These vegan peanut butter blossom cookies are soft, sweet, and full of peanut butter flavor and a rich chocolate center! They’re made with just 6 ingredients, gluten free, and naturally sweet.
Who else had peanut butter blossoms at Christmas time growing up? I know I’m not the only one. You know, those thick, pillowy, peanut butter cookies with a sweet chocolate kiss right in the center. Sooo good.
Those cookies give me all the Christmas feels, because my mom only made them during the holidays. I knew I needed to make a vegan version of those gems, so today we’re making vegan peanut butter blossom cookies, and I hope you’re as excited as I am!
These cookies start out with a base dough that’s super similar to my fave chocolate chip cookies, but here we have the dreamy addition of peanut butter. You’ll mix the almond flour and date sugar, then add the peanut butter, applesauce, and vanilla, and stir it into a thick dough. Super easy.
Before baking, you’ll roll the cookie dough balls in some more date sugar, for that crisp, sweet exterior that traditional peanut butter blossoms usually have. Then, use the back of a tablespoon (or your thumb!) to carefully make a little indentation in the center. This is where you’ll put the chocolate chips when the cookies are done baking.
Bake the cookies for a quick 20 minutes, then drop a few chocolate chips in the center of each one. Be sure to do this when the cookies are still hot, so that their warmth melts the chips slightly and everything sticks together nicely.
Once you’ve added chocolate chips to all the cookies, let them cool completely so that the chocolate can set up. That’s it! If you’re feeling fancy, you can drizzle a bit of extra chocolate on them, but that’s purely for aesthetics and totally not necessary. Oh, another thing, your kitchen will smell like actual heaven during this entire process. Is there a better aroma than chocolate + peanut butter + cookies all happening at the same time? I’ll wait.
After these sweet Christmas sugar cookies, I couldn’t wait to keep recreating my old favorite Christmas cookies, and I’m SO happy I now have a healthy, vegan version of peanut butter blossoms. These are a total necessity for Christmas baking! Soft, gooey peanut butter cookies with that rich, dark chocolate surprise in the center.
My husband Joe is my number one taste tester, and I can always tell how good a recipe is by how long it lasts at our house. These literally didn’t even make it 48 hours, and he couldn’t stop talking about them. They also got glowing reviews from his co-workers and my non-vegan friends, too. DO NOT skip these this Christmas season!
Have a happy, healthy week!
If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes/what you think! Take a picture and tag me @beamingbanana on Instagram. Happy baking!