These are the best peanut butter cookies without egg I’ve ever eaten!! They are soft, chewy, and packed with plenty of lightly sweetened peanut butter flavor. These easy peanut butter cookies are also gluten-free and vegan and mix up in one bowl in a matter of minutes.

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Something about peanut butter cookies made with the classic cross hatch pattern makes me think of warm childhood memories. They pair perfectly with a cool glass of plant-based milk or a warm cup of coffee. Just a warning, they can be quite addictive, so go ahead and start with a big plate full.

If you enjoy baking vegan cookies and sweets, you might want to try these Coconut Cranberry Vegan Cookies or these Dark Chocolate Strawberry Tarts.

😊 Why This Recipe Works

  • It’s incredibly easy to whip up a batch of these eggless peanut butter cookies when you have company coming or you are needing some sweet comfort food.
  • Not only are these cookies eggless, making them suitable for anyone with an egg allergy, they’re also an option for those following a gluten-free or vegan diet.
  • A healthy alternative to the classic peanut butter cookie recipe that everyone will love!

🛒 Ingredient Notes

A simple recipe made with relatively simple ingredients that you can find at your local grocery store or order easily online.

ingredients for vegan peanut butter cookies (no eggs)
  • Gluten-free flour:  When baking I always use Pamela’s Gluten Free All Purpose Flour Blend.  I’ve tried this recipe out with other types of gluten free flour options and this one provides the best results. You can order it online from Amazon or check out other specialty health food stores.
  • Baking soda: Essential to making the cookies puff up.
  • Salt: Just a touch to add some flavor.
  • Coconut oil butter flavorButter-flavored Coconut oil is a vegan alternative to butter giving foods butter flavor without any dairy. Check your local health food store or you can order this vegan butter substitute online from Amazon.
  • Peanut butter:  Choose a chunky peanut butter with no added sugars for best results.
  • Coconut sugar:  Coconut sugar gives these healthy peanut butter cookies the same rich sugary flavor as brown sugar but with a lower glycemic index.
  • Maple syrup: For best flavor use organic, real maple syrup.
  • Almond milk:  Make sure you choose unsweetened almond milk when making vegan peanut butter cookies.
  • Vanilla: Adds more sweet flavor to these peanut butter cookies.

See the recipe card for a complete list and quantities.

🔪 Step by Step Instructions

Here’s a preview of how to make delicious peanut butter cookies.  For the full instructions, see the recipe card towards the bottom of the page.

Top image shows gluten free baking mixture in bowl with salt and baking soda by it. Bottom image is wet ingredients in mixer bowl
  1. Use a whisk to mix together the gluten-free flour blend, salt and baking soda in a bowl.

2. Use a stand mixer to beat together the peanut butter, butter-flavored coconut oil, coconut sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, and almond milk until creamy smooth.

Top image gluten free baking mixture added to mixing bowl. Bottom is fully mixed egg free peanut butter cookie dough in a mixing bowl

3. Slowly add the dry ingredients.

4. Mix until a large ball of dough is formed.

⭐ Note: If the dough seems too crumbly, add another tablespoon or two almond milk

Peanut butter cookies without egg on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

5. Scoop the cookies into uniform ball sizes and place them on a cookie sheet. Press the tines of a fork down on top of the cookie dough balls to flatten and make lines on the tops of the cookies.  Turn the fork 90° and press down again making a criss-cross pattern.  

Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes in a preheated oven. Let them cool on the cookie sheet before transferring them to a cooling rack.

Hint: For evenly sized and shaped cookies, use a cookie scoop to measure out the dough to roll into balls.

✔️ Substitutions

Here are a few substitutions you can use when making these cookies:

  • Butter-flavored coconut oil:  Swap out with regular unsalted butter to get the same buttery flavor though the cookies will not be vegan. 
  • Maple syrup: Swap it out with an equal amount of liquid sweetener such as honey, monk fruit sweetener or agave syrup.

🔀 Variations

Some ideas for changing up peanut butter cookies without eggs to add variety or to make these cookies a little extra special.

  • Chocolate chips:  Stir in ⅓ cup of chocolate chips before scooping the peanut butter cookie dough into balls.
  • Chopped nuts:  Stir in ⅓ cup of chopped peanuts after the dough is mixed together and before scooping.
  • Nut butters:  Swap out the peanut butter for other almond butter or other nut butters.

💭 Tips for Making the Recipe

For evenly baked cookies, use a cookie scoop or tablespoon to measure out the cookie dough into evenly sized and shaped cookie balls.  

Store leftover cookies in an airtight container.  For the best flavor and freshness, eat the cookies within four days.

Serve warm cookies with a cold glass of milk and watch them disappear!

❓ FAQ

Can I freeze homemade peanut butter cookies?

Yes, you can freeze these cookies for up to three months in the freezer.  Be sure to fully cool the cookies first and store them in a sealed container suitable for the freezer.  When you’re ready to eat frozen cookies, remove them from the freezer and let them thaw out.  You can also heat them up in the microwave to serve up warm peanut butter cookies that everyone will think just came from the oven.

What’s the best rack in the oven to use when baking cookies?

Most ovens typically heat from the top, the bottom, or a combination of those two directions.  For even cooking, place the baking trays in one of the middle racks of the oven to cook the cookies more evenly and prevent burnt bottoms or tops.

Peanut butter cookies without egg on a silver plate, cookbook pages under it and peanuts in a bowl
peanutbutter cookies without egg on a silver plate, cookbook pages under it
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Peanut Butter Cookies Without Eggs

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 12
Serve up thick, soft and chewy peanut butter cookies without egg for a healthy cookie everyone will love. These easy cookies are gluten-free and vegan but packed with sweet peanut butter flavor to please the taste buds!

Note: Be sure to read through the recipe’s post for tips and details about this recipe.

Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. 
  • In a bowl mix together gluten-free flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside. 
  • Add remaining ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer or handheld mixer. Beat on medium speed until creamy and smooth, about 2 minutes. 
  • Add flour mixture, blend on low speed until well mixed. The dough will be smooth and form a large ball. 
  • Use a cookie scoop to create uniform size balls.  Place on cookie sheet and then mash flat with a dinner fork in two different directions to create crisscross marks. 
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.  Remove from oven, allow to cool a few minutes and then move them to a cooling rack. The cookies will firm up as they cool. Store in airtight container for up to 4 days. 

Notes

Substitutions you can use when making these cookies:
  • Butter-flavored coconut oil:  Swap out with regular unsalted butter to get the same buttery flavor though the cookies will not be vegan. 
  • Maple syrup: Swap it out with an equal amount of liquid sweeteners such as honey, monk fruit sweetener, or agave syrup. Variations
    Some ideas for changing up peanut butter cookies without eggs to add variety or to make these cookies a little extra special.
    • Chocolate chips:  Stir in ⅓ cup of chocolate chips before scooping the peanut butter cookie dough into balls.
    • Chopped nuts:  Stir in ⅓ cup of chopped peanuts after the dough is mixed together and before scooping.
    • Nut butters:  Swap out the peanut butter for other almond butter or other nut butters.
Serving: 1g, Calories: 249kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Sodium: 303mg, Potassium: 85mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 10g, Calcium: 28mg, Iron: 1mg
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Author: Gina Dickson
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Update Notes: This post was originally published in 2019, but was republished with new photos, step-by-step instructions and tips, and video in January of 2022.