Dairy Free Peanut Butter Cookies (Just 4 Ingredients!)

A plate full of dairy free peanut butter cookies with a crisscross pattern.

These dairy free peanut butter cookies are the easy solution to satisfying your sweet tooth! Made with just four ingredients (and no specialty products), you’ll love how simple this recipe is to make. Perfect for a weekend baking session with your kiddos!


Here’s a photo of what you’ll need to prepare these cookies:

Peanut butter, egg, sugar, and vanilla extract.
  • Peanut butter – For this recipe, I recommend using a standard creamy peanut butter, like Jif, Skippy, or any of your favorite brands. I find that the cookies have a better taste with conventional peanut butter compared to natural peanut butter in this recipe.
  • Granulated sugar – An easy pantry staple! While normally you can adjust the amount of sugar in recipes, I don’t recommend cutting the sugar by much in this case, as the sugar (and egg) are necessary for the correct texture in this flourless recipe.
  • Vanilla extract – This helps enhance the flavors in the cookies.
  • Egg – This is necessary for binding the cookies together. I don’t recommend egg replacements in this recipe.


You’ll find the full recipe instructions and amounts in the recipe card at the bottom, but below is a helpful overview. Honestly, it couldn’t be simpler!

Start by combining the peanut butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla in a large bowl.

Peanut butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla added to a large bowl.

Using a hand mixer, stand mixer, or some good ol’ fashioned elbow grease – beat the ingredients until well combined.

Use a small cookie scoop (or a spoon) to portion out the dough.

Balls of cookie dough on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Then use a fork to flatten and create the telltale crisscross pattern.

A criss cross pattern pressed into the cookie dough.

If you want, you can sprinkle a little extra granulated sugar on the cookies at this point if you’d like (I usually skip this, but sometimes add it around the holidays, a la the photo below!).

Bake ‘em, let cool, then enjoy!

A bunch of dairy free peanut butter cookies on a holiday plate.

Recipe FAQ

Here are some common questions that may arise as you prepare this recipe:

How should dairy free peanut butter cookies be stored?

Store the cookies in an airtight container or zip top bag at room temperature. For best quality, enjoy within 3-4 days.

Can you freeze dairy free peanut butter cookies?

Yes! You can freeze balls of dough to bake at a later time, or you can freeze the fully prepared cookies. For best quality, enjoy within 3 months of freezing.

Are peanut butter cookies gluten free?

Four ingredient cookies only contain peanut butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla, so they are gluten free when prepared in that manner.

Allergens in this Recipe

Disclaimer:  Always double check ingredients and labels yourself prior to making a recipe.  While I try to check all ingredients for allergens, there’s always the chance I may miss something, or manufacturer formulations can change.

As written, this recipe is dairy free and wheat/gluten free.

This recipe does contain peanuts and eggs. If you have a nut allergy, you can make these with sunflower seed butter instead. I do not recommend using egg substitutes for this particular recipe; if you need an egg-free recipe it would be best to find one specifically developed for that purpose.

This recipe may contain soy depending on the ingredients in your peanut butter. Check the labels to find a soy free option if that’s necessary for you.

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I hope you enjoy these dairy free peanut butter cookies! They’re one of our favorite easy recipes. If you get a chance to try them, feel free to leave a recipe rating or comment below.

A bunch of dairy free peanut butter cookies with granulated sugar sprinkled on top.
5 from 2 votes

Dairy Free Peanut Butter Cookies

These dairy free peanut butter cookies are so easy to make – just four ingredients and flourless!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword dairy free peanut butter cookies, flourless peanut butter cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 20 small cookies
Calories 120 kcal
Author Dairy Free for Baby


  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter, sugar, vanilla, and egg. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat until well combined.
  3. Use a small cookie scoop (or a spoon) to portion out the dough on the baking sheets. Use a fork to press down on each cookie, flattening and making a crisscross pattern.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes, or until cooked through and lightly browned.
  5. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Do not overbake or cookies will be hard and bottoms may burn.
  • Optionally, you can sprinkle a little extra granulated sugar on the cookies if you’d like. It gives it a festive look for the holidays.


Nutrition analysis (approximate per cookie): 120 calories, 7 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 60 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 0.5 g fiber, 11.5 g sugar, 3 g protein, Vitamin D: 0%, Calcium: 1%, Potassium: 1%, Iron: 2%

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