Gluten-free Peanut Butter + Jelly Cookies Print Recipe Print Recipe

I’ve eaten a fair amount of PB&J’s in my life. And I plan on eating far more, especially when they look like this [above].

When I was a kid someone once tried to feed me a peanut butter and honey sandwich. Seriously, not cool. I chose to starve.

Moving on.

A while back I was asked to make gluten-free cookies for my cousin’s wedding, whatever. kind. I. wanted. I think I was more stressed about deciding on which cookies to make vs. being the cookie provider for a wedding. Finally, after long debates, testings and tastings, I narrowed it down. Flourless Chocolate [walnut] Crackles, Chocolate chip Coconut Oatmeal aaaannndd…. Peanut butter and Jelly cookies. It was a fourth of July wedding + knowing this couple, how could I not?

Seeing the expressions on people’s faces and watching my cookie [literally] fly off the table brought the biggest smile to my face! My first wedding, success! All the cookies turned out amazing, but if there had to be a winner, I’d say the PB&J’s we’re the biggest hit [& first to go]. It’s a good thing I ended up making two extra batches.


There they are, the happy bride and groom. and my dad. It’s okay, he’s suppose to be there. He became ordained [per the request of the couple] and did the most outstanding job! I think he lost count of how many requests he received for doing funerals. Sorry gramps, but he’s sticking with his day job.

[Created/Photographed by Lisa Thiele]

Gluten-free Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

[adapted from Fine Cooking]

PRINT Recipe


  • 2 1/2 cups of [organic] smooth peanut butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed – I added a little brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 large eggs – if extra large, you may only need 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of jam [jelly or preserves]


Preheat oven 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or Silpat baking pads. Set aside.

With your electric stand mixer [paddle attachment] on medium speed, beat peanut butter, brown sugar and baking soda until well combined, approximately 1 minute. Mix in the egg(s) and vanilla.

With an ice cream scoop, small or big, scoop cookie dough (or form/shape with hands) and place on prepared baking sheets – leave about 1-2″ between each cookie. Using a bottom of a glass (or hand), carefully flatten the balls of cookie dough, but just slightly.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, until it’s reached a nicely golden brown. Remove and allow the cookies to cool for about 10 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Once the cookies are completely cool, spread about 1 1/2 teaspoons of jam/jelly/preserves on the flat side of one peanut butter cookie. Top with another cookie, flat surface down – pressing lightly to form a sandwich.


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  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

    These look great and so easy too!

  • Deliciously Organic

    These look fantastic!

  • naomi

    They look fantastic and tasty!

  • Danielle

    These look simply scrumptious. I may venture and try to make some. Hope they turn out as well as ours!

  • claire

    these look SO GOOD!!!

  • Hilary

    OH WOW those look amazing. This is a must make.

  • Marla

    I can certainly see why these PB&J cookies would be such a big hit. Yum & please send some our way 🙂 xxoo

  • Michelle

    adorable blog my dear.i am in love. now following. hope you’ll take a minute to look at my blog & follow if you’d like.

    love m.
    keep in touch

  • Ridgely’s Radar

    Yum! These look delicious! My son is gluten free so I’m always looking for new things to try! Thanks for sharing!

  • flyer printing

    Awesome recipe! Sure this would be a hit for those who are on gluten-free diet. I’m not concern with my gluten intake but I really got interested with this recipe. Thanks!

  • Linda Baker

    The cookies were so good and I love that you included a pictures from the weeding..

  • Bethany

    I so enjoy following your blog (sorry to lurk?) and simply had to comment- your recipe just made my evening! What a delightful way to make such a scrumptious cookie. If I have the chance to try these with a little sunflower seed butter and stevia, I’ll certainly let you know the results!

    These look perfect to pair with my favorite tea… 🙂

  • Jane

    What a great idea for the 4th of July too. Very clever!!

  • Deanna, 5-9 Events

    I made these cookies (sans jam) the other day and they are so good! Very moist and chewy, just how I like my PB cookies. And I love that it only requires 5 ingredients!

  • Dana Gastelum

    Hi Lisa! I just recently found your blog and love it! We found out a few months ago that my husband has celiac disease and has to go completely gluten-free, so I’ve been pinning your site like crazy and can’t wait to try more of your recipes! I just made these PB&J cookies and LOVE them! I actually just blogged about them today! So, thank you so much for the inspiration 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!