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Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

4.97 from 31 votes

These homemade soft and chewy vegan peanut butter cookies are the best peanut butter cookie recipe I’ve ever made!

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Soft vegan peanut butter cookies

Itโ€™s been over six years since I first shared this peanut butter cookie recipe.

Yet this is still one of the most popular recipes I’ve ever published, with readers writing in pretty much at least once a week to say how much they love these cookies.

One reader even emailed to say sheโ€™d entered the vegan peanut butter cookies into a local contest, and this cookie recipe took home first prize!

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Above, watch the vegan peanut butter cookie recipe video

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Discerning eyes might notice that although I roll seven peanut butter cookie dough 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 eggs, I can use it as an excuse to eat as much of the raw cookie dough as I wish.

Sometimes none of the cookies make it into the oven!

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With a delicious soft and chewy texture, these perfect peanut butter cookies are honestly better than any other peanut butter cookie, vegan or not, that Iโ€™ve ever tried.

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!

Iโ€™ll never forget how excited I was after bringing the peanut butter cookies to a pool party and hearing so many guests rave 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.)

Aside from being both dairy free and egg free, the recipe has another surprising secret: applesauce! It makes these cookies so amazingly melt-in-your-mouth soft.

Also try this recipe for Applesauce Muffins

Peanut Butter Cookie Ingredients

Vegan peanut butter cookie ingredients

Gather the following: creamy or crunchy peanut butter, applesauce, pure vanilla extract, sweetener of choice, salt, flour, and baking soda.

Want to use almond butter, sunflower seed butter, or cashew butter instead? Any of these peanut free options are perfectly fine to substitute in an equal amount.

Flours that work include spelt flour, oat flour, white all purpose flour, whole wheat pastry flour, gluten free sorghum flour or rice flour.

There is a keto peanut butter cookie recipe included below that calls for almond flour. Or use peanut butter instead of the coconut oil in these Coconut Flour Cookies.

If you do not have applesauce on hand, it can be replaced with nondairy yogurt, mashed banana, or even canned pumpkin or sweet potato.

Being a chocolate lover, I often stir a handful of mini chocolate chips into the batter. Chopped peanuts are also wonderful and give the cookies a fun crunchy texture.

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If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you may remember the original version of the recipe, posted all the way back in 2011.

The cookies became so popular that I went back a few years ago to see if I could make them even healthier without sacrificing any of the delightfully soft texture.

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

The entire recipe now calls for just a third cup of sugar. This can be regular sugar, unrefined coconut sugar or date sugar, or granulated erythritol or xylitol for sugar free vegan peanut butter cookies.

Some readers say that they successfully substituted pure maple syrup for the sugar by adding a few extra tablespoons of flour. We have not tried this substitution, so feel free to experiment. Be sure to report back if you do!

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How to make one bowl peanut butter cookies

Measure out the peanut butter. If it is not already easily stir-able, gently warm it for a few seconds in the microwave or let it sit in a warm room until soft and easy to stir.

Combine all dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Stir well to evenly incorporate the baking soda and salt.

Add all remaining ingredients to the bowl, and mix everything together to form a yummy eggless peanut butter cookie dough.

Freeze the dough for a few minutes, or you can cover and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight. Once it’s firm enough to scoop out with a spoon or cookie scoop, roll into cookie dough balls with your hands.

(You can also freeze cookie dough balls to bake at a later time if you wish.)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the unbaked dough balls on a baking sheet, leaving room between each cookie.

Bake on the oven center rack for eight minutes. Let the puffy cookies cool for at least another ten minutes, during which time they will firm up considerably and no longer be too delicate to handle.

If you wish to flatten the cookies, use a fork or spoon to press down lightly.

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No bake peanut butter cookies

Feel free to skip the baking step after rolling the dough into balls.

Enjoy the peanut butter cookie dough balls as-is, or press down with a fork to make that classic pb cookie crisscross pattern.

Store leftover no bake cookies in the refrigerator or freezer for freshness.

The Best Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies
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Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

Both vegans and non vegans love these soft and chewy homemade vegan peanut butter cookies.
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Yield 7 – 10 cookies
5 from 31 votes


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, or allergy friendly sub
  • 2 tbsp applesauce (or make these Keto Peanut Butter Cookies)
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tbsp flour (spelt, white, oat, sorghum, rice all work)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sugar, unrefined if desired
  • 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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Published on December 7, 2022

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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 โ€œhalfโ€ it โ€“ to see if you like the texture. I personally prefer PB cookies that have a texture more like a shortbread cookie, but thatโ€™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 blogโ€ฆ..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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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?

      • Kyleigh says

        SOoo… Iโ€™m in the process of making these and my โ€œdoughโ€ (if i can even call it that)is super runny:(

        • 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? ๐Ÿ™‚

  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?


  7. Ashley says

    I was vegan for a while and tried making peanut butter cookies once. I was SO excited to try them-until I took them out of the oven. All you had to do was barely poke them and they would crumble… Oops ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m definitely going to try these though!

  8. KellyB says

    My favortie vegan baking book is Babycakes. Babycakes is a NYC bakery that is vegan and mostly GF. These baking books are fabulous (she has 2 out). They contain great pictures with every recipe and a little story behind each recipe. And best of all they are easy to follow and even my husband will eat these healthier versions of great treats. Oh and they are refined sugar free too!

  9. Megan says

    Soft peanut butter cookies are the best! I am so glad you posted these! Congrats on 10 years as a vegan too! I recently began to experiment with vegan baking. I have only made your blondies and a vegan pie thus far. Hopefully, I will make some more items soon because both were a success!

  10. Rachel says

    these look so good!! and I love doughy cookies ๐Ÿ™‚ do you think oat flour would work? I’m gluten-free

    made your 5 minute chocolate oatmeal for breakfast with the microwaved banana trick (which I am now completely addicted to!) that is DEFINITELY going to be one of my go-to breakfasts now

  11. Katy says

    Haha! I never ate cookie dough as a kid; I pretty much thought raw eggs equaled death. But now I eat mostly vegan by default, because of my other dietary restrictions. This Thanksgiving I happened to mention to my mom (as I licked batter off the spoon from one of your recipes) that when I do make the decision to officially go vegan, it will probably be 10% for the animals, 10% for the environment, and 80% because I want to eat raw batter.

  12. Katie @ says

    I’m currently looking at these cookies while in the library studying for finals. I think a break is in order VERY SOON so I can go home and make these as a reason to procrastinate from re-teaching myself about the sociological perspective. Yes, peanut butter trumps all things.

  13. Lorin says

    Oh yum! I love peanut butter, it is honestly my favorite food ๐Ÿ™‚ Do you happen to have a vegan gingerbread men recipe?

  14. Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather says

    Mmmmm nothing beats a super peanut buttery cookie. These look like the bomb! And I’ve been very much into making vegan cookies lately just so I can eat the cookie dough!

  15. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says

    I love that you make these without egg replacer, without specialty flours..just PB and applesauce for the wet and add to the (mainstream) dry. Easy, everyone can find it, everyone can do it.

    Have you ever made vegan cookies? = yes, once or twice ๐Ÿ™‚

    And good thinking with the PB tag..I have a post where I have all my PB stuff compiled. I do it more for myself so I can keep my own stuff straight. lol

  16. Helen says

    Hey Katie! Thanks for posting this recipe. I just made them today, and they are delicious. I also added some chocolate chips to the batter too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ My family can’t tell that they’re vegan either!
    Thanks again!


  17. Lauren @ Chocolate, Cheese and Wine says

    I have never made vegan cookies, but I might have to now that I see how amazing these look!

  18. Katie @ Nutrition in a peanut shell says

    mmm peanut butter cookies. I’m assuming these are more cake like while your other PB cookies are more fudgy?

  19. Anna @ Food Fitness Frolicking says

    Hooray for peanut butter cookies! These look so chewy, gooey, soft and delicious. I bet the raw dough is quite good too ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Mary @ Bites and Bliss says

    Those sound delicious. While I’m partial to flourless peanut butter cookies, I’m down for all kinds!!

  21. ~Jessica~ says

    I’ve been trying to be vegan for 10 years (I say ‘trying’ because I have BED and thus sometimes mess up and consume animal products. I hate myself for doing so though) and I agree that finding vegan products a decade ago was near impossible (aside from naturally vegan things, of course), particularly in the UK.

    Your deep dish cookie pie is the best vegan dessert I’ve ever made. I don’t think anything else will ever match it.


  22. Em says

    I made them with almond butter, because it’s all I had in the house. They are off the hook good, and I’d bet be even better when I get a hold of some PB!!!!! As always, your recipes rock!!

  23. Lena says

    I just wanted to say thank you, thank you, for all your wonderful baking recipes!
    Last year I got really into Christmas baking, but after changing into a vegan and health food junkie, I was worried this year I couldn’t bring myself to bake all the milk, egg and sugar filled treats like last year. I’m so happy I’ve found your blog! A vegan baker’s heaven ๐Ÿ™‚


  24. Erin @ Creative Styletopia says

    These look so good! I love PB cookies ๐Ÿ™‚ I make vegan cookies often and my favorite part is definitely that I can eat the dough without the fear of raw egg!

  25. Michaela says

    haha, that is exactly what I always tell myself! Raw vegan cookie dough is “safe”. Since I am a vegan, I have made tons of vegan cookies before and I will definitely try this recipe, as I love pb!

  26. Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFIles says

    Peanut butter cookies are my favorite! Well, peanut butter anything actually. I need cookies for a swap, maybe these will be the winners!

  27. ash says

    Great recipe- we are trying to be an all vegan household– I’ve used applesauce in cakes and brownies before but never cookies-now I must try it! Thanks!

  28. Raquel @ Ovenmitts Vegan Blog says

    I’m so glad you made a whole tag for your peanut butter recipes. It definitely deserves the attention, considering it’s probably the best food out there.. These cookies look great!

      • Anonymous says

        Thank you just the question I was going to ask. I have natural PB and worried it might be thin without all the oil and thickeners/stabilizers that get put into conventional PB. I suppose you might have to reduce the sugar too if you had conventional, but I am glad to be using natural.

        On another note, I do not have AP flour so I will let you know how it goes and what I use.

        • Anonymous says

          Oops, I should say I don’t have wheat flour. I actually found some cake and pastry flour do I will use that, and will also be trying a gf option.

  29. Sonja says

    those pb cookies look great! I think I’ll make them for my birthday next weekend! I love the story about your early vegan days. Yes, I baked vegan cookies in the past and the last ones I made were oat cookies and my flatmates loved them although they are not vegans ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Sarah says

    YUM! I made these, and I wish I’d doubled the batch. They’re the best pb cookies I’ve ever had, and my bf thinks so too!

  31. Dani says

    OMG these look absolutely AMAZING! I have never made vegan cookies before, but i will definitely be trying these ASAP. I mean they’re peanut butter cookies, how can they not be good if they have peanut butter in them! I bet they’d be even more delicious with chocolate tips!! Yummmm!

    I absolutely love your blog cause I am a huge sweets addict! I just started my own blog, so I hope you’ll stop by and check it out at :

  32. Amanda says

    I can’t even remember the last time I used an egg in a recipe. I LOVE vegan baking! I’m on a chia seed egg kick right now, and the texture is pretty much spot-on. My favorite part is definitely eating the cookie dough. Sometimes I get the urge to bake just so I can eat the dough. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • jess says

      amanda.. are you using chia seeds to replace eggs?? I’ve recently attempted flax seeds to do that and it worked! would love to hear what you’re doing.

  33. Karen says

    SO good!! I made 22 out of the batch and they were tiny before baking. They spread a lot & turned into perfect sized cookies! I can’t believe they have no eggs or oil!

  34. Kathryn says

    I made these today and find them almost too gummy/peanut buttery. Would there be a way to thin out the flavour and consistency little bit?

    Also, mine stayed pretty soft even though I did not refrigerate the dough… not sure if that’s normal.

  35. Michelle Felt says

    OMG! These just came out of the oven and they are ridiculously ridiculously amazing! Thank you so very much ๐Ÿ™‚ Words I overheard from the husband through his mouthful, “these are muffing amazing!” hehe

    I doubled the recipe and left out 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and didn’t have applesauce but added a chopped 1/2 of an apple to the food processor. They turned out just like the ‘regular’ cookies I made when I was little. I liked being able to make the fork pattern too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. 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.

  37. 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!!!!

  38. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. 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…

  40. 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!!

  41. 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!

  42. 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.

  43. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 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.

  44. 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?

  45. 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.

  46. 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!!!!!!!

  47. 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!

  48. 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.

  49. Lindsey says

    I LOVE YOUR BLOG! I became vegan about 6 months ago and I’m so glad I found CCK ๐Ÿ™‚ 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

  50. 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.


  51. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. 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!!

  53. 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 ๐Ÿ˜€ thanks for the recipe!

  54. 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.

  55. 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!

  56. 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)

  57. Sonya Gass says

    We love you. My daughter, son and I have Gluten allergies. We try to eat healthy and decrease our sugar intake. Thank you for fueling our recipe bank and providing such yummy snacks.

  58. Clarissa says

    Finally got around to making this today! I ended up using a 1/2 C flour because my pb is pretty thin, and I subbed some of that for oats and shredded coconut, mmm. ๐Ÿ™‚ Even after the extra flour I only got 15 small cookies, so the yield might be a little off. I was so scared they were going to sink in the oven like my other egg-free cookie failures, but they held up great and they are delicious!

  59. Kathy says

    My 4 year old son has recently gotten over a peanut allergy, and these were his very first peanut butter cookies! He absolutely loved them, and was even able to help me make them. I was shocked how good they were. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

  60. Jolene Kroeger says

    I am new to the whole eating healthy with less sugar and no eggs. What type of peanut butter do you use? Does it matter what brand of natural peanut butter? I am currently using Earth Balance natural peanut butter but not sure if I can use it to make these cookies.

    • Debbie says

      I added cocoa powder to mine and they tasted great! I mix it in just enough so it is just dissolved in, so it’s more of a swirl!

  61. Jean-Paul says

    Thanks for putting this out there. Only issue I had with this was on cooking time and resting afterwards. I had to go approx 13 minutes on cook time and rested 10, as I pulled them out at 8 and rested 5 initially and the first one I tried to remove behaved like it was severely undercooked. Maybe it had to do with my using a gas oven and not electric.

    In the end though, it tasted great and I will definitely make these again.

  62. Morgan Wille says

    This might seem like a dumb question but I’m new to baking…are you supposed to use a blender to mix the ingredients or can you just do it by hand? Also, what do you mean by rolling out the cookie dough? I usually just make balls about 2 in thick…

  63. sboyle says

    Made these in a vitamix, starting with a half apple (instead of applesauce) and 4 dates (instead of sugar), added the rest and zoom! Needed a bit of moisture to mix properly so I added half a banana – yum!!

  64. Daryl-Lynne says

    Hello, I was just wondering if it would be possible to use splenda, and splenda brown sugar in place of the regular sugar and brown sugar in this recipe?

  65. kokoronagomu says

    i have been making my own vegan version of rum balls — grind: pecans, almonds, walnuts, coconut, hazelnuts (optional toasted is best), chocolate, chocolate, dates and raisins. mix all together with a couple bags of mini chocolate chips, 151 proof dark rum and frangelico — roll in balls and roll in either finely ground coffee or chopped nuts — they have a bit of a kick but have been a hit at weddings’ and anniversaries’ cookie tables (cookie table is a pittsburgh tradition).

  66. Angela says

    My son and I just made these. We added 2 tsp of cocoa powder to the mix. OMG, SOOOO Deeeeelicious!! Love them! Thanks for the recipe! We were happy to find a recipe where we had all the ingredients on hand. Yay ๐Ÿ™‚

  67. Lisa says

    I made these just now with regular whole wheat flour, and they came out perfectly, to the “T”!! I am going to bring them to work tomorrow (if there are any left). I’m a nurse, and my co-workers and I are always trying to eat healthy. I have a feeling I will be sharing many recipes with them!!

  68. Grace says

    I’ve tried making these a few times with Truvia instead of sugar, the first time there was waaaay too much sugar in them i could taste the granules! The second I used around 1/8 c of truvia and 1 T of brown sugar and they just came out a little weird, almost cakey with a weird texture. Is the truvia messing up the recipe??

  69. Saranna @ The Singing Soybean says

    Oh my goodness! I wanted to bring cookies to my aunt tomorrow and I know she loves coconut and almond, so I made these but instead of peanut butter I used two parts almond butter to one part coconut butter and almond extract instead of vanilla. And they are DIVINE! They melt in your mouth! Even my mom, who is usually very wary of my vegan cooking, LOVED them! She said they remind her of the pignoli cookies she loves from a nearby bakery. But these are much cheaper and so much healthier!

    I can’t wait to give some to my aunt tomorrow! I know she’ll love them!

    Thanks for another great recipe!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  70. Kale Crusaders says

    Baked these cookies today and they received rave reviews. Since I didn’t have applesauce on hand, I used canned pumpkin as a substitute. Thanks for being awesome as always!

  71. Caz says

    Oh Katie these are amazing!!! Made them this evening with half applesauce/half coconut butter, and a mix of peanut butter and hazelnut butter – brilliant, thank you, thank you, thank you!

  72. katia says

    I’m making these tomorrow, do you think it’d be ok to use PB2? The only reason I’m hesitant to use it is the lack of oil.. Maybe I should add a teaspoon of coconut oil or something?

  73. Jason says

    I made these last weekend and they turned out great. I ended up refrigerating my dough overnight because that’s just how things worked out. Anyway, they came out reminiscent of soft batch cookies… at least what I remember soft batch cookies tasting like, it’s been a few years. Do they even sell those cookies anymore?
    Great recipe, I will definately make them again and again!

  74. Shaheen says

    Good gravy these are delicious!! my first time making egg-less peanut butter cookies and I must say they taste EVEN BETTER then the traditional ones! I didn’t have coconut oil so i used butter. :3 thank you for the recipe! My mom and siblings couldn’t believe how tasty they were and we’re shocked when i said they were vegan ๐Ÿ˜€

  75. Alanna says

    Oh my goodness, these are so yummy!! I debated whether to make them after seeing how much peanut butter they used (I know that sounds silly, but I wanted to make sure I can still make your PB breakfast pudding tomorrow!), but I’m so glad I did. I have 26 adorable little bite-sized cookies that are taste even better than regular PB cookies! Was going to make the raw ones before I realized I have raisins but no peanuts. CCK does it again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  76. Lina says

    I just made these and they’re DELICIOUS! I love them! I also made your Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and the Oatmeal Raisin Larabars. Everything tastes fantastic <3
    I love that your recipes are vegan. I'm not vegan but a vegetarian that tries to eat less dairy / eggs. And I ate a lot of cookies that aren't vegan but didn't taste as good as these ๐Ÿ™‚

  77. Jasmine says

    I just made these cookies but I used Peanut Butter and Co’s Dark Chocolate Dreams.
    Even my non vegan family members love them.

    This is definitely my favorite peanut butter recipe. Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to use more recipes!

  78. gwennie says

    WOW, who da thunk :D..been searching through recipies for a better for you cookie and so happy I found yours! These are amazingly question tho, mine are flat and wafer thin, are so supposed to be thicker? Thanks again!

  79. Sara Dane says

    I made these for my husband on Saturday; he LOVED them so much he too me to my favorite vegan restaurant in Houston – Field of Greens!!

    We had cookies for an appetizer and then again after dinner for dessert!!

  80. gwennie says

    i let the dough chill for an hour and what a difference! they rose and turned into a supersoft peanut buttery tasting cookie! one question tho, they were super crumbly so wonder if i add one more tablespoon of applesauce if it would be less so?? thanks ๐Ÿ˜€

  81. courtney says

    i just made these, and wow! amazing texture and taste!

    i made a few changes because i didn’t have some things on-hand:
    – i tripled the vanilla extract (i don’t really measure when cooking/baking, but i think it was around triple the amount mentioned… i LOVE vanilla!)
    – i added a couple pinches of salt because i had 2 kinds of organic PB, salted and unsalted, and had only enough for a 1/4 cup of each
    – i used 2 T raw agave because i didn’t have applesauce (ehh, they’re similar in consistency right? i don’t know, but it worked!)
    – i used 1/4 splenda instead of sugar (not a great sweetener choice IMO, but i was given a box of it and am trying to use it up as quickly as possible!)

    i baked these at your suggested temp for 9 minutes instead of 8, and half-way through the baking process, i opened the oven and smooshed the cookie balls down a little with a fork (they got that “classic” PB cookie look).

    amazing recipe katie! i know i changed it a bit, but i used your basic recipe and it turned out great! thanks for posting this because my last attempt at vegan PB cookies had a pretty bad-tasting result! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • courtney says

      oh, i didn’t bother to chill the dough (lazy baker here), i just made the dough into little balls and popped them in the oven. the texture was chewy, a little crumbly (but they held together), and soft. delicious!

      my take on the recipe yielded 16 little cookies.

  82. courtney says

    oh em gee. i used the modified recipe above, and added 3T cocoa powder, plus 2T warm water to balance out the extra dry ingredients… i’ve made delicious PB chocolate cookies! so yummy!

  83. Lily says

    okay im a bit confused as too what is T? is it table spoons?
    haha thank you i will be trying out this recipe tonight1 :))

  84. Matt says

    Katie, I love your recipes, but it would be so much healthier to use eggs instead of applesauce! Maybe you could post non-vegan versions for us health nuts. And please some xylitol or honey instead of sugar or agave nectar? Thanks!

  85. Wendy says

    Has anyone tried this with a non-nut butter? My daughter is allergic to eggs and all nuts, but I’d like her to try a version of these. We have Sunbutter on hand, but since it’s expensive, I thought I’d check with you all before trying it out myself. Thanks!

  86. Anna says

    These look amazing – I’d love to try them. But I’m in the UK, and we don’t measure food in cups here – any chance you could let me know how much peanut butter and sugar the recipe needs by weight?

  87. karen says

    These cookies are great! I googled vegan peanut butter cookies – wanting to serve them after our dinner party last night. We don’t cook with oil, but had resigned myself to lowering my standards to make a good cookie. I stumbled on this site and they looked promising. I put a few vegan chocolate chips in them. Awesome cookies, I will be making them again and again. I also love how super easy they were.

  88. Lia says

    Oh wow these are delicious! I couldn’t wait 5 minutes and had one right from the oven. It tasted like a raw gooey cookie with a little peanut butter! Not super strong PB taste though so yummy regardless. I used white whole wheat flour. Between this and your cookie pie you have a gift Katie!

  89. Gareth Jones says

    Hi Katie! What a great blog! I just discovered it! One question though – what does T stand for on the recipe for the peanut butter cookies?! Im looking to make them but dont want to get the portions wrong! Gareth

  90. Kierra says

    If I wanted to use agave instead of the white sugar, what is the substitution? And do I have to reduce the heat of the oven or the baking time?


  91. Erika says

    Just made these, although it would be hard to tell from the remains since the boyfriend nearly inhaled them out of the oven! Wanted to throw in a couple of notes:
    – 2 T banana instead of applesauce for a denser crumb
    – mash banana and vanilla into warm peanut butter before adding to the dry ingredients
    – add 1 T flax seeds for a bit of texture and nutrition

    Thanks for the reliably delicious recipe!

  92. Anon says

    You can successfully sub flax-eggs for the applesauce. Makes it a bit more healthy as an added bonus. Flax eggs = ground flax + water + refrigerate.

    Great cookies, I love the low flour content, really creative idea, and very tasty.

  93. Amy says

    I just made these and I love them! Added chocolate chips and it made them even better! PS I also love the chocolate peanut butter balls! You make being veganish even easier!!

  94. Chelsea says

    I made this according to the recipe the first time and they were spectacular! just made a batch now substituting oil for the apple sauce because i was out and they were no good :(. def gonna stick to the apple sauce from now on. thank’s CCK!

  95. Jamee says

    Lovely! I made these and substituted maple syrup for the brown sugar, and I added a little extra flour so they’d form balls and not be too sticky. I also added about a teaspoon of Dutch cocoa powder because I too am a choco-lover, and heck, why not. They were delicious and totally satisfied the craving I’ve had all day for peanut butter (especially thanks to reading most of the recipes on your blog in one sitting earlier). I think they’d also be wonderful with chocolate chips. Basically, peanut butter + chocolate + banana are three ingredients that really can’t go wrong together, no matter how you combine them. I know there’s no banana in this recipe, but just sayin’. (Chocolate-banana-peanut-butter cookies? Has that been done?) Thank you Katie for so many delicious and inspiring vegan recipes! I admire your true talent.

    Answer to the QOTD: I have indeed made a few vegan desserts since transitioning to a plant-based diet 6 weeks ago, and I’m pretty sure most or all of them have been from the CCK blog. I don’t feel the need to look elsewhere!

  96. Connie says

    Hands down this has become my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe. Even my husband, who is leery of some of my recipes, LOVES these. Thanks for bringing more smiles to my house!

  97. Twinkle Adams says

    Cookies have never brought me to tears before: but this recipe is so reminiscent of the delicious confections my Parents used to make with my 7 siblings and I that before I swallowed the first bite tears were rollin’ down my cheeks! ๐Ÿ™‚ THE best Peanut Butter Cookie recipe I’ve ever made! <3 I'll be sharing this with everyone I know! Especially my Brothers and Sisters. ๐Ÿ™‚ Can't wait to try more of your wonderful recipes Katie! ๐Ÿ™‚ Blessings.

  98. Jihyen says

    Hi Katie, I’ve now made this recipe a few times and love it! I’ve gotta tell you- I was afraid of eating the dough, because it just seemed really weird. Doughs are the un-done version of baked goods! But I left just a little bit of dough to try it, and oh my! LOVE it! I think I’ll make double batch so that I can eat 1/2 raw and enjoy the rest as cookies!

  99. Bryn says

    Katie, there is a major problem with all your recipes: THEY ARE TOO ADDICTING!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ hehe! and these cookies are no exception! I used oat flour and brown sugar only and halved the recipe and they were so delicious I ate half the batch warm from the oven! Thank you for creating such amazing healthy and vegan desserts that I can eat guilt free!!!!

  100. Sarah Elmore says


    I just made these and wow! I have been searching for the perfect vegan cookie recipe and I have found it! I used white whole wheat flour and coconut crystals…totally ate almost all my cookies; they are so so good!

    Thank you!

  101. madison says

    I have made these cookies several times and absolutely love them. I wanted to make them tonight, but had no applesauce…. instead I substituted frozen banana that I smashed with a fork. Because it was frozen, it made the dough nice and cool and the cookies turned out nice and soft.

  102. Kelly says

    OH. MY. GOD. This is the best peanut butter cookie recipe ever! I did some with vegan chocolate chips and some without. Thank you Katie!!

  103. Becca says

    This recipe is divine. I’ve found though that it’s necessary for me to quarter this recipe to make a single serving because I literally have no self control when it comes to these cookies; I could easily eat the entire batch in one sitting! Usually I just eat the dough raw or even use it as frosting! Last night I made your chocolate cake in a mug and frosted it with this cookie dough and it was amazing!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  104. Elizabeth says

    These cookies are great! I was so happy they turned out – earlier this week I had a disappointing experience with egg replacer in my chocolate chip cookies that didn’t turn out – I was afraid vegan cookies would never be good!
    But you proved me wrong. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  105. Ruthie says

    Thank you so much for sharing! I made them today and substituted stevia for sugar. They were wonderful, so soft and rich. Appreciate your insight & recipes into vegan cooking; love the blog!

  106. Anonymous says

    i loved these cookies! i swear theyre the best cookies ive ecer put in my mouth! i had to only bake 1 to resist eating the whole batch (good luck with stopping my cookie dough eating though) you desserve a metal for these.

  107. Sabina says

    Hi I loved this recipe! I was just wondering about how long I should bake them. You said that if they looked a little underdone to take them out anyway so I did and they completely fell apart on me. Is that normal? I was just wondering your thoughts about them. They just broke the minute I touched them and tried to remove them from the cookie pan to a plate. Thank you so much for making this recipe available to us!

  108. Candi says

    Oh. Em. Gee. I have never baked anything vegan but I have a friend coming in from out of town who recently changed her diet to exclude all animal proteins for health reasons. Being a Southerner, I can’t have guests without having plenty of sweets and snacks for them to eat, so I found your recipe and made these. They’ve been out of the oven 20 minutes and I’ve eaten 3. HOLY COW. I may have the whole batch eaten before my friend gets here! Good thing I have another batch of dough chilling in the fridge. THANK YOU for this amazing recipe. This will most likely be the only peanut butter cookie I ever make. Awesome.

    (Before I forget though: did you use sweetened or unsweetened applesauce or did you make your own apple puree? I used “original” applesauce from the grocery store. Since I used sweetened applesauce, I cut back on the amount of white sugar I used in the second batch by about 1/16 of a cup.)

  109. Andrea says

    Hi! I made these cookies last night and they tasted great! I doubled the recipe because I wanted more cookies. Someone had posted a comment about the recipe only using 3T of flour and I was questioning that too. But the consistency was perfect. Chewy peanut butter cookies ….just the way I like them. I also added 3 chocolate chips on top on a couple. Yum.

  110. Svetlana Nelson says

    YUM! I made these and they were amazing. I threw in a handful of grated carrots just for fun and it still turned out great! And a word of warning to the rest of you…make sure you are not using sweetened peanut butter! I am glad I realized what I had done before I added in all the sugar!

  111. Star Fashion Addict says

    We are just embracing a Vegan lifestyle, and sure didn’t expect it to be so hard. Surfing almost every day to find those foods that we love and crave and learning how we can still have those foods but keeping it vegan. Thanks for the cookie recipe, can’t wait to surprise my cookie monster hubby.

  112. Lena says

    I’ve made these so many times before, I love them! I just made them with half a cup of flour (1/4 white, 1/4 whole wheat) to make them firmer because last time I used just the 3T and I sent them to someone abroad, and they crumbled a lot… also used agave and maple syrup, and some chocolate chunks. Turned out great, but for the first time ever, I found myself thinking “this needs some salt!” (My friends know me as the one who always avoids adding salt to things.) I’m so used to not putting any in unless it’s in the recipe that I didn’t think to use it here. I really think it would’ve added a lot – maybe worth adding it into the recipe? I know you mentioned your PB had salt but I kind of skipped over that, haha. I dunno, just my point of view. Either way these cookies are amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

    P.S. Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

  113. Morgen says

    Hey C C K!
    I’ve been making lots of your awesome recipes lately and I’m loving them! Do you have nutrition info on these cookies? My husband thinks they are awesome!

  114. Anonymous says

    Hello, good to see a recipe for Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies (and sugar free), but, the sugar free ones are a totally different type of cookie to the sugar ones.
    I want the sugar ones, without the sugar.
    How can I make them without sugar?

    Yours Sincerely

  115. Brit says

    Wow! These are delicious. My hubby and son inhaled them during Sunday football. I’ll definitely make a double batch next time! I made some small changes based on what I had on hand. They turned out so great, I had to share! I used cinnamon raisin granola peanut butter and left out the vanilla extract – because I didn’t realize I had run out :-/ I was a little concerned about the missing vanilla but the peanut butter had so much flavor, we didn’t even notice.

  116. Susan says

    I made these today using Peanut Butter & Co’s White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter. OMG! So, so, so easy and so, so, so, so good! I am NOT going to admit to the actual number eaten!

  117. Cera says

    OMG. These are so good. I can normally control my cookie eating, but with these, I was out of controle! I did increase the amount of flour ( i used whole wheat, rolled oats and flaxseed) and I did refridgerate the dough. They came out amazing. Perfectly soft and chewy… I seriously ate like 8 of them!

  118. Julia Smith says

    OMG! These things are stinkin AMAZING!!! HOW can they be healthy??? Lol I LOVE you Katie!!! You are a miracle-worker!!! ๐Ÿ˜›

  119. Faith says

    No raw egg batter is the best! Haha my daughter always wants to try it and its been worry free fun since we have become vegan! ๐Ÿ™‚

  120. Dan Griffin says

    Hmm. Not sure what I did wrong here. Mine puffed up a bit in the oven, but then immediately fell to very flat (1/8″ thick). They still taste good…so believe me, we’ll still eat them. Is there supposed to be baking powder in here as well to add some leavening.

  121. Cheryl says

    Hi Katie,
    I absolutely love your blog. I have seen you mention on your blog you are not a fan of “fake” sugars. I totally agree. I have seen some vegan dessert recipes that use dates as the sweetner, that turned out well, even smoothies. I’m wondering if you would consider incorporating dates as the sweetner for the sugar free option for some of your recipes? Your recipes are so amazing, I’m anxious to see what you would come up with using dates to sweeten vs xylitol etc.
    Thank you so much for all your hard work!

  122. Damen says

    Just made these about 10 mins ago got 12 cookies i used natural pb instead and all purpose flour turned out great ill def be making these again !!!

  123. Frances says

    I made these on Friday for a cookie contest & recipe exchange. I added some dark chocolate chips. Sadly they didn’t win but I loved them so much that I took a few of mine home instead of exchanging them with the other peoples’ cookies! My sons and I just made up another batch of the dough to bake in a little while. I love that they’re vegan and so few ingredients and that I can eat the raw dough. Another winner! I also love your chocolate chip cookie dough pie!!!! Keep up the great work ๐Ÿ™‚

  124. Pt says

    These cookies have turned out to be fab. thankx so much for the reciepe.. the only thing that surprised me that the cookie flatterned a lot more.. then expected.. is there something i should have been more careful about.. i rolled them in my hand after cooling it in the fridge for about an hour & then re-frigged them. but like u said.. the cookie is supersoft & melts in the mouth.. exact recipe… does give same result.


  125. Andrea Butler says

    I LOVE this recipe! I’m not a dessert person, but every now and again a craving comes along. I’ve tried your Secret Peanut Butter Cookies and Healthy Cookie Dough Dip. In both, I used agave nectar instead of sugar and they both turned out very well. Thank you for the great ideas and for satisfying a healthy girl’s sugar cravings. ๐Ÿ˜€

  126. Jennifer says

    I have a friend who DO NOT do sugar, but she is missing cookies. I am new to using Stevia in baking… could i substitute a liquid Stevia for the sugar? If so, how much should I use?

    In advance, thank you for your time and help!

  127. SS says

    I’m one of those freaks that doesn’t care for soft cookies–I like them crunchy, to dunk in (almond) milk. Do you have suggestions for making the cookie recipes crunchy (or at least crunchier) rather than soft? Less applesauce maybe?

    Thanks, CCK, for sharing your recipes! I love them–Brownie Batter Pancakes being one of my all-time faves!!! Even our 13 year old loves them, and doesn’t even know their healthy.

  128. Suzanne says

    I made these last night for a coworker who follows a vegan diet. They were a HIT with my son and husband for being so moist and flavorful.

    Then the coworker was really happy with them, too. This is going into the recipe box!

  129. Melissa says

    These cookies are amazing! The first vegan cookie I’ve made that doesn’t taste ‘vegan.’ ๐Ÿ˜‰ I also made the Chocolate Chocolate Chip Brownie cookies and those were fabulous, ooey-gooey-chocolate-y goodness. Thank you! I’m so happy to have some vegan Christmas cookie recipes now!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  130. Emily says

    Another recipe success!! I had a lot of fun with this recipe and the more recent peanut butter-gingerbread-chocolate chip cookie recipe! I made a vegan PB cookie smorgasbord for my family- I made these PB cookies, but added butterscotch chips to half the batch and added chocolate chips to half the batch, then I made a half batch of the PB-gingerbread choc chips too! My family inhaled them, and my dad declared the entire assortment of flavors was the best vegan cookies I’ve ever made. My mom’s favorite was the butterscotch, my brother and sister like the PB-CC best, and I’m always biased towards anything with a hint of gingerbread! Thanks again, Katie, for yet more delicious recipes that help me make people more open minded about veganism! My family and friends have started fighting over which vegan cookies I’ve made are the best (and I think almost every single one came from your site!). ๐Ÿ™‚

  131. Sarah says

    We’re making these for the second time tonight! I had to do a trial run last week before I made a huge batch to giveaway for Christmas. They were delicious! We put a hershey kiss on top just like Mom used to do ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m really happy to have found a PB cookie recipe that wasn’t full of Crisco *YUCK* Thanks!

  132. Geraldine says

    Hi, I tried these and they’re lovely, they melt in the mouth…
    I mixed some cocoa powder with some of the dough and they came out really nice.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  133. Alex @ says

    Love these! My first vegan cookie was a peanut butter one as well! I think it’s easier to start with peanut butter since it’s so sticky and holds ingredients together, much like an egg. I like adding chocolate chips and walnuts to mine ๐Ÿ™‚

  134. Josiane says

    OMG. I’m….. like… OMG. I think I’m in love. haha. You know when you’re JUST thinking about pranut butter cookies…. and you fall on these sooooooo teaste recepe…. I’ve done a half one. Then the others. Yummi!! But I’ve use 2 tbsp of Mapple sirop to subst. the sugar. Then I didn’t put the apple sauce because it will be too muck soft and long to cook.
    thks for these such good cookies (and excuse my very bad english^^’)

  135. Niamh says

    Can you substitute the apple sauce for oil? Slightly unhealthier but I don’t know where I’d find any! Also thank you for the amazing vegan recipes, they really help me out!

  136. Amanda Cowan says

    I’ve been making vegan cookies a lot lately, thanks to you lady! Made these last night. Although I added some dark chocolate chips on the top and I’m not sure if they are vegan or not. Anyway they were super yummy and the 5 of us ate the whole batch! I actually cut back slightly on the sugar and added a tbls of ground flax but they still came out super yummy and chewy (cut back slightly on the sugar only because I knew we’d get sweetness from those dark choc. chips). Thanks again for a yummy winning recipe!

  137. sweetlimejones says

    Thank you for sharing this. I just made them and I loove the taste and texture! For fun next time i’m going to try coconut oil instead of applesauce, have any thoughts? far as amount. I only follow recipes when it comes to baking:)

  138. Laura Morena says

    I just made these and they turned out great! (I used oat flour for a gluten-free cookie and cooked them a couple of extra minutes.) My two boys made them disappear in about 5 minutes! Thanks for the recipe!

  139. Stephanie says

    This recipe is great! I used it to make a healthy version of the popular nutella pb cookies that are all over pinterest and they turned out soo yummy!

  140. Hannah says

    Have I ever made vegan cookies? Why are you asking me this? With your blog, who can resist making vegan cookies!

    The two best things about vegan cookies, no raw eggs, and no dairy for my sister’s allergies.

  141. Melissa says

    Hi there! I know this is a few years old now so I’m not sure if I’ll get a response, but I made these and they were very mushy in the centers and they flattened out to be very thin, probably a half to a third of the thickness of the wonderful delicious cookie in the picture!!

    I used regular white flour and a commercial Kraft smooth peanut butter, and I double checked all the proportions exactly, so I’m not sure where I went wrong! The dough tasted absolutely delicious though, I LOVE being vegan for that purpose alone!!!

    • A says

      Hi! This also happened to me and I used the exact same ingredients (white flour, kraft smooth PB). Maybe the PB is too oily?

      • Chocolate Covered Katie says

        That could be. I know different brands have different consistencies. Try a natural peanut butter. I also know it works with Peter Pan, which is what I used many years ago. And be sure not to make the cookies too big, which would make them done cooking on the edges before they got a chance to cook in the middles.

  142. Lisa says

    Hi Katie! I have never posted a comment before on a site but I have never loved a site as much as I love yours! I am not vegan but love to bake and am always looking for healthy alternatives. I came across your site about 2 weeks ago and have made several recipes. Each time the dessert is better and better! The funny thing is people say how delicious they are and have no clue how healthy they actually are too. Even my mother in law who is very pickey loved the chocolate chip cookie pie. My husband couldn’t wait to tell her it was made with gorbanzo beans ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep those awesome recipes coming. I really appreciate all of your great ideas and hard work. Today’s dessert: peanut butter cookies. YUM! B!est I ever made!

  143. Jacqueline says

    I really, really LOVE the Cookies! They are sooooo nice and healthy! Perfect!
    Thank you so very much!
    And I am looking forward to more recipies!

  144. Jillian says

    I love these! I managed to spread the recipe out to make 21 little cookies at 50 calories apiece. Delicious!

  145. erin says

    Katie, I have made tons of different vegan cookies…and these were by FAR the most delicious! Taste guilty but totally not;)

  146. Anonymous says

    This might be a silly question, but can you use whole wheat flour instead of whole wheat pastry flour? If not, what can you substitute? I really want to try this recipe but have no time to run to the grocery store!

  147. Jillian Van Patten says

    Just made these after making a “regular PB cookie” recipe that came out dry, dry , dry. Didn’t have pastry WW flour so mixed regular WW flour with all purpose white (half and half) and they came out fantastic!! Can’t wait for my husband to try them…

  148. Christina says

    These are sooooo good! I used xylitol in place of the sugar and they turned out great. Thanks for this recipe!

  149. Vikki says

    Love that the recipes ive tried so far from this site all make small amounts. Got 12 cookies from this batch which allowed each of us to have 3. Very tasty! Glad i stumbled across this site!

  150. Caroline (London) says

    Hi there, came across your recipe by change – I’d run out of eggs and butter! Great recipe but next time I won’t use the salt, and may even try it without the baking soda. Also I was out of vanilla extract and brown / coconut sugar so used white. I’m not a cook and discovered I should have made them smaller and put them further apart to cook! Also I cooked them for a little too long. Nevertheless they were all eaten at my friend’s BBQ yesterday. I’d most certainly try the recipe again with the vanilla and correct sugar.

    Well done!

    Caroline xx

  151. Dee says

    3 Tablespoons of flour??????

    Interestingly there is another recipe on the web that is exactly like yours right to the 3T flour only it says “organic” before every ingredient.

  152. Kayla says

    Hey Katie,

    These cookies are amazing! I substituted an 1/8 cup of stevia instead of a whole 1/4 cup sugar and they turned out really well!

  153. Leighton says

    I just made these in honor of National Peanut Butter Cookie Day! I made these into four mini cookies with chocolate chips and they were ohh so good ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the recipe, Katie!

  154. Erin says

    I just made these with my son…and we forgot the vanilla!! Darn it. But they are still really good! I ate two already. Next time I will not forget because I imagine it makes these so much better..if that’s possible!

  155. Cara says

    Just baked these delicious babies today! They are absolutely mouth-watering! My teeth sink right into and melt away these beautiful cookies! Sprinkled a few crushed pecans on top, a very nice match. Thank you so much.

  156. Mary says

    Really good cookies. We don’t normally use wheat flours, and we are vegan. These cookies turned out so good, some of the best I’ve had in a while. Thanks.

  157. Molly says

    Excellent easy recipie with no added oils and simple ingredients!! I also could not believe there was only 3 TBS of flour but went with it since your other recipes have never failed me. I tripled it , used Bobs WW pastry flour and cut the sugar to 1/3 cup for the entire batch. I really dislike very sweet cookies so you might want use more like 2/3 cup if you go this route. I pressed a few vegan choc chips on top and baked for 8-9 min depending on the size of the cookie ball. They turned out AWESOME. Light cakey texture inside with a crisp exterior. I might add cinnamon and a few TBL of molasses next time. THANK YOU Katie!!!!

  158. Winter says

    Just made these and they were AMAZING! Thanks Katie! But I wanted to change it up a bit so I made one giant cookie and then cut it up into slices when it was done. I had to bake it about 10 minutes longer though, due to its larger mass and such ;D but everyone LOVED it and my mother didn’t even know it was vegan!

  159. Madison Riley says

    These have been my go- to for quick, easy, absolutely delicious (“doesn’t taste vegan”) cookies. Whether they’re for a friend’s birthday or thanking someone for a ride, these cookies are a big hit among all audiences. Once again, love, love the simplicity and straightup goodness of your recipes! ๐Ÿ™‚

  160. Liz Kashuba says

    Hi, I just want to share how much I love your blog! I tried a vegan diet for almost 4 months earlier this year and used your recipes to fill my desire for something sweet but healthy! Anyway, I plan on featuring/adapting this recipe on my blog Hope you don’t mind. I give you credit for the original recipe and have a link to your website. Thank you!

  161. Shanna says

    OMG these taste exactly how I remember peanut butter cookies tasting before i was vegan. These are amazing!! and my non vegan boyfriend loved them too. Thank you so much Katie…. my dessert guru!!! <3

  162. Lisa Kornsila says

    Tried ๏ปฟthe peanut butter cookie recipe. They were so tasty everyone was impressed they were vegan. I will make them often.

  163. amy says

    YUM! AMAZING! I made really big cookies (think they could still be bigger LOL) and I only got 5 out of the whole batch. I’ll have to double the recipe next time, hehe ๐Ÿ™‚

  164. Jenice Carey says

    These cookies came out lovely! I have been a vegetarian for quite some time, and try to avoid using certain products in desserts. Thank you for such a fantastic recipe!.

    I also used less Torani Vanilla syrup instead of the recommended amount of Vanilla extract, made the cookies sweet but just sweet enough ๐Ÿ™‚

  165. Christina D says

    My 3 year old and I just put a bunch of these in the oven. They smell delicious! My son enjoyed licking the rest of the dough out of the bowl, haha.

  166. Alastair says

    Am I over thinking this? “If you want soft cookies, fridge the dough for at least an hour. Then bake in a preheated oven (350F) for 8 minutes. Theyโ€™ll look underdone when you take them out, but thatโ€™s ok. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before removing from tray.” What if you want crisp or less soft cookies? Is the procedure the same? Thanks. AB.

  167. Monique says

    OMG! I made these and I fell in love with them! But i didn’t have applesauce but I did have a tin of peaches which had peach juice in it and they tasted great!

  168. Kathy Glynn says

    These are so delicious!!! The best peanut butter cookies I’ve ever had!! I made these cookies this weekend and my daughter ate ALL of them, so I didn’t have any left to share with the other people in my family and since they were so good, I just decided to make two extra batches ๐Ÿ˜€

  169. Tracey says

    I made these today as a Blossom cookie with a piece of dark chocolate pressed into the middle as they came out of the over, yummy!

  170. Jennifer says

    I made these for a cookie exchange and I have to say they really tasted awesome! My husband says they were the best he’s tasted and my kids loved them. Always good to have a great vegan cookie. Thanks for the recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚

  171. Katherine says

    Thanks so much, Katie. I made these for Christmas! I used crunchy peanut butter. yum. I used 2 tbsp of white unblanched flour and 1 tbsp whole wheat flour. if i were to make them for myself, I would have used all whole wheat flour and reduced the sugar to just the 1/4 cup, but they are for my family. My mom loved them, especially because they only used one bowl! My brother likes them! Yay! Do you happen to have/know of a Spritz cookie recipe that is healthy? Thanks. oh I made your snowball cookies earlier. so delicious.

  172. Steph R. says

    Made these for my vegan sister. Really easy to make and taste great! I froze mine and kept bread on them to keep them super soft. Thanks!!

  173. Erin says

    Wow! I am a die-hard, seriously dedicated peanut butter fan who was a bit skeptical of these cookies just bc of the minimal amount of flour. I was really, really wrong. In fact, these could be my all-time favorite PB cookies! I’ve been a vegetarian for over eight years, and I’ve begun dipping my feet into veganism. These are just another reason that vegan is an amazing way to live and still enjoy your traditional treats!

    PS My hubby was never a huge fan of pb cookies, and he went back for multiple cookies. There’s your proof!

  174. Corinne says

    These are absolutely amazing! There’s no apple sauce taste to it and they rich with PB flavor. I chilled the dough for an hour before baking. I will definitely be adding these into my recipe book. Thank you!

  175. Tabitha says

    These cookies are amazing!!! They’re my procrastibaking indulgence when I have an assignment due. Honestly the best cookies!! After you make these once, they become a regular on your to-do list. ๐Ÿ™‚

  176. Abigail Suter says

    These are absolutely delightful! Just took them out of the oven and had my first one after 10 mins of cooling.

    I’ve only been vegan for a month (veggie for 4 years) and I can honestly say that these are the best cookies I’ve ever eaten, vegan or not.

    Only thing would be that I bought apple sauce from the supermarket and didn’t realise it was a chunky one. I sat picking all the bits out of the cookie mix when I realised!

  177. Jamie says

    I tried these today and my husband and I both liked em! I used banana instead of apple sauce, couldn’t even tell. And I put dark chocolate chunks in mine. I will say that I would reduce the sugar a little, maybe just by 1tbs of the white. And the ones that I let cool on the cookie sheet did set up better. I came out with only nine cookies, so I think I’ll double it next time. And there will be a next time!

  178. Crystal says

    I made the single lady peanut butter cookie on Wednesday and loved it so much I’m making a big batch for a birthday party tonight. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  179. Erin says

    Is the dough supposed to be crumbly? I followed the recipe exactly and doubled it. I can’t see that being an issue. I was able to form a ball with my hands but not flatten them with fork or they would fall apart. They didn’t end up flattening out during baking but they taste really good though!

  180. Marilyn says

    These are wonderful and so simple, thank you! I used a GF premixed flour blend and chocolate chips. My dough was a bit too runny for shaping into balls so I added another tablespoon of flour and used spoons to put them on the cookie sheet.

    I also like that it doesn’t make too many cookies so I’m not tempted to eat so many!
    I would definitely make these again and highly recommend them.

  181. Grace says

    FAVOURITE COOKIE RECIPE EVER! made a double batch which went in an instant – my whole family adored them! have had to send the recipe around to lots of friends too!
    would definitely recommend chilling in the fridge for an awesome bake.

  182. Sarah says

    These taste great but they are super soft. I baked for 20 minutes and cooled for 1 hour but they break when I try to get them off the pan. What went wrong?

    • Unofficial CCK Helper says

      Have you checked out Katie’s FAQ page? There is a troubleshooting section on the page. Please read through it, then report back with more specific ingredient information, as it is impossible to tell you otherwise what you might’ve done wrong.

  183. Audrey says

    I just made a batch of these heavenly cookies. I have been vegan for a few months and have only been eating fruits and veggies, not much cooking. I stumbled across your name countless amounts of times on Instagram. Everyone raved about your recipes. I decided to try this one, I followed the directions and they came out perfectly! Thank you!!

  184. vee says

    so glad i came by your website! i am making these tonight and cant’t wait to bring them to work tomorrow to show them off! thanks for sharing your recipes =) xx V

  185. Safina says

    I just made the dough last night and refrigerated it overnight. Then I baked them in the morning and they came out ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!! Thanks soooo much for this recipe, Katie! My whole family loved them and I had to make another batch (in the fridge right now) because we scarfed down almost all of them! Oh and my batter made 19 cookies btw.

  186. Meredith says

    YUM! Katie, I just tried these cookies after I found the recipe in your new cookbook (which is amazing, by the way!) – I’m not sure how I overlooked it on the blog! My only problem with your book is that I can’t immediately read comments and comment myself on the recipes, but lucky for me this one was here:) These are so amazing! I’m partial to your oatmeal almond butter cookies, which I have made countless times, but this recipe will rival it. Thanks!

  187. Mia says

    Thanks so much for this recipe. I usually don’t like recipes that use applesauce as a substitute because of the cakey like texture. But this one was delicious. Even my 2.5 year old daughter that doesn’t like peanut butter unless it’s straight from the jar. She just ate 3 of them. Made exactly per your directions with the exception I added cinnamon.

  188. Sandrine says

    Hi Katie !
    I follow your blog from years and today finally tried this recipe, with hazelnut butter and added chocolate chips. I loved the result and wish to translate your recipe in french on my blog and convert measurements in grams, for French readers to be able to make and enjoy it. Would you agree ? (of course I would explain this recipe is yours and add the link to this post)
    Thanks a lot for your blog !

    • Lisa says

      I’m not Katie of course but I do know from other recipes that the baking soda in no-bake recipes can be for flavor.

  189. Nicole says

    I just made these cookies and they are amazing. My husband (non-vegan) and I (vegan) loved them! I followed the recipe except for adding local grade b maple syrup for the vanilla (no vanilla on hand). I made 12 cookies and we just finished eating 6 (3 each). Thank you for the easy and flavorful cookies!

  190. Lisa says

    They are baking in the oven right now. The cookie dough is AMAZING. Yum! We doubled the recipe and it is making 18 cookies. I recommend at least doubling this so you can enjoy as much of the dough as possible. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks, Katie!

  191. Ginger says

    5 stars
    These were so good, everyone loved them! Though I have to admit, they were very sticky and cakey. Next time, I might try oatmeal almond butter cookies for firmer cookies.

  192. Lauren says

    I just made these cookies and everyone was surprised when I told them they were vegan!
    They taste so good! Thanks for the recipe:)

  193. marianne lauter says

    5 stars
    These cookies are excellent! I made them for a work party where no one is vegetarian (neither am I) and they were a big hit!

  194. Ginger says

    5 stars
    Made these twice already-so good! However, they are a teensy bit too soft, and fall apart in my hand a little. But the taste is REALLY good.

  195. Tyler says

    5 stars
    I made these this evening. Followed the recipe exactly, and they are SO GOOD! Absolutely amazing! Thanks for an easy, great tasting PB cookie!

  196. Shireen P says

    5 stars
    These are amazing! I made a batch yesterday afternoon and we finished them off this morning. Batch #2 is baking right now, with the addition of chocolate chips. Yum! This is going to be my go-to peanut butter cookies recipe from now on. Thank you so much, Katie! Your recipes never let me down. ๐Ÿ™‚

  197. Rebekah says

    Curious. I made the single serving recipe yesterday. I tripled it and this recipe only made me two more (six then, eight today). This one also used less flour, and also different sweetener. They taste a little different but still hits the spot that was created when gazing upon my Omni husbands cookies.

  198. christy moss says

    5 stars
    This is one of the greatest recipes I have gotten online. We aren’t vegans but my family loves these cookies!

  199. A.J says

    I am in love with your website; the numerous recipes and especially how healthy a lot of them can be. I’ve yet to make any of your recipes but I’ve recently and finally found the necessary ingredients such as spelt or oat flour; they’re hard to find in regular stores where I’m from- Anyways I’m getting off track here! This recipe looks divine and it really looks healthy, which comes to my question : Is the apple sauce really necessary? Not sure how to find it ready and such but maybe I could make some- but is it really necessary?

  200. Teresa says

    I made these cookies last night! They taste great, but they’re REALLY soft and still a little wet in the center.

    I cooked them for 8 minutes, let them sit on the baking sheet another 5-6, then I took them off and let them cool for about 10 minutes before trying. I put them back in the oven and repeated this whole thing 2 more times and they’re still too soft/wet inside.

    Could it be the peanut butter I’m using? I followed the recipe very closely and didn’t make any substitutions. The peanut butter I used is Target’s Simply Balanced organic brand. The only ingredient is roasted peanuts, and it’s creamy style.

  201. Anna Marie Spackman says

    3/4 tsp baking soda is too much, must be either baking powder or only 1/4 tsp soda, cookies taste sour, please fix, otherwise good recipe, I will make again, just with the needed correction.

  202. Kathy says

    Amazing cookies! I didn’t have any applesauce in the house, but I had some banana baby food and it worked perfectly. I smashed each cookie with a fork in a criss-cross pattern and it made them thin, crispy, but still soft and chewy. First attempt at vegan baking and it was a success! Thank you!

  203. Samantha says

    Just made these and what a success!!! I used orgran gluten free flour.
    They are sooooo delicious – I like that there’s only 3T of flour because there’s no chance of a weird ‘gluten free flour’ aftertaste coming through (which often happens when I just sub gf for regular in any old recipe). ๐Ÿ™‚

  204. Ann says

    I have no idea what I’m doing wrong. I’ve tried this recipe twice and each time the cookies spread immensely in the oven and taste like, for a lack of better words, burnt. The dough tastes great…just not the baked cookies. Help?

    • Julie Dove says

      Hmm no idea, as I’ve made the recipe a million times! Maybe use a different type of peanut butter? Or make them smaller? Sorry can’t be more helpful!

  205. Jen says

    Made these earlier today. They break apart very easily. 1st batch I used brown sugar. 2nd batch used coconut sugar. 1st batch much better!

  206. Ashley says

    The cookies are way too soft and no moention of having to flatten the cookies like a traditional peanut butter cookie recipe. Waste of time and money.

    • Jason Sanford says

      I think you did something wrong, based on all the positive comments from readers who have tried these, including myself. Maybe bake a little longer? What type of peanut butter did you use? They are definitely worth giving another shot, as the recipe is really really good!

  207. Kat says

    Thid does not make 12 cookies. It made four. Did I do something wrong? And the dough is pretty runnier than normal cookies.

    • Jason Sanford says

      Maybe mismeasured the flour? That’s all I can think of, as I’ve never had that problem when I make these!

  208. talene says

    Katie, I just want to say that I’ve been making these cookies for YEARS and everyone loves them. I’m not even vegan; it’s just a great cookie. I always give people your website name when they ask about the recipe. Thank you!

  209. Kara says

    I made these with Almond butter, and omitted the brown sugar because I was out, and they turned out delicious! These will definitely be my staple nut butter recipe moving forward. Except next time I’ll make sure I have brown sugar. MMMMMMMM!!!!

    • Kara says

      PS- I cheated and tossed them in the freezer for 30 minutes before baking because… well… cookies amiright? That worked fine for me.

  210. Nayna says

    I Googled Vegan gluten free Peanut butter cookies and saw your recipe with its 5 ? reviews. I compared it to other highly-rated recipes that popped up. I only made your recipe, and I’m soooo glad I did ?
    Damn they’re good ?โ˜บ๏ธ?
    The sugar quantity and lack of oil make these a healthier indulgence than all the other recipes I found ?? (those had double or triple the sugar ??)
    Thanks for your great sir and sharing your skills, knowledge, and treats with us… It is GREATLY appreciated ?

  211. Nikki says

    I made these last night and liked them. However, today I went to dig in and the cookies completely fell apart in my hand. Very soggy and wet. How can I adjust to give them a solid, crunchier texture? I was going to take some to the neighbors but I won’t serve these.

    • Jason Sanford says

      Hmm I’ve never had that problem with these, but maybe don’t close the lid all the way when storing them? That would keep moisture from being trapped and weighing the cookies down I think!

  212. Missy says

    I made these and I won a vegan cookie contest at my work! Super easy and delicious. I would recommend doing a double batch of you plan on sharing with more than one other person. I was able to make abour 10 cookies out of it. Definitely making again!

  213. Brittany C Minichbauer says

    These cookies are amazing! I added ground flax seed, chocolate chips, and pecans. My husband even loved them.

  214. Pluma says

    Hi, I’m writing a vegan cookbook for a school project and was wondering if I could include a few of your recipes in it. The cookies are delicious by the way!

  215. Sher711 says

    Question – if I choose to use unrefined sugar, what is the best choice for this recipe. I made the PB cookies with
    sugar and they are so good. I would like to try using unrefined sugar as an option.

    • Jason Sanford says

      Hi! Try coconut sugar or evaporated cane juice. Sucanat also works if you want a delicious gingerbread flavor.

  216. Freya says

    You can’t go wrong with a peanut butter cookie! Never tried using applesauce as a sub for eggs in cookies though – looking forward to tasting the result ๐Ÿ™‚

  217. katie C says

    I brought these to a party, and I noticed that half of the container was empty. a guest at the party said she tried the cookies, and so did another party guest, and when I told them it was vegan, they were pretty shocked. they were actually like โ€œwowโ€

  218. katelyn c says

    i brought these cookies to a birthday party and when I told 2 party guests who arenโ€™t vegan, that the cookies didnโ€™t have any eggs or butter, they were pretty shocked and surprised that vegan cookies can actually taste good

  219. Vidhya says

    Hi Katie,

    I tried making these exactly according to your recipe and they were yummy ! But I did have a few concerns, when I left them in the oven for 10 mins – they came out pretty soft and undone ( even after cooling for ten minutes outside) and they needed an additional 5 mins to have the right cookie consistency of crunchy outside, soft inside. But the next day, they were very soft again ( although i stored in an airtight container). Do u think this may have anything to do with the kind of peanut butter I used? I used a regular store brand ( planters) which has more than peanuts or salt in it.. any other tips as I definetly want to try it again? It was very tasty though , I just feel I didn’t get the right consistency ( too soft)

    • Jason Sanford says

      Hmm yes the natural brands will be drier so maybe that’s why. Maybe just cook even longer? I know Katie also says that storing cookies in a glass container (with a tiny bit of an opening, so not sealed completely, to allow moisture to escape) helps cookies not get too soft.

  220. Jen says

    Followed the recipe exactly and they came out raw but because of the warning about them looking under-cooked in the recipe, did not put them back in. Bummer. They did firm up after cooling but they were flat and had no crunch. Just not very cookie-like.:(

  221. Erin says

    I made these yesterday for a 16 mile trail run and hike, and both me and my running partner loved them! I’m vegan, gluten free and oil free so, I was so excited to find this recipe and even more excited after my first bite. There is nothing missing taste-wise in these cookies! Thank you for this recipe!

  222. katelyn costa says

    I bought these cookies to a Birthday party and a girl said she tried the cookies and when i told her the cookies she liked were actually vegan, she was like โ€œwowโ€ and the face she made was priceless. i wish i had a camera to capture it XD

  223. Lea says

    HI! Would it be possible to make these cookies in the microwave as well? They look amazing but I’m currently oven-less but would still like to try making them if possible!

  224. Emma says

    Just tried this recipe today and love these cookies! I baked them 3 mins longer than suggested to get less cake-like texture. Yum!

  225. Jess says

    Omg!! I made these cookies today and added oats! Instead of applesauce I used ground flaxseed and water. It was a hit even for those who donโ€™t โ€œeat healthyโ€

  226. Mallory says

    These vegan peanut butter cookies were AMAZING!!! My entire omni family went bonkers over them. They were so mad when I ate the last one ? Thanks for the brilliant new recipe that I will be remaking again and again!

  227. Katelyn says

    I made these for a party and I come from a Portuguese family, so after I noticed that half of the cookies were gone, I notified them that the cookies were vegan, and they were really shocked to find out and that it was almost hard to believe that the cookies they’ve been chowing down had no animal products in it. It was priceless XD

  228. Stacy says

    I’m making these for a vegan friend but she is allergic to apples. Can I sub the apples for vegan butter or something else?

    • Jason Sanford says

      I think you could use either canned pumpkin or vegan plain yogurt. Be sure to report back if you experiment!
      (Also I think I remember a reader saying she subbed aquafaba for the applesauce, but I might be confusing it with another of Katie’s recipes.)

  229. Alva says

    Oh my GOD!! These are the best peanut butter cookies I’ve ever tried. I replaced applesauce with one flax egg (1 tbsp flax seed flour, 2,5 tbsp water) and made each cookie one tablespoon. I used brown rice flour. They are so pillowy soft and yet crunchy on the outside. I also tried different flavor combinations, I pressed dark chocolate into a few, sprinkled some with cinnamon and the best one yet, sprinkled some with cayenne pepper. So good! Seriously, try this recipe.

    Also, I used slightly less coconut sugar, about 1 tbsp less maybe?

  230. Sofia says

    Just made these and they taste really good !!
    This recipe is definitely a keeper ! I used rice flour and regular brown sugar and they worked perfectly!!
    I loved the taste and texture! Thank you !!!

  231. Chloe says

    Wow! One of my co-workers brought these for lunch yesterday and lucky for me, she shared. I will be making them for sure.

  232. TeenChef says

    Just made these! I used Swerve as my sugar, and it turned out great! By the way, Katie, what sugar sub would you recommend? Iโ€™m trying not to eat refined sugar, and Swerve has a bit of a clinging sweetness. Itโ€™s still a pretty good sub, but Iโ€™m just wondering if there are better options. Would you say Xylitol is best? Or another one? Thanks! Love love LOVE your blog! Iโ€™m going to go vegan (planning my transition from vegetarian to vegan now), and your blog is what makes me think itโ€™s possible! ๐Ÿ™‚

  233. TeenChef says

    Also, two more questions.
    Again, planning my new vegan life, so what vegan cheeses do you like best?

    And totally different, Iโ€™m trying to convince my family to invest in a food processor. What would you recommend?
    Thanks again!

    • Jason Sanford says

      Hi! Katie has this food processor and loves it (I have one too):
      As for sugar subs, xylitol is one we’ve found to have less of an aftertaste, but to be honest Katie prefers something like coconut sugar or pure maple syrup (depending on whether a liquid or granulated sweetener is needed) when baking for herself. And I’d try Violife or Miyokos cheeses. I’m not vegan and even I like those!

  234. naomi winkel says

    I made many recipes from your site and this is one of my families favorite recipes. I make them at least 1-2 times a week for the past month. My kids really like these cookies. They turn their nose up at a lot of healthy things, but they request this a lot.

  235. Christina says

    Love these cookies. I make them and add less sugar and a little more of oats grounded up as flour. Delicious cookies!

  236. Jane Thygerson says

    I made these just now with cashew butter? it was everything I was craving. Simple recipes are awesome for quick cravings ! Thanks

  237. Anna says

    I just baked these cookies using home ground sorghum flour and coconut sugar. The batter was a little moist so I just added extra sorghum flour and baked them baked for the 8 min and let them cool down as the recipe said . The cookies taste good but they crumble a little. I would like them more firm and crunchy.

  238. Charlene says

    I made these cookies today, awesome they are great! I added vegan mini chocolate chips to the batter great addition. Thank you for this receipe.

  239. Wendy says

    I’ve made these twice now and they are awesome. I use monk fruit sweetener and ite great. My second batch was a little crumbly while they still tasted good. I tried adding almond butter too. What should I increase to prevent them from being crumbly?

  240. Caroline says

    These tasted good, but mine were VERY crumbly and fell apart. I followed the recipe and instructions exactly as written. And made them with oat flour. Any idea why they are falling apart?

    • Jason Sanford says

      Hmmm, what kind of pb did you use? Maybe yours is just super dry and therefore needed a bit more applesauce to make up for it? I know different brands of nut butter can have vastly different consistencies. Or are you in a dry climate?

  241. Ananda says

    Amazing! Just made them and it took literally Les than 10 minutes altogether in prep time. Next time I’ll do a little less sugar (very sweet) and maybe some more flour to add texture.

    • Jason Sanford says

      Click the “view nutrition facts” right under the recipe ingredients/instructions in the post, and Katie’s recipes always come with full nutrition facts ๐Ÿ™‚

  242. Sarah says

    I was quite confused by the directions but it seems like I’m the only one when reading through the comments. The written directions and video are pretty different. One says the dry ingredients go together first but the video you had them all together. Written says 8 minutes and video says 7. I also wasn’t sure whether to get sweetened or unsweetened apple sauce. The directions say to just roll into a ball but the video shows you kind of flattening them out, and the photo appears to have fork marks. This was my first vegan recipe because I was making for a friend’s birthday, so I don’t know if it’s because I’m used to non vegan baking, but maybe being a little more specific would be helpful for the vegan baking newbies. I decided not to flatten but the cookies didn’t spread at all and ended up looking like biscuits, and ended up being too soft as well even after leaving them on the sheet. Your video looked like a lot more than 3 TB flour also, but I wanted to stick to it exactly. They tasted really good though, so I’m sure with some tweaks I can get it right next time. I hope I don’t sound rude, just looking for some clarification

  243. Katey says

    I’m definitely going to try this out. I just made a batch from the King Arthur Flour website and even without the slight vegan mods I made, the recipe was high maintenance and the results were not commensurate with the amount of effort and time. PB cookies are my hubs’ face so I want to make him the BEST ?
    Thanks Katie ???

  244. Dominic says

    Not sure what I did wrong but the dough was super runny but I just went with it. Baked the cookies for 8 min as directed and waited 20 to eat and they were literally just mush and didnโ€™t hold form ?

  245. Kristin says

    โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ Absolutely obsessed with these!! They are delicious baked or even as the dough! So soft and good. Thank you for sharing!

  246. Dee says

    i know this is an old post but tried this today and it was great. I used quick cooking oats directly since i felt lazy to powder it. Also, since i didnt have apple sauce I used little yogurt instead (I am not vegan). These cookies cake out great. Cant wait to try more recipes from your site.

    • Jason Sanford says

      Katie uses unsweetened, but readers have commented on many of the recipes (including this one) that sweetened is fine too ๐Ÿ™‚

  247. Baily says

    Can you use whole wheat flour or coconut flour with these? These sound delicious! It is the only flour I have on hand right now!

    • Jason Sanford says

      Whole wheat works! Coconut might, but you’d just use much less since it’s so absorbent ๐Ÿ™‚

  248. Judi Weinberg says

    I baked the Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies with my 2 grandsons and not only was this recipe super easy, they are delicious! Will be making these again soon.

  249. Mary Ellis says

    Hello there…..I tried my 3rd recipe from Katies site today. The Secret peanut butter cookies. They have disappeared. Not a crumb left and I didn’t even get to try one. It’s a toss up for fav. It’s between the lemon bread and pb. cookies. The applesauce muffins coming in third but still well liked. I’ll keep trying new recipes and let you know what we all think. Keep the recipes coming as they are really appreciated.

  250. Tiffany M says

    My husband is on a Keto diet and so I used your recipe, subing Almond flour and ethyrotal sweetener, and they were delicious! Thank you for your recipe!

  251. Deborah says

    Do you think I could use cashew butter, almond butter, or sunflower seed butter to replace the peanut butter?(husband has peanut allergies)

    Would if be a one to one substitution? Thanks

  252. 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!

  253. 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.

  254. 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.

  255. 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!

  256. 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!

  257. Andreea Bozฤƒu 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!

  258. 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!

  259. 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?

  260. Annie says

    Love the peanut butter cookies. They are the best Iโ€™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.

  261. 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 thatโ€™s what I have. Always great ๐Ÿ˜Š

  262. Glenda Thacker says

    Katie, you are a lifesaver! I was recently diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer of the small intestines and liver and will undergo surgery to remove several tumors in about a month. I am trying to shave off a few more pounds prior to surgery and your recipes have been a lifesaver! These peanut butter cookies are better than my old unhealthy recipe, and Iโ€™ve tried three of your other recipes and theyโ€™ve all been superb. I will continue to try more of them. Thank you so much for creating healthy, yummy, easy desserts! You are a godsend.

  263. AshleyAnne says

    Thank you. Also another quick question. I did refrigerate 1 hour for a softer cookie. Does this change the amount of time to bake since they are cold now? I did bake for 8 minutes and the 10 minute cooling time. They still seem doughy.

  264. Jess says

    YUM!! Such an easy recipe to follow. 12 minutes in the toaster oven, could barely wait those 10 minutes for them to cool! I wanted a crispier cookie, and after reading othersโ€™ comments, I went with 1/2 T applesauce. It wasnโ€™t enough – theyโ€™re too dry, so next time Iโ€™ll do 1 T and see how that goes. But itโ€™s nothing a cold glass of milk canโ€™t fix ๐Ÿ™‚

  265. Shilpa says

    I never keep applesauce in the house so I have tried these with vegan yogurt and half a flax egg. The vegan yogurt worked wonderfully. The flax egg version was very crumbly and didn’t hold together very well. The flavor was excellent for both.

  266. NahSnod says

    Would it be possible to have the ingredients list in grams instead of cups? I live in the UK but Iโ€™m unsure if I should do the stick to the US or use the imperial conversion.

  267. Odilon Fernando Alexandre says

    We made it today 13/02 and chocolate keto cookies.
    They are great, the best one.
    Thanks for all your recipes, we are looking forward to make macarrones and brownies.

  268. Cindy Blackmon says

    I baked the peanut butter vegan cookies with applesauce! Very good! Yum ๐Ÿ˜‹! I want to eat more than 1 but Iโ€™m counting calories! I might have 1 more after supper! Thanks! Iโ€™m going to try more recipes!

  269. quinn says

    5 stars
    This may have already been mentioned, but just a heads up if you plan to make these without the applesauce (as I did). The applesauce likely helps the baking soda to activate. Even though I used brown sugar as a source of acid, it obviously wasn’t enough, they still came out tasting bitter. I used gluten-free flour, they are very fudgy in texture.

  270. Jennifer Malta says

    Has anyone tried substituting coconut butter for the peanut butter? My son has lots of food restrictions and he can have every ingredient in the recipe except the peanut butter. It is hard to find a cookie recipe that I can make for him.

  271. Jan says

    5 stars
    I made these and they are soft and delicious . They may be even better than my tried-and-true, gluten-free recipe I’ve been using for thirty years. Plus these are vegan. Thank you, Katie, for creating and sharing.

  272. Barb says

    5 stars
    The best peanut butter cookies ever! Never mind that these are vegan. Donโ€™t change a thing!! Bake as is- I made 8 cookies. Simply delicious. Iโ€™m officially keeping a batch of these, ready to go, in my freezer. Thanks Katie!!

  273. Christine says

    OMG! These cookies are awesome!! My husband and I have been trying to find a healthy cookie. The taste and texture are great!! Thank you

  274. Christine says

    5 stars
    These are the best cookies ever! My husband and I have been trying to find a healthy cookie and this is the one for sure. Thank you

  275. Olga Y. says

    5 stars
    Those cookies are amazing! The best vegan peanut butter cookies! Thank you so much for that recipe! ๐Ÿ˜‹โค

  276. julie says

    I accidentally clicked the stars and unintentionally voted “2 stars.” I am excited to make these and did not want to provide a poor rating!

  277. John Justice says

    5 stars
    So easy to make and so good! I didn’t have any regular (organic) white sugar so I did a 4 to 1 ratio of brown sugar to confectioner’s white sugar. I also misread the directions and did 1/2 cup instead of 1/3 cup sugar. Put it in freezer for around 10 minutes before shaping and did the fork pressing after they came out of the oven to flatten them some. Even with all this they came out great-maybe slightly softer than with less sugar, but still great!

  278. Sharan says

    5 stars
    I like these better than no oil vegan recipe I used before. I only did 1 tbls applesauce and used brown sugar. Delicious

  279. Andrea says

    5 stars
    These cookies are delicious. Better than the traditional peanut butter cookie recipe. This will be the go to recipe for my family.

  280. Barbara says

    5 stars
    These cookies were sooo good! I used garbanzo bean flour because I am trying to finish off this flour. Turned out great. I WILL be making more.

  281. Nancy McDermott says

    5 stars
    Oh my! Delicious! I made a batch using white flour and added some cinnamon and Penzy’s pie spice. I made these for friends who recently changed to a vegan and oil free diet. I tried one and immediately wished I had made a triple batch! They loved them and I will make this recipe many more times and try more of your recipes.
    Absolutely fantastic!

  282. Vanessa Rauguth says

    5 stars
    I have made these cookies so many times. I thought it was definitely time that I left a review. These are absolutely perfect peanut butter cookies. I grew up with an old Betty Crocker recipe my mom made. They were way more labor intensive and not nearly as soft and delicious as these. I share them with everyone. In fact, I am gong on a second date and bringing some for my date. Thanks for such a wonderful recipe.

  283. Judy Owens-Manley says

    5 stars
    I doubled the recipe and used banana in place of applesauce, as it was what I had. Adding the chopped peanuts was a nice touch, and as long as I was chopping, I added a little chopped chocolate from 1/2 chocolate bar that I had on hand. It made almost 3 dozen small cookies, and they were very good! Only needed refrigerating for a short while and 8 minutes at 350 was perfect.

  284. Myra Briley says

    5 stars
    Perfect kind of recipe. Simple and good. I can make it after working two jobs and not wanting to do anything because I want something sweet to eat while watching a show. It is a great quick fix. I will probably make it many times.

  285. Maisie says

    5 stars
    Amazing recipe! I also did not have applesauce so used a banana as well as subbing 1/3c maple syrup and 1 Tbs molasses.To compensate for extra liquid, I added 1 extra TBS spelt flour. So 4 TBS spelt flour total. You have more willpower than I as I ate at least two dough cookies. Delicious and so simple. To half of batter, added large seedless raisins.

  286. Meagan G says

    5 stars
    Very tasty recipe and a cinch to put together. I doubled it and chilled the dough for about an hour before rolling. The results were perfectly pillowy soft peanutty deliciousness!

    If I were making a batch to gift, I’d roll the balls in a bit of white sugar for the extra sweet crunch.

  287. Bridget says

    5 stars
    the cookies were delicious. but once they sat for about 30 minutes, the inside turned a dark green!!! i wonder if the honey i used caused this? maybe it reacts with the baking soda? anyone else have this happen? crazy!

    • CCK Media Team says

      Hi, did you possibly sub sunflower butter for the peanut? The chlorophyll in sunflower seeds reacts with baking soda to cause a green color in baked goods – still good to eat!

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