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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!
4.93/5 (96)
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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Or have you ever made any vegan dessert? The best part about vegan peanut butter cookies is the lack of raw egg in the batter. So no one can stop you from eating as much cookie dough as you want!

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Published on December 11, 2011

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    • Michelle says

      Just a tip after decades of baking. In general, peanut butter, banana, and applesauce recipes tend to do ok without eggs, as these ingredients often act as sticky binders to hold ingredients together (the applesauce, not as much). Applesauce when added to cookies, tend to take away the crunch, and create a more cake-like cookie. For serious cookie lovers, this may be disappointing. If you try this recipe, you might want to “half” it – to see if you like the texture. I personally prefer PB cookies that have a texture more like a shortbread cookie, but that’s me, and cookies are my number one obsession in life. Very picky. Saying that, I am still going to make these out of sheer curiosity.
      As to this website blog…..absolutely superb Katie! I am without words at your talent, creativity, and imagination. You are a very very talented lady. Thank you!

  1. Michelle says

    I’ve been Vegan since New years…started out baking … theppk site made it so easy
    ..muffins first, cookies, brownies you name it. Best part you can safely eat the dough.. but I have to admit im Loving you almost daily recipes….what will Katie think of next 😉 love it

  2. Audrey Smith says

    Oh this recipe came one day late for me (made some peanut butter cookies last night), but I can’t wait to try it! I made some last night using maple syrup instead of sugar and applesauce, but this sounds even better! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Sarah says

      Does maple syrup work better than honey for recipes like this as a replacement to sugar? I’m glad you posted this, because it makes sense that you’d get rid of the applesauce with this substitution.

      • Silvia says

        Can the flour be almond flour or oat flour or coconut flour instead? If so, which of these substitutions do you recommend Katie? And can I replace the sugar with maple syrup?

        • Jason Sanford says

          Some peanut butters are runnier than others, especially if it’s warm in your kitchen. Just add a little more flour and you should be fine! You can also put the dough in the fridge for a little while.

  3. Erin says

    Yum, Katie! These look delicious. I want to try them right away. I’m so looking forward to all the recipes you plan to post before Christmas… can you say baking party? 🙂

  4. Aja says

    I have made so many vegan desserts since becoming a blogger and stumbling into the food blogging community. Mostly the vegan blogs. It’s funny how people think they will taste horrible but they are, in my opinion, WAY better than non-vegan desserts.
    Congrats on 10 years of veganism! I’m slowly making the transition into veganism myself.
    And I know what I’m baking today. Peanut butter cookies are the best.

  5. DawnW says

    I’ve been baking vegan for a few years now,but I avoid recipes using applesauce because I’m afraid it will tast apple-y. (I like apples,but not in cookies!) Do these taste like applesauce?

  6. Ashley Wilson says

    These look absolutely delicious! But I have a rather large problem…I live in Spain and I’ve looked everywhere and I can’t find applesauce!!! Is there something else I could use?


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