Flourless Reese’s Cookies

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This cookie recipe is only for serious peanut butter lovers! These flourless Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookies are like classic peanut blossoms – only better because they are naturally gluten free, extra peanut buttery, and topped with a peanut butter cup! Bake a batch for an after-school treat or to add to your Christmas cookie platters.

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The Best Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookies

These flourless peanut butter cookies put a new twist on the classic peanut butter blossom cookie recipe. You know, the one with the little chocolate Hershey’s Kiss on top. The cookies themselves are extra peanut buttery and naturally gluten free. Then they are topped with peanut butter cups for a double dose of peanut butter with your chocolate. These will definitely be a favorite at Christmas and all year round.

Cuisine Inspiration: American
Primary Cooking Method: Oven
Dietary Info: Gluten-free
Skill Level: Easy

Why You’ll Love these Reese’s Cookies

I am a total peanut butter fanatic, which is why I am obsessed with this peanut butter cookie recipe. Here’s why you’ll love them!

  • Naturally gluten free. Since these are flourless cookies, it’s the easiest and most afforable way to make gluten free cookies without buying special flour. Just always be sure to check your labels for ingredients.
  • Simple to make. There is only a handful of ingredients and the dough comes together quickly. You don’t even have to sift any dry ingredients or chill the dough. Just mix, scoop, and bake.
  • Extra peanut buttery. While I love classic gluten free peanut butter cookies (you know, the kind with the criss-cross on top), the pure peanut butter flavor comes through even more when you skip the flour. And it’s enhanced by the combo of white and brown sugar. Then amp up the PB factor by adding a peanut butter cup instead of a Hershey Kiss.
A peanut butter cookie topped with a Reese's peanut butter cup on a green napkin with more cookies on a red plate in the background.

While some people make three-ingredient flourless peanut butter cookies, I like to add a few extra ingredients. It may be a slightly longer list, but they are baking basics, and they give the cookies a better texture and flavor. Here’s a quick list, but be sure to check out the recipe card at the bottom of the post for the full amounts.

  • Granulated sugar.
  • Brown sugar. You can use light or dark, but I like the deep, rich molasses flavor of the dark variety.
  • Baking soda.
  • Creamy peanut butter. You can use any kind, even natural peanut butter. For a little extra crunch, substitute chunky.
  • Egg. Feel free to test one of these egg substitutes for baking if you need an egg-free option.
  • Vanilla extract.
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. You’ll need the mini ones, unwrapped. Hershey states on their website that all Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are gluten free except the holiday-shaped ones. But since this recipe calls for the Miniature Reese’s, you are good to go. You can also use Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups.

How to Make Flourless Reese’s Cookies

Line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 350°F and let’s get started. The details are in the recipe card, but let’s go over the basics.

  • Mix dry ingredients. Using a fork, mix together the sugar, brown sugar, and baking soda in a bowl
  • Blend in wet ingredients. Then with a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat in the peanut butter until it’s all nice and creamy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix thoroughly.
  • Form balls of dough. Using about a tablespoon of dough, make a ball and place it on the cookie sheet. You’ll then want to flatten it with the palm of your hand to about 1/2 inch thick. This will ensure they spread enough to give you a nice flat top to place your peanut butter cup.
  • Bake the cookies. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until set. Let cool for a minute or two before placing a Reese’s on top. Then cool completely.
Reese's peanut butter cookies on a blue plate in top of a white napkin with a galss jar of milk.

Tips for the Best Reese’s Cookies

These cookies are easy, but a few things will ensure they turn out perfectly:

  • Line the pans. It is helpful to line cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. These cookies are quite tender. While they do hold up well, you will have some crumbled cookies if they stick.
  • Time it right. Just let the cookies cool for a few minutes before topping them with the peanut butter cups. You don’t want the cookies too hot to melt the chocolate completely, but you want it warm enough so that the Reese’s “glues” itself to the cookie.
  • Do double duty. You can definitely double this recipe, which is so helpful around the holidays to be able to make all the cookies you need. In fact, you can double or triple the recipe and split the dough to make a few types of gluten free peanut butter cookies. See below for some ideas.

A Reese's topped peanut butter cookie on a green napkin and a red star plate with more cookies on a red plate.

Storing Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookies

You’ll always want to store cookies in an airtight container or a plastic storage bag. They will keep at room temperature for up to a week.

Can you freeze these cookies?

Yes, these flourless Reese’s peanut butter cookies freeze quite well, which is perfect if you want to start your Christmas baking in advance. I always recommend placing the cookies in a plastic freezer bag and squeezing out any excess air. Then place the bag in a cookie tin or other container that can protect the cookies from getting crushed in the freezer. Enjoy them within 1-2 months for the best flavor.

A blue plate of peanut butter cookies topped with Reese's peanut butter cups.

As I mentioned earlier, you can start with the basic flourless peanut butter cookies recipe change it up countless ways. You can even split the dough to make two kinds of cookies from one batch. Here are some ideas:

Reese's-topped peanut butter cookies on a blue plate in top of a white napkin.
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Flourless Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookies

This cookie recipe is only for serious peanut butter lovers! These flourless Reese's Peanut Butter Cookies are like classic peanut blossoms – only better because they are naturally gluten free, extra peanut buttery, and topped with a peanut butter cup! Bake a batch for an after-school treat or to add to your Christmas cookie platters.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 30 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • About 30 mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Using a fork, mix together the sugar, brown sugar, and baking soda in a bowl.
  • With a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat in the peanut butter until cream.
  • Add the egg and vanilla and mix thoroughly.
  • Form balls using about 1 tablespoon of dough, place on the cookie sheet and flatten to about 1/2 inch thick with your palm.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until slightly golden and set.
  • Let cool on the sheet for about a minute, then place a peanut butter cup on top of each cookie, tapping slightly so that the chocolate “glues” it to the cookie.
  • Cool for another five minutes or so on the cookie sheet before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Nutrition Facts
Flourless Reese's Peanut Butter Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 103 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 95mg4%
Potassium 78mg2%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimers: Please discuss your individual dietary needs (i.e. gluten free) with a physician. Even when not specified, be sure to verify all ingredients are gluten free, if needed, by reading labels on all packaging and/or confirming with the manufacturer this varies by brand and can change at any time. Nutrition information shown is an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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15 Comments
  1. Katie

    Do you think this dough would work for the type of cookie where you use a mini muffin tin, then press a mini on cup into the braced cookie?

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  3. What a great combo. We love peanut butter and chocolate. We have family members with celiac and this will be a great option for them. I never know what to serve when they come. My hubby always wants me to make three times the food we need when having people over too. Do you think they are scamming us for more goodies? Haha!
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    1. Yes, I think the easiest way to bake gluten free is to leave the flour out altogether 🙂 My hubby is equal opportunity when it comes to making too much food – sweets and savory/healthy stuff, just lots of it!

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