Easy Peasy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies for Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, and Grain-Free Cravings


I’m sure many of you are familiar with those basic 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies: 1 egg, 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup sugar. These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies were based on that, but I wanted to make them egg-free (for Tony) and lower in sugar. While still maintaining their gluten-free / grain-free status… A few little ingredients swaps brought these cookies up a few notches, if I do say so myself …

Keep in mind that peanut butter can vary in consistency from brand to brand or if you are using homemade. Since the PB is acting as both the fat and the “flour” in this recipe, the taste and texture of the PB can make more of a difference. I use Trader Joe’s unsalted creamy peanut butter. It is all natural (just peanuts) and has a very soft, almost runny consistency at room temperature. Feel free to use salted PB if you prefer a salty contrast, or crunchy PB if you want some texture. If the PB you are using is quite firm, you may find your dough a little too solid. If so, simply add a little water, a teaspoon at a time, until it has a cookie dough-like consistency.

Special Diet Notes: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe is Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, and Soy-Free. Though I haven’t tried it, you can certainly make these peanut- and nut-free with sunflower seed butter in place of the peanut butter.

Easy Peasy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies for Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, and Grain-Free Cravings
Serves: 8-10
  • ½ tablespoon flaxseeds
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ½ cup peanut butter (I use creamy, unsalted, all natural – nothing added)
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar, sifted (I used Trader Joe’s Organic)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (can sub agave nectar for vegan)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅓ cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (optional)
  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF.
  2. Grind the flaxseeds in your spice grinder, and place them in a mixing bowl. Stir in the water and let that sit while you measure out the other ingredients. Add the peanut butter, powdered sugar, honey (or agave), vanilla, and baking soda. Stir until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips to evenly distribute. If the mixture is too moist to handle, feel free to place it in the fridge to firm up for 30 minutes or so.
  3. Place the cookies by the tablespoonful on your baking sheet (I line mine with a silicone baking mat), and flatten them a bit (they don't spread much). Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes. The cookies will need to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before you handle them ... they do firm up as they cool.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. Would regular powdered sugar work? Cause I’m wanting to make the cookies for a friend and he can only have Gluten Free and Dairy Free stuff cause of his allergies to them.

    • I can’t 100% verify the turnout Megan, but that will probably work. You can put the sugar in a spice grinder and grind it into a powder before measuring. Alternately, you can double this recipe and use 1 egg in place of the flaxseed and water (if not vegan / egg-free) to help with the consistency.

  2. Was looking for something “carby” while on an elimination diet, and these fit the bill! My first gluten-free & dairy-free dessert! They were easy to make and came out VERY peanut buttery. I love that they make a small batch so we don’t overindulge.

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  4. Hi,

    I was thinking of making these for a cookie swap that requires me to make 6 or 7 dozen cookies. Would this recipe do well doubled, tripled, or more, or would it be better to make one batch at a time? Any advice would be helpful. Thanks!

  5. How much flaxseed meal would be used in the place of 1/2 T. flaxseds? I assume the 1/2 T. flaxseeds bulks up when put in the spice grinder so it wouldn’t be an exact exchange, but I can’t seem to find substitution/equivalency info anywhere online… Thanks!

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