Flourless Peanut Butter Brownie Cookies.

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These flourless peanut butter brownie cookies are so rich and indulgent tasting, you won’t miss the flour and butter. Made with only 7 simple ingredients, you’ll find any excuse to make them!

Flourless Peanut Butter Brownie Cookies made with only a few simple ingredients!

This week I’ve been doing a little post-vacation detox of sorts. I have my first wedding dress fitting in 1 week and the wedding countdown is almost at 3 months. It’s getting close!

This month, I’ve made a goal to walk/run 100 miles and to eat a little cleaner. Lots of these have been on the menu this week. For all you long distance runners, 100 miles in 4 weeks may not sound like much but it’s certainly more than I’ve ever done in 30 days! So far, I’ve logged 28 miles in 6 days (and what feels like 1 million squats) and I currently cannot feel my legs. Tomorrow is a rest day with a lot of wine.

Question: do you have any workout goals this summer?

Flourless Peanut Butter Brownie Cookies-7

Yesterday’s recipe may not be considered health food, but I absolutely will put these indulgent-tasting chocolate peanut butter cookies into that category. I find that “healthy” is a relative term and what may seem healthy to me, may not be healthy to someone else.

Flourless cookies, starting from a base of homemade peanut butter and unsweetened cocoa powder, is absolutely what I would call a healthy dessert option.

These 7 ingredient cookies taste like thick, incredibly chewy peanut butter brownies. Yes, brownies. Thick, chewy chewy chewy brownies. Kevin loved how soft and rich tasting they were and I loved how the centers of the cookies were moist, yet somewhat crumbly. A texture lover’s dream cookie, indeed.

Flourless Brownie Cookies made with only a few simple ingredients!

This gluten free cookie recipe is an adaption of my Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies, which came from my Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, which I adapted from King Arthur’s Flour cookies. See what happens when you find a winning basic cookie recipe?

There are so many ways to play around with this nut butter based flourless cookie recipe. Clearly, I have a little too much fun in the kitchen sometimes.

Homemade Honey Roasted Peanut Butter by sallysbakingaddiction.com

I made today’s cookies with my favorite homemade peanut butter. If you look closely, you can see some of the peanuts not ground up in the cookies. I like my peanut butter on the crunchy, grainy side. My homemade peanut butter is made from honey roasted peanuts and has won the hearts of all my friends and family who’ve tasted it. I’m pretty sure there is a honey roasted peanut shortage in my area, solely because of that recipe.

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You may certainly use regular peanut butter, just steer clear of any very oily, liquidy brands. The more oily and wet your peanut butter, the more your cookies will spread. Make sure you keep that in mind. Peanut butters I suggest using? Skippy Natural, my homemade peanut butter, Jif Natural, or even my homemade almond butter.

These flourless peanut butter brownie cookies are so rich and indulgent tasting, you won't miss the flour and butter!

Other ingredients used: 1 egg, brown sugar (I successfully reduced the amount), a dash of vanilla extract, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda for some lift, and peanut butter chips. The peanut butter chips are optional and you may certainly use a healthier add-in option like peanuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, etc. Some readers have had luck using a vegan flax egg option for previous versions of this recipe, but I have not.

A note on the brown sugar: I have never had success using a liquid sweetener like maple syrup or honey in this gluten free cookie recipe. Update: I have, however, successfully made them with coconut sugar instead of brown sugar. Very tasty!

The secret to their soft, chewy centers? Bake the cookies for only 9-10 minutes. Underbaking is key to their brownie-like interior! If you overbake them, the cookies will be quite hard and crispy. If that’s what you prefer, go for about 11-12 minutes.

It’s a total head scratcher that a simple 7 ingredient cookie can taste so darn fudgy and rich. Kevin’s friends were shocked there was no butter or flour used in the recipe. Not like they care, these guys will eat anything you put in front of them. But still…

These flourless peanut butter brownie cookies are so rich and indulgent tasting, you won't miss the flour and butter!

I practiced a ton of self control this week as I concentrate on eating healthier and my 100 mile goal. Each night, I’ve treated myself to 1 cookie after dinner and you know what? It completely satisfies my dessert craving that magically hits me at 8pm every night. Like clockwork. Every night. Funny how that happens.

These flourless brownie-like cookies are little miracles. Go ahead and double the recipe, trust me. Thank me later!

Flourless Peanut Butter Brownie Cookies

These thick and fudgy flourless peanut butter brownie cookies are made with only 7 ingredients. Ultra chewy, melt-in-your-mouth, and gluten free. They taste so indulgent.=

Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup (250g) honey roasted peanut butter, at room temperature (not warm)1
  • 1/3 cup (67g) light or dark brown sugar, lightly packed2
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup (21g) unsweetened cocoa powder (Dutch-process can be used)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter chips3

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C) and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg until beaten. Mix in the peanut butter, then the brown sugar, baking soda, and cocoa powder. Mix everything together very well, then mix in the vanilla extract. Finally, fold in the peanut butter chips until combined.
  3. Scoop the dough, about 1.5 Tablespoons each, onto prepared baking sheet. Bake two batches - 6-7 cookies on each baking sheet each. Gently press down on the dough mounds with the back of a spoon. If you find the cookie dough balls are a little oily from your peanut butter-- mine usually are-- blot each with a paper towel.
  4. Bake for 9-10 minutes. The cookies will look very soft-- that's ok! For crispier cookies, bake up to 11-12 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Sometimes I press a couple more peanut butter chips into the tops of each cookie immediately after coming out of the oven. This is optional and only for looks!
  5. Make ahead tip: Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week. Baked cookies freeze well - up to three months. Unbaked cookie dough balls freeze well - up to three months. Bake frozen cookie dough balls for an extra minute, no need to thaw.

Recipe Notes:

  1. You can use homemade, natural, or commercial peanut butter butter, however the type you use will alter their texture slightly. I found the best texture was with 1 cup of my homemade honey roasted peanut butter or 1/2 cup Skippy Natural PB and 1/2 cup all-natural, organic peanut butter. Be sure to stir in any excess oil on top of the natural brands, and get it completely mixed in. Otherwise, your cookies will spread. You may want to add another Tablespoon of brown sugar if your peanut butter isn't sweet like the honey roasted kind I use.
  2. I have not had luck using a liquid sweetener such as honey, maple syrup, or agave. Update: I have, however, successfully used coconut sugar instead of brown sugar. Very tasty!
  3. Instead of peanut butter chips, try dark chocolate chunks, colorful sunflower seeds (like here), sliced almonds, honey roasted peanuts, or chocolate chips.

Adapted from my Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies

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138 Comments

  1. The cookies look great and love that they’re flourless and the pb just can shine, sans flour. I’ve made so many combos of flourless PB cookies, I kind of lose track of what I’ve combined, when, and where, cookbooks, blog, etc. LOL All I can say is you can never go wrong with lots of choc and lots of PB! 🙂

    And congrats on your 100 mile goal for the month. I guess I am considered a distance runner? I don’t think of myself that way but I guess if I told you how many miles I ran last week, well, yeah I am. But I think it’s awesome you set a goal like this, Sally! LMK how it’s going!

  2. Life is all about balance. And if you balance your workouts with indulgences (both healthy and not as healthy), then you’ll never feel deprived enough to eat a whole bag of anything in one sitting! Ahem. Been there.
    Anyway, I love summer workouts. My body just performs better when it’s not being frozen from the outside in.
    These cookies are another welcome addition to my husband’s gluten-free repertoire! I’ll make them for him after work tonight and give you all the credit!

    1. Mir, I love summer workouts too. Just feels easier for some reason? Or maybe I’m more motivated because it’s shorts season and not oversized sweaters season. Ha!

  3. That is an awesome goal Sally! Love it!
    These look like the perfect healthy indulgence to help meet that goal, while still enjoying yummy things! Love that these are gluten free and have chocolate and peanut butter! <3 pinned!

  4. Very cool site, very cool recipes. You can easily do the same thing for diabetics or gluten. Thank’s a lot.

    Do you have any recipes for mint dessert? I love fancy desserts especially with mint flavor.

  5. I think the vanilla is missing from the recipe (or it’s covered by the ad underneath???). can’t wait to try these! Good luck with your 100 in 30.

  6. Oh how I love thee peanut butter chips. Bring me back to my childhood trail mix, always picked them out first!

    Wow, 100 miles, hey, at least you can eat all this wonderful stuff you bake.

    I’ve been running for the first time in my life, the first day I ran, could barely walk for 3 days……but it does get easier.

    1. Yes, it DOES get easier Laura. I’ve been running for years but I haven’t been consistent recently. It’s definitely a lot of work getting back into it. We can push through it together this summer.

  7. Great cookies for my ever-growing group of gluten-free friends :). I love these ‘alternative’ recipes you come up with…thanks so much! Do you have a smartphone? (I imagine you do, because I’m one of the only people in America who doesn’t, haha). If so, you should check out the apps at these websites: charitymiles.org, nexercise.com, and runtastic.com/en/apps. They all give money to charities based on the miles you run/walk. Maybe it will be an extra push on days you just don’t feel like getting it done :). Good luck!!

    1. Thanks Caley! I will most certainly check out those apps! That’s so cool, I’ve never heard of organizations like that.

  8. Recipe printed!! Making these this weekend as a birthday treat for me 🙂 I just may share with my family too.

    Way to go on the running goal! I was running 25-30 miles a week for about a year, now I moved to the elliptical machine to save my knees. My goal this summer is to keep up the cardio and do more strength training.

    1. I love the elliptical. I can just zone out and without realizing, 40 minutes has gone by. Anyway, let me know how you like these cookies Niki!

  9. I tried this cookies………waiting to cool down n tasting….
    I use choclate peanut butter instead of plain
    hopefully I wil turn out great

  10. Your goal sounds great! I haven’t made any workout goals yet besides wanting to get more running outside in. With my hay fever, it was torture running outside. Now that allergy season is over I’m ready, although I won’t be running 100 miles in a month! haha These cookies look so good, Sally — I love flour less desserts. 🙂

    1. I am not a fan of all the strange flours gluten free recipes usually call for. Plus, they’re so expensive!

  11. Well, if you say they’re healthy, as far as I’m concerned, they’re healthy 😉 Besides, chocolate = health food, right? Eggs + peanuts = protein, sugar = carbs = necessary for energy…yep. Definitely healthy 🙂 Can’t wait to try these out!

  12. These look SO delicious. And does anyone really like crunchy cookies? I’m pretty sure I’d be content eating straight up cookie dough the rest of my life, so underbaking is KEY. The only cookies I like to bake crunchy are pretty much sandtarts.

    And good luck on your detox! These definitely need to be included. Believe me, the roughest times of my life were the times I didn’t allow myself to have a cookie. Lol

  13. Yum! These sound amazing. Perfectly indulgent minus the sugar crash. Can’t wait to try them! Also, you are inspiring me to start running again. Good luck with your 100 mile goal!

  14. Healthy, maybe, low calorie, not a chance! However, these look really good. I would add 1/3 of a cup of apple sauce for the egg. I’ll let you know if that works out.

    You look great, your added work outs and healthy eating will be icing on the cake. Yes, pun intended. 🙂

    Alex (my daughter and blogger in crime) and I are training for the Warrior Dash on June 15th. She logged over 100 miles last month! Since she graduated we’ve been running approximately 18 miles a week and doing P90X every other day. Not bad for a 50 year old, right?

  15. These sound yumu!! Definitely going to make these as soon as school is out for the quarter!!! 1 1/2 weeks!!!!!!!
    to answer you question I am goi g to get back into my Curves workout as of next week. Let it expire on me with everything going on with my dad.

  16. Oh my lawd, these look heavenly! I would never guess how healthy these are! Love how fudgy they are. The peanut butter and cocoa powder are an irresistible combo!

  17. I made these using 1/3 cup of honey instead of brown sugar and they turned out fabulous!!! Thanks for the awesome recipe! 🙂

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