Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

date12.15.14

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

The first time I made these flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, I squished a scoop of ice cream between them to make homemade peanut butter caramel ice cream sandwiches for my BFF’s birthday. I invited him over without a “wear stretchy pants” warning and force-fed him a four course dessert menu for dinner: lemon meringue s’mores, pumpkin cheesecake mousse, pumpkin spice muffins, and, for the final course, a peanut butter caramel ice cream sandwich (plus 8 more sandwiches wrapped up to go).

For future reference, an invitation to my house comes with an implied “wear stretchy pants” warning, k?

Peanut Butter Cookies Ice Cream Sandwiches

These cookies should come with the same warning. The day after I made the second batch, I ate a dozen while grazing past the kitchen whenever I got bored (work from home problems). These are the chewiest and peanut-butteriest PB cookies I’ve eaten. I’ll worship any cookie that gives me all those qualities and is naturally gluten-free with only 6 ingredients. You have my heart, cookie.

They’ve been making regular rotations with these few-ingredient flourless salted almond chocolate cookies whenever we need cookies (Always – I always need cookies.).

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Back in October, I found out about The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. Three food bloggers will mail me a batch of their homemade cookies? SIGN ME UP. Plus, it’s a fundraiser to support research on pediatric cancer therapies.

So wait: I get to bake cookies, fund a bit of cancer research, and get three surprise boxes of cookies in the mail sometime in December? Every part of this sounds like a good idea. (Sign up to follow along the swap and to see the big roundup of all the cookie recipes later this week!)

Food Blog Cookie SwapFlourless Peanut Butter Cookies

For my part I shipped off three dozen of these flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies to Food By Mars, Flippin’ Delicious and Sassy Southern Yankee. These peanut butter morsels are soft, chewy, and not delicate at all, so I figured they’d hold up well getting tossed around in the mail for a few days. Just to be sure, I baked a few extra dozen after I shipped off my cookie swap batches (go big or go home, right?), and threw some of them around the kitchen in a Ziploc for a day before devouring every last one.

In truth, I accidentally dropped the bag, but either way, they’ve passed rigorous stress-tests with flying colors.

Peanut Butter Cookies

The best part? In return, I got these three delicious batches of cookies from Kumquat Blog, Cucina Kristina, and Brooklyn Locavore. The cookies didn’t survive a week in my house. I am a cookie monster.

Also, why am I not already putting marshmallows and peppermint in everything?!

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Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Yields: 2 dozen cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (I use creamy Skippy to make mine)
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the peanut butter and sugar on medium high until smooth.
  3. Add the egg, baking soda, salt, and vanilla. Beat to combine, scraping down the sides as necessary.
  4. Add the chocolate chips and bean until evenly distributed.
  5. Roll a tablespoon of cookie dough into a ball and flatten into a 1.5-inch disk. Drop each disk onto a silpat mat or parchment-lined baking sheet, about 2-inches apart (I found the silpat mat cookies were the best texture).
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until soft and LIGHTLY browned on the bottom, but not browned on the sides or top*. Let rest on the baking sheet for 3-5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Notes
*If you cook until the edges begin to brown, your cookies will turn out crunchy instead of chewy (and you'll still eat them because: yum, but chewy is totally where it's at).

Tips for the best cookies:
Do not refrigerate your dough or when it bakes, the bottom will get crispy before the insides cook up (I learned this the hard way).
A silpat mat on a light cookie sheet produces the best results. If you're using parchment paper or a dark cookie sheet, check the time after 7 minutes to make sure they don't over cook.

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52 Comments

  1. Jill says:

    Haha, I love the wear stretchy pants warning…I should tell my BFF this before our weekly wholefoods buffet date!! I love how simple the ingredients are for these cookies – my kinda recipe! Definitely going to give it a shot.
    Jill
    Champagne for Everyday – A San Francisco Based Lifestyle and Fashion Blog

  2. Ahhhhh! I love the packaging on these Sarah! I would’ve love to have received these in the mail from you – they not only look amazing, but you made such a great gift & packaging!

  3. Oh my lanta! These cookies are incredible, Sarah. The gals receiving these sure were lucky. I am making a note to remember to sign up next year. It truly is such a great cause.

  4. Teeheehee, Cookie Monster. These cookies look fabtabulous! I am so sad I missed the deadline for the cookie swap. I have it marked on my calendar for next year :)

  5. Hahaha, good job. I like to wear stretchy pants to parties anyways, so I’d come prepared without the warning. :)

  6. Sheri says:

    I love how you packaged these yummy cookies looking cookies!!

  7. Boy, the box of goodies I want from you for Xmas is just growing and growing….I’ll take 100 of these, ‘k? <3 <3 <3

  8. I would love getting a box of these in the mail! Chewy peanut butter cookies are the best!

  9. Making these ASAP! Seriously these look phenomenal and I’d like to eat a dozen right now!

    xx Katie
    lovely letters

  10. Alanna says:

    Um, can I be your BFF? I’ve got loads of stretchy pants. :D

  11. These cookies sound awesome – I can never say no to a peanut butter chocolate combo. I love how simply they come together too. I would join you for a four course dessert menu anytime! ;)

  12. Just look at those peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. I am so in love with this as a gift and adoring the unique gift wrapping as well. Great post

  13. awww, man. i wish i’d been on your recipient list! a very close second favorite to chocolate/peppermint is chocolate/peanut butter… these look lovely. i may just be making them for myself… although i’ll be fighting my kids for them. so glad you enjoyed the cookies i sent!!

  14. Min says:

    YUM!! I’ve actually never made flourless cookies before! Totally baking these soon! And note to self, when I visit you in the future, I shall def be wearing stretchy pants ;). And I know all about your working from home problems. I need to lock up my pantry and the fridge somehow.

    • 1. Yes, you should! I just made another batch tonight (sans chocolate chips for a dairy-free version). 2. I love that it’s a “when” you come visit and not an “if” – I’m slowly but surely luring you to CA;) 3. I try all kinds of tricks, but hungry Sarah cannot be fooled! Haha.

  15. Can’t believe these are gluten free – amazing! My GF friends are going to love you!

  16. I am a serious sweet tooth grazer, so if i made these cookies i definitely would be in alot of trouble! They look delicious and I crave peanut butter cookies on a regular basis – so I can imagine how good they taste!

  17. These cookies look absolutely amazing! I love how pretty you packaged them up too! I would have loved to receive these in the mail!

  18. im not sure what I love more the cookies or your mad packing skills!! wising I had participates this year

  19. These look so yummy! Bonus points for making them flourless :) That picture of 2 of these cookies sandwiching ice cream brings me back to summer. The bloggers receiving these cookies are so lucky ~ and in such pretty packaging too :)

  20. WholeYum says:

    These look and sound amazing!!

  21. karen says:

    Oh my, I need these cookies. PB & chocolate is an amazing combo!

  22. So how do we get invited over to Snixy Kitchen’s house?? …cuz a 4 course dessert tasting and an invitation to wear stretchy pants it how I love to roll! hahahahha. And these cookies… They look amazing!!!

  23. Yum! I love the classic combo of chocolate and peanut butter – it is, to everyone I’ve ever known, a huge favourite. These look perfect, Sarah!

  24. Well aren’t these the most perfect looking cookies? I love that they’re flourless too, more room for peanut butter : ) I love your packaging of the cookies too!

  25. I love flourless peanut butter cookies! they seem so healthy which means i can eat way more of them, right? yours look insanely perfect!

  26. Damn delicious sweet bites!!!

  27. Amazing! That is the kind of dinner I want to be invited too!!

  28. Amanda Paa says:

    i wish i would have gotten these :) love all your tips too. underbaking is the best! and that 4 course dessert dinner? whoa….. decadence at its best.

  29. These look amazing and your packaging is adorable. So glad you had fun doing the cookie swap! I will certainly remember to wear stretchy pants when I come to your house!

  30. Noted. I will bring stretchy pants when I visit. :)

  31. Wowww it’s really hard to believe these only have like 6 ingredients! You’re lying, aren’t ya?? hehe just kidding. But seriously, I think I’ll have to try these out because they’re so “healthy” in terms of cookies. Pinning some love, Sarah! :D

  32. I love how the truth comes out about dropping cookies in your kitchen… ;) I just shipped off a few dozen cookies to a friend in Georgia, and I crammed as much tissue paper and bubble wrap inside the box as humanly possible. No joke! The USPS workers must’ve thought I was crazy… But hey, cookies as good as yours need to stay looking pretty for their entire trip around the country! Pinned! (P.S. Stretchy pants invitation noted.)

    • Oh man – what a lucky friend! I watched a postal worker just throw a package behind the counter that someone dropped off on Monday, so it’s probably a good thing you quadruple packed your cookies! Thanks for sharing my cookies, Amy! :) <3

  33. I love the idea of making things with fewer ingredients AND making them naturally gluten free. So jealous of your cookie stash right now!

  34. No, really… they make NON-stretchy pants?

  35. June Burns says:

    What delicious little cookies! Can’t go wrong with peanut butter + chocolate :)

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