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Single-Serving Peanut Butter Cookies

Helloooo Chocolate Sprinkles!

Many of you had the same query about the Dark Chocolate Brownie Batter Dip.

What am I supposed to dip in it?” Really, you can dip anything: bananas, strawberries, graham crackers, pancakes, your fingers… you can even mix it into oatmeal or ice cream! Or you can get really, really naughty and spread it on cookies…

peanut butter cookie for one!

Are you a single lady?

If you are, be sure to check out the list of Over 100 Single Serving Healthy Dessert Recipes.

If you are not a single lady, you can easily double or triple the following recipe to make multiple soft and chewy peanut butter cookies. I wouldn’t do that, though. Nope, what I’d advise is to wait until no one else is home and then make this recipe and keep it all to yourself. Muahahahahahahaha!

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Ooh look, a bite mark. I wonder how that got there…

Single Lady Peanut Butter Cookie

(Makes 1 or 2 cookies)

  • 2 tbsp flour (I used ww pastry)
  • 1.5 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/16 tsp baking soda
  • very scant 1/16 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tbsp agave or maple syrup (Or use 3/4 tbsp each sugar and brown sugar, or 1.5 tbsp xylitol)
  • 1 tsp applesauce (or more, if using dry sweetener)
  • optional: add some chocolate chips if you wish!

Mix dry ingredients. Add pb and wet ingredients. Mix well and form into one or two cookies. Flatten into cookie shapes and bake in a preheated oven at 350F for 8-10 minutes. (I used my toaster oven. Readers have reported success in a microwave as well.) Note: if you use liquid sweetener, it’ll be more cake-y. If you use the sugar, it’ll be more chewy.

No oven? Try these: No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cookies.

Or, who says you can’t just eat the raw dough of this recipe? The best thing about vegan baking is that you’re able to eat raw cookie dough sans worry!

single serving peanut butter cookie

Do you usually cook just for yourself?

Or do you cook for your kids? Or for a significant other? I actually don’t often cook for one. There is a hungry man in my life, and his name is Mr. Freezer. Because I’m super-busy and also don’t like to spend hours preparing meals, I often cook in bulk, doubling a recipe. Leftovers are fed to the insatiable freezer man. I also like quadrupling pancake recipes and storing leftovers in the freezer. It makes breakfast much faster, and I only have to clean once. Less cleaning is always a good thing! If you’re like me, and don’t want to cook for one, try the following:

—–>Secret Peanut Butter Cookies – a popular recipe for parties and barbecues<—–

Published on July 26, 2011

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  1. Julene says

    You’re one of the only healthy foodie blogs that not only offers me all the chocolate/peanut butter/delicious recipes I could want, but offers single-serving options. Hooray! Definitely making myself one of these later…

  2. Qi Ting @ Misadventures of Fat free Baking says

    I always cook for myself! My mum’s too busy to cook and my dad and bro don’t know how. When I cook, its ‘for one’ but when I bake, its a different story 😀
    Those peanut butter cookie deserve to be rolled into balls to make Peanut Butter Cookie Balls as well! 😀 Sounds yum 😀

  3. katie @KatieDid says

    Right now I only cook for 1, and that’s enough for me to handle! When I do cook with friends or for others I easily get overwhelmed with timing and quantities. I’m sure its something that gets easier the more you do it though. But leftovers are amazing too! Sometimes I cook a bunch of sweet potatoes and keep them cold in the fridge, I love snacking on cold sweet potatoes!

  4. Jenny says

    We’ve done cookies with cookie dough dip… so I imagine that some of your fudge daddy brownies would also pair nicely with brownie dip, no? 😉 I agree with Julene: love how you’re one of the few bloggers that provides recipes for single servings!

    I usually cook for myself, but I, too, will either keep a recipe for four the way it is and store leftovers. It’s great to have healthy dinners already prepared after a long day’s work, when – sadly – the last thing one wants to do is cook!

  5. Barb says

    my boyfriend will get angry if i make single serving cookies – especially these peanut butter ones! I will definately have to quadruple the recipe in order to have a single serving for myself.

    i also like to bake/cook in bulk and freeze. i actually just made about 30 blueberry pancakes last night and froze them for quick and easy breakfasts. (with freshly picked blueberries!! 🙂 )

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Hmmm… I try to use very basic ingredients (i.e. not so many hard-to-find flours or obscure ingredients). For baking you definitely should have the following on hand:
      1. baking soda
      2. baking powder
      3. salt
      4. nondairy milk
      5. cocoa powder
      6. oats
      And a lot (but not all) of my recipes also call for: chocolate, ww pastry flour or spelt flour, bananas, nut butter, unrefined coconut oil, Artisana coconut butter, and the fudge babies call for dates.

  6. Jennifer says

    These cookies look so very good! I am often cooking for myself because I live alone, which I why I love all of your single serving recipes!

    • Jennifer says

      Oh, and as far as what to dip into the brownie batter dip….I can attest to the fact that a spoon works really, really well for the blondie batter. Not that I have ever eaten it with a spoon out of the blender. 🙂

  7. Bianca- Vegan Crunk says

    Yum! I love all your single lady recipes. You should combine them all into a single lady cookbook! I’m so not kidding. You should do that. I know a great publisher… 🙂

    As for cooking solo, I only cook for me! I live my with boyfriend of 7 years, but he’s not vegan. And we have different work schedules. So we fend for ourselves….plus, I kind of hate sharing.

  8. Meg says

    Oh Katie, I cannot catch up with all of your posts all at once since I’ve been on vaca because I may drown in my drool!

    These look amazing and maple syrup would be the perfect sweetner for ’em too – maple + peanut butter = a match made in heaven (or CCK Kitch!)

  9. Amber K says

    I like making small batches of things because I prefer things fresh. Plus then I can try a million different recipes at once and not overload my stomach or my limited-space fridge/freezer.

  10. Sarah says

    mmm these look so good. I am deff making some tonight. I love your single lady recipees because it stops me from eating all 30 cookies 🙂

    I always cook for myself and the hubby cooks for him and the kiddies since they like their meat…when it comes to baking though I usually bake for everyone (using lots of your recipees) and they love it

  11. Lyza says

    Not to be mean, but people asked what they’re supposed to dip in it??



    Anyway. Making bulk recipes is a fantastic idea. 🙂 I should start doing something like that.

  12. Michaela says

    I usually cook for myself, but I never only cook for one person. Planned leftovers much?! 😉 I always make at least 2 portions.
    And me, I cannot stop smiling, either 🙂 So happy to be working for PETA, soon 🙂

  13. jaclyn@todayslady says

    I just made peanut butter cookies last night! I definitely dont just cook for myself. My husband appreciates everything I make…… unless there’s dates in it, he’s weird and doesnt like them. I also love freezing baked goods. It means easy access to yummy goodness anytime I want!

  14. Victoria says

    I love the idea of single serving cookies! Usually when I make cookies I end up eating almost the entire batch. This seems like a good solution =P

  15. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite says

    I make a very similar pb cookie in the microwave! I have not yet had a problem with it. I do use liquid egg whites, rather than applesauce, so not sure if that would change the texture. Love desserts for one since my husband doesn’t like sweets (what up with that?!)

  16. Holly @ The Runny Egg says

    I will cook/bake for myself, but usually it is for someone else — Jason, coworkers, family, etc.

    Doubling/tripling recipes is always good because you don’t always have time to cook or bake.

  17. Aine @ Something to Chew Over says

    My boyfriend hates peanut butter so this recipe suits me just fine 🙂

    I usually cook dinner for both of us but breakfast and dinner are mainly just for me.

  18. Kat @ Cupcake Kat says

    I cook for myself a lot but I always share! Just made these cookies and they are delicious! Mine were soft, pleasantly sweet, and had a great peanut butter taste.These are so simple I think I am going to make some more!

  19. Elise says

    I adore peanut butter cookies! In fact I was thinking about making some just the other day, hmmm! These look amazing, great photos. And the fact it serves just one, brilliant.

    Elise x

    P.S. Talking of single servings, I wrote that post on your single lady cupcakes (all 5 flavours!). Please let me know if it’s ok!

  20. Nikki says

    I made this recipe this afternoon following your sugar free version. I guess I must be used to Stevia now because it tasted pretty good! I had to sub sunflower seed butter for the PB and I used leftover peach puree from pancakes instead of apple sauce…but it was still pretty yummy! Love the single serving idea…keeps me from eating a dozen cookies.

  21. VEGirl says

    I like just cooking for myself, but I have the rest of my family who wants some of whatever I’m testing and I often make meals for my family, too. I LOVE peanut butter cookies! My favorites are those Chrsitmas cookies with the Hershy kisses in the. Haven’t found a vegan hershy kiss yet though 🙁

  22. Jen says

    I cook for myself most of the time, but I also cook dinners for my fiance when I’m feeling housewifey. As for desserts, I almost always bake for other people, and rarely for myself. The last batch of cookies I made, every single one got eaten by someone other than me. I love presenting people with freshly baked goods! By the way, I actually have a peanut butter cookie request that I need to fulfill, so it’s a coincidence that you posted this today!

  23. Ashley C says

    I love that you post single serving recipes,. I like to only make one or two of your delicious treats at a time so im not tempted to eat so many!! I cant wait to try these and hopefully ill finally get to try using chickpeas to make dip!!

  24. kaila @ healthy helper says

    I love single serve recipes! But sometimes when I’m cooking for myself I kind wish it were easier to make regular recipes single serve. Cause leftovers get kind of boring to me and I really don’t like eating the same things two days in a row.

  25. Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFIles says

    Mmmm PEANUT BUTTER! I was just thinking the other day about how us vegans have it pretty good because we can lick the bowl worry-free.

    I pretty much always cook for myself, but I ALWAYS have planned leftovers! It makes life soooo much easier.

  26. Lucy @ Porridge and Parsnips says

    I just made these! 🙂 I’ve been really jealous of all the peanut butter recipes popping up lately as my husband hates peanut butter & I can’t trust myself not to eat a whole batch in less than a day, so this is perfect!

    Took less than a minute to make, 10 minutes to cook & now I’m waiting for them to cool…the hardest bit!! A bit did “accidentally” break off one of them though…delicious!! 😀 thanks Katie, yet again a great recipe!

      • Lucy says

        They were amazing! Even the pb-hating husband asked to try a bit & declared it “quite nice with a good texture” so maybe I will be try out some other pb recipes after all! 😀

        Mine were quite cakey though – should they be? Delicious either way so I’m happy!! 🙂

          • Lucy says

            Yes, I used agave. I guess I’ll just “have” to make them again tomorrow using sugars to test out the difference!! 😀 I’m betting I’ll love both versions!

            I just passed the recipe on to my sister too, so good! 🙂

  27. Rebecca says

    I was just in a PB cookie mood too. I usually only cook for myself (have been for years) since I’m vegan and my family are carnivores. Baking wise I love to bake for others and often bake things for friends and family. I even do charity bakes and bake for my church =)

  28. Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather says

    I cook for both my husband and myself but I am totally making this just for ME!

  29. Leslie says

    Mmmm I just made these (this?). One of my afvorite things about your blog is that you give recipes with normal, easy to find ingredients so I can make them as soon as I see the post! This was PERFECT! So soft and delicious and the perfect size. Thanks, Katie :).

  30. Lenna says

    I cook for myself, but bake for my parents 🙂 And the next thing I am baking for them are those amazing cookies 🙂

  31. Faith @ For the Health of It says

    I’m slowly but surely filling up my freezer, it’s always nice to defrost something wholesome when you’re low on time! I like to buy veggies on super-sale at the market because they’re starting to wilt, toss em in the steamer and then freeze – Last time I was able to steam and freeze 4 pounds of green beans for $1, and since I cooked them right as they were at the “use-em-or-lose-em” stage, I saved em from getting wasted!

  32. VM80 says

    Hello there, just thought I’d say hi. I’ve checked into your ‘blog a few times – I’m not vegan at all & can’t even exactly remember how I came across it. I was googling something…

    Anyway I like the general positivity of your posts & I really like the sound of those peanut butter cookies. :p

  33. Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats says

    I usually just cook for my manfriend and I but he is moving on Sunday so it will just be me for a while! 🙂 I love single serving dessert recipes because I am not always the best with portion control!

  34. Maren says

    Oh my gosh! Single serving cookie recipes are the best idea ever! Thank for sharing! I’ll definitely be featuring them on my blog.

  35. Eric Jaffa says

    You went from writing about visiting NYC to posting recipes.

    Was there a transitional “I flew from NY to Texas” post which I missed?

  36. Marianne says

    Although I generally only cook for myself, I still make full batch recipes – especially with baking! I can always give them away or freeze them, or sometimes my family will eat the things I cook as well.

  37. Tiffany says

    Have you tried adding tahini to your peanut butter cookies? The tahini to peanut butter ratio can’t be the same of course there should be less tahini imo (otherwise they won’t be peanut butter cookies) but the mix is really good!
    I’ve read your reply to Averie’s comment, and I really hope you can succeed in making non-crumbly flourless cookies because mine are always crumbly– I as well don’t have a problem eating those crumbs though!

  38. Haley Q-My Sole will be Satisfied says

    These look SO yum. Love all your single lady recipes, they seriously come in handy!

  39. Rachel @ Eat, Learn, Discover! says

    Are single-serving chocolate cookies next? please? Haha these look amazing! I need a bigger freezer, I don’t have room to make extras of anything. 🙁

  40. Ragnhild says

    The single lady idea is so great! Being a single lady is not so great though.. 😉
    I like to always prepare new meals, and i dont have anything in my freezer, besides frozen berries. When I make meals that leavs me with leftovers, I try to use them in the first few days, so I just keep them in my fridge!

  41. says

    Hi Katie! I am making those very soon! My husband is a meat-eater, and I am a vegetarian who refuses to cook meat! I often cook things just for myself– though he appreciates my creations, he often would rather just fend for himself. I’ll get him to eat tempeh one day!!!

  42. Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free says

    Best. cookies. ever! Add a little unsweetened chocolate…and it is even better 😀 😀 😀

    And I cook for myself a lot, but I also cook for my family. I might pack them lunch, or make dinner sometimes…

  43. Albizia says

    I usually cook for myself only so single-lady recipes are perfect for me. if I want one portion, I know exactly how to get no more than one portion. If I want leftovers or if I have guests, I just multiply the ingredients.

  44. Leslie Paquette says

    Saw this recipe in my email today at work and could not wait to get home and make them. I love all the single serving recipes. I sprinkled cocoa nibs on top and serving them warm from the oven with banana soft serve. It was like the peanut butter version of a warm brownie sundae. I made the recipe as written and the cookies were a little sweet for me so next time I will decrease the maple syrup or might try the stevia version.

    I cook for both my husband and myself though he is a carnivore and I make a lot of seperate meals for us. Despite being thin my husband has high cholesterol and blood pressure and is trying to make dietary changes to lower them. He agreed to eat more of my vegan creations which is perfect for me. I’ve been making his salads with marinated tempeh, tofu scrambles for breakfast and homemade veggie burgers and he’s really enjoyed the meals and his cholesterol dropped 50 points over the last month. Go figure! Now, if I could just get him to eat more beans… He hates banana and doesn’t love dessert so the single serving dessert recipes are great for me.

  45. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says

    The recipe looks great, Katie!

    Last week I posted about flourless PB cookies. I made them with 1 egg but you could use a flax/chia egg, no worries.

    They didn’t make “tons”, but they made about 15 small cookies or probably like 10-13 bigger ones.

    I freeze everything I make. People always ask, well what do you do with it all? I freeze it! That way I have a stash of everything from casseroles to cookies to raw vegan dessert balls waiting for me and I can grab out one or two, or a single serve portion and let it come up to room temp (the desserts are like 15 mins for 1 cookie to warm up) and entrees, just nuke.

    I make planned leftovers b/c I dont have time to be cooking, doing dishes, and turning on my oven for 1. I need to make extra so when I’m working and the family is fending for themselves, there are leftovers. 🙂 Or for when I want “leftover” desserts 🙂

  46. Lauren @ What Lauren Likes says

    what a great idea! I usually cook for the family but sometimes just bake for myself! ( *evil cackle*) this recipe is perfect fo that 🙂

  47. Liz @ iheartvegetables says

    If I’m just cooking for myself (as a single lady!) then I usually just do something simple. But I love cooking for friends! And when it comes to baking I usually make plenty for my roommates and co-workers!

  48. michelle says

    I love your man Mr. Freezer! I’m the exact opposite. I take every recipe and times it by 3. My husband eats like a family of 4 all on his own, especially when it comes to desserts.

  49. Nathalie says

    I usually only cook for myself, and I’ve only juuuuust recently begun to *entertain* the idea of cooking in bulk, say on the weekend, and using that throughout the week. I don’t have a super-active outside-of-work social life, so spending my evenings preparing dinner or lunch for the next day is usually not an issue, but recently I’ve had times when I wished my food was partially or already made.

    Also my freezer’s…..not so large. And mostly occupied by my hulking ice cream maker bucket and frozen bananas. So I’d probably only be able to cook enough ahead of time that I could keep it in the fridge and it wouldn’t go bad.

    I do cook for others when they come over though ^_^ I try to be a good hostess.

  50. blossjoss says

    This is awesome. I’m all about the single serving of goodness. I will def be trying this. And in the microwave. 🙂

  51. BroccoliHut says

    I guess I’m not technically a single lady, but I usually cook for just myself. Hence, all my recipes serve just one 🙂

  52. Kristin @ STUFT Mama says

    Ha ha ha! I have a husband and I still think of the freezer as my BF. 🙂 I even have two! And Katie, seriously LOVE the single serving recipes. I can’t wait to try this one out. It’s so nice to be abel to just make one serving when you want a treat. Oh, and the best thing ever for freezing food is glad press and seal wrap. I’m addicted to it! I will be making this darn cookie tomorrow!!!!!!! Mmmmm..

  53. Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola says

    Omg thank you for a single-serving cookie recipe! As a single gal, I just cannot have batches of cookies around but this will be perfect for a cookie craving! I’ll probably add a few dark chocolate chips to mine 🙂

  54. sheila @ Elements says

    Single serving recipes??? You never cease to amaze me! YOu’re always posting awesome recipes, and now this! It’s brilliant! I need recipes like this because my honey isn’t much of a cookie eater. And I rarely make cookies because I don’t want a whole bunch of them. Thank you!!! 🙂

  55. Anna says

    I normally am cooking for one but I love leftovers (saves time) and putting meals in the freezer is a nice bonus when I don’t have time to cook. This week I have been making meals for my brother’s family and I forgot how much I miss working in the kitchen. I am looking forward to having my own kitchen again in a month even though it means I will be cooking for myself

  56. Nicole says

    My hubby is allergic to nuts, so I can’t ever make PB cookies. I LOVE that you have a single-serving recipe for them, because I can totally make them just for me! Thanks for sharing!!

  57. peanut butter maniac says

    I made these today and they were amazing! The batter is pretty fantastic, maybe if it morphed into a chickpea based dip peanut butter cookie dough dip I’d be able to justify it as a full meal!

  58. Danielle says

    I made these last night (twice actually!) I used almond butter and maple syrup and they were AWESOME… so awesome that I made a second cookie. The second cookie though I used only 1 TBS of maple syrup because I didn’t think it needed anymore.

    I love the single serving recipes, although I typically try to stay away from flour so I may retry this another day using oat flour.

  59. Jana says

    I microwaved them, and it worked, but I had to eat it with a spoon…
    I replaces the applesauce with strawberry-jelly, because I hadn’t applesauce. Hmmm!

  60. Michelle says

    I’ll defiantly try this cookie recipe. 🙂 It looks absolutely delicious. I might eat them with some smashberry jam!

    Unfortunately, I typically just cook for myself. My sister and my parents aren’t vegans, and it’s single-lady baking for me at the moment, if you know what I mean.

    But I love making single-lady cupcakes on a Friday night curled up watching a movie. It also makes me feel better that get to eat a good single-lady cookie, with my single-lady status, so it’s all good. 🙂

  61. Jenni says

    Has anyone tried gluten free versions of the single lady recipes??? I generally tend to bake with coconut flour… do you think this would work??

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Coconut flour is crumbly, and it won’t work well for baking on its own. Maybe try a gf mix? Or maybe even oat flour? If you do try something that works, I’d love to know! (I do know that other commenters have ahd success with pre-packaged gf mixes with these cupcakes.)

  62. Holly - InspirationBeauty says

    Katie I know you’re not a huge fan of non-fat recipes but I cut out the nut butter in this (I don’t like peanut butter – I know I’m sorry!) and added extra apple sauce and a bit of mashed banana and they turned out yummy, kind of like a pancake – cookie hybrid!

    I’ve been looking for a single serving cookie recipe, I hate when I make up a batch and most go to waste 🙁

    Anyway these were delish, thank you!

  63. Lena says

    These are my new favorite cookies. (Maybe even more than the chocolate chip oat flour cookies… gasp!) Made them again today and once again marveled at how the peanut butter-maple syrup combination works so well together (especially when I licked them both off the tablespoon at the end!) and how ridiculously soft and chewy these cookies are. Made this with whole wheat flour and it turned out wonderful 🙂 I think maybe next time I’ll try spreading some chocolate-coconut butter on top… but till then, off to just eat some of that out of the jar. 😀

  64. Ruchi says

    This is the first recipe I’ve tried off your website and the result was amazing! (I doubled the recipe and added chocolate chips.)
    1. I’m not vegan but my family’s vegetarian, and some family members also don’t eat eggs.
    2. I don’t bake with eggs too often anyway, so I never happen to have them in my fridge.
    I’ve been looking for eggless dessert recipes that don’t yield too much food–thank you for filling this void! I’ve pinned many more of recipes and I can’t wait to try them all!

  65. Melissa Tsang says

    Thank you! I realize I actually need quite a lot of single serving recipes now, because I mostly bake for myself and a friend or two, and I hate having leftovers – they take up space when I’m trying to move on to a new baking project!

  66. Roni Yager says

    This was one (large) amazing cookie!! Just perfect to satisfy a craving and no temptation of eat a whole batch in one afternoon!! I used oat flour and only 1/2 T each sugar and it was still so sweet and moist. You’re a genius!! Thanks so much!

  67. Alzbeta says

    Loved these! My husband discovered them when my daughter and I were away on a trip (though he says he was a little embarrassed to tell me they were called “Single-Lady Cookies”). They work beautifully in the microwave! We each made one in a mug, microwaved it for a minute and oi-la… tasty goodness!

  68. Ursula Carter says

    I made the single serving peanut butter cookies the other day. Totally wonderful. I think I will stick to making just an individual portion. They’re so good, that if I make more then one, I would want to eat them all!!!

  69. Jessica Moore says

    Hooray for these! I was sad about something today and wanted a sweet treat but I knew a whole batch of cookies would be eaten if I made them, so when I found these, I was so happy I could make them, eat them all, and not feel bad about it! And of course, they were delicious! Happy tummy, happy heart. Thanks!

  70. alisa odell says

    I love the idea of single serving cookies/cupcake. Do you have a repiepe for single sserving oatmeal cookies? Thank you.

  71. Ashley G says

    I have a super simple and minimal ingredient PB Cookie recipe. Makes a small batch. It’s not vegan but I want you to have it to see if you could make it Vegan. 🙂

    1 cup peanut butter
    1 cup sugar
    1 egg
    1 tsp vanilla

    THATS IT!!! 🙂

    325 oven.

    They are soft, and delicious!

  72. Elizabeth says

    Just made these, they’re so yummy! Is there any reason I couldn’t make a full batch with this recipe?

  73. Jessica @ Feastie says

    These are delish – my husband just picked one up off the cookie sheet and said, “Mmmm…good cookies.” I didn’t tell him they’re vegan. Just like he didn’t know about the beans in the deep dish cookie pie!

    • Nicole says

      I missed the whole “flatten into cookie shapes” part and put them in as a dough ball. They were still pretty raw in the middle after the 10 mins, so i had to keep them in longer. Overall very good though. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  74. Cam says

    Is it possible to subsitute the applesauce with something else? because i don’t eat applesauce, nor do I ever have it in my house.

  75. Alison says

    I love your blog!!! Question: I’d like to make these cookies, but do not have any applesauce around. Can you suggest a substitute?

  76. Robin says

    AHHHHHHHH!!! I love these. I didn’t have applesauce so I used a flax egg (used 1 tspn like in the recipe). These are amazing.

  77. Lazar says

    These came out great! I made one in the microwave (for 20 seconds) and one in the oven. They were both delicious!

  78. Kat says

    Hi! I just tried your cookies, and they turned out amazing! I only used nonfat yogurt instead of applesauce, because I didn´t have any, and it worked just fine. I also tried to make one cookie in microwave – cookie was done after about 40 seconds, it works perfect 🙂
    Btw, I love your blog, I´m not vegan, not even vegetarian, but your recipes are just awesome and are big inspiration for me.Thanks for not keeping them only for your self!! :))))

  79. Erin says

    it works in a microwave! I did it for 1 minute 30 seconds and it was a little dry but still delicious:) you’re awesome katie!!

  80. Juliana says

    I know this may be a stupid question, but what does the capital “T” mean, as in 2 T flour? I’m sorry; I’m not an experienced cook! :))

  81. Maria says

    These…. are….the…..BEST!!!!!!! They literally melted in my mouth, and they were light and buttery, even without the butter!!!! I actually added in a little bit of coconut oil and used smashed bananas instead of applesauce. I think my real mistake was using baking powder instead of b-so. I scooped out the baking powder and added the baking soda, but of course some of the baking powder was left behind and gave the cookie THE most amazing texture. I microwaved them on a plate for about 40 seconds and scooped them right from the microwave to my mouth- sooooooooooooooooooo dreamy!!!!! They were more like tiny cakes then cookies, though, but hey- I like cake too!!!

  82. Zoe says

    SOO delicious!! To make them lower calorie I used PB2 (powdered peanut butter) instead of normal peanut butter. I also didn’t have any applesauce so I used a tablespoon of mashed up banana instead and they turned out great! Personally I think they’re better with out chocolate chips because that way you get more of the peanut butter flavor. yum!

  83. Kate says

    I love this recipe! I watch my husband’s 5 year old sister during the day, and she needs a lot of hands on activities to keep her from getting too rowdy. I wanted to bake with her, but she doesn’t have the attention span for a full recipe. She loved making these cookies with me! I used xylitol because she’s sensitive to sugar, oil because she’ allergic to apples (although I’d like to try mashed banana subbed for applesauce). I eat gluten free, so I used some quinoa flour instead of wheat. Oh, and I used SunButter instead of PB.

    I really love how versatile your recipes are, and how readers comment with their alterations. Commenting here makes me feel like I just joined a giant baking think tank! Keep doing what you do; I love browsing your recipes.

  84. Rachael says

    These are so wonderful! I just made these as I was having a craving for some yummy peanut butter cookies. I didn’t have any apple sauce so I subbed in some egg re-placer (about 1/16 tsp). This did make the cookies more dry which is OK because you can always add some more agave!

  85. Anonymous says

    Just made this in the microwave! Followed the recipe as is but used a packet of Truvia instead of Agave and added a bit more applesauce. Microwaved on a plate for about 60 seconds….delicious! It did come out a bit dry, next time I will microwave only about 45 seconds. Soooo yummy!

  86. Jess says


    I just took these cookies out of the oven and they look and smell soooo good! I had to leave a comment because I’ve been trying a lot of your recipes over the past 2 months and they are so simple yet so delicious, it’s amazing. You are such a life (and time) saver! I usually always have the ingredients on hand which is what makes me love your blog even more, that you use such basic-looking recipes but you end up with surprisingly delicious results. Keep up the great work (: You’ve definitely found a new follower in me!

  87. Rachel says

    I just made these today and they were delicious! I tripled the recipe and it made 11 small cookies – just enough to share with 2 friends who were over! I changed the recipe up a little because i didn’t have any apple sauce, and i also added some dark chocolate. I love that most of your recipes allow for, or even provide suggestions for, substitue ingredients, Thank you for sharing your recipes with us 🙂

  88. Christine says

    I always cook for me, my hubby, and our daughter. I love your blog. My daughter has a severe egg allergy, and it’s awesome that every single recipe on here is safe for her! 🙂 I made her your chocolate cake with tofu chocolate pie for frosting for her birthday last month – I think she liked the tofu chocolate pie more than the cake, lol, but since there was extra left over after frosting, and it was pretty healthy, I had no problem giving her that for dessert every night that week. 🙂
    Today I just got home from a two day business trip, and my hubby and daughter were both exhausted and off to bed already, so it’s just me. So I made cookies…for me… unheard of! And it was awesome! =) Thanks for the recipe!

  89. Violet says

    Just made these in the microwave… good…very crumbly. I ended up using them to top yogurt rather than eat as a cookie. I’ll have to not be lazy and use the oven next time because anything peanut butter and healthy is a win-win

  90. Kerry says

    I just made these cookies, and they are so good! Like you, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, so I reduced the sweetener to 1/2 Tbsp and it was perfect. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  91. em says

    I just made these and the dough was delicious!! However, they tasted a little too unsweet/dry once I baked them – any suggestions? I used syrup instead of sugar – I only had light syrup on hand so maybe it needs to be pure maple?

  92. Molly says

    Wonderful! I microwaved it in the bowl that I mixed it in for about 25 seconds on high. It was super soft and crumbly, almost as good as the peanut butter cookies I usually make 🙂

  93. Kayla says

    I don’t know if someone already commented.. But I tried microwaving them today.. Delicious. Wow. They were sort of a shortcake consistency? I don’t know.. They were amazing.

  94. Amy says

    What is the estimated calories per cookie for the Single Serving PB cookies? I really enjoy them, especially when I add a few dark chocolate pieces, YUMMY!

  95. Johanna says

    These are really tasty! I doubled the recipe and made two cookies. They were HUGE and took 20 minutes to cook! Very cakey, but in a good way!

  96. Anonymous says

    Just made myself one of these. I didn’t have applesauce or a banana so I did 2 tbs peanut butter and also put in some chocolate chips. I put it in a mug and microwaved for 40 seconds. Its a slightly crumbly consistency but I think that’s due to not having the applesauce. Still tastes great though!

  97. Cara says

    Wow! I just licked my bowl and spoon clean, baked my cookies and ate every speck! Delicous!!
    Love your blog, love all your single goodies and soups and….and…. 🙂

  98. Amanda Cowan says

    I have myself, my hubby and 3 little girls. Luckily my husband will eat just about anything I make. My little girls are more of a challenge. But over the last 4 months I’ve made a huge transition to more healthy eating/cooking, etc. We’re not vegan or vegetarian but we recognize the health benefits in meat/animal free cooking. Plus, it’s all about taste and sometimes those recipes do just taste better!

    This morning I made your apple pie pancakes, x4 for the 5 of us. I used half spelt and half AP flour. I cut the sweetener in half, used almond/coconut unsweetened milk, and added egg whites for extra protein. They were awesome! My hubby had already eaten breakfast but he still ate three of them! And I can’t wait to have one heated with a little vanilla ice cream on it later! I really enjoy your site, because I have a TOTAL sweet tooth and I’m constantly looking for new ways to incorporate my sweet tooth with my love of healthy eating.

  99. cherrychip77 says

    🙂 YUM! I tweaked the recipe a bit by using 3/4T flour, 1T of pb, and a flax egg. Then, the cookie dough was nuked for 20 seconds. The result: a REALLY good cookie! XD Kinda crumbly, but after letting it sit for 2 min (or so!) it toughened out a lil. 🙂

    Moist, healthy, and super tasty! <3

    I luvvit! Great job Katie! Your recipes astound me yet again!

  100. Jennie says

    This made the PERFECT peanut butter cookie. I love the idea of single-serving recipes. I am the type of person who would devour an entire batch of cookies in a weekend because I have no will-power. I also love that all your recipes are vegan. I subbed the applesauce for egg replacer. I love that all your recipes include simple ingredients that you can find in the typical pantry.

  101. Also Katie says

    Off to go put one in the microwave now! I used half agave and half brown sugar, if that makes a difference to y’all and after 50 seconds it’s warm and still a little unbaked, but vegan so…
    Verdict: warm and delicious with chocolate chips <3

  102. Gidget says

    You crack me up ! I am start blog of my recipes for my nieces and nephews just so they don’t have to call me everytime they want to cook my goods….came across yours on pintrest, thank you for the giggles !great minds think soo alike ! Keep it up 🙂

  103. Anonymous says

    Could you make a single serving oatmeal chocolate chip cookie? It is my favorite kind. 🙂 I am about to make this pb cookie though.

  104. KeithNBuddyR says

    Heya, Katie!

    I tried this recipe (twice) this week — the cookies came out great!

    But I have a couple of additional thoughts you might want to consider adding:
    – I added an extra tablespoon of PB & it worked great
    – if you don’t use agave and the like, and use sugar instead (per your suggestion), the recipe might need a little water to wet the batter
    – For brown sugar, you can just double the amount of sugar and add a 1/2tsp of molasses
    – I had no apple sauce, so instead I mashed some banana. Worked great!

  105. Vicky says

    Yum! I made these tonight, subbing almond butter (fresh ground from Whole Foods). They were delicious! For sweetener I used 3/4 T turbinado and 3/4 T brown sugar and, as suggested, about 2 t applesauce. I’m sure I speak for many of us when I say “thank you” for all the work that goes into creating and sharing your recipes. Particularly the single-lady ones……. much safer than the old 2-dozen recipes – LOL.

  106. RhubarbJamGirl says

    This looks great, a way to get my biscuit fix without having to offload the extra. I don’t normally cook, but when I bake, it’s normally for a lot of people. But I love your single serve ideas, and will definitely make some. I will maybe share with Husband. Maybe.

  107. Lauren says

    I have been craving a peanut butter cookie since the day I went sweetener free and I just made this recipe as an experiment. I subbed 1.5 Tbsp homemade date paste for the sweeteners and used 1 tsp water instead of applesauce. It was a total success! The perfect peanut butter cookie, completely sweetener free!

  108. Briana says

    The single ladies peanut butter cookie burns very easily in the microwave. But it tastes pretty good at about 45 seconds.

  109. candice says

    these look amazing, but is there a substitute for the apple sauce? I don’t really like applesauce I think it would be a waste to buy some if I would only use it for this recipe :/

  110. Tricia says

    Could you use self-rising flour and skip measuring out the salt and baking soda? I’ve used it for beer bread and it works great. (Not as healthy as ww, but I hate measuring and I’ll take every shortcut I can find).

  111. masa says

    Hi 🙂 these look amazing! im just wondering if i can skip the sweetener alltogether? or do i have to sub it with more applesauce?

  112. Ellie says

    These are absolutely delicious! I used pure light maple syrup, so they are cakey and warm and delicious!!! AHHHH I’m in love (:

  113. grace duling says

    Hello, I tried the PB cookies for one. I did mine in a small dessert bowl in the microwave. It was moist, like a cake rather than crispy like a cookie. I also used almond flour and barley malt. I would suggest another sweetener that resembles brown sugar as the flavor is better. Barley Malt didn’t do it. Thank you!

  114. Annika says

    Just made these- so good! I didn’t have apple sauce so I used greek yoghurt and used 1 tbsp of oats with 1 tbsp of whole wheat flour 🙂 They were a bit too sweet for my test with the maple syrup so next time I’ll use less of that and more of the yoghurt, but other than that they were amazing. Hard to believe with that with those healthy ingredients I’d get a cookie which didn’t taste healthy at all! They tasted just like the peanut butter cookies I had made from a cake mix years ago

  115. Alisa says

    Just made these tonight to have with The Perfect Hot Chocolate. Love them! I may add extra peanut butter next time or maybe use a different kind for more pb flavor. I used Earth Balance creamy peanut butter with flaxseed. Made them with agave so they were cakey but that’s good as it made the 2 good size cookies very filling. So happy I found your blog!

  116. Barbara says

    Did you know that when you copy and paste bulleted lists into a text file, the bullets show up as squares with no space after them, and have to be deleted? Still, I appreciate the recipes for one, as I have a diabetic husband who cannot have them, but I can, so I do, when he’s out working.

  117. mada phiri says

    You’re one of the few healthy food blogs where my results look and taste just as good as your pictures. another success!

  118. musicalmango says

    THIS RECIPE SERIOUSLY HIT THE SPOT! I used whole wheat flour, greek yogurt (instead of applesauce), and used my toaster oven. It was DELISH. Super soft (but maybe that’s because I left it in for too short a time) and peanut buttery, although I might add more next time. Definitely will make again and add in those chocolate chips!

  119. eliza says

    I tried the peanut butter cookies both ways. The microwave I used the senor setting and I found that the cookies was dry in the centre. the oven cookie was much nicer.

  120. djunamod says

    Just discovered your website for vegan desserts from a vegan message board. When I saw you have pages of single-serving desserts, I knew I hit the motherload. I am a single woman with a huge sweet tooth, so the only way I can really handle desserts is to make them in single servings. I have already downloaded something like 5 recipes here and I’m still thumbing through them all. I emailed my sister (who is vegetarian and single) a link to your single servings page too.



  121. Maggie says

    I made these cookies tonight, and let me tell you, they were amazing! They were super light and in my opinion, tasted waaay better than the heavy store bought kind. The recipe made two fairly large cookies and they were so good I had to eat both of them!

  122. Beckinstein Shinn says

    These are so amazing! Great recipe, thanks for sharing. I’ve been passing it along all day. 🙂

  123. Tahlia says

    I love your vegan peanut butter cookie! This new recipe sounds so good and I’m definitely gonna try it on a day I REALLY need a cookie (trust me it happens a lot).

  124. Jazmine says

    I love the idea of a single serving cookie. They turned out great. 3 things though.
    1. I had to bake for 18 minutes. They were not done at 10.
    2. I used egg white instead of applesauce, because I didn’t have apple sauce.
    3. I didn’t like the flavor of maple syrup in a peanut butter cookie. Next time I will use just brown sugar.

  125. Erin says

    I didn’t see any posts that addressed the possibility of zapping the cookies in the microwave so I thought I would add that I tried it and it worked great for me. It took 45 seconds in mine (not sure how many watts- sorry) for one big cookie, so you may need to adjust the time if you make multiple smaller cookies.

  126. Angee says

    I stumbled upon your blog when I was googling healthy desserts for 1:) I decided to make Pb cookies but lo behold,I didn’t have Apple sauce.instead I made with ww flour & subbed yogurt & to my surprise it turned out exactly the same way shown in your pics & tasted good too

  127. Cathy says

    Just tried this recipe this morning. I had Smart Balance Crunchy peanut butter in the house and thought it would be great with the peanut bits in there. I also used regular sugar and brown sugar combo. I like a cookie on the chewy side.
    Tried one just now still slightly warm-O M G!!! Absolutely delicious! I was skeptical but the dough tasted really good! I doubled the single lady recipe just in case they turned out really good, and now I am so glad. Will always try to have peanut butter and unsweetened applesauce in the house now! I am going to try the maple sugar version next to compare. SO GOOD!!!! Thanks Katie!

  128. Sarah says

    Hi! I have really wanted to make this but I can’t see any nutrition facts! Do you know how many calories are in this cookie?

  129. Mia says

    So I doubled the recipe and made them along with dinner as a surprise for my family! However… they accidentally came out looking a little… toasted instead of the beautiful all over 1 color yours did. We’ve made the regular not-so-healthy PB cookies before and I just wanted to do something nice :/ I ended up scrapping the first batch and made another while the fam was finishing up eating dinner. I do recommend making them closer to eating time so they are nice, warm, oh-so soft… *drools*

    Lol anyway thank you so so much for the recipe!

  130. Sandy says

    Thank you for thinking about those of us who live alone but still crave cookies. I have a double batch in the oven and can’t wait to indulge.

  131. Sandy says

    I doubled the recipe just so I could have leftovers. I used the sugars because I’m a fan of crunch and they are excellent. Thank you!

  132. Daniela says

    Dear katie, would it be possible
    To replabe the pb for tahine or coconut or macadamia butter. In brazil it is difficult to find pb. Many thanks

  133. Coe says

    Omg freaking amazing!! I don’t know what or how it happened but I doubled the recipe and ended up with 20 Cookies!!! ??? But they were amazing!!! I subbed the egg for 2 teaspoons of Flaxseed Eggs and they came out amazing. Still don’t know how I ended up with 20 Cookies but I’m not complaining here. They got eaten up quickly too….. don’t judge me! ?

  134. Bridget C. says

    I just made these and it was perfect to satisfy my sweets craving since my husband is crazy and doesn’t care for sweets. I used oil instead of applesauce because I had all the other ingredients and didn’t want to make a trip to the store just for applesauce. I loved it without the applesauce but will have to try again when I buy applesauce so I can compare. Thank so much for sharing this recipe!

  135. Leah says

    YUM! This is amazing! And, it’s a quick dish to make for a snack for one! It’s also not super unhealthy, thanks!

  136. Adina says

    I just did it, one single serving big cookie filled with chocolate chips. I did not expected it to be that good. Loved it, and probably the best peanut butter cookie I had.
    Thank you!

    • CCK Media Team says

      Thank you so much for making it!
      I actually just bookmarked this recipe two days ago because it needs to be updated into a recipe box and get some new pictures. So I will be making it again soon too 🙂


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