This 4 ingredient peanut butter cookies recipe without brown sugar and without flour makes the best peanut butter cookies! These easy flourless peanut butter cookies are soft, sweet and melt in your mouth!
If you're looking for peanut butter cookies recipes without brown sugar and without flour, you have to try this one!
These flourless peanut butter cookies are super easy to make, and they're naturally gluten free. This easy cookie recipe makes soft peanut butter cookies that positively melt in your mouth!
Making peanut butter cookies without flour was originally my oldest kiddo's idea. But, I'm always up for trying out new cookie recipes with few ingredients, so we decided to give it a go.
These unbelievably tasty little morsels don't contain flour, but they do have a little bit of unsweetened cocoa powder, which adds just a hint of chocolate and really enhances the peanut butter flavor.
If you love peanut butter desserts, try my chocolate peanut butter fudge, chocolate peanut butter ritz cookies or chocolate peanut butter bars.
You only need 4 simple ingredients to make this easy peanut butter cookie recipe. If you don't already have the ingredients at home, you can find them in your local grocery store:
- Creamy peanut butter -- crunchy doesn't work as well.
- Granulated sugar
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
How to Make Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe without Brown Sugar
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees f. Then, line baking sheets with parchment paper or foil for easy clean-up.
Or, you can use silicone baking mats if you have them.
In a large bowl, add peanut butter, cocoa powder, and sugar, and mix together. Then, mix in the eggs with an electric mixer or stand mixer until it's all blended.
Next, use a cookie scoop or roll the dough into small balls and place on the prepared baking sheets or a silicone mat.
Flatten the cookies slightly with the tips of your fingers or the bottom of a small glass.
With the tines of a fork, press the dough balls lightly, flattening them.
I like to press the fork in each dough ball twice, so that the lines make a cute criss-cross pattern!
If you want, you can sprinkle a little bit of white sugar on top of the cookies for some extra sparkle!
It's not necessary, but it makes the cookies look pretty! If you are making this easy peanut butter cookie recipe for Christmas, add some red and green sprinkles or colored sugar.
You can use different colored sprinkles for any holiday!
Bake cookies at 350 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes, or until their edges are slightly firm and golden brown.
You don't want to over bake these cookies.
Once they're done, move the baked cookies onto a wire rack, cooling rack, or separate cookie sheet and let them cool.
If you didn't add sugar on their tops before baking, feel free to add a pinch of sugar onto the warm cookies.
These perfect peanut butter cookies are lightly crisped around the edges and nice and chewy in the center--plus, the fork marks give them some flair!
They're perfect with a cold glass of milk or a warm cup of coffee with cream!
In the spirit of keeping things simple, I usually leave these 4 ingredient peanut butter cookies as is. They can be enjoyed by themselves, or as part of ice cream sandwiches or peanut butter cookie sandwiches.
Add chocolate chips to make flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, or dip the cookies into melted chocolate to give these classic peanut butter cookies a little pizzaz.
You can use organic or natural peanut butter if that's your personal preference-- just make sure that you're using creamy or smooth peanut butter for the best results.
Crunchy peanut butter won't give the cookies the chewy texture they should have.
How to Store
Store these peanut butter cookies in an airtight container or freezer bag. They can be left at room temperature or refrigerated.
The cookies stay soft and fresh for about 3 to 4 days. For longer storage, you can freeze these yummy peanut butter cookies in a freezer safe container.
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4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
- 2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 3 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 eggs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Mix the peanut butter, cocoa powder and sugar together in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the eggs, and mix into the peanut butter mixture until fully incorporated.
- Use a tablespoon to scoop mixture out and roll into small balls.
- Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, and use a fork to flatten each ball, using a criss-cross pattern.
- Top with extra sugar if desired.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until firm around the edges and light golden brown
Nutrition information is estimated. Please do your own calculation to fit special diets.
These are hands-down, my family's favorite peanut butter cookies! I hope you enjoy these chewy peanut butter cookies as much as we do!
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Post was originally published in 2015 and updated in 2021.
This recipe is now my go-to whenever I have eggs to use up. 4 dozen cookies all gone in a few hours at work! Everyone loves them because of how light they are compared to a traditional peanut butter cookie.
They're a favorite here, too. Thanks so much, Teresa!
Another kid favorite. My daughter made four batches already!
Awesome! My kids just love these, too!
Dee M says
You could try a different nut butter, but the consistency should be similar.
Can I remove the Peanut Butter or replace it with something else ?
Miz Helen says
There is nothing like a great Peanut Butter Cookie. I appreciate you sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day.
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Dee M says
We did it all by hand, and it really isn't hard at all. The peanut butter was soft, so that helped too, and we cracked the eggs into a separate bowl and mixed them together before adding to the other ingredients. 🙂
Dee M says
Thanks for the pin! My kids love making these. 🙂
Dee M says
They are super easy. Thanks so much! 🙂
Claire Whitley says
It sounds yummy. Is it hard to mix the peanut butter and cocoa powder and sugar? Did you do it with a mixer or by hand. Did you add the eggs all in one go or bit by bit?
J.E. Gaton says
These look super yummy and easy. My nieces would like making these. Will pin to my recipe board for later! Thanks for sharing!
Rebecca Mclellan says
Wow, these look great and so easy. A must try recipe. Thanks for sharing. Cheers.
Dee M says
Thanks, Sheila! The cookies really are delicious! 🙂
My Kentucky Living says
Good cookie recipe idea. Sheila