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Soft Baked Peanut Butter Cup Cookies (Vegan + Gluten Free) sliced in half

Soft Baked Peanut Butter Cup Cookies (Gluten Free and Vegan)

  • Author: Britt Berlin
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


These soft and chewy peanut butter cup cookies are the ultimate peanut butter cookie recipe! With an easy eggless and dairy free peanut butter cookie dough and topped with a dairy free peanut butter cup! Easily gluten free as well!


  • 1 1/2 cups (180 g) all purpose flour, or gluten free 1-to-1 baking flour 
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt (omit if your peanut butter or vegan butter contains salt)
  • 1/2 cup (113 g) unsalted vegan butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (175 g) all-natural creamy smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup (60 g) dairy free yogurt, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar, for rolling
  • 15 dairy-free peanut butter cups


  1. Prep: Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper (or two medium baking sheets).
  2. Make the cookie dough: Creamy together the vegan butter, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Then add in the peanut butter, dairy free yogurt, and vanilla extract, and mix again until combined. Add in the flour,  baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt, and use a silicone spatula to fold the dry ingredients into the wet.
  3. Chill the dough: Cover the bowl and chill the cookie dough for 30 minutes. While the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 350 F.
  4. Scoop: Scoop the cookie dough into 1.5 tablespoons of dough using a cookie scoop or spoon. Roll each cookie dough ball between your palms, then roll it into the extra granulated sugar for rolling. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto a large baking sheet (or two medium ones). 
  5. Bake: Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes, or until slightly puffy and just spread.
  6. Cool: Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes before pressing a peanut butter cup into the top.
  7. Serve and enjoy! Allow the peanut butter cup to set fully on the cookies, about 15 minutes. Then serve and enjoy!


Gluten free: Swap in gluten free 1:1 baking flour, such as King Arthur Measure for Measure flour.

I have not personally tried these cookies with non-vegan swaps, so you may experiment if you’d like but I cannot guarantee anything!

Keywords: peanut butter cup cookies, gluten free peanut butter cup cookies, vegan peanut butter cup cookies