These vegan peanut butter oatmeal cookies are the perfect mix of oatmeal cookies and peanut butter cookies! You’ll definitely want seconds.
These vegan peanut butter oatmeal cookies are the perfect combination of an oatmeal cookie and a peanut butter cookie.
Well….yes I know, I’m stating the obvious, but the reason for that is… it was sooo not easy to get it to this perfect combo! But get there I did and what you see before you represents a totally perfect blend of flavors and textures. I am proud I tell you, proud.
I did have to make approximately 3000 batches of these cookies to get it right. Okay, small exaggeration but it was at least 10. I kind of nearly lost the will at one point. But I knew I would get there in the end and it would be worth it.
The big mistake I made when starting out with these cookies was thinking I could just adapt my vegan oatmeal cookies to add peanut butter. Oh no. Not at all. The result was pasty, not sweet enough, just… not good at all.
So then I was trying to incorporate rolled oats into my vegan peanut butter cookies recipe. Again, it just didn’t work. I tried various combinations and each time the results were just not favorable.
Jaye took one of the test batches of cookies over to the neighbors because he thought he was doing something nice. I was super embarrassed! That’s how totally ‘not good’ they were. Now I’m trying to send over other baked goods to try and show them that yes – I actually can bake!
The Perfect Combination
The perfect combination in the end turned out to be a mix of light brown sugar and white granulated sugar. White granulated sugar creates a lighter texture than brown sugar and doesn’t weigh the cookies down as much. Since peanut butter is quite a dense ingredient, this turned out to be quite important. And then I needed a mix of both baking powder and baking soda, not one or the other.
The other trick was not to use too much peanut butter. Half a cup was just right, any more than that was just too heavy for these cookies.
I tried a version using a flax egg but the result was a batter that was too wet and spread too much. The cookies were very tasty (by this time I was getting the recipe right) but because they spread so much they were also too thin and breakable.
So I removed the flax egg just to see what happened. Then there was too little spread. The cookies were very delicious by this point but a bit too puffy and fat. When they came out the oven and were still warm I pressed down on a few of them with a fork and those flattened cookies were the best tasting.
So I made another batch, this time pressing down on them with a fork before they baked and then the result was vegan peanut butter oatmeal cookie perfection! I have never been so happy to get a cookie right.
So I hope you’ll love these vegan peanut butter oatmeal cookies, they are wonderfully crunchy, perfectly sweet and a perfect blend of flavors and textures. They are also very addicting. You definitely want (lots) more than one.
How To Make Vegan Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
You will find full instructions and measurements in the recipe card at the bottom of the post. This is a summary of the process to go along with the process photos.
- Add vegan butter, white granulated sugar and light brown sugar to the bowl of your stand mixer and cream them together very well. Add peanut butter and vanilla extract and mix in.
- Add all purpose flour, rolled oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt to a separate bowl and mix together.
- Add the dry ingredients in with the wet and mix into a cookie dough. The cookie dough will be slightly wet.
- Use a cooke scoop to scoop out even sized amounts of dough (around 2 tablespoons each) onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Aim to get around 20 cookies from your batch.
- Flatten the cookies with a fork.
- Bake at 350°F for 12-15 minutes. For softer cookies bake for 12 minutes, for crunchier cookies bake for 15 minutes.
- Let them cool and firm up directly on the tray before moving them.
Storing and Freezing
Keep them stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for up to a week. They are also freezer friendly for up to 3 months.
More Delicious Vegan Cookies
- Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Vegan Anzac Biscuits
- Vegan Thumbprint Cookies
- Vegan Snickerdoodles
- Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Vegan Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
- ½ cup Vegan Butter (112g)
- ½ cup White Granulated Sugar (100g)
- ¼ cup Light Brown Sugar (50g)
- ½ cup Smooth Creamy Peanut Butter (125g)
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ¾ cups All Purpose Flour (94g)
- 1 cup Rolled Oats (100g)
- ½ teaspoon Baking Powder
- ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Add the vegan butter and white and brown sugar to an electric mixer bowl and cream them together. Do this very well, let it run a couple of minutes while you get some other ingredients ready. Add in the peanut butter and vanilla extract while the mixer is running and let them mix in well.
- Add the flour, rolled oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt to a separate bowl and mix in together. Add all the dry ingredients in with the vegan butter, sugar and peanut butter mixture. Mix together with a spoon (don't use the electric mixer for this part).
- Your cookie dough should be fairly wet, a little too wet to roll into balls with your hands. Use a cookie scoop to scoop out even sized amount of dough onto a parchment lined baking tray. Aim for roughly 2 Tablespoon sized balls and to get around 20 cookies.
- Flatten the cookies with a fork.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes. When you bring them out the oven they will be very soft in the middle but lightly browned on top.
- Allow them to cool directly on the tray so they can firm up before you move them.
- Baking time: For softer cookies bake for 12 minutes, for crunchier cookies bake for 15 minutes.
- Storing: Keep them stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for up to a week. They are also freezer friendly for up to 3 months.
I enjoy this recipe and have made it several time for neighbors/friends. My dough ends up being more crumbly and sometimes I mix in a tiny bit of nutmilk before baking. I usually add a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg and cardamom too or sometimes put a walnut on the top of each cookie. Loving it Vegan is my go-to app for vegan baking recipes.
Alison Andrews says
Thanks so much Carrie and we so appreciate your trust in our recipes! 🙂