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Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are soft, rich and decadent! They’re quickly made with simple ingredients, and are a perfect pairing of peanut butter and chocolate that you’re sure to love!

Plate of cookies with one cookie broken in half, glass of milk and rack of cookies in the background.

Do you love peanut butter and chocolate? If so, you have to make these peanut butter chocolate chip cookies! (So are they chocolate chip cookies with peanut butter, or peanut butter cookies with chocolate?)

They’re so full of that classic peanut butter flavor, with delicious accents of chocolate chips. Perfect for every peanut butter chocolate lover!

These cookies are dairy free, egg free, made with just 9 ingredients, and only take 20 minutes to make. You probably already have these simple ingredients in your pantry, so why not run and bake some right now?

These cookies make a great addition to a lunch box, and are often a great afternoon snack along with a cold glass of non-dairy milk!

Ingredients for vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

Ingredients for vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.
  • Peanut butter – I use a natural peanut butter made of only peanuts and salt. If you use a salt free peanut butter, do not add the salt listed in the recipe. I chose to use a creamy peanut butter in this recipe. Crunchy peanut butter is fine, if you like chopped peanuts in your cookies.
  • Organic sugar and brown sugar – I use a combination of the two for more depth of flavor.
  • Non-dairy milk – I used unsweetened soy milk. Almond milk, oat milk, or cashew milk would also work.
  • Vanilla extract – for flavor.
  • Whole wheat pastry flour – you can substitute this with all purpose flour or a gluten free 1 to 1 baking flour mix.
  • Baking soda – for leavening.
  • Salt – only add if you are using unsalted peanut butter.
  • Vegan chocolate chips – you can substitute with vegan chocolate chunks, or even vegan white chocolate!

How to make these cookies

One of the great things about this recipe is that you don’t even need a mixer! You can stir it all together by hand. It’s a great recipe to make with your kids! It’s never too soon to get them helping in the kitchen.

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 375° F, and line your baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet.

Step 2: In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, sugars, dairy free milk, and vanilla extract. Stirring by hand is fine, you don’t need an electric mixer.

Bowl of wet ingredeints for cookies.
Wet ingredients for cookies mixed together in mixing bowl.

Step 3: Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. If your peanut butter contains salt, leave out the salt listed in the recipe card or your cookies will be too salty.

Step 4: Stir the flour into the wet ingredients. Make sure all the flour is incorporated into the cookie dough.

Dry ingredients added to wet ingrediets in mixing bowl.
Bowl of cookie dough with cup of chocolate chips next to it.

Step 5: Stir the chocolate chips into the cookie dough.

Chocolate chips added to cookie dough.
Chocolate chips stirred into cookie dough.

Step 6: Scoop the dough with a spoon or cookie scoop, and roll into a ball about the size of a walnut. Then press the cookie dough balls with your fingers to flatten them somewhat, to help the cookies spread when baking.

Cookie dough on parchment lined baking sheet.

Step 7: Bake the cookies for about 8 minutes. They should be set but still soft. Leave them on the baking sheet for 3 to 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack. This allows them to firm up a bit more, making it easier to move them.

Vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookies on a cooling rack.

Recipe tips:

  • Dough consistency: some peanut butters are runnier than others. You want to be able to form nice balls of dough that are not too crumbly, and not too sticky. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour a tablespoon at a time. If it is too crumbly, add additional non-dairy milk a tablespoon at a time.
  • Extra chocolaty goodness: press some extra chocolate chips onto the top of the cookies before baking for extra gooey chocolate!
  • Don’t overbake the cookies: they cookies will firm up as they cool. Remove them from the oven when they are just set, but still soft.
  • Cookie thickness: these cookies don’t spread much while baking. I suggest pressing the dough before baking. If the cookies come out thicker than you like, gently press them with the back of a spatula after removing them from the oven.
Three vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookies on a plate with a glass of milk next to it, and rack of cookies in background.

Frequently asked questions

Can I make these peanut butter chocolate chip cookies gluten free?

Yes, you can! Just substitute the whole wheat pastry flour with a gluten free 1 to 1 baking flour blend like the one from Bob’s Red Mill.

Can I make the cookie dough ahead of time?

Although it is not necessary to chill the dough for these peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, you can cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill it for up to 24 hours before baking.

How do I store these cookies?

These cookies keep well in an airtight container on the counter for up to 5 days. They can also be kept in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Can I freeze the cookie dough balls?

To freeze cookie dough balls, scoop the dough into balls and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Freeze the dough balls, and then transfer them to a freezer bag for storing in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Closeup photo of peanut butter chocolate chip cookie.

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Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Teresa Sklenicka
These Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are soft, rich and decadent! They're quickly made with simple ingredients, and are a perfect pairing of peanut butter and chocolate that you're sure to love!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Course Baked Goods, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 19
Calories 149.5 kcal

Ingredients
  

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • cup organic sugar
  • cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients

  • ¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • teaspoon salt unless using salted peanut butter

Mix In

  • ½ cup dairy free chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375° F.
  • In a medium size mixing bowl, stir together peanut butter, sugars, non-dairy milk, and vanilla extract until completely blended.
  • In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and salt (if using).
  • Add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture and stir together until all of the flour is incorporated into the dough.
  • Stir the chocolate chips into the dough.
  • Scoop balls of dough approximately the size of a walnut. I use a cookie scoop for this. Roll the dough into a ball, and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Press the dough balls with your fingers to flatten them a bit before baking.
  • Bake for about 8 minutes, until the cookies are set, but still soft.
  • Allow the cookies to sit on the baking sheet for about 3 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 149.5kcalCarbohydrates: 16.7gProtein: 4.1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 104mgPotassium: 85.39mgFiber: 2.1gSugar: 10.3gVitamin A: 1.86IUCalcium: 11.23mgIron: 0.76mg
Keyword Cookies, Vegan
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By on September 18th, 2022

About Teresa Sklenicka

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