Easy Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

It was a busy, yet fun weekend for our little family! The hubby and I went out on a double date to see The Blue Man Group, the show was amazing but unfortunately I was the only one who saw it because my husband forgot his glasses and couldn’t see anything on the stage… what a bummer. But regardless, it’s always great to get out and be just the two of us. We also had some great family time this weekend too. We took Baby E to her first pumpkin patch and had a blast. I’ll post some photos of our little family outing later :)

Ok, now onto one of my favorite topics…dessert. Whether you are expecting house guests in an hour or you simply hate making anything with more than 5 ingredients, this is the recipe for you! These easy gluten free peanut butter cookies are so so easy and quite tasty.

GF Peanut Butter Cookies

What you need:

– 2 cups of sugar

– 2 cups of peanut butter (creamier peanut butter generally works better with the recipe, I’ve tried making it with thicker ones like Adam’s and they don’t turn out as well)

– 3 tsp. of Ener-G Egg Replacer + 1/4 cup water (or 2 eggs)

-1 tsp. gluten-free vanilla

– 1 tsp. Xanthan gum (optional)


– Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

-Pour all the ingredients above into a bowl and mix until dissolved (the dough will be on the thicker side)

– Roll pieces of the dough into 2″ balls and places on an ungreased cookie sheet

– For a little decorative touch, flatten each cookie and top it off with some extra sugar sprinkles (I used the bottom of a drinking glass to flatten mine)

– Bake for 8 min

– Let cool and serve. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Easy peasy, right? The only problem is that the recipe is so easy that you will find yourself making them every time you need a quick sugar fix :)

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Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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  1. says

    Found your recipe via The Frugal Girls. Oddly enough, I was thinking of sharing almost the exact same recipe, which I’ve made for gluten sensitive friends in the past (thought I wasn’t aware of gluten in vanilla, oops!). Your recipe is almost identical to the one a friend told me, just doubled and the addition of the Xanthan gum. What does it do?

    • says

      Hi! Thanks for stopping by. I’ve seen a lot of variations of this recipe, but this is the one that works best for me. Xanthan gum is used as a thickener to replace the gluten. I think it helps with consistency in gluten-free baked goods. I use it in everything I make but It’s not necessarily required in all recipes.

      • says

        Thanks for the info. I always make a ton of cookies for friends at the holidays. One is diabetic, so every year I make more and more sugar free varieties, so he isn’t left out. My best friend’s twin is gluten sensitive and he loved these. They’re simple and quick, yet delicious! I especially like them with crunchy peanut butter.

  2. Kailyn W says

    I’ve been making these for years (My sister is GF & my M.I.L.) I’ve only ever used THREE ingredients… it’s the 1 cup sugar, 1 cup peanut butter & one egg–Per dozen cookies. We’ve used smooth & crunchy PB and both are good, though the crunchy makes the cookies more crumbly. Also you can add in a 1/2 cup of chocolate (or other flavored) chips!

    • says

      I tried this recipe with the cocoa tonight and the cookies were jealous!!! The perfect blend of chocolate and peanut butter. Thanks for the great tip!

  3. Lindy says

    I can’t wait to make these for me and my son. We love any good cookie recipe, I love to send them to school for his lunch.

  4. says

    Hi Taryn, thanks for sharing the recipe for the peanut butter cookes. They look scrumptious. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  5. Tori says

    Made these the other day and they were so addicting I had to give most of them away so I wouldn’t keep eating so many of them!!

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