If you are looking for super soft, delicious, and gluten-free almond flour peanut butter cookies, you have come to the right place! Something about a delicious peanut butter cookie just reminds me of my childhood.
Mixing that cookie dough and crisscrossing those delicious cookies with a fork, waiting in anticipation for them to pop out of the oven.
These almond flour peanut butter cookies are super soft, luxurious, and packed full of peanut butter goodness! They are gluten-free and can also be made with my suggested easy vegan modifications.
I really can’t get enough of cookies, especially when they are super soft and chewy!
Why Does This Almond Flour Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe Work?
These easy almond flour cookies only take about 5 minutes to whip up and pop in the oven!
These cookies are gluten-free and can be easily modified for a vegan lifestyle yet they are still phenomenally delicious for those without alternative diet preferences.
Most of the ingredients required for these gluten-free cookies you probably have on hand! Plus, if you have never tried almond flour, I may just convert you. Almond flour is a super flexible flour, great in many different almond flour cookie recipes, and packs significant health benefits from the almonds.
What is Almond Flour?
Almond flour is made from ground almonds and involves blanching the almonds in boiling water to remove the almond skins. The almonds are then ground and sifted into flour.
Almond flour differs from almond meal as the almond meal is a courser textured flour made from grinding the almonds with the skin on. You can still use almond meals to make almond flour peanut butter cookies.
Almond Flour Peanut Butter Cookies Benefits
Almond flour is a great alternative to traditional all-purpose or wheat flour. It is packed with nutrients such as Vitamin E and magnesium, lower in carbs, and works as a delicious and flexible substitute in most recipes.
Certain medical studies have indicated that almonds (almond flour) can benefit cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar!
One of the most popular benefits of almond flour is that is a great gluten-free and wheat-free flour alternative. And, they make super moist almond flour peanut butter cookies!
Rich in vitamin E: act as an antioxidant to fight multiple diseases.
High in magnesium: known to help control your blood sugar.
Low glycemic index: compared to regular all-purpose wheat flour, almond flour is lower in carbohydrates, higher in fiber, and contains more protein. All this together can help control your glycemia by preventing a spike in sugar.
Gluten-free: almond flour provides an alternative to wheat flour for people following a gluten-free diet.
Lowering cholesterol: many studies show that almonds and almond flour can increase the “good” cholesterol and lower the “bad” ones. I have also written an article on Indulge in a Blissful Bite of Almond Joy Cookies.
Almond flour works super well in many different cookie recipes. Add some chocolate chips to the recipe to make almond flour peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.
For vegan almond flour cookies, you can use my suggested recipe modification using vegan butter and a flax egg. Some of my other favorite almond flour cookies include almond flour oatmeal cookies and almond flour chocolate chip cookies! You can get more fro this video.
Almond Flour Peanut Butter Cookies Fixings
Unsalted Butter: If you only have salted butter on hand, you can omit salt from the recipe. For a vegan modification, you can substitute vegan butter.
Peanut Butter: I recommend using creamy, unsalted, unsweetened.
Sugar: I recommend unprocessed cane sugar. However, you can also use granulated white sugar, brown sugar, or coconut sugar.
Egg: Any type of egg can be used for this recipe. For vegan modification, you can use a flax egg. To make a flax egg, mix 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal and 2.5 tablespoon water, and allow it to rest for 5 minutes to thicken.
Almond Flour: I love Trader Joe’s blanched almond flour. You can also buy almond flour online and at many grocery stores, Sprouts, and Whole Foods.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a large bowl beat together butter, peanut butter, unprocessed cane sugar, egg, and vanilla until thoroughly combined.
Add salt and baking powder and mix until combined.
Add almond flour and mix until combined.
Place oven-safe parchment paper on a sheet pan.
Using a cookie scoop, portion and evenly space 12 cookies per baking sheet on 2 baking sheets (24 cookies total).
Using a fork lightly press each cookie 2x per cookie in a criss-cross pattern.
Bake for 9-11 minutes.
Allow cooling for 5-10 minutes until transfer to cooling rack.
Almond Flour Peanut Butter Cookies Tips
Be sure to stir your jar of natural peanut butter before adding it to the batter. You are looking for a runny and smooth kind of texture, not grainy or dryish peanut butter.
These cookies are not overly sweet, so feel free to press in a few chocolate chips over the cookies before baking them.
When pressing on the cookies, the fork tends to stick to the batter. Use your finger to help with the pressing process (see the video) or wet your fork a little so it does not stick to the batter.
These cookies won’t spread much while cooking, so you have to shape them before baking (don’t leave them in balls).
Don’t overbake them! 10 minutes is plenty enough. Again, they will be soft at first but firm up as they cool down.
Almond Flour Peanut Butter Cookies Storage
Keep these cookies at room temperature for a few days. After they cool down, transfer them to an air-tight container so they don’t dry out.
You can also make a double batch and freeze them. They thaw quickly within minutes at room temperature, perfect meal-prep sweet recipe!
I hope you like these almond flour peanut butter cookies as much as we do! If you try them, please leave a comment below and rate the recipe to let me know how they were. Your feedback is so helpful!
The actual taste of a cookie made with almond flour isn’t different, but the texture is. Cookies made with almond flour are super chewy and delicious! There also is a slight graininess to the dough, but it isn’t unpleasant in the final product.
Yes, thanks to the almond flour, these almond flour peanut butter cookies are delightfully chewy. They are crisp around the edges and chewy in the centers, as every great cookie should be.
You can look in the recipe card for the full nutritional breakdown of this exact almond flour peanut butter cookies recipe. If you make 12 cookies out of the dough below, each cookie will have 138 calories and 3 grams of protein.