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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 stacked with red, white and blue sprinkles

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 with red, white and blue sprinkles and a bite taken out of one

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 with rainbow colored sprinkles

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.

 Peanut Butter Sprinkle Cookies with red, white and blue collage

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

 Peanut Butter Sprinkle Cookies with rainbow sprinkles collage

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

Peanut Butter Sprinkle Cookies stacked with red, white and blue sprinkles

Easy Peanut Butter Sprinkle Cookies

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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


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with Silpats or parchment paper.
  • Stir peanut butter, egg, sugars, and baking soda together in a large bowl. You can use a wooden spoon or a hand mixer.
  • Place your sprinkles in a shallow bowl.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Author Dorothy Kern

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Last Updated on August 25, 2022

Dorothy Kern

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  1. 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! 🙂

  2. 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! 🙂

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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 🙂

  6. 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!!

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

  8. 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 🙂