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Jun 05

Peanut Butter Sprinkle Cookies {gluten-free}

Peanut butter cookies are my favorite cookie, but they can be a little booooring. Why not make them about a gazillion times prettier by rolling them in sprinkles?

These Peanut Butter Sprinkle Cookies are easy, with only 6 ingredients. And they’re gluten-free!

Peanut Butter Sprinkle Cookies - dress them up for the 4th of July!

I do this to myself every year. I proclaim that we’re going to make it an easy summer. No over scheduling. No craziness. We’re going to be lazy and have picnics in the living room and swim when we want and eat ice cream for breakfast and go on random day trips and road trips and to the beach.

And then May tuns into June and the threat of school ending brings me back to my senses. I start to sweat and stress, thinking about the long stretch of school-free days ahead of me. I start making plans, and before I know it, every week has a purpose, a schedule.

I’m a full-time working mom without child care. My daughter always complains that she wants time to relax, and when that 5 minutes are up she starts complaining about how bored she is. When we go anywhere with a drive longer than 5 minutes she talks about how loooooooooong the drive is and complains I didn’t download her a movie.

{BTW, when she says things like that I just gape at her. This generation? OMG. Now I know why our parents used to say “I had to trudge to school in the snow up hill both ways.” Well I had to walk to the TV to change a channel! We had to watch *gasp* movies on TAPE in a VCR hooked to a TV! There was no TV in the car!}

The result? Camps and playdates and trips galore. In fact, today is Jordan’s last day of school. And she doesn’t get a break until the 4th of July.

Speaking of the 4th, it’s right around the corner. And you can’t celebrate Independence day without some red, white, and blue dessert. It’s like, against the law. Or it should be. Or something.

So why not dress up your favorite peanut butter cookies in red, white, and blue sprinkles? These are most definitely not boring, that’s for sure!
Peanut Butter Sprinkle Cookies - dress them up for the 4th of July!

These cookies are my favorite peanut butter cookie. It’s the “easy” recipe, one you’ve probably seen floating around the internet forever. Everyone has their favorite combination, but mine includes peanut butter, brown and white sugar, an egg, and some baking soda.

And sprinkles!!! And guess what? They don’t have to just be for the 4th. Why not use rainbow sprinkles?

Peanut Butter Sprinkle Cookies

My two favorite sprinkle combos are rainbow and red, white, and blue. In fact, I love red, white, and blue food. I’m kind of starry eyed over it.

So, these cookies. Here are all the particulars:

The taste EXPLODES with peanut butter flavor because they have no flour. And yes, it’s like magic, that you can have cookies with no flour.

No flour means they are gluten-free. It’s a win-win! And I checked: the sprinkles I use (Cake Mate brand, under the Betty Crocker umbrella) are considered gluten-free. If you’re concerned, be sure to google your favorite sprinkles.

Let’s talk about peanut butter. I love using Skippy Naturals. It’s my go-to brand. (Not sponsored, just true.) I’ve used Skippy since I was a kid, and the Naturals line is just so good. It’s a no stir peanut butter that’s more natural than it’s regular counterpart. Most mainstream brands have a naturals line these days. You can use your favorite peanut butter (although I’ve never tried these with a true, need-to-stir natural brand). If you’re using a reduced-fat peanut butter, you may need to adjust the sugar. In my experience, the reduced-fat peanut butters add more sugar, so they’ll be extra sweet.

These cookies come together with one bowl, no chilling time, and you can stir them by hand. Like I said – magical.

The dough is sticky, so rolling them in sprinkles is a messy process, but worth it. Once you bake them the sprinkles add a little crunch that makes them SO good!

You can store these in an airtight container for a few days on the counter, or freeze them. They’re perfect for making ahead of time if you’re as busy as I am this summer. (Seriously, summer is busier than the school year!)

The best part is that you can make them for the 4th of July.

The BEST Peanut Butter Sprinkle Cookies!

Or use rainbow sprinkles for a birthday. Or a random Thursday.

The BEST Peanut Butter Sprinkle Cookies!

These are my FAVORITE peanut butter cookies. They’ll be yours too, I’m sure!

Easy Peanut Butter Sprinkle Cookies

Yield: About 24-28 cookies

A simple, gluten-free peanut butter cookie rolled in sprinkles! Jazz them up for any holiday!


  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • About 1 to 1 1/2 cups colored sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with Silpats or parchment paper.
  2. Stir peanut butter, egg, sugars, and baking soda together in a large bowl. You can use a wooden spoon or a hand mixer.
  3. Place your sprinkles in a shallow bowl.
  4. Scoop balls of cookie dough and roll them in the sprinkles, coating completely. I used a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop for this step. The dough is very sticky and it helps to dampen your hands slightly before rolling. Place each cookie dough ball 2” apart on the prepared cookie sheets and flatten slightly with the palm of your hand.
  5. Bake for 7-9 minutes. Cool before removing from cookie sheets. Note: these cookies can be crumbly so be careful when picking them up or packing them in lunches.

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41 comments on “Peanut Butter Sprinkle Cookies {gluten-free}

  1. Those look delicious! I love peanut butter cookies, but everything tastes better with sprinkles. 🙂


  2. What a festive cookie for the 4th of July! And even better that it’s peanut butter!


  3. Only 6 ingredients, gluten free, and lots of peanut butter? Totally obsessed with these ones! Especially all those sprinkles! I love the fun Fourth of July decorating going on too 🙂 Pinning!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 5th, 2014 at 6:35 am

      Thank you for the pin Chelsea!


  4. I need these cookies in my life right now. Love the sprinkles! 🙂


  5. So festive!! I’d read once that peanut butter is one of the few truly American foods, so it seems quite fitting to make 4th of July peanut butter cookies! I’m intrigued by the flourless-ness of these cookies – can’t wait to give them a try 🙂


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 5th, 2014 at 6:35 am

      They’re my absolute favorite – no flour gives them such a rich PB taste!


  6. Oh yeah, attention spans are like 0 now! cuhraaazy! I love how festively you dressed up these yummy pb cookies! 😀


  7. I love that you used a flourless PB base for these (I love that base…sometimes I use all brown sugar, sometimes half white/half brown). They always turn out so good but sprinkles, genius! I have never done that – only choc chips, white chips, etc. Pinned!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 5th, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Thanks for the pin Averie! It seriously is the best cookie recipe EVER. 🙂


  8. Clueless why I overbook the summer every year too! I dream of lazy summer days too…I have to try harder to make them exist too.

    BUT, it will very easy for me to make these pnut butter cookies happen very soon! Lovely…


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  10. Ahhhh!! These look amazing!! Oh man!! I want to make them!! …and they’re gluten free!?!! I’m gluten free! Perfect!! YUM! And that bark looks AMAZING!!! I’m about to go checkout the recipe! 🙂


  11. Love these pretty cookies! Peanut butter cookies make everything better and adding these festive sprinkles on top means I’ll never have a bad day again – pinning 🙂


  12. These cookies are gorgeous!! I I love peanut butter cookies, but you kicked them up to a whole new level 🙂


  13. OMG I’m dying!!! This is exactly how I feel about my kids! This generation is crazy. They need to have a device in their hands 24/7 or they’re bored. I was never bored when I was a kid and I was never home! I rollerbladed and played with friends when I wasn’t in school. And summer? I’m dreading it! Four kids all day by myself, UGGGGGH!!! On a positive note, sprinkled-laden peanut butter cookies?? Bring it! I’m going to need a whole giant carton of these to get me through the loooong summer!! Pinned!!


  14. Hah! And the phone was on the WALL! And the internet was DIAL UP! This generation cracks me up. Your cookies are so festive, and I’m pretty much on board with anything peanut butter. Pinning 🙂


  15. Yes, yes yes yes please do all these cookies! They look incredible… craving a bunch right now! 😉


  16. Easy-to -make cookies -yea!! I know what you mean about kids these days, but even my mom, who had 7 of us kids, made us all go to summer school one summer, just to get a break. It is hard to find the right balance of free time and scheduled activities, especially for those of us who have singletons.


  17. Sprinkles make everything better! I love this recipe. What flour? Don’t need it!


  18. Haha, my parents totally said the exact same thing! I don’t have children, but my youngest brother was and still is the exact same way. These cookies look so good though, and I love that the peanut butter acts as a great binder! Flour-less cookies are SO good and the perfect excuse to eat more! 🙂


  19. Aren’t sprinkles wonderful?! Take a magical peanut butter cookie, just a plain yet delicious one, add sprinkles and you have a party! I just used up all of my red,white, and blue sprinkles (they are my favorite too) and have to get more asap. Anyone who says the summer is laid back, doesn’t have kids! 🙂


  20. I absolutely love these and want eight-hundred of them.


  21. I get the same way at summer — I’m starting to stress about boredom and fights breaking out. Ugh! We have one camp lined up and that’s it so far. I’m keeping gym fingers crossed! These cookies look delicious, and I love how they’re covered in sprinkles. YUM!


  22. True that! I want a day without nothing (because ohmygosh, life is so busy, right?) and then I get that day and suddenly, I forget everything I need to do and the b word starts creeping in. *sigh* I am that generation and I couldn’t agree more – we’ve got ourselves a problem! 🙂
    OK, I LOVE the fourth of July. It is my highlight of the year and when I saw your red, white, and blue sprinkles, I got the giddiest feeling ever! Love that these are gluten free and love that they are peanut butter and love love love that they are fourth of July! Pinning!


  23. Hmm…I would have never thought to roll my peanut butter cookies in sprinkles. What an easy way to dress up plain ole’ peanut butter cookies!


  24. OMG!!!!! These cannnnnot get any better!!!!!!! Soooo sooo cute!!!!! And they’re flourless! How cool is that! Pinning!!!! 😀


  25. Still looking for those red, white & blue M&Ms? 😉 😉 Seriously, I think that red, white & blue sprinkles look way cuter, and you know how much of a chocolate fan I am! And good luck with keeping Jordan busy this summer! If a play-date ever falls through, feel free to send her over to my place. My little pup and I always enjoy company (we’re basically all each other has; we don’t really have friends in this town), and I’ll even make some mint chocolate treats for Jordan to taste test!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 9th, 2014 at 7:56 am

      What’s funny is that, by the time they get to the stores, it’ll be too late to post about them!!! *sigh*


  26. LOVE that these are gluten free with no special flours. My mom has recently gone GF and most recipes require at least 3 flours that cost 7 bucks each.

    Needless to say if you screw up its an expensive mistake. These look like a simple treat we’d both love!


  27. Sprinkles always make boring desserts so much more fun!! 🙂 Love that I’m only 6 ingredients away from these bad boys!


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