This Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies recipe is quick and easy to make with just 7 ingredients, it’s naturally gluten-free (no butter or flour), and it is irresistibly delicious!
This weekend marks exactly one month since we have been living in Barcelona. And now that we’re finally all moved into our (second) apartment, I’ve been officially feeling all of the nesting vibes lately.
We went out and purchased some new candles and thick, fuzzy blankets this weekend to make the house feel extra warm and cozy. We (finally!) brought home some picture frames so that this place could feel a bit more like ours. We brought home our first batch of Catalan hot chocolate, for a sweet winter treat. And Barclay and I had a little holiday-cookie-baking date to make some little treats to take to our new neighbors.
In addition to being irresistibly delicious, these peanut butter cookies are made with just 7 ingredients, there’s no mixer required, they’re naturally free of flour and butter and dairy, they only take about 10 minutes to prep, and they are perfect for gifting. And they are — as one of our new neighbors said — “perfecto.”
I’m not kidding about the “easy to make” part, too. Just stir all of your ingredients together in a bowl, and you’ll have a sticky batter that kind of resembles no-bake cookies. (But don’t fret, they’ll bake up beautifully.) Then, use a large cookie scoop to scoop the batter onto a parchment-covered cookie sheet and bake. Sprinkle with a pinch of flaky sea salt (if you’d like), then pop them in the oven for about 10 minutes…
…and then these sweet treats will be yours to enjoy.
They’re light and fluffy and less dense than regular flour-based cookies. But all of those delicious oats in there still make them nice and chewy. They’re not overly sweet, although feel free to add in an extra 1/4 cup brown sugar if you’d like a sweeter cookie. And — my main priority with peanut butter cookies — they legit taste very peanut buttery. Bonus, they’re made with natural peanut butter, so you can feel even better about enjoying every bite.
I also stirred some chocolate chips into mine, because, chocolate. But feel free to stir in some extra peanuts or nuts, or dried fruit if that’s your thing, or you can just bake them up plain. I do just highly recommend adding a sprinkle of salt on top to bring out all of those delicious flavors.
And if you feel like sharing, I can vouch that these indeed make for delicious holiday gifts!!
I wrapped mine up in these adorable mini cake boxes from Pampered Chef, which include little liners inside and twine and gift tags and everything. And make any baked good look even cuter.
Also cute? My two handsome helpers.
We made a half dozen boxes to take around to our neighbors. And then also shared some with the electrical repairman who came to fix our heater, and our mailman, and two of our friends who stopped by for a visit. Cookies for all!
And I’m happy to say, there were rave reviews all around.
optional: 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chopped nuts
flaky sea salt
Prep oven and baking sheet. Heat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Mix the dough. In a large bowl, whisk eggs and brown sugar together until smooth. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt evenly over the top of the mixture and stir until combined. Add in the vanilla, peanut butter, and stir until combined. Add in the oats (and chocolate chips or nuts, if using) and stir until evenly combined.
Scoop the dough. Use a medium (2 tablespoon) cookie scoop to scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Gently press down the dough balls to slightly flatten the tops, since they will not sink much while baking.
Bake. Bake for 10 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and sprinkle each cookie with a small pinch of flaky sea salt. Let the cookies cool for at least 5 minutes.
Serve. Serve warm and enjoy!
Storage instructions: Cookies can be stored in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 4 days or frozen for up to 3 months.