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Vegan Eggless Peanut Butter Cookies

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 20 -24 cookies

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Made with applesauce in place of eggs, these vegan peanut butter cookies are really special!

a plate of vegan pb cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies (No Eggs) Recipe

These vegan peanut butter cookies are YUMMY. Brittany Angell, a really gifted baker that we’re beyond excited (and honored) to be working with, developed this recipe specifically for vegan-eaters — that means that it is the PERFECT vegan peanut butter cookie (rather than one that’s been tweaked and modified to fit into the vegan lifestyle). Applesauce is used in place of eggs here, and to be quite honest, I’d be willing to bet that any non-vegan-eaters in your life wouldn’t even know the difference!

If you have an egg allergy or intolerance, having an egg-free cookie recipe can really be a life-saver. While there are several egg substitutes on the market, it’s really nice to have a recipe that was formulated to be egg-free (rather than trying to modify another recipe yourself).

If you’re a vegan-eater, this is a great recipe for you! While it still isn’t considered a “health-food” (hello, it’s a cookie!), it’s definitely made with better ingredients than you’ll find in most store-bought vegan cookie options.

Ingredients for Vegan Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies

Here’s everything you’ll need for these vegan peanut butter cookies:

ingredients for vegan pb cookies in different sized bowls on a marble surface
  • Vegan Butter – to start, you’ll need 6 tablespoons of room-temperature vegan butter.
  • Brown Sugar – to sweeten your cookies, you’ll need a ½ cup (105 g) of brown sugar.
  • Organic Cane Sugar – in addition to the brown sugar, you’ll also need a ½ cup (110 g) of organic cane sugar, plus (this is totally optional) another ¼ cup for rolling the cookies.
  • Unsweetened Applesauce – 3 tablespoons (46 g) of unsweetened applesauce act as an egg replacer here. 
  • Creamy Peanut Butter – 1 cup (245 g) of creamy peanut butter bring the rich, salty/sweet, peanut buttery flavor to the cookies. 
  • Flour – 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons (170 g) of all-purpose flour acts as the base of the cookies.
  • Baking Powder – 1 teaspoon of double-acting baking powder helps the cookies to rise and spread just a tad.
  • Himalayan Salt – a ¼ teaspoon of Himalayan salt helps to counter the sweetness and enhance the rest of the flavors in the cookies. 
  • Vegan Chocolate Chips (optional) – this is totally optional, but if you’d like a peanut butter/chocolate combo, add 1 cup of vegan chocolate chips to the mix too.

Ingredient Modifications

This recipe calls for a really specific set of ingredients, but there are a few swaps that will work. Find those below:

  • Make it gluten-free: for a gluten-free vegan cookie, just swap the all-purpose flour for the same amount of King Arthur’s Measure for Measure GF flour.
  • Switch up the mix-ins: if the peanut butter chocolate combo isn’t your thing, either leave the chocolate chips out altogether (for a more traditional PB cookie) or swap them for the same amount of any other mix-in you love. Nuts, seeds, dried cranberries, and crushed up pretzels would all be delicious options.

Supplies You Need to Make This Recipe

Here’s what you’ll need (supply-wise) to make this recipe:

This recipe calls for applesauce as the egg replacer. Egg replacers are tricky, so having Brittany formulate this recipe specifically for vegan-eaters is incredibly helpful. If you’re looking for more on egg replacers, find our full guide HERE.

How to Make Eggless Peanut Butter Cookies

Here’s the step-by-step guide to the best vegan peanut butter cookies ever:

  1. Prep – preheat oven to 350°F, set 2 of the oven racks to be as close to the center of the oven as possible. Line 2 standard baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar – in a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter, brown sugar, and cane sugar. Using a hand mixer or the stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar on high for about 30-40 seconds.
  3. Add the applesauce and peanut butter – add to the bowl, the applesauce and peanut butter, and mix on high again until fully combined.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and, if using, chocolate chips – add the flour, baking powder, and salt, then mix on medium just until the dough comes together and thickens. If using, stir in the chocolate chips. 
  5. Scoop, roll, and crisscross the cookies – if rolling in sugar, pour the ¼ cup of cane sugar into a small bowl. Scoop the cookies, roll them in the sugar, and place them on the prepared baking sheets at least one inch apart. There should be about 10-12 cookies per tray. Using a fork, press down in a crisscross pattern until the cookies should be about a ½- to -¾-inch thick.
  6. Bake – bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, swapping their positions in the oven after 5 minutes. Remove them from the oven when the edges are golden brown, and allow them to cool completely before removing from the pan to avoid crumbling. 
  7. Enjoy – once completely cooled, enjoy the cookies! Store leftovers in a sealed container at room temperature or in the fridge. They may also be frozen for up to 1 month. 
ingredients for vegan pb cookies in a metal mixing bowl
vegan pb cookie dough in a metal mixing bowl
a person rolling a ball of vegan pb cookie dough in sugar
ingredients for vegan pb cookies in a metal mixing bowl
ingredients for vegan pb cookies in a metal mixing bowl
vegan pb cookies on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet
ingredients for vegan pb cookies in a metal mixing bowl
vegan pb cookie dough in a metal mixing bowl
vegan pb cookies on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet

Tips and Tricks for Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

These tips and tricks came straight from Brittany herself! 

  • If using table salt (as opposed to Himalayan salt), only an ⅛ teaspoon is needed.
  • For best results, a more processed creamy peanut butter is best — Jif Naturals PB works perfectly.
  • Use a cookie scoop that holds roughly 1 ½ tablespoons of cookie dough.
  • Use the gram measurements for perfect results.
  • These cookies do not look fully baked when they are removed from the oven, but they will finish cooking through as they cool. You will know they are done when the edges are golden brown. 
  • Other cup-for-cup gluten-free flour mixes should also work. 
  • If using all-purpose flour, be sure not to over mix the cookies — this will develop the gluten and make them a tougher texture.

You’ll know that your peanut butter cookies are done and ready to be pulled from the oven when the edges are golden brown. Remember, the cookies aren’t going to look fully baked at this point, but for soft cookies, you’ll want to pull them out anyway. They’ll continue to cook as they cool!

Serve your cookies with your favorite non-dairy milk or ice cream for a really yummy after-dinner treat!

a person dipping a vegan pb cookie into a glass of milk

Store the cookies in a sealed container either on the counter (at room temperature) or in the refrigerator. Feel free to freeze your cookies (again, in a sealed container) for longer storage!

Stored on the counter or in the refrigerator, your cookies are best enjoyed within 5 days from baking (they’ll still be safe to eat after this, they just won’t taste as fresh). Store any frozen cookies in the freezer for up to a month.

(Eggless) Vegan Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

By: Brittany Angell
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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins
Servings: 20 -24 cookies
Made with applesauce in place of eggs, these vegan peanut butter cookies are really special!

Ingredients  

  • 6 tablespoons room temperature vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup 105 g brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup 110 g organic cane sugar, plus 1/4 cup more for rolling the cookies (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons 46 g unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup 245 g creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons 170 g all-purpose flour (or King Arthur Measure for Measure for GF)
  • 1 teaspoon double acting baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F, and set 2 of the oven racks to be as close to the center of the oven as possible. Line 2 standard baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter, brown sugar, and cane sugar. Using a hand mixer or the stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar on high for about 30-40 seconds.
  • Add to the bowl, the applesauce and peanut butter, and mix on high again until fully combined.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, then mix on medium just until the dough comes together and thickens. If using, stir in the chocolate chips.
  • If rolling in sugar, pour the ¼ cup of cane sugar into a small bowl. Scoop the cookies, roll them in the sugar, and place them on the prepared baking sheets at least one inch apart. There should be about 10-12 cookies per tray. Using a fork, press down in a crisscross pattern until the cookies should be about a ½- to -¾-inch thick.
  • Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, swapping their positions in the oven after 5 minutes. Remove them from the oven when the edges are golden brown, and allow them to cool completely before removing from the pan to avoid crumbling.
  • Once completely cooled, enjoy the cookies! Store leftovers in a sealed container at room temperature or in the fridge. They may also be frozen for up to 1 month.

Recipe Notes

  • If using table salt (as opposed to Himalayan salt), only an ⅛ teaspoon is needed.
  • For best results, a more processed creamy peanut butter is best -- Jif Naturals PB works perfectly.
  • Use a cookie scoop that holds roughly 1 ½ tablespoons of cookie dough.
  • Use the gram measurements for perfect results.
  • These cookies do not look fully baked when they are removed from the oven, but they will finish cooking through as they cool. You will know they are done when the edges are golden brown.
  • Other cup-for-cup gluten-free flour mixes should also work.
  • If using all-purpose flour, be sure not to over mix the cookies -- this will develop the gluten and make them a tougher texture.
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  1. Ella says

    Ella —  01/29/2022 At 20:21

    Tastes great! Thanks!

    • Melissa Guevara says

      Melissa Guevara —  01/31/2022 At 12:40

      Hi Ella! I’m so glad you enjoyed! Thank you for taking the time to share with us! ~Melissa

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