Scoop onto a baking sheet, and flatten slightly.
  3. Bake!
  4. You will always have the ingredients on hand, they bake up soft and rich with pb and chocolate, and they freeze perfectly. What more could you ask of a cookie?

flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies on parchment paper

This flourless cookie batter is unlike any you’ve worked with before

Be aware — after you mix up the batter you’re going to freak out because it looks just like a bowl of peanut butter with some chips thrown in. But keep the faith — scoop it out, flatten each ball slightly, and bake them up. You’re going to get some delicious cookies, and I know I said it before but I’ll say it again…I don’t think I’ll ever bother making regular chocolate chip cookies anymore, I don’t see the point. These have the all the good qualities and none of the hassle.

Flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies on a white plate.

Do you love your cookies soft and chewy?

If you’re looking for crunchy cookies, these aren’t for you. But if the idea of soft, pillowy cookies with lots of peanut flavor and plenty of chocolate presence appeals to you, I know you’ll be pleased. And for those of you who eat gluten free, I think these are a nice option without all the complicated gluten free products.

A stack of flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies on a white plate.

This recipe is simple, so the details are key to success

Check out my tips, below. Those tips hold for other baking projects as well…is your oven calibrated to the right temperature? Do you always measure your ingredients in the correct type of measuring cups? Do you pay attention to the size of your eggs? It’s all important stuff when it comes to baking, which is an exact science.

A partially broken open flourless peanut butter cookie.

Tips for making flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies:

1. Make sure you use a large egg. Since most recipes call for large eggs as the default size, that’s the size I always buy, so there’s never a question.

2. Measure the peanut butter in a dry ingredients measuring cup, not a liquid cup. (Liquid measuring cups are the ones made out of clear plastic or glass, with measuring lines on the side.) Make sure you get a full cup of peanut butter, I know it’s messy.

3. Don’t forget the baking soda.

4. Do make sure you pack your brown sugar into the measuring cup.

5. Don’t get greedy and use more than 1 cup of chocolate chips or the cookies will not hold together.

6. Do not make these cookies too large, or they will not hold together. Use the 1 1/2 inch cookie scoop, or a tablespoon and they should be about the size of a walnut. If you make them smaller, be sure to bake them for less time.

7. Be sure to flatten the scoops of dough slightly  for even baking. Dampen the back of a spoon or knife before you flatten to prevent sticking.

8. Food stylist’s trick: After you flatten the cookies, stick a few extra chocolate chips in cookies that don’t have any chips showing on top — you’ll get that perfect chocolate chip cookie look after they’re baked.

9. Make sure your oven is at 350F when you put the cookies in. I keep a small, inexpensive oven thermometer in my oven at all times so I can be sure.

10. Let the cookies cool briefly on the cookie sheet so they can firm up. They will be fragile when warm, so handle them carefully.

That’s it, you should be good to go!

A flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookie broken in half.

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3.65 from 106 votes

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Delicious chocolate chip cookies made without any flour or butter!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 16 cookies
Calories 186kcal
Author Sue Moran

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter, I used Jiff
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips, or use milk chocolate

Instructions

  • Set the oven to 350F
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    whisking egg and sugar together
  • Whisk the egg, brown sugar and baking soda together in a bowl. Make sure to break up any lumps in the sugar so that the mixture is smooth. Stir in the peanut butter and mix until well combined.
    whisking peanut butter into cookie batter
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.
    Folding chocolate chips into flourless peanut butter cookies
  • Scoop onto the baking sheet with a 1 1/2 inch baking scoop (or use a tablespoon), and space the cookies 2 inches apart.
    flourless peanut butter cookie dough in a bowl
  • Flatten the cookies slightly, and bake for about 10 minutes until puffed and just beginning to turn golden around the edge. Don't over bake, they will still be soft, but will firm up as they cool.
    cookie dough scooped out onto parchment paper
  • Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes, then carefully transfer to a rack.
    Just baked flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet

Cook's notes

These cookies are especially good while still warm!

Nutrition

Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 189mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  • Reply
    Ann Marie Haase
    June 13, 2022 at 12:09 am

    5 stars
    My love of baking has increased since I have been learning from Sue.
    Everything I try, using her advice and recipes, turns out well. When I send these recipes to others, I receive “hugs!”

  • Reply
    Sherene
    June 7, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    Sue,

    Can you sub powdered egg?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      June 7, 2022 at 12:15 pm

      I haven’t tried Sherene, but let us know if it works for you!

  • Reply
    Dawn Larsen
    May 12, 2021 at 8:51 am

    5 stars
    Okay, so I figured I would make these flourless cookies. I thought, no way are they that good. But two of my coworkers are gluten and dairy free. They always ask, are you going to make us something we can eat. So, I did.
    Wow, I was truly surprised. My husband even liked them. Excellent cookie. It’s not the same as a regular chocolate chip cookie, but it is really tasty. Maybe even equal too. Thanks so much! Oh, and so easy. It took me like 3 minutes to mix and then bake.

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      May 12, 2021 at 10:52 am

      These cookies really are surprisingly delicious, glad they were a hit Dawn 🙂

  • Reply
    Kathy Ray
    February 14, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    5 stars
    These are super easy and they taste so good! No butter to cream and flour to add, mixes and bakes in minutes. I didn’t flatten mine and they turned out amazing! Great when having a cookie craving!

  • Reply
    Diane Ward
    February 9, 2021 at 12:38 am

    Delighted with the flourless peanut butter cookies.
    Snowing hard here in London so didn’t shop for ingredients.
    I used the last of my peanut butter (half a cup) and made up the cup with ground almond flour.
    No choc chips so used cacao nibs.
    Worked really well.
    They are crunchy and delicious.?
    Diane

  • Reply
    Deanna
    February 5, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    5 stars
    These are the best cookies ever! Love all of your recipes!

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