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4 Ingredient Soft Vegan and Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

Peanut butter cookies have never been easier to make! As I’m about to reveal, you can actually make soft, delicious peanut butter cookies with just 4 ingredients (and in under 20 minutes). No mixer or long list of separated wet and dry ingredients involved here – no sir!

Peanut butter cookies in a bowl on a table

Why this Recipe Works:

  • The addition of garbanzo bean flour gives these cookies an extra punch of fiber and protein.
  • The maple syrup in this recipe gives these cookies a nice subtle sweetness without the used of processed sugar.
  • Using only 4 simple ingredients, this recipe is so easy to make, and the clean up is minimal.

 

Looking for other easy cookie recipes? You have to check out my Vegan Cinnamon Shortbread Cookies, my 5-Ingredient Guiltless Elvis Cookies, and my Soft and Chewy Ginger Snaps!

 

How to Make 4-Ingredient Soft Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies:

1 – First, preheat your oven to 350º degrees. Then, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. No parchment? No prob! A non-stick baking sheet will work just fine on it’s own.

2 – Next, add the peanut butter, garbanzo flour, maple syrup and just 1/4 tsp. of salt to a bowl and mix well. Since peanut butters vary in added salt, pinch off a tiny bit of dough and see how it tastes. Does it seem like it has enough salt? If not, add the remaining 1/4 tsp. and stir again.  (I almost always add the second 1/4 tsp. of salt, though!)

3 – Place the dough onto your baking sheet in the form of 9 -10 equal-sized dough balls. If the dough seems too wet or soft to handle, add an extra tablespoon or two of flour.

4 – Once those balls are on the sheet, use a fork to make those famous peanut butter cookie criss-cross marks across the top.

Baked peanut butter cookies on a cookie sheet
Your fork work does not need to be perfect…. obviously!!

5 – Bake your cookies in your preheated oven for 11 – 12 minutes. Immediately transfer them to a cooling rack once they’re done.

Baked peanut butter cookies on a cooling rack

And that’s all there is to it! Soft and sweet peanut butter cookies in less than 20 minutes…

I hope you love these peanut butter cookies as much as we do!

Baked peanut butter cookie on a butcher block cut in half
Baked peanut butter cookies in a bowl on a table

Top Tips for Making 4-Ingredient Soft Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies:

  • Only add 1/4 tsp. salt of dough to begin with, and then test your dough. If it needs more salt, add an addition 1/4 tsp.
  • If you use a nut butter other than peanut butter, you may need to add 4 – 5 extra tablespoons of garbanzo flour to help thicken it up. Especially if that nut butter is on the runny side.
  • Almond flour also works in this recipe.  
  • When buying peanut butter, purchase a type that only includes peanuts and maybe salt in the ingredients.

Did you try this recipe? Give it a star rating and let me know what you think in the comments below. Your feedback is very helpful!

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

4 Ingredient Soft Vegan and Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

Soft and delicous peanut butter cookies have never been easier to make! All you need is 4 ingredients and less than 20 minutes. Bonus: These are healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: gluten-free, plant based, vegan
Keyword: Vegan Desserts, Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes
Servings: 9 - 10 cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Creamy All Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup Garbanzo Bean Flour
  • 1/2 cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. Salt

Instructions

  • First, preheat your oven to 350º degrees. Then, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. No parchment? No prob! A non-stick baking sheet will work just fine on it's own.
  • Next, add the peanut butter, garbanzo flour, maple syrup and just 1/4 tsp. of salt to a bowl and mix well. Pinch off a tiny bit of dough and see how it tastes. Does it seem like it has enough salt? If not, add the remaining 1/4 tsp. and stir again. (I almost always add the second 1/4 tsp. of salt, but it depends on how salty your peanut butter is.)
  • Place the dough onto your baking sheet in the form of 9-10 equal-sized dough balls. If the dough seems too wet or soft to handle, add an extra 1 - 2 tablespoons of flour.
  • Once those balls are on the sheet, use a fork to make those famous peanut butter cookie criss-cross marks across the top.
  • Bake your cookies in your preheated oven for 11 - 12 minutes. Immediately transfer them to a cooling rack once they're done.

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Notes

  • If you use a nut butter other than peanut butter, you may need to add 4 - 5 extra tablespoons of garbanzo flour to help thicken it up. Especially if that nut butter is on the runny side.
  • Only add 1/4 tsp. salt of dough to begin with, and then test your dough. If it needs more salt, add an addition 1/4 tsp.
  • Almond flour can be used instead.
  • When buying peanut butter, purchase a type that only includes peanuts and maybe salt in the ingredients.
  • You can find flat parchment sheets HERE
 
 
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Comments

Ragnhild

Im just wondering, why use bean flour (never heard if it, from Norway) instead of normal flour? Health? Taste? Texture? I’m very curious!

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Audrey Dunham

Hi there! Bean flour is much richer in nutrients such as fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals, whereas regular all purpose flour has been processed and stripped of most of those nutrients. Whole grain flours are also great options and almond flour as well. Thanks for the question!

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Rebekah

Hi Audrey,

I made these cookies last Saturday as a pre-Jeff Dunham tour treat and they are the best peanut butter cookies I have ever had! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

One question: is there any brand of all natural peanut butter that doesn’t taste grainy? I ended up using regular peanut butter in this recipe because I was afraid of buying another kind of natural peanut butter that tasted grainy.

Thank you,

Rebekah

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Audrey Dunham

Hi Rebekah! So glad you like the cookies! I’m a big fan of MaraNatha brand; they seem to do a nice job of making nut butters super smooth. Otherwise, Nutzo brand is a good one to try, as well. Please let me know what you think it you try either one! Hope this helps. 🙂

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Marina Markou

Morning, can I use honey instead of maple syrup?

Thank you ?

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Audrey Dunham

Hey Marina, I’ve honestly never tried it! Since maple syrup is vegan, that’s the route I go with this recipe. The texture and flavor are just perfect for these cookies!

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Linda

Can you use something else besides garbanzo bean flour?

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Tamy

Wow I’ve made these twice this week. SO GOOD! Easy, too! Thanks so much xo

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Audrey Dunham

So glad you like them, Tamy!

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