You ever have that craving for something sweet, but you just can’t justify going all out with that extra slice of cake? That’s where these Peanut Butter Cookies come in. Not only are they absolutely delicious, they’re also gluten-free and dairy-free, perfect for those with dietary restrictions looking for a healthier alternative.
But don’t let those labels fool you – these cookies are bursting with rich peanut butter flavor and will leave you coming back for more. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or just trying your hand at gluten-free treats for the first time, this recipe is so easy to follow and guaranteed to be a hit.
As a nutritionist and food blogger, I know that oftentimes people have the misconception that healthy food has to be bland or unsatisfying. However, these cookies are proof that this couldn’t be further from the truth. So why not treat yourself to something sweet without the guilt trip? Try out these scrumptious Peanut Butter Cookies today!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
What’s not to love about a warm, chewy cookie fresh out of the oven? And when that cookie is also gluten-free, dairy-free, and made with natural ingredients, well, it’s practically irresistible. That’s why I know you’ll love this recipe for flourless peanut butter cookies.
Not only are these cookies easy to make (with just three simple ingredients), but they’re also incredibly rich and decadent. The creamy peanut butter flavor pairs perfectly with the sweetness from the brown sugar and the light crunch from the confectioners’ sugar dusted on top.
But what really sets these cookies apart is their gluten-free and dairy-free status. For those with dietary restrictions, finding a delicious baked good can be a real challenge. But with this recipe, everyone can indulge in a tasty dessert without worrying about gluten or dairy upsetting their stomachs.
And don’t let the fact that these cookies are flourless fool you – they’re still packed with flavor and texture. The addition of xanthan gum helps bind the cookies together and prevent them from falling apart while baking.
So go ahead and whip up a batch of these flourless peanut butter cookies. You won’t be disappointed – and neither will your taste buds!
Before starting any recipe, make sure you have all the ingredients on hand. Here is a list of everything you need to make these gluten-free peanut butter cookies:
- 1 cup of creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup of packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 large egg (or Egg Beaters egg substitute)
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
For those avoiding gluten, you can replace the flour with gluten-free flour and add a pinch of xanthan gum to prevent the cookies from falling apart. You can also use natural peanut butter instead of regular one.
For an alternative sweetener, try using coconut sugar or maple syrup instead of brown or granulated sugar. If you want to make these cookies dairy-free and vegan, use a substitute for the egg, and replace butter with coconut oil or plant-based butter.
With only nine ingredients needed (ten if you are adding xanthan gum), this recipe is all about simplicity without compromising taste!
The Recipe How-To
Now that you’re all set with the ingredients, we can start making these delicious Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies! These are a perfect treat for any occasion and will satisfy any peanut butter lover’s cravings. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Preheat Oven and Prepare Baking Sheet
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and cover your baking sheet(s) with parchment paper.
Step 2: Mix Wet Ingredients
In a bowl, mix together 1 cup creamy peanut butter, 1 cup packed light brown sugar, and 1 large egg until evenly combined.
Step 3: Add Dry Ingredients
Add in 1 tsp baking soda, ¼ tsp salt, and 1 tsp vanilla extract into the wet mixture. Mix until all dry ingredients are thoroughly blended.
Step 4: Form Dough into Balls
Using your hands, form the dough into small balls (approximately 2 tablespoons each) and place them on the prepared baking sheets. Space each ball approximately 2 inches apart from each other to allow for some expansion.
Step 5: Flatten and Shape Cookies
Dip a fork into some granulated sugar then use the fork to flatten out each dough ball, creating a crisscross pattern on top of each cookie.
Step 6: Bake for 10-12 Minutes
Place the cookies in the preheated oven and bake for about 10-12 minutes or until they start to slightly brown on the edges.
Step 7: Cool and Enjoy!
Carefully remove from the oven once done and let the cookies cool completely before transferring onto a wire rack or before serving them up on a plate. This recipe makes about 18-20 gluten-free peanut butter cookies, depending on how big you make them!
Enjoy these absolutely delicious cookies with your favorite hot beverage or a glass of milk, and relish every bite.
Substitutions and Variations
Let’s face it, sometimes we just don’t have all the right ingredients on hand or maybe we want to switch things up a bit. Fear not, my fellow foodies, because substitutions and variations can often lead to delicious results.
Substituting ingredients is a great way to accommodate dietary restrictions or preferences. For example, if you’re looking for a dairy-free option, substitute the butter in this recipe with a non-dairy alternative like coconut oil or vegan butter. And for those who prefer no eggs, Egg Beaters egg substitute can be used instead.
If you’re looking for a sweeter taste without the use of traditional sugar, consider substituting with maple syrup or coconut sugar. These substitutes can even offer additional health benefits such as being lower on the glycemic index.
Looking for something crunchy? Mix peanut butter and chocolate chips into the batter for an intense flavor combination in every bite. And let’s not forget about adding a little spice! Incorporating cinnamon and nutmeg can bring warmth and depth to the cookies.
Lastly, flourless peanut butter cookies are another variation that offer a healthier twist on this classic dessert. Swap out traditional flour with gluten-free flour or even cassava flour combined with xanthan gum. This will make them tender, chewy and perfect for all those who prefer gluten-free options.
Remember, there are endless possibilities when it comes to substitutions and variations. Don’t be afraid to get creative in the kitchen!
Serving and Pairing
Listen, folks, I am not going to sugar-coat this for you. These gluten-free peanut butter cookies are what my grandma used to call “a little slice of heaven.” Now, how do you want to further enhance that divine experience? Here are a few ideas on serving and pairing these beauties.
First of all, let’s start with the basics. You might want to serve yourself (and others if sharing is your thing) a couple of these cookies with a nice cup of milk. Nothing beats the classic peanut butter and milk combo, right? Make sure to dunk those bad boys just enough to envelop them in cool refreshing milk but not enough to let them fall apart.
But why stop at just milk when other amazing flavors could enhance this cookie flavor explosion? Peanut butter plays well with fruity flavors. You can enjoy these cookies with your favorite fruit compote or sliced fresh berries, both will brighten the peanut butter taste into a luscious medley of flavors.
What about something more decadent? Let me introduce you to a match made in baking heaven – peanut butter ice cream! Simply serve these cookies along with homemade peanut butter ice cream or order from your favorite local artisanal ice cream shop. Trust me; you will be completely blown away by the contrasting chilly and chewy goodness occurring both in your mouth and mind.
Now, for those with a sweet tooth craving for something more indulgent, I suggest pairing these gluten-free peanut butter cookies with chocolate. Whether it is dark chocolate chunks melting between the fluffy interior of these buttery cookies or chocolate fudge sauce drizzled over them, chocolate elevates the sweetness and creaminess of our beloved desserts.
Finally, if you like keeping things simple, you can serve these puppies all by themselves as a dessert garnished with confectioners’ sugar on top or pack them up as an on-the-go snack.
There you have it, folks – a handful of ways to enjoy these gluten-free peanut butter cookies with your next snack or dessert. But don’t take my word for it; try them out yourself and tell me if you don’t feel like you are in cookie bliss.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
The best thing about these gluten-free peanut butter cookies is that they are perfect for making ahead of time. If you’re like me, the last thing you want to worry about before a party or event is baking cookies. With this simple recipe, you can prepare the cookies well in advance and store them safely to enjoy later.
To make these cookies ahead of time, simply follow the recipe instructions and let the dough chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Once chilled, roll the dough into balls and place them on a lined baking sheet. Cover the baking sheet tightly with plastic wrap and store it in the freezer. Your cookie dough balls will be good for up to two months.
When you’re ready to bake the cookies, take them out of the freezer and let them thaw on the counter while preheating your oven. You can also just bake them frozen by adding a few extra minutes to the cook time. Just keep an eye on them so they don’t overcook.
If you want to save some baked cookies for later, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. You can also freeze baked cookies for longer storage. To do this, let them cool completely and then place them into a freezer-safe container with wax paper between each layer of cookies. They will keep well for up to three months in the freezer.
To reheat frozen or refrigerated cookies, simply microwave them briefly or pop them in a 350°F oven for a few minutes until warm and crispy again. These cookies taste just as good reheated as they do fresh out of the oven!
No matter how you choose to prepare or serve these gluten-free peanut butter cookies, they are sure to be a hit with everyone who tries them!
Tips for Perfect Results
As someone who loves making gluten-free recipes, I know that getting the perfect result can be tricky. Here are some tips to help make the process of making these Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies a little smoother.
First and foremost, make sure your peanut butter is smooth and creamy. Chunky peanut butter will change the consistency of the cookies and prevent them from holding their shape. If you prefer chunky peanut butter, you may want to blend it in a food processor or blender until it is smoother.
When measuring out your ingredients, use a kitchen scale if possible. Weighing the ingredients will ensure greater accuracy and ultimately lead to better results.
Make sure to let the cookies cool completely before removing them from the baking sheet. Gluten-free cookies are more fragile than regular cookies and can easily fall apart if they are handled too roughly or removed too soon.
If you find that your cookies are falling apart during baking, try increasing the amount of xanthan gum or using egg instead of an egg substitute such as Egg Beaters.
Lastly, experiment with different sweeteners such as coconut sugar or maple syrup to customize the recipe to your preferences. The beauty of cooking and baking is that there is always room for creativity and experimentation.
As much as we like to believe that things always go perfectly in the kitchen, sometimes unforeseen challenges leave us scratching our heads. This is why I’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions about this Peanut Butter Cookies (Gluten-Free) recipe. Some of these queries are related to substitutions, while others are focused on ensuring the cookies come out just right. Read on for the answers!
Do peanut butter cookies contain gluten?
Peanut butter cookies without flour in their recipe are known as flourless peanut butter cookies. They are a great option for those looking for gluten-free cookie alternatives as traditional flour is the primary source of gluten in cookie recipes.
Why are my 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies falling apart?
Are your peanut butter cookies disintegrating into crumbs? It could be due to overbaking. Baking for more than 10 minutes dries them out, making them crumbly and fragile.
What can I put peanut butter on that is gluten-free?
As a nutritionist and food blogger, I specialize in creating recipes that are both healthy and delicious. I have expertise in crafting recipes that are gluten-free, dairy-free, and organic. In this article, I will provide detailed instructions on how to make several scrumptious recipes that meet these requirements.
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For those who love chocolate, I have a recipe for Chocolate Chia Jam Peanut Butter Cups that are both gluten-free and dairy-free. These little cups of goodness are a healthier version of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and are sure to satisfy any chocolate craving. I will provide instructions on how to make these cups and several tips to make them even more delicious.
If you are looking for a quick and easy dessert recipe that is also dairy-free, then my recipe for Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fondue is perfect for you. This recipe only requires a few ingredients and can be made in under 10 minutes. I will provide all the details on how to make this fondue and some recommendations on what to dip in it.
Lastly, for those who are on a low-carb or keto diet, I have a recipe for Low Carb Peanut Butter Bark that is both vegan and keto-friendly. This recipe is perfect for those who want a sweet treat without the guilt. I will provide step-by-step instructions on how to make this bark and some tips on how to customize it to your liking.
How do you keep gluten-free cookies from falling apart?
Don’t Fear Xanthan Gum: How it Can Improve Your Gluten-free Baking
When you’re making gluten-free baked goods, you may feel daunted by a mysterious-sounding ingredient known as xanthan gum. However, this ingredient is actually a valuable tool for achieving success in your gluten-free baking endeavors. Xanthan gum has the ability to hold your ingredients together and prevent crumbly catastrophes in your cookies and other baked goods.
In conclusion, these gluten-free peanut butter cookies are an absolute delight for anyone who is looking to indulge in the goodness of cookies without having to worry about consuming gluten or dairy. The combination of natural peanut butter and gluten-free flour creates a perfect blend of flavors that will leave you wanting more.
By using the right ingredients and following the recipe instructions accurately, you can produce some of the best gluten-free peanut butter cookies you have ever tasted. So why not give this recipe a try today and experience the difference for yourself!
Remember to follow the tips mentioned in this article to avoid cookies falling apart and ensure perfect results every time. And as always, feel free to make adjustments and substitutions to cater to your preferences.
Whether you are looking for a snack, a dessert or a gift for your loved ones, these gluten-free peanut butter cookies are sure to impress. So preheat that oven and start baking!
Peanut Butter Cookies (Gluten Free) Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 eggs (slightly beaten) or 1/4 cup Egg Beaters egg substitute
- 1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract
- Mix all ingredients in bowl.
- Roll dough into 1" balls and place on greased cookie sheet.
- Press each ball with fork to flatten in a crisscross fashion.
- Bake in oven 8-10 minutes at 325°F.