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Secret Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

Soft, chewy, homemade vegan peanut butter cookies.

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies That Melt In Your Mouth

These vegan peanut butter cookies are impossible to stop eating!

It’s been over six years since I first shared the recipe for these peanut butter cookies on the blog, and yet it is still one of the most popular recipes I’ve ever posted, with readers writing in pretty much on a daily basis to say how much they love these cookies.

One reader even emailed me to say she’d entered the recipe into a contest… and these peanut butter cookies took home first prize!

The cookies are so deliciously light, soft, chewy, and better than any other peanut butter cookie—vegan or not—that I’ve ever tried.

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Above – watch the video how to make vegan peanut butter cookies!

 The first time I made the recipe, I remember being shocked it could possibly be vegan.

How could there be no eggs or butter?!?!

They tasted way too good!

I’ll never forget how excited I was the first time I brought these peanut butter cookies to a pool party and heard that people couldn’t stop raving about them.

I loved seeing their surprised faces upon hearing the secret that the cookies were vegan. Yes, vegan peanut butter cookies that didn’t taste vegan.

(Ten years ago, veganism was much less mainstream than it is today.)

The recipe has another secret: applesauce! It makes these cookies so amazingly melt-in-your-mouth soft!

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P.S. Be sure to also try my Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream, because it is a huge reader favorite.

Discerning eyes might notice that although I roll the cookies into seven balls in the video, only six cookies come out of the oven…

This may or may not be due to the fact that I ate one of the cookie dough balls instead of baking it with the others.

My favorite part of vegan baking is that, since there are no raw eggs, you get to eat as much raw cookie dough as you could possibly want.

To be honest, sometimes when I make these cookies, none of them make it into the oven!

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you probably remember the original version of the recipe, posted back in 2011. It’s become so popular that I went back to it this past weekend to see if I could get the cookies even healthier while keeping them just as soft and perfect.

I was indeed able to decrease the sugar from the original version, and they are still just as delicious!

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Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

Both vegans and non vegans love these soft homemade vegan peanut butter cookies!
4.92/5 (104)
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Yield 7 – 10 cookies


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, or allergy-friendly sub
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tbsp flour (spelt, white, oat, sorghum, rice all work)
  • 1/3 cup sugar, unrefined if desired
  • 2 tbsp applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  • *If you're a visual person, be sure to watch the video above showing how to make the vegan peanut butter cookies!
    Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. If your peanut butter is not stir-able, gently warm to soften. Add all remaining ingredients to the mixing bowl and stir to form a dough. Roll into cookie balls. If you want soft cookies, refrigerate the dough at least an hour. (You can also freeze cookie dough balls to bake at another time if you wish.) Bake in a preheated oven (350F) for 8 minutes. The cookies will look quite underdone when you take them out. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from tray, as they firm up while cooling.
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For a no-bake version, try these Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies.

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Published on December 11, 2011

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  1. Rachel says


    I stuck my piece of my evening “sleepy chocolate” in one of the cookies (hey, in a legal state here) and ate it as soon as the 10 mins cooling time was up, sooooooo good! Am planning on making these again with chunks of chocolate and a little maldon salt next time. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  2. Rachel says

    Wow. I made them them as written once, then used Swerve for the next batch for my diabetic dad, with some stevia-sweetened chocolate pieces. He told me to start a baking company, haha.

  3. Jigna says

    Omg!! Katie, your recipes are always good, but this one was amazing! I used almond butter (ran out of PB) and added vegan chocolate chips.

  4. Kelley says

    These are amazing. I used only half the applesauce and pressed the cookies down with a fork before baking. I baked for ten minutes and they are a perfect texture. Not too chewy. Have made a double batch twice in the past two days!

  5. Elliott says

    Just stumbled across this recipe earlier today and was ecstatic. I made two minor adjustments for my personal diet – using a whole wheat flour instead of white flour and using a Stevia baking blend instead of sugar. The cookies came out absolutely delicious!

  6. Andreea Bozău says

    Recipe looks fantastic! I’ve also made a version of peanut butter cookies that are vegan, gluten-free and have no refined sugar in them. They are rich in peanut butter and I used chickpea flour and coconut sugar as sweetener. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Lily Rose says

    My family loves these now! I came across this recipe because we don’t eat eggs. It is simple to make and has a phenomenal consistency!
    One word of advice, if there are more than one of you, make a bigger batch. The first time I tripped it, the second time we did a x6 batch. Also smush the cookies down with a fork. Thanks!

  8. Lil mama says

    Just curious of all the flours you listed which one did you use in your recipe especially the one with rave reviews? Have you tried finding a way to eliminate the sugar or substitute maple syrup or sugar for it?

  9. Annie says

    Love the peanut butter cookies. They are the best I’ve ever had. I am not vegan, just experimenting. Would never have known they are vegan. I did need to leave in the oven more like 13 min for them to be done.

  10. Melissa says

    These are a perfect go to for a quick sweet batch of cookies. I always add chocolate chips to them and sub for whole wheat flour if that’s what I have. Always great 😊

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