If you’re looking for a tasty gluten-free cookie recipe, look no further. Unlike many GF cookie recipes, these gluten free peanut butter cookies are delicious and chewy, not dry and crumbly.
Making this yummy treat is extra simple too. You’ll only need common ingredients…aka the ones you probably already have in your kitchen.
That means there’s no need to shop around for oddball things and miscellaneous ingredients you’ll never use again!
The Best Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies
This recipe is special to me for several reasons. Not only does it make a fantastic-tasting cookie, but this is actually a recipe my great, great grandmother came up with. How’s that for a family recipe?
Of course, her version was not gluten free. Converting it was easy, though! I took my great, great grandmother’s original peanut butter cookie recipe and simply substituted my favorite 1-to-1 gluten-free flour blend. The cookies turned out PERFECT.
Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies
If you’ve ever tried to make GF cookies (or eat them!), you may have noticed that the texture often is more on the crunchy side.
I know there’s a huge debate about whether chewy or crispy cookies are better. My family is firmly on the chewy side of the argument. If you love crispy…you may want to make a different recipe because these cookies turn out perfectly soft and chewy.
The Secret to Getting Chewy Cookies
If you’ve ever wondered what makes a cookie chewy, here’s the quick answer. Desserts like these gluten free peanut butter cookies are chewier thanks to higher moisture content.
A lot of this is because of the brown sugar within the recipe. The molasses within brown sugar gives it a higher moisture content than white sugar. For that reason, the combination of brown and white sugar is crucial to this recipe!
How to Make These Cookies Dairy Free
If you’re looking for a dairy-free version of this cookie, all you need to do is make a simple swap. Instead of using butter, you can use the dairy-free “vegan butter” found in the butter section of the grocery store.
Just a head’s up: while the cookies are still delicious, the texture is not as perfect as the gluten-free peanut butter cookies with dairy version.
Chewy Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies
Let’s get to the recipe, shall we? Without further comment, here is the best gluten-free peanut butter cookie recipe!
1 1/4 cup 1-to-1 gluten-free flour blend*
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup cane sugar (or regular granulated sugar)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 egg beaten well
*I use Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 gluten-free flour. I haven’t used other gluten-free flour mixes for this so your results may vary if you choose a different blend.
How to Make Peanut Butter Cookies
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, sift and stir together the gluten-free flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a separate mixing bowl, cream the stick of softened butter until fluffy.
Add the Sugar
You’ll need both brown sugar and regular granulated sugar (or cane sugar for this recipe.) Remember, this is essential to keeping the cookies soft and chewy!
Note: while I normally try to stick with non-refined sugars, this recipe is so perfect as it is, I use regular sugars as Grandma called for it.
I’ve tried subbing coconut sugar for the brown sugar and it doesn’t work as well. I’m still working on a non-refined sugar version but I know many of you gluten-free folks will be happy to see a “normal” recipe simply turned gluten-free without other variations so here you go. 🙂
Add the sugars along with the peanut butter (I use a natural peanut butter without added sugar) to the creamed butter in your mixing bowl and mix well.
Next add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Add the flour mixture gradually beating well after each addition.
Mix until smooth.
Roll or drop the dough into 1-2″ balls (depending on how large you want your cookies) and place about 2″ apart on a cookie sheet.
Dip a fork into gluten-free flour and criss-cross press the cookies.
Bake the Cookies
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the cookies appear set and the edges just begin to brown. Do not overbake or the cookies will become crispier and less chewy.
Let cool for a few minutes before removing from the cookie sheet.
More Gluten-Free Cookie Recipes to Try
If you love these cookies (and I know you will!), you’ll be excited to try some of my other gluten free cookie recipes! I’ve experimented quite a bit and these are my favorite recipes:
- Peanut Butter Blossoms
- Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies
- Snickerdoodle Cookies
- Russian Tea Cookies
- Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
I hope you enjoy these delicious chewy gluten-free peanut butter cookies as we do! (They never last long around my house. Good thing they’re so easy, my kids can make them!)
Want to give your kids another opportunity to make cookies? These no-bake chocolate peanut butter cookies are SO easy to make and taste amazing!
Just pin it below to find the instructions later!
Chewy Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies
This easy recipe uses common ingredients that make a peanut butter cookie so delicious, no one will guess it’s gluten-free!
Sift together the flour, baking powder, soda, and salt.
In a separate large bowl, cream the butter and add the sugar, peanut butter, and brown sugar gradually creaming after each addition until light and fluffy. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Add the flour mixture gradually beating after each addition until smooth.
Drop mix 1 tsp at a time 2” apart onto greased cookie sheet. Dip fork in flour and press cookies criss-cross.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until the cookies are just set and the edges are just barely beginning to brown. Don’t overbake or they won’t be as chewy.