Flourless Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

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This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: Gluten Free Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Flourless Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

These are just as delicious as the variety that contains flour, but this recipe is a nice option for those who can't have gluten.

Yield: 3 to 4 dozen cookies

Prep Time:30 min

Cook Time:12 min


2 1/2 cups smooth (creamy) peanut butter
1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
sugar for rolling (*see tips below)
Hershey's Chocolate Kisses, unwrapped


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment or nonstick baking liners. Make room in either freezer (preferred) or refrigerator for cookie sheets (*see step 4).

2. In a large bowl, use a hand mixer at medium speed to beat peanut butter, brown sugar and baking soda until well blended (about 1 minute). Add eggs and vanilla and mix on low speed until just blended.

3. Scoop out about 1 1/2 Tablespoon scoops and roll into 1 1/2-inch balls. Roll into sugar and place about 2-inches apart on cookie sheet.

4. Bake until cookies are puffed and crackled but still a little bit moist looking, 11 to 13 minutes. As soon as you remove the cookie sheet from the oven, press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie. Immediately place cookie sheet into the freezer (or refrigerator) to set the kisses (they'll begin to melt a bit as soon as you place them on the cookie). Remove from chill as soon as kisses are set.


*For rolling sugar... I think it looks best if you use chunky sparkling sugar, but you can certainly use regular sugar too. If you're making these as holiday cookies, roll them in red and green sugars for a more festive look!
*These cookies may be stored at room temperature in a covered container for up to a week. They may also be frozen and defrosted when you're ready to eat them. They should be just fine in the freezer for a few weeks, as long as they're stored in a sealed container.
*The texture of these is a little softer than the classic Kiss cookie recipe. These are great for a platter, but they wouldn't package and mail very well.

Source: RecipeGirl.com (Adapted from a peanut butter cookie recipe by Abby Dodge)

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  • Peggyann wrote:

    you are my favorite person right now, seriously. After recently being diagnosed with Celiac’s, I really was in tears about all the food that I was no longer allowed to eat, and these specific cookies were one of the things I was going to miss most. Thank you <3

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Yay! 🙂

  • melody wrote:

    Tare the best gf pb cookies I’ve ever . My kids even like them! Thank you

  • Genevieve wrote:

    these turned out great! excited to find the recipe!

  • sara wrote:

    bummed at the result of these cookies. they flattened out terribly. wondering if we should have added 1/8 tsp of xanthan gum? maybe has something to do with baking at altitude, i guess. the taste is delicious, and we used the colored sugar, which was a fantastic idea! dunno why they flattened out…bummer!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Hmmm, I don’t know much about baking at high altitude but that definitely could be it. We actually just made these a few days ago (at sea level) and they turned out just like the pictures again- not too flat! Sorry they did not work out for ya!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I was just talking w/ my (gluten free) Mom & she makes these all the time. She lives at 5,000 feet & says they don’t spread out for her. Is there any chance you used an odd brand of PB- like the natural kind or something?

  • Sarah wrote:

    These are amazing!! My dad has Celiac and his favorite cookies around christmas time are peanut butter kiss cookies. I made these and everyone in my family loves them! they are so soft and because they aren’t made with a substitute flour they aren’t gritty like some of the glutin-free foods can be! thank you so much for this recipe!!!

  • RJ Flamingo wrote:

    I never would have thought that you could bake a cookie without some type of flour. These look perfect for just about anyone – chocolate + peanut butter = perfect!

  • Carolyn wrote:

    These look so festive and I have a gluten free friend so they would be great to make for her.