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Keto Peanut Butter Cookies with Almond Flour

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These Keto Peanut Butter Cookies with almond flour are crunchy cookies perfect for a vegan keto diet because they don’t have any eggs or dairy!

Bonus, these cookies contain only 7 ingredients. So they are the easiest peanut butter cookies to fix a sweet craving in no time.

Keto Peanut Butter Cookies

What Are Keto Peanut Butter Cookies?

Keto Peanut Butter Cookies are low-carb cookies made with 3 main ingredients: Peanut Butter, Almond Flour, and a sugar-free sweetener.

They are low in carbs with less than 4.4 grams of net carbs per large cookie and are easy to store.

Why You’ll Love These Cookies

Everybody agrees that low-carb cookies are the absolute best snack on a keto diet, it’s easy to make, and delicious to eat. Not a single week should go by without eating a cookie.

Nut butter cookies are delicious, in particular any cookie with peanut butter!

This particular Keto Peanut Butter Cookie recipe makes the best cookies.

They are:

  • Keto
  • Dairy-Free
  • Egg-Free
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-Free
Keto Peanut Butter Cookies

How To Make Keto Peanut Butter Cookies

These peanut butter cookies are straightforward to make, and one of the easiest keto cookie recipes I have!

All you need are 7 simple ingredients for the most delicious crunchy vanilla peanut butter cookies. 

Ingredients

  • Almond Flour – I prefer using blanched ultra-fine almond flour instead of almond meal. It has a finer texture, and it works better in this recipe. Are almond flour recipes keto? If used with other keto-friendly ingredients, absolutely!
  • Natural Peanut Butter – Yes, peanut butter is keto-friendly! Always make sure you use unsweetened and fresh peanut butter. An old peanut butter jar tends to dry out and would not make as delicious cookies. You can either use salted peanut butter or unsalted peanut butter. If you use salted peanut butter, don’t add extra salt to this recipe.
  • Coconut Oil – I use unrefined coconut oil. Feel free to use refined coconut oil if you don’t like coconut flavor.
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt – optional, only if your peanut butter is unsalted.
  • Sugar-free Crystal Sweetener – I used erythritol in this recipe. Feel free to replace it with monk fruit sugar if preferred. Both options are 100% sugar-free and have no carbs. If you are paleo, coconut sugar will work but the recipe won’t be low carb anymore!
  • Xanthan Gum – optional but recommended to make sure the cookies hold any time!
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Instructions

These cookies are very simple to make.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C)
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Combine them with a spatula.
  4. Divide the dough into 8 cookie dough balls that you flatten with forks by making a criss-cross pattern on a piece of parchment paper.
  5. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes on a cookie tray.
  6. Cool them down for another 10 minutes on a cookie sheet and another 10 minutes on a cooling rack.

Expert Tips

Following are my tips to make the most delicious sugar-free peanut butter cookies:

  1. Follow the baking time. It takes 10 minutes, not more. The cookies will be very soft and will look undercooked, and that is what you want!
  2. Cool them down for 10 minutes on the cooking tray. Please don’t touch them. Start your timer and wait 10 full minutes. Now they are half hard.
  3. Cool them down for 10 minutes on the cooling rack. Transfer each cookie gently to a cooling rack by sliding a spatula under the cookie. Wait for another 10 minutes and let the magic happens!

Your keto peanut butter cookies with almond flour are now crunchy, buttery, and delicious!

So now, let me know what you think of these easy low-carb peanut butter cookies?

You can also use some vanilla essence or vanilla extract for a delicious vanilla taste.

Storage Instructions

These cookies can store really well as long as you follow some basic principles.

You can keep them for at least 3 weeks in a sealed jar, kept in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight.

Heat, moisture, and air would oxidize and degrade the taste of these cookies. But if you store them sealed, they will taste delicious for longer.

You can also freeze them for up to 3 months in individual ziplock bags or in small airtight containers. Again, try to remove as much air as possible to reduce the moisture. Thaw them in the fridge, or pop them in a toaster or oven to reheat.

Allergy Swaps

If you are allergic to any of the ingredients, you can do the following swaps.

  • Almond Flour: you can substitute almond flour for oatmeal or sunflower seed flour. Do not use coconut flour or flaxseed meal, they are too moisture-absorbent due to their higher fiber content.
  • Erythritol: you can replace the erythritol with any other crystal sweetener such as allulose, tagatose, or coconut sugar (if not keto). Do not use Monk fruit extract, Stevia extract, or any liquid sweetener.
  • Peanut Butter: if you are allergic to peanuts, you can swap the peanut butter for any other seed butter or nut butter such as Almond Butter, Sunflower Seed Butter, or Cashew butter. Make sure to use a fresh jar of natural nut or seed butter so it’s runny. Do not use Crunchy Peanut Butter or any peanut butter that has sugar as an ingredient.
  • Xanthan Gum: Xanthan gum is optional in this recipe. It helps make the cookie hold together, but you can do without it. Do not use a flaxseed egg instead, it would make the dough too wet.
  • Coconut Oil: You can pick any other oil with a high-enough smoke point, like avocado oil but the cookies will taste different (a bit like avocado).
Keto Peanut Butter Cookies

Frequently Asked Questions

How Many Carbs Are In Keto Peanut Butter Cookies?

These peanut butter cookies are made with only keto-friendly ingredients and come at 4.3 grams of net carbs each.

Peanut butter is a good keto-friendly ingredient as it contains only 1.4 grams of net carbs per serving of two tablespoons!

However, store-bought peanut butter is not always made with only peanuts. In doubt, you can always make your own peanut butter. It’s effortless and rapid!

This recipe is also made with Almond Flour, and it is one of my favorite keto-friendly flours with only 10.6 grams of net carbs per 100 grams. Compare this with regular wheat flour that tops up at 75 grams of net carbs per 100 grams!

All this makes these Peanut Butter Cookies a great keto-friendly snack!

How Do They Taste?

So now you wonder what makes these keto peanut butter cookies so special? Well, compared to regular cookies, they will be super soft when out of the oven.

Like really soft! You might even think that they are undercooked. And you will think there is NO way this recipe will harden and works! But it does.

These cookies are egg-free and need more cooling time than baking time to become crunchy and delicious. 

Can I make different flavors?

The best way to tune the flavor of these cookies is to add sugar-free chocolate chips to make perfect peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.

Are these cookies gluten-free?

Yes, these cookies are 100% gluten-free, made with only low-carb ingredients.

Keto Peanut Butter Cookies
Keto Peanut Butter Cookies

Keto Peanut Butter Cookies with Almond Flour

4.4gNet Carbs
These Keto Peanut Butter Cookies are made with almond flour, peanut butter, and coconut oil for a sugar-free, 100% easy, keto, gluten-free, vegan cookie recipe with no eggs.
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Cool down 20 mins
Total: 40 mins
Yield: 8 large cookies
Serving Size: 1 cookie

Nutrition

Net Carbs 4.4g
Fat 16.9g
Protein 6.6g
Calories 191.3kcal
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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven using the fan-bake mode to 350°F (180°C).
  • Line a cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper. Set aside.

Make the cookie dough

  • In a large mixing bowl, add all the ingredients: peanut butter, melted coconut oil, erythritol, almond meal, baking soda, salt, xanthan gum, and vanilla essence.
  • Combine with a spatula until it forms a thick cookie dough. 
  • Divide the dough into 8 large cookies (or 12 smaller cookies). 

Bake the cookies

  • Place each cookie ball on the prepared cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with your hand palm, then use a fork to flatten more and create a lovely fork print on top of your peanut butter cookies. Those cookies won't expand while baking, so there is no need to leave more than half a thumb space between each cookie.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until the sides are golden. The cookies look uncooked, they are VERY soft after baking, and that is what you want!

Cooldown 10 minutes on the cookie tray

  • Remove the tray from the oven and let cool down for at least 10 minutes on the tray, at room temperature. I know this isn't easy to believe they will harden, but they will! Don't touch them. Just let the magic happens.

Cooldown 10 minutes on the cooling rack

  • Now, the cookies are a bit harder but still soft, so carefully slide a spatula under each cookie and transfer them one by one onto a cookie rack to cool down for 10 more minutes. Trust me. It is worth waiting for! I know it smells good, but wait for the magic to happen.
  • After 20 minutes, the cookies are ready to eat, but if you love them crunchy, wait until they reach room temperature – should not take more than 20 more minutes. They will end up very crunchy, hard, and buttery. 
  • Store in a cookie jar – glass or metal – for up to 2 weeks. 
Cooldown: These almond flour peanut butter cookies are mainly made of healthy fat, they don’t contain eggs, and they need the 2 steps of cool down to get hard and crunchy. Don’t skip these steps!
Sugar-free sweetener: you can use erythritol or monk fruit sugar in this recipe.
Paleo sweetener: Coconut sugar would be a good alternative (but it is not sugar-free). Use the same amount as erythritol. This would make this recipe not suitable for a keto diet!
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Nutrition Facts
Keto Peanut Butter Cookies with Almond Flour
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 191.3 Calories from Fat 152
% Daily Value*
Fat 16.9g26%
Saturated Fat 3.6g23%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.2g
Sodium 213.6mg9%
Potassium 91.9mg3%
Carbohydrates 6.8g2%
Fiber 2.4g10%
Sugar 2.2g2%
Protein 6.6g13%
Net Carbs 4.4g
Calcium 37.4mg4%
Iron 0.8mg4%
Magnesium 27.3mg7%
Zinc 0.4mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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    180 Thoughts On Keto Peanut Butter Cookies with Almond Flour
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  1. 5 stars
    Tried your recipe today and they came out great, thank you so much! Used ground almond paste and would reduce the salt a bit.
    Texture is perfect ????

  2. 5 stars
    I had to come back to say YUM! I made the PB Cookies with chunky PB and they were great. Then i made some with almond butter, almond extract and chopped up almonds ( great tea cookie). Then I made some ginger spice ones with minced up raw ginger, cardamon, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and ginger powder. ( another great tea cookie). Then I made crunchy peanut butter and blackberry/huckleberry jam thumbprints. Then i made chocolate almond ones with cocao powder, almonds and a chopped up dark chocolate bar I made with almond extract. The possibilities are endless! This was my first keto cookie recipe and it’s a keeper!!! Thanks again! ???? lol and then I made a pie crust! Lol just kidding…. Or am I? Muhahaha

    • OMG! You are so creative I love what you made with this simple recipe and hey! why not trying that pie crust afterall, great idea 🙂 Thanks SO much for sharing your ideas and your lovely feedback. Enjoy the low carb recipes on the blog. XOXO Carine.

  3. 5 stars
    Bravo! This is THE BEST low-carb PB cookie recipe I’ve found! Thank you and I’ll be making these again soon.

    • Oh thank you SO much for this lovely comment! I am glad you like them. Enjoy the blog recipes. XOXO Carine.

  4. 5 stars
    These turned out really good. I used crunchy natural unsalted PB and added salt. Followed the recipe to a T and they are crunchy, crisp and light. I will make again because I made 10 cookies and my boyfriend ate half of them within several hours! Thanks so much for the recipe, very simple and I like that it was a small batch so I could see if I liked them as most recipes are double these ingredients. Next I will try an almond butter version with almonds and almond extract. I ate one for desert and it hit the apot! Sweet, salty and nutty! Honestly I’ve never been a PB cookie person but I’m exerting all my will power to not have seconds! Lol

  5. 5 stars
    I have to to say these are my fave low-carb pb cookies. It’s hot in my kitchen (presently making 3 batches for a bake sae at my daughter’s school!) so they didn’t cool enough and were a crumbly if I held them wrong (they are indeed delicate). But the flavor is amazing, nice buttery flavor like regular pb cookies, and they look great. I’m going to pop the next batch in the fridge a few minutes since my oven makes my kitchen feel luke summer! I also used powdered Stevia instead and only used 1/4 cup, and I like the flavor just fine (if anyone is interested in a stevia substitute; it’s hard to find any other substitutes in my area). All in all, thank you for putting this recipe out for the world! I’ve been trying gluten-free and sugar-free recipes ALL day, and all were flops except this one! <3 Thank you so much!

  6. Hello,
    Thank you for the recipe. I wish to try it, but I do not have a convection oven/fan oven. Do you know what temperature and cooking time I would use for a regular oven?
    Thanks for any advice.
    Simone

  7. 5 stars
    OMG!
    Just made a batch. I have a very sweet tooth and my problem with keto is falling down the wagon when my period comes. I am ready now! They smell awesome and I am sure they turned up delicious!!!!

    • I didn’t try a different oil in this recipe so I am not sure how it will work, may be butter or dairy free butter but I am worried that the cookies won’t hold and stay crumbly. Let me know if you try something. Enjoy the recipes on the blog, XOXO Carine.

  8. 5 stars
    These are delicious, lightly sweetened crunchy peanut buttery cookies. Made exactly according to recipe recommendations, with the exception of a little erthrytol-cinnamon sprinkle immediately after baking. So very easy with healthy ingredients, too. I definitely see and taste the magic. Thank you. ????

  9. 5 stars
    Best Keto PB cookies. The mixture was a little dry
    So I added a bit of extra melted coconut oil and some
    Melted peanut butter. Also added Lilly’s chocolate
    chips. I used golden monk fruit because I like
    Things pretty sweet. Yum!!!

  10. These cookies are terrible -practically powder had to add egg to bind it – not enough sweetner, salt or peanut butter to distinguish any taste at all – texture was the only thing decent if I was looking for flavorless cookies

    • Hello !

      I am very sorry to read your comment about the peanut butter cookie. They hold perfectly together if you don’t swap any ingredients and don’t touch them after being baked. Follow the two cooling steps and it will work like magic. That is the secret of this recipe. You should bot had an egg at any time. If the dough was too powder like, you may have miss some liquid or did not properly measure them explaining why the batter was dry. I made this recipe more than 10 times and if you read all the comments it is a great success. The cooling time is what makes them hold as stated in the recipe. I hope you take some time to try it again. Enjoy the blog recipes. XOXO Carine.

  11. 5 stars
    Just made these and they are perfection! Wish I could post a picture. I don’t miss the egg at all, the texture was exactly like a regular peanut butter cookie. Thank you! ????

    • I used coconut sugar. The texture was crumbly but the taste was delish. Should I add more peanut butter or coconut oil to get a less crumbly texture? Also, what’s the net carbs with the coco sugar please. Thanks for the recipe.

      • I gues coconut sugar change the texture a lot. I am not using it in my recipe as it is high in carbs. You should use a macro tracking app using to track carbs with coconut sugar, this will be the best way to get a precise number based on the brand you are using. Enjoy the recipes on the blog.

  12. 5 stars
    I have been doing a low carb lifestyle off and on for about 5 years and these are HANDS DOWN the BEST low carb cookies I have ever made. Thank you so much. I am looking forward to trying more of your recipes. I found you today because I am going to try to cut back on animal fats due and use more vegetable fats in my low carb/keto plan because I think that I am getting too much protein and it is causing me to stall. I dont want to go full-on vegan, but I will cut out where I can. Thanks again!

    • I am SO glad you find me ! I am passionate with low carb baking and with a vegan husband at home I am inspired to create more and more keto friendly recipes with no animal fat or eggs. Enjoy the blog recipes and thank YOU for trying my recipes. XOXO Carine.

  13. I can’t wait to try these! PB cookies are one of my favs! Question about the nutrition info. Are the 2 sugars shown in the nutrition box because of the sweetener? Or are they from another ingredient?

    • The sugar simply comes from the almond meal. Almond has 3.9 g of natural sugar per 100 g. Most food even the lowest carb vegetable have tiny bit of sugar it does not means this is not keto friendly! Almond meal is one of the lowest carb flour to bake so you are safe here! Enjoy the cookies, XOXO Carine.

  14. 5 stars
    I am bad at math and trying to figure out the net carbs when you make 12 cookies instead of 8 (as you said was an option). Can anyone help me with the math – is how many net carbs in each cookie if you make 12? Thanks and can I just say, YUM!!

    • That is no problem! If you make 12 cookies the net carbs per cookie using the similar ingredient will be 2.9 g. Enjoy the recipe. XOXO Carine.

    • I never use regular sugar, I guess the same amount will work but the cookie will be crispier as regular sugar melt into a caramel in baking. Enjoy the cookies, XOXO Carine.

  15. 5 stars
    Just made these, they have been out of the oven for 15 minutes and half of them ate gone. Hands down, the best peanut butter cookies I’ve ever made. Making more batches now! Thank you.

    • Hello! I did not try this option, I know by experience that sub almond flour for oat flour works really well but as I did not try I don’t like to say yes. Let me know if you give this a go! It is a healthy alternative as well. XOXO Carine.

  16. 4 stars
    The flovar of these cookies were amazing but unfortunately they were so fragile I couldn’t even pick one up without it crumbling to pieces. I followed the cooking and cooling times exactly as you stated. Would adding an egg help them hold together better? Thanks!

    • They are fragile but they firm up very well if you use the exact same ingredients and follow the cooling steps. May I ask if you change any ingredient? I did not try the recipe with an egg as my husband is vegan and it is what I make for him very often. It always come out great in my kitchen so I am very sorry to hear you had trouble with this recipe and I would love to help you out. Let me know, XOXO Carine.

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