I made my Peanut Butter Keto Cookies. They are so easy and so delicious. You know what they say, everything is better in peanut butter. And then some genius invented chocolate and the rest is history. With that said, these cookies take peanut butter to a whole other level. One of my favorite things about the keto diet is experimenting with new recipes. It really keeps things interesting and I’m discovering new foods that I would’ve never tried before.
Keto Low-Carb Peanut Butter Cookies (4 Ingredients)
These Easy Keto Low-Carb Peanut Butter Cookies are made with only 4 ingredients. This is the best sugar-free dessert recipe with only 1 gram of net carbs per cookie.
Here’s another healthy dessert recipe! Peanut butter cookies are my favorite cookie! Years ago, I was obsessed with the Peanut Butter Dream cookie from Panera. They got rid of and I have been secretly waiting for it to surface again.
It hasn’t and maybe that means I should come up with my own recipe. One that is easy on the waistline!
What Type of Sweetener to Use
I use granular organic monkfruit. It has zero calories and zero net carbs and won’t spike your blood sugar. It also measures 1:1 like refined sugar, which makes it easy to convert a lot of recipes. You can find it here and use Discount Code STAYSNATCHED to save.
It does also contain erythritol. Erythritol is naturally found in some fruits and vegetables, and even some fermented food. Your body processes it a lot differently than other sugar alcohols. Bottom line, it’s a lot less gassy.
If you choose to use a zero-calorie sweetener other than this, like stevia, you will have to convert this serving into a much smaller allotment.
Is Peanut Butter Keto?
I see this asked often. Natural peanut butter is very low in carbs and it’s high in fat which could make it great for the keto diet. Peanut butter can sometimes lead to inflammation.
So those who are using keto for anti-inflammatory reasons may wish to omit peanut butter from their diet. Almond butter is a suitable substitute.
How to Make Keto Peanut Butter Cookies
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine natural peanut butter, sweetener, egg, and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Mix.
- Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat.
- Create balls using the cookie dough. Flatten each ball with a fork in a crisscross motion.
- Cook the cookies prior to serving.
How Long to Bake and How to Tell They are Done
The cookies will need 12-15 minutes to bake. Keep a watchful eye as oven temperatures vary highly based on altitude and other factors.
Allow the cookies to cool for 1-2 minutes on the cookie sheet before removing. The cookies will need to firm up BEFORE you handle them. If you handle them too soon they will crumble. Use your judgment on timing if 1-2 minutes does not appear to be enough.
How to Store Them/How Long Are They Good For?
I like to store the cookies in sealable plastic bags for up to a week. The cookies will get softer as time goes on, so keep that in mind.
You can freeze these (tightly sealed) for up to 6 months.
KETO PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
You won’t believe how easy it is to make chewy low carb peanut butter cookies at home.
These keto peanut butter cookies require only 5 ingredients and almost no effort at all.
With just 12 minutes in the oven, you’ll have an abundance of melt-in-your-mouth cookies that taste just as divine as any peanut butter cookies around.
KETO PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
Let’s face it, sometimes you just need a little something to satiate your sweet tooth. These keto peanut butter cookies are simple to make and they only use a few ingredients: peanut butter, sugar-free sweetener, eggs, oil, and salt.
WHAT KIND OF PEANUT BUTTER IS BEST FOR KETO PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES?
You can use either creamy or crunchy peanut butter in this low carb cookie recipe. Both options work just fine; crunchy peanut butter will give these cookies a more dynamic, crunchy texture than creamy peanut butter.
Creamy peanut butter will make them a chewier consistency.
Don’t forget to read the nutrition label to make sure that your peanut butter isn’t loaded with added sugar or salt. If you opt for a natural peanut butter, keep in mind that you may see some degree of oil separation in the jar.
Just remember to stir the oil back into the peanut butter well before adding it to your cookie batter.
WHAT CAN I USE INSTEAD OF PEANUT BUTTER IN A RECIPE?
If you can’t do peanuts, you can try almond butter or cashew butter to achieve a similar consistency in baked goods. While I have not tested sunbutter in this keto cookie recipe, if you use it, you may see similar results due to the peanut butter-like texture of sunbutter.
WHAT IS THE BEST LOW CARB SUGAR SUBSTITUTE FOR BAKING?
I like to use Swerve Confectioners in this easy low carb cookie recipe. It’s created to closely mimic the consistency of sugar, so it practically melts into the batter to create a rich and decadent feel with every bite.
You could also try Lakanto powdered sugar or your local grocer’s store brand confectioners sugar replacement if you prefer.
WHAT CAN I SUBSTITUTE FOR EGGS IN KETO PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES?
One of my favorite options for replacing eggs in baked goods recipes is a flax egg. When stirred together and allowed to sit for a few minutes, ground flaxseed and water combine to make a jelly-like substance that mimics the feel of egg whites.
Ground flax is packed with nutrients such as Omega-3 fatty acids and dietary fiber, so it’s a good fit for keto baking.
To replace the three eggs in this peanut butter cookie recipe, combine 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed with 5 tablespoons of water, then let the mixture sit for 10 minutes to become gel-like.
Then, add the flaxegg to the low carb peanut butter cookie dough when the recipe calls for the eggs to be added.
HOW TO MAKE KETO PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
- Add peanut butter, sweetener, vanilla, egg, and salt to a large mixing bowl.
- Mix the ingredients until smooth and well combined.
- Roll or drop cookies into 2-inch dough balls onto your cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
- Using an oiled fork, press down on the cookies in a crisscross pattern. Bake as directed.
These steps match the numbered photos below. If you have any questions about how to make keto peanut butter cookies, please leave a comment below.
WHY DO PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES HAVE FORK MARKS?
If you’re a peanut butter cookie connoisseur, you’re likely very used to seeing that signature crisscross pattern on the top of just about every peanut butter cookie, ever. But those fancy fork marks aren’t just for show.
Pressing a fork down into your keto peanut butter cookies flattens the dough out and allows for a more evenly baked cookie.
As a result, peanut butter cookies crisp up beautifully on the outside while maintaining that delightfully moist, chewy texture in the middle.
CAN I FREEZE KETO PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
Yes, you can freeze these keto peanut butter cookies. You can freeze the dough or the cooked keto peanut butter cookies.
The dough will stay good in the freezer for up to 3 months while the cooked keto peanut butter cookies will stay good in the freezer for up to 6 months.
For smaller batches of cookies, consider freezing the dough into balls and baking the exact number of keto peanut butter cookies you’d like.
TIPS FOR BAKING KETO PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES:
Here are some tips for baking keto cookies that apply to this keto peanut butter cookies recipe.
READ THE ENTIRE RECIPE BEFORE STARTING
It’s important to read the entire keto cookies recipe before you start baking and follow it exactly. I have caught myself being soft with my techniques and measuring – only to end up with a recipe fail. I remind myself over and over the importance of following a recipe, especially when working with keto flours and sweeteners.
Measure all your ingredients carefully, using a glass measuring cup for wet ingredients and regular measuring cups and teaspoons for dry ingredients.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
Check that all your ingredients are keto friendly. Also, Like I mentioned, I recommend reading recipe instructions before you begin. This will help you understand everything required and visualize the steps.
Oven temperatures vary slightly from oven to oven. I recommend getting an oven thermometer to see where your temperatures check in at. Adjust baking times and/or temperature settings accordingly.
I suggest letting your oven temperature stabilize for at least 5-15 minutes after the preheat cycle is complete, before baking.
FLOUR MEASUREMENTS WHEN MAKING KETO PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
Always measure keto flours by spooning the flour or the mix lightly into a measuring cup and leveling off the top with the back of a knife. Weighing flours is the best method. I don’t have weight measurements for all my recipes yet.
It is not necessary, but a best practice, to stir or sift flours, starches, gums, salt and yeast or baking powder together so everything is evenly distributed.
KETO PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
With perfectly crunchy edges, and soft and chewy centers, this is the best Keto Peanut Butter Cookie recipe. These cookies are quick and easy, with just 5 ingredients and less than 20 minutes from start to finish. Best of all, these keto cookies are flourless and low carb, gluten free and sugar free.
INGREDIENTS IN KETO PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
These flourless Keto Peanut Butter Cookies are one of my favorite low carb dessert recipes. This recipe was first featured in my cookbook
- Peanut butter: I used a reduced sugar, creamy peanut butter. This gluten free peanut butter cookie recipe works best with a thicker peanut butter. I do not recommend using a natural peanut butter.
- Sweetener: For this keto peanut butter cookie, I used a mix of monkfruit and erythritol for the sweetener. You can use any low carb sweetener that you prefer.
- Egg: If you have an egg allergy and you need egg free peanut butter cookies, you can substitute the egg with a chia egg, a flax egg, or use this egg replacer.
- Vanilla extract: To make these flourless keto peanut butter cookies, I recommend using pure vanilla extract instead of imitation vanilla extract. You could also use caramel extract or almond extract.
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST KETO PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
STEP 1: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Place all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer, mix until the ingredients are well incorporated and form a thick dough.
STEP 2: Shape the dough into 1 ½ to 2 inch balls (12 total). Place the dough balls on the cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.
STEP 3: Use a fork to flatten the cookies and make crisscross marks on top. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the edges are firm but the centers are still soft.
STEP 4: Remove the baking sheet from the oven and place it on a cooling rack. Allow the cookies to cool on the pan before eating.
RECIPE TIPS AND VARIATIONS
- Add chocolate chips: Make keto peanut butter chocolate chip cookies by mixing ½ cup low carb chocolate chips into the cookie dough.
- Make a cookie sandwich: Make a low carb peanut butter cookie sandwich by using this Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam or this Keto Mascarpone Frosting as filling between two cookies.
- Swap out the extract: In place of the vanilla extract, you can also use almond extract or caramel extract.
- Make them paleo: To make paleo peanut butter cookies, swap the peanut butter for almond butter and swap the sweetener for coconut sugar.
- Make them vegan: To make vegan peanut butter cookies you can substitute the egg with a chia egg, a flax egg, or use this egg replacer.
HOW TO STORE AND FREEZE PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
- Storage: Store cookies in an airtight container on the counter, for up to a week.
- Freezing: You can freeze the baked cookies for up to 6 months. Alternatively, you can freeze the cookie dough. Simply make the dough, form it into balls and freeze. Then when you are ready to make them, thaw in the refrigerator, flatten, make cross marks and bake.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is peanut butter keto?
Yes! When enjoyed in moderation, peanut butter can be a healthy and delicious addition to the keto diet. Just watch out for added sugar.
Are peanut butter cookies keto?
When made with the right ingredients, they absolutely can be. This recipe is made using peanut butter, sweetener, egg, vanilla extract, salt, and baking powder.
How many carbs in keto peanut butter cookies
These keto peanut butter cookies come in at just under 2 net carbs per cookie.