Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

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Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies taste like brownies!  They’re an easy, one bowl chocolate peanut butter cookie recipe that’s naturally gluten free with no refined sugar!  

chocolate peanut butter cookies on a wire rack with close up on one split in half

I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day, but I do use the day as an excuse to consume more chocolate.

If you feel the same way, then you’ll love these Chocolate Peanut Butter cookies!   

I’ve been wanting to create a double chocolate version of my Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect time.

When it comes to chocolate, these cookies hit all the marks. 🙂

overhead shot of gluten free chocolate peanut butter cookies piled on wire rack

Why you’ll love this chocolate peanut butter cookie recipe:

  • These cookies have big chocolate flavor that’s perfectly complimented by the peanut butter and flaky sea salt.  
  • The cookies are crisp and crackly fresh from the oven, and the interior is gooey and chocolatey.  They’re like brownies in cookie form!
  • The cookies come together in one bowl, and there’s no chilling time.
  • They’re grain free, gluten free, refined sugar free and dairy free.  

What kind of peanut butter is best for flourless cookies?

I use natural peanut butter as it produces a softer, less crumbly cookie.  

You can use whatever type of peanut butter that you have on hand (crunchy or creamy), but the texture of the cookies will vary slightly depending on the type you use.

What does baking soda do in cookies?

When baking soda is mixed with acidic ingredients, it produces bubbles or carbon dioxide.  This causes the chocolate peanut butter cookies to puff up, and gives them their crisp exterior. 

In this recipe, the cocoa powder is the acid that works with the baking soda.

Close up of chocolate peanut butter cookie on wire rack with sea salt on top

Flourless chocolate peanut butter cookie ingredients

This flourless cookie recipe only includes 7 ingredients that you more than likely already have on hand.  

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Peanut butter
  • Pure maple syrup (see recipe notes for substitutions)
  • Cocoa powder
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Chocolate chips
  • Flaky sea salt, optional

How to make Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

This is the easiest cookie recipe you’ll ever make.  The batter comes together in just minutes with no chilling time, and the cookies bake up in just 10 minutes!

That means you’re always only about 30 minutes away from delicious homemade cookies. 🙂

collage of chocolate peanut butter cookie batter and cookie dough on baking sheet before baking

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Prepare the dough.  Place all ingredients except chocolate chips and flaky sea salt in a medium bowl.  Beat on medium speed until well combined, then stir in the chocolate chips.  Using a 1 1/2″ cookie scoop, scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet about 1/2″ apart, and flatten the dough slightly as the cookies don’t spread.
  • Bake the cookies.  Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from heat and transfer to a wire rack.  Sprinkle the cookies with flaky sea salt, if using, and cool completely.

healthy chocolate peanut butter cookies on baking sheet fresh from the oven

How to store healthy chocolate peanut butter cookies

Store the cookies in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. 

While these cookies are crisp fresh from the oven crispness, they become soft once they’re stored in an air tight container as they are flourless.  They still taste amazing, however!

Recipe tips and substitutions

  • Honey or coconut sugar may be substituted for the maple syrup.
  • Use dairy free chocolate chips to make these cookies dairy free.

front view of chocolate peanut butter cookies piled on wire rack

See all of my Cookie recipes:

Additional gluten free cookies you’ll love!

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies by Gluten Free on a Shoestring

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Blossoms

Chocolate Dipped Almond Horn Cookies

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons

Greek Almond Cookies

 

Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: 21 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies are an easy, one bowl chocolate peanut butter cookie recipe that's naturally gluten free with no refined sugar!  

Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup pure syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (dairy free or regular)
  • flaky sea salt, for finishing (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the peanut butter, maple syrup, cocoa powder, egg, vanilla, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Beat on medium speed until incorporated, then stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Using a 1/2" cookie scoop, scoop the dough out onto the prepared pan about 1/2" apart. Flatten the dough slightly as they don't spread, and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a wire rack, then sprinkle with flaky sea salt, if using, and cool completely. Enjoy!

Notes

  • I prefer natural peanut butter with minimal sugar for this recipe, but use your favorite. Creamy or crunchy both work equally well. Just keep in mind that the texture of the cookies may vary depending depending on the type of peanut butter that you use.
  • Honey or coconut sugar may be substituted for the maple syrup.
  • Use dairy free chocolate chips to make these cookies dairy free.
  • Store cookies in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. While these cookies are crisp fresh from the oven, they become soft once they're stored in an air tight container because they're flourless. They still taste amazing!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

21

Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 127 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 9mg Sodium: 133mg Carbohydrates: 13g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 9g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g
Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

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