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Shockingly Good Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

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A few weeks ago my friend, Rhea, brought me a plate of cookies for the kids and said, “Here, they are gluten free…”  And I thought what most every other wheat loving person in the world would think… “Oh…um….thanks…I think.”

And then I ate one.  Shock is not sufficient a word to cover how I felt about these cookies after having experimented with numerous gluten free recipes, as well as spending upwards of five dollars a box for those ones in the gluten free section…you know, those cardboard cookie replicas with six cookies in each package.

I’ve been making them every since. And guess what?  My kids prefer them!  This recipe is a little sweet….you may be able to experiment with less sugar.  Also, I didn’t have brown sugar today and I used white sugar plus 1 spoon of molasses…and it was fabulous.

2 sticks butter

1 C white sugar

1 C brown sugar

2 eggs

1 t vanilla

1 C peanutbutter

1 C garbonzo bean flour

1 C white rice flour

2 t baking powder

2 t salt

1 C chocolate chips


Combine just as you would with “regular” chocolate chip cookies, mixing well. I let my  mixer run for quite a bit…so the batter was very smooth.  Plop on a pan and bake at 350 F for 12-14 minutes. I take mine out at 12 minutes and let the pan sit for a couple of minutes before I scoop them…they are perfect that way.


Good luck!  Happy eating!

10 Responses to "Shockingly Good Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies"
  1. I make the cookies like Heidi, but also add a teaspoon of vanilla.  And yes, Pat, no flour!  It works great.  I make them as peanut butter kiss cookies with hershey kisses pushed in after they bake, but they are great without it. You cook them for about 10-12 minutes until the tops are slightly cracked.  They’re definitely not good if you are steering clear of sugar, but wonderful gluten-free peanut butter cookie alternatives! 

  2. Anita says:

    how many cups is the two sticks of butter?

  3. Pat says:

    If I want to make this wonderful sounding cookies – I have to go buy white rice flour and garbonzo bean flour.  Not in my budget – flour is it!!  dang!

  4. Nanamargy1 says:

    Loving this!  Kaylee has to be gluten free. Where can I find the garbonzo bean flourhere on the Kenai Peninsula, Keri?

    • Save u more…kenai or homer…they sell it in the natural flours section…its cheaper in the generic looking bags. I gavr Kaylee this recipe a while back…not sure if she made them. Next time i wikl have Destini or Billy take her one.

  5. Chaelismommy says:

    Luckily, we have no behavior vs food issues in our home, but I know a lot of people who do… and I have eaten at their homes. Some is good, some is not… but this sounds awesome (and I’m a glutton for a good, homemade chocolate chip cookie!). I’m sharing this for them!

  6. Gay says:

    I am probably out of the loop here but is the gluten free helping kids with behavior and focus?

  7. Heidi says:

    Here are our favorite GF peanut butter cookies….
    1 c peanut butter
    1 cup white sugar
    1 egg
    mix, scoop, bake at 350. works every time.

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