Easy Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

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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 primarily on DIY home decor, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds, using what’s on hand and transforming dollar store finds. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 2 year old daughter and newborn 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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