Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Image © 2009 Liv Gluten-Free

Image © 2009 Liv Gluten-Free

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies

A peanut butter cookie stuffed with a peanut butter cup. Yes, please.

30 miniature peanut butter cups
3/4 cup coconut flour
3/4 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour blend (try Bob’s Red Mill)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-natural creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup water

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease mini muffin tins and unwrap the peanut butter cups. Set aside.

2. Whisk together flours, salt, baking soda, and xanthan gum.

3. Cream butter and sugars. Add egg and vanilla, and mix until well blended. Add peanut butter and water and mix well.

4. Gradually blend in the flour mixture.

5. Press dough into prepared mini muffin tins, and flatten with your fingers, so that the dough is level, and goes about half way up the pan. Bake for 8-10 mins until the cookies are golden, but still soft.

6. Let the cookies cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then press a peanut butter cup into the center of each cookie. Let cool, then remove from pan. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


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4 Responses to “Peanut Butter Cup Cookies”

  1. Karen said:

    I just found out that my 15 year old son needs to be gluten free! I am more than willing to bake anything for him. But what is xanthan gum and where do I buy it??

  2. Liv said:


    Thanks so much for your question! Xanthan gum is a derivative from the bacteria xanthomonas campestris. It’s used as a stabilizer, thickener, and binding agent in anything from salad dressings to cosmetics. For our purposes, it is used in gluten-free baking to mimic wheat gluten, working to keep baked goods without wheat flour from becoming crumbly and falling apart. It’s on the expensive side (Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Xanthan Gum goes for around $12 for 8 ounces), but it really lasts a long time (most of my recipes only call for a teaspoon or so).

    You can find xanthan gum in any health food store, including Whole Foods. Or find it online at Gluten Free Mall!

    In the meantime, check out my recipes for Tiramisu and Almond Cake which don’t require any xanthan gum. I’m sure your son will love them!

    Thanks for visiting the site!

  3. Lorena said:

    Hi Liv,

    Thanks for the recipe!
    I am not finding coconut flour (only coconut oil and sugar) and wondering if I can just use more gluten free flour? I thought I would ask before trying it as the gf flour is pretty expensive and sad to waste if it doesn’t turn out.


  4. Liv said:

    Hi Lorena! Bob’s Red Mill offers a coconut flour that is fairly easy to find, but subbing a little more GF flour is no problem, you made need a bit more than the 3/4 cup to get the right consistency, since the coconut flour is high in fiber and tends to be very “thirsty”


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