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Gluten Free Peanut Flour Cookies

Updated on May 27, 2012

A delicious, gluten free and protein-rich twist on flourless cookies

I have several friends with celiac disease who must eat a gluten free diet, and in experimenting to make cookies they can enjoy, I came up with this modification of the standard flourless peanut butter cookie recipe which usually contains only peanut butter, sugar and egg.

With the addition of peanut flour, the cookies take on a texture very much like traditional wheat flour peanut butter cookies, soft, moist and chewy! Plus, the peanut flour adds extra protein and makes these cookies a healthier and more nutritious snack!

All photos taken by the author of this article

Cook Time

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35

Serves: 6


  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut flour (grind roasted peanuts to powder in blender or food processor)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and grease baking sheet.
  2. Beat together egg, sugar, baking soda and vanilla. Beat in the peanut butter. Add peanut flour until you have a stiff dough (may need a little more or less than called for.) Stir in chocolate chips if using.
  3. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet, pressing lightly with the back of a fork to slightly flatten. Bake for 5-7 minutes, until lightly set.
  4. Let cool thoroughly on cookies sheets, as they're very delicate until cool.
  5. Note: as with most gluten-free cookies, it's much better to take these out of the oven too soon than to leave them too long. You don't want them to dry out, or they lose their wonderful chewy texture!
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This recipe can be made with almond flour and almond butter instead of peanut, if you prefer. Just use almond extract instead of vanilla, in the recipe.

While both almond flour and peanut flour are available for purchase, it is easy to make your own if you have a blender or food processor, and much cheaper than buying the pre-ground product. Also, you get a fresher-tasting flour by grinding your own.

I make both peanut flour and peanut butter at home. Here is a batch of my home-made peanut butter:

Why Valencia Peanuts?

Valencia peanuts have a slightly different flavor than Virginia peanuts.

I like the way these peanuts taste, and like the fact that, being grown in New Mexico, they are not nearly as likely to have mold spores on the skins as varieties grown in hot, humid locations often do. These mold spores can be detrimental to health, and are thought to be a contributing factor or even the primary cause of peanut allergies in some individuals.

I buy raw peanuts in bulk (40 pound lots) and store them using a FoodSaver® . This vacuum sealer greatly increases the storage life of the peanuts by removing excess air and sealing them securely against moisture. Raw peanuts store longer than roasted because the roasting process releases oils and exposes them to the air, which hastens rancidity.

Gluten free peanut butter cookie perfection!

The most wonderful thing about these cookies is that the use of the peanut flour gives them a soft, moist and chewy texture similar if not superior to traditional wheat-flour cookies--a treat that everyone can enjoy!

Have you experimented with peanut flour, almond flour or other gluten free flours? - Which did you like best?

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      SarahMay LM 4 years ago

      I enjoy almond flour and coconut flour, but have never tried peanut flour and now that I have read your lens It make me want to try peanut flour as well!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Stopping by for a gluten free peanut flour cookie, sorry to see images from Flikr issues here, we always have something to update it seems!

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      natashaely 5 years ago

      I was on here yesterday and back today to print off the recipe again, to give it to some of my friends. I made them earlier and they are divine, I love peanuts and cookies so the combination is a match made in heaven. Thank you for this, back soon :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I learn something new everyday on Squidoo. Thank you!

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      Robert Zimmerman 5 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      I will try these for sure, thanks!

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      Lucky621 LM 5 years ago

      Can't wait to try these - I have never tried backing with peanut flour.

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      glutenallergy 5 years ago

      Peanut flour! I would have never thought of that. This sounds delicious, even for people who aren't gluten intolerant. This sounds like a must-try to me!

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      How did you ever think of using all peanut flour to replace the wheat flour in a traditional recipe! You have some of the most beautiful photographs in a food lens. Thanks for all the tips.

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      Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      I am going to have to try these. They sound stunning.

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      pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

      I have never used these flours, but your recipe looks amazingly delicious! I will certainly be interested in giving this a try. I am pinning this wonderful lens. :)

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      Your lens is very well done, with beautiful photos.

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      No I have not had any experience with those flours, but I like the look of these cookies, must try the recipe. Thanks for sharing this well made lens. Blessed.

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      No, I have not. Must try one of them, though. In your recipe, chocolate chips are listed as optional--well, for me they are not an option, but a must! Your cookie images are great!

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      SophiaStar LM 5 years ago

      YUM! These look fabulous and the pictures you took made my mouth water. I have not experimented yet with gluten free flours.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      They look just like real ones, not gluten free which is great to see

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      This is such a great idea! I love Italian tortes which use nut flour for the crust. I need to do some experiments. Thanks

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      Sounds like a great recipe. I had no idea there was such a thing as peanut flour.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      These look awesome! I have experimented with gluten free recipes before and they are yummy. Great article. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Definitely, something to try. Thanks.

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      duslan 5 years ago

      These look extremely yummy. My best friend is allergic to gluten, so I will definitely be making these for her soon!

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      Paula Morgan 5 years ago from Sydney Australia

      These sound great!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Very tasty looking!

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Those look very tasty! Had to restrain myself from licking the computer screen. :)

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      jballs6 5 years ago

      They sure do look rather delicious one to try,great lens x

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Beautiful. Healthy. Yummy. Blessed!

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      These look delicious!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Sounds pretty tasty to me!