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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 (92)
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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  1. katia says

    I always make vegan cookies for my older sister, who has been vegan for a few years now-and hates cooking-. Cookies, cakes, pies, including your cookie pie<3!-Its amazing.- Also things that arent sweet. It doesn't really to me if it's vegan or not, as long as its good and healthy. I assume its difficult to be vegan in a non-vegan household, so I help her out. I noticed it keeps me on a mostly vegetarian diet without trying.

  2. Cari says

    I made these cookies tonight. They are amazing. I used brown sugar/stevia blend and sugar/stevia blend. It was so hard to not eat the whole batch!!!!

  3. Erika says

    Just made these and added some chocolate chips because I had a small amount lying around… oh wow, these are amazing!!
    Thanks so much for sharing the recipe Katie. Honestly, I now check your blog about as much as I check anything online. 🙂

  4. Melissa says

    I just made these and I can’t believe how wonderful they are. My husband just tried to make me some last weekend the traditional way and they weren’t even half as good as these. They do spread a lot, and I would probably second the recipe if I were bringing them somewhere. I mean, if I could share that is…

  5. Diane says

    OMG! These cookies are amazing! I made these for Christmas presents to give to my dog walking human clients. I added mini chocolate chips to them and put the dough into mini muffin cups before I baked them. I am making more tomorrow because I have all ready eaten 10. Opps. I was able to make 30 cookies. Thanks for the wonderful recipes Katie! Merry Christmas!!

  6. Katelyn says

    Hey Katie! I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now but this is my first time commenting. I made these cookies last night and my little brother (well he’s 17 so not so little!) ate EVERY LAST ONE! I didn’t tell him they’re healthy let alone vegan because he’s one of those people who won’t touch anything vegan and he loved them!! His only complaint was that they weren’t big enough!! Haha! Thanks so much for this awesome recipe, it’s definitely a keeper!

  7. Emily says

    We just made these this morning! The baked cookies are as good as the dough (and I sampled quite a bit so I can say that with some authority). This is the best recipe we’ve tried in our search for the perfect peanut butter cookie without breaking an egg.

  8. Jennifer says

    Just made these and the applesauce was good, needs more peanut butter. I like my Peanut Butter cookies to taste like peanut butter. 🙂

    • Michelle says

      Make sure your peanut butter isn’t mixed with something like palm oil. Not that this is a bad thing, but it will take away the extra strong peanut flavor. Has to be 100% peanuts, and nothing else. I like my cookies to taste really strong of peanut butter too. Bit wary of using applesauce, as I haven’t had luck with substituting this in any recipe except banana bread. Makes cookies cake-like, which I don’t care for. Cookies should be crumbly, even if they aren’t crisp.

  9. Ashley says

    Love the recipe! Do you think I could add a hershey kiss to the top and make PB Blossoms out of them? Or do they spread too much?

  10. Caroline says

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these! I used GF flour and they turned out perfectly! Now I have to try and not eat all of them in one sitting.

  11. Ro says

    I made these after dinner and Ohhhh Mmmmm Geeeeeee! I LOVE these!!!!!!!

    YOU are genius, Ms. CCK. I am so glad I found your blog!!!!!!!

  12. HealthFoodJunky says

    I made these cookies for my Dad (he is absolutely obsessed with the non-vegan kind) and he TOTALLY LOVED them! I am so happy to find a healthy version of his favorite cookie! Thank you so much, Katie!

  13. Shannon says

    I just made these for Santa and my family is currently devouring them. None of us are vegan, but no one can tell the difference! I love your recipes, these are INCREDIBLE and I am already addicted.

  14. Lindsey says

    I LOVE YOUR BLOG! I became vegan about 6 months ago and I’m so glad I found CCK 🙂 your recipes are always delicious and healthy, and I’m glad your spreading around the awesomeness that is veganism and eating healthy! Go you!

    Ps- I’ve made your red velvet pancakes for myself for breakfast 3 times in a row… Yummyy

  15. Jessica says

    Just made this recipe and stuck it in the oven. the batter was delicious, but this is probably one of the smallest batches I’ve ever made. I had to make the cookies super small to make the dough last longer too. I’m sure they’ll turn out delicious, they just probably won’t last long in this house.

    Made a little change due to my lack of applesauce too. 1/2 T ground flax and 1 1/2 T water since your recipe only called for substitution of half an egg. the flax seems to be working just as well.


  16. Erin Eloise says

    Just made them with a coconut blend GF flour and they are AMAZING. I made them extra tiny, so they are perfect to share 🙂

  17. Jo Clute says

    Let the kids pick out a recipe to try this afternoon. The weather here in Turkey is freezing cold and miserable and they were about to kill one another. They turned out great and they’re already scarfed down. Best part was eating the cookie dough!!

  18. sarah says

    omg!! These were soo good. Me and my sister made these a couple of days ago and they were so yummy and peanut buttery 😀 thanks for the recipe!

  19. Hannah says

    Hey I’m curious what does ‘T’ mean in the ingredient list. I’ve honestly never come across it before. It might be because I’m from a different country, and can’t make these cookies until I know what that means.

  20. Andrea says

    YUM katie, YUM! I used GF flour and almond butter instead of PB… Mine spread out a ton, probably because it was a fresh jar of almond butter and (even though I stirred it) I got more of the oils from the top of the jar than I should have. I was worried they would get crispy because they are so thin, but they are SOFT and AMAZING just as you promised! These are the first vegan cookie I have made… and I’m in love! THANK YOU!

    I have a blog, and I don’t post much, but these and your chocolate-pb no-bake cookies are going to be my first blog post in a whiiile. I’ll credit it back to you, of course! Check it out later today!

  21. Stephanie says

    Wow! We just tasted this recipe today and both the kids and I loved the cookies! This is the first time since we’ve had to give up dairy, eggs and gluten that we’ve liked peanut butter cookies. So this is going to be THE recipe for us.
    Would you be ok if I translate it into French for my blog? (with a link and credit to your blog, of course)

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