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Footloose and Butter and Dairy Free: Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Are you scared of vegans? Well, really, you shouldn't be. Because really, they're a lot like the rest of us. They just don't eat things with butter or milk or eggs. Or, you know, burgers or bacon.

But you know what? Vegans do like cookies. And when Melisser Elliott passed through Seattle to sign and promote her splendid book The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life: Cruelty-Free Crafts, Recipes, Beauty Secrets and More , I made some vegan peanut butter cookies to sweeten the afternoon.

And you know what? Turns out that the vegan cookies were very delicious, and the vegans were very friendly. No need to be scared. Try it at home and see for yourself:

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

Makes like 24

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth, no-stir type)
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance (it's in most grocery stores)
  • 1 egg replacer of your choice (options here)
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Mix sugars, peanut butter, Earth Blance and egg replacement in large bowl.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  3. Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours or until firm.
  4. Heat oven to 375ºF.
  5. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls.
  6. Place about 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  7. Flatten in crisscross pattern with fork dipped into sugar.
  8. Bake 9 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 5 minutes; remove from cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack.

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Reader Comments (9)

CakeSpy! Have you ever been to Back to Eden in Portland? It's the most amazing all vegan bakery!
January 13 | Unregistered Commenterktnessy
Thanks Jessie, I am totally making these for my Vegan friend!
January 13 | Unregistered CommenterBri
Just keep in mind most granulated sugar isn't vegan.
January 14 | Unregistered CommenterStacy
Is the earth balance the milk or the "butter" spread? I would like to make this for my son who is allergic to Milk, eggs and peanuts. I have soy "peanut" butter, and soy milk.....
January 23 | Unregistered CommenterLIsa in NJ
@Lisa Earth balance is a buttery spread that lacks all dairy components so you don't have to worry about lactic acid as a hidden product. They also have a sister company but only one of those is Vegan and therefore lacks milk- it's the one I use because it's cheaper and earth balance is harder to find. It's called Smart Balance Organic, only the organic version though.

Hope this helps!!
January 25 | Unregistered CommenterColleen
thank you so so so much!!! yayyy i've been reading for ages but have only been vegan for a few months and your faces on vegan cookies make me ridiculously happy!
February 8 | Unregistered Commenterbrie
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... good...
November 19 | Unregistered Commenterria
Be careful...brown sugar is not vegan...it is predominantly just white sugar with the molasses added back in. Vegan sugars include: Maple syrup, agave, 'raw' sugars, stevia, turbinado and any white sugar listed as 'vegan' (which is rare...Whole foods makes a a 'vegan' white sugar). But as a standard...brown sugar is not vegan!
February 5 | Unregistered CommenterChris
The faces on the cookies are adorable! It can definitely be difficult being a vegan sometimes, but this recipe cheers me right up, not only because of the smiles, but because its for delicious cookies I can eat yay!!
April 10 | Unregistered CommenterDominique

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