Almond Flour Peanut Butter Cookies (Gluten Free!)

Last Updated on January 22, 2023 by Kayla Berman

Almond Flour Peanut Butter Cookies are a delicious, gluten free take on the classic treat! Made with creamy peanut butter, almond flour, and light brown sugar … these easy cookies are soft, chewy, not too sweet, and full of peanut butter flavor. Plus you can have this 7 ingredient dessert recipe ready in under 30 minutes!

stack of almond flour peanut butter cookies

Soft, Chewy, & Delicious Gluten Free Dessert

It came to my attention the other day that some people in this world view peanut butter as savory. As you’re reading this – you may even be one of those people!

I get it – there’s things like peanut noodles, peanut stew, and peanut chicken out there. But I still disagree!

Peanut butter has always been and always will be to me a sweet food! It belongs in dessert. It belongs paired with chocolate. And it really really really belongs in cookies!

Almond Flour Peanut Butter Cookies to be more specific.

These chewy cookies have a deliciously soft center, are full of peanut butter flavor, and are made with only 7 ingredients! Plus they’re complete with a cute crosshatch pattern on top and a sprinkle of salt.

You can have these gluten free cookies out of the oven and on your kitchen counter in about 25 minutes total! They are simply a dream come true for all the peanut butter lovers out there.

For more easy gluten free cookie recipes check out my Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies, Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies, or Fudge Brownie Cookies.

peanut butter cookie recipe with almond flour

Ingredients

Peanut butter almond flour cookies are made with only 7 simple ingredients! Plus these ingredients are completely gluten free and dairy free.

They come together to make high protein, low carb cookies – that are still delicious!

Ingredient Notes

  • Peanut Butter: The base of these gluten free cookies is a smooth, creamy, and natural peanut butter! The kind that is made up of just peanuts and salt. You’ll need 1/2 cup.
  • Light Brown Sugar: Light brown sugar is the sweetener in this recipe! I love the rich taste and chewy texture it provides to treats. Add 1/3 cup sugar!
  • Almond Flour: Almond flour is the other key ingredient here. I find it creates a perfect chewy, soft, and dense texture. Plus it is completely gluten free! 2/3 cup is all you need.
  • Vanilla Extract: 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract gives that classic flavor to these gluten-free cookies.
  • Egg: Add 1 large egg to the dough for binding and moisture!
  • Baking Powder: 1/2 tsp of baking powder bakes these sweet treats to perfection!
  • Salt: Lastly a pinch of salt, 1/4 tsp, balances out all the sweet wonderfully here.

Substitutions & Additions

There are a few substitutions and additions you could make to these gluten-free peanut butter cookies for them to meet your personal preferences tastes or needs!

Nut Butter: The base nut butter is the major ingredient you could switch up in this recipe. You could use different nut butters like cashew or almond butter instead. Or sunflower seed butter!

Light Brown Sugar: Light brown sugar can be replaced with coconut sugar!

Mix-Ins: Now for the fun part! This recipe is pretty much your classic, simple peanut butter cookie. But you could throw in a bunch of additional ingredients to spice them up – like chocolate chips, nuts, or dried fruit.

gluten free peanut butter cookie ingredients

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How To Make This Recipe

This peanut butter cookie recipe is so incredibly easy to make! All you need is one bowl and under 25 minutes and you’ll have a fresh batch of delicious cookies ready to enjoy.

You don’t even need to chill the dough! Which we all know is the worst part.

Step By Step Instructions

Step 1: Add the peanut butter, light brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract to a large mixing bowl.  Combine thoroughly.

almond flour peanut butter cookie wet ingredients

Step 2: Next add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the large bowl – almond flour, baking powder, and salt.  Combine until a cookie dough forms.

gluten free peanut butter cookie dough

Step 3: Then roll the cookie dough into about 1 tbsp sized cookie dough balls.  You should be able to make 10 cookies.

peanut butter cookie dough balls

Step 4: Place the cookie balls on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.  Press the back of a fork into the top of each cookie in a crisscross pattern to flatten them.  This is a necessary step because the cookies don’t spread into a cookie shape naturally.  Plus it gives a cute look!

almond flour cookies flattened into cookie shapes with a criss-criss fork pattern

Step 5: Bake for 12 minutes.

Step 6: Sprinkle the top of the cookies with flakey sea salt and let cool for a few minutes.

Step 7: Serve and enjoy!

baked gluten free peanut butter cookies

Expert Tips

Customize! Add chocolate chips, raisins, peanuts, etc.

Use a cookie scoop to get evenly sized cookies.

Line the baking sheet with parchment paper. This makes for such easy cleanup!

Be careful when making the criss-cross pattern! The dough is a bit sticky so you will have to be gentle and move slowly.

Don’t over-bake! The allotted 12 minutes leaves the cookies perfectly soft, chewy, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

peanut butter almond flour cookies

Frequently Asked Questions

What is almond flour?

Almond flour is simply a flour made from ground almonds! It is fairly fine, completely gluten free, low carb, and high fat.

I love to purchase mine in bulk from Costco or Amazon!

Is almond flour good for you?

I am not a dietician or nutritionist, but in my opinion – yes it is! It is not very processed, made from only almonds, and full of nutrients.

Almond flour is more likely to keep you satisfied, can reduce the risk of heart disease, and is great for blood sugar control!

What type of peanut butter should I use?

You should use a natural, creamy peanut butter in these cookies. The only two ingredients should be peanut butter and salt!

Make sure to use smooth peanut butter, not crunchy peanut butter.

Can I substitute regular flour for almond flour?

No, all purpose flour can not be used in place of the almond flour here.

Wheat flour and almond flour are completely different ingredients that do not bake the same way.

If you’re looking for easy peanut butter cookies made with regular flour check out these Peanut Butter M&M Cookies!

How to store gluten free peanut butter cookies?

You can store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. They should last 3-5 days!

For longer storage, keep in the refrigerator. They will last there for 1-2 weeks.

peanut butter cookies with almond flour

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Almond Flour Peanut Butter Cookies

Almond Flour Peanut Butter Cookies are a delicious, gluten free take on the classic treat! Made with creamy peanut butter, almond flour, and light brown sugar … these easy cookies are soft, chewy, not too sweet, and full of peanut butter flavor. Plus you can have this 7 ingredient dessert recipe ready in under 30 minutes!

  • Author: Kayla Berman
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 Minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 10 Cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Set the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add the peanut butter, light brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract to a large mixing bowl.  Combine thoroughly.
  3. Next add the almond flour, baking powder, and salt.  Combine until a cookie dough forms.
  4. Then roll the cookie dough into about 1 tbsp sized cookie dough balls.  You should be able to make 10 cookies.
  5. Place the cookie balls on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.  Press the back of a fork into the top of each cookie in a criss-cross pattern to flatten them.  This is a necessary step because the cookies don’t spread into a cookie shape naturally.  Plus it gives a cute look!
  6. Bake for 12 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle the cookies with flakey sea salt and let cool for a few minutes.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

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3 Comments

  1. ALMOND FLOUR PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
    No where does it have baking oven temperature??? or did I miss it

  2. Great recipe-thank you! Do you have any CRUNCHY (hard) cookie recipies? I like crunchy, not soft, choc. chip cookies.

  3. Bake at 350 for 12 min. Did I miss the nutritional chart? Just looking for net carbs per serving. Thank you

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