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Gluten Free Nut Free Cookies | 5 Ingredient Cookies | Best After School Snack Food | Lunch Box Treats | Food Made Simple

Nothing says love like a homemade cookie tucked into your child’s lunchbox.

Even so, it can be hard to find the time to bake!  Not to mention the fact that as food allergies and sensitivities become more and more prevalent, schools are also becoming more strict about what treats kids are allowed to bring and share.

It’s almost enough to make a mom throw up her hands and think, “what’s the point!?”

Luckily these Un-Peanut Butter Cookies are here to save the day on all fronts!  Not only are they gluten free AND nut-free, they come together in minutes using just 5 easy ingredients.  And best of all, they are still DELICIOUS!

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We tested several brands of peanut butter alternatives and found we liked Sneaky Chef and Wowbutter for their smooth consistency and overall taste. That said, if nuts aren’t an issue, these cookies can be made with real peanut butter too. They are incredibly quick and easy, take just a few easy ingredients, and were a unanimous hit with all our taste-testers!

Gluten Free Nut Free Cookies | 5 Ingredient Cookies | Best After School Snack Food | Lunch Box Treats | Food Made Simple

Here is what you need:

1 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter or  alternative ( we used Wowbutter)
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 large egg

Gluten Free Nut Free Cookies | 5 Ingredient Cookies | Best After School Snack Food | Lunch Box Treats | Food Made Simple

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees; beat together sugar, peanut butter, vanilla and egg in mixing bowl.

Gluten Free Nut Free Cookies | 5 Ingredient Cookies | Best After School Snack Food | Lunch Box Treats | Food Made Simple

Step 2: Then fold in mini chocolate chips.

Gluten Free Nut Free Cookies | 5 Ingredient Cookies | Best After School Snack Food | Lunch Box Treats | Food Made Simple

Step 3: Use a teaspoon to scoop mixture and roll into balls.

Gluten Free Nut Free Cookies | 5 Ingredient Cookies | Best After School Snack Food | Lunch Box Treats | Food Made Simple

Step 4: Then place rolled mixture on baking sheet that has parchment paper .

Gluten Free Nut Free Cookies | 5 Ingredient Cookies | Best After School Snack Food | Lunch Box Treats | Food Made Simple

Step 5: Using the back of a fork press down lightly on each ball making a criss-cross pattern.

Gluten Free Nut Free Cookies | 5 Ingredient Cookies | Best After School Snack Food | Lunch Box Treats | Food Made Simple

Step 6: Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Then let cool for 5 minutes.

Gluten Free Nut Free Cookies | 5 Ingredient Cookies | Best After School Snack Food | Lunch Box Treats | Food Made Simple

Step 7: Enjoy as an afternoon snack or pack in your kid’s lunchbox.

 

Gluten Free Nut Free Cookies | 5 Ingredient Cookies | Best After School Snack Food | Lunch Box Treats | Food Made Simple

 

11 Comments

  1. Stephanie Smith
    August 2 at 08:51AM

    If after you make the little cookie balls, you roll them in sugar, they will get this amazing crinkle topping that is to die for.

    • Ruth Soukup
      August 3 at 07:49AM

      Yum! I love that idea!

  2. August 2 at 01:12PM

    These look so good! Definitely going to make them with my littles this afternoon!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

    • Ruth Soukup
      August 2 at 10:11PM

      I hope your kiddos enjoyed the cookies! 🙂

  3. August 2 at 02:22PM

    These look great! I actually had no idea that peanut butter alternatives existed! But what a great option for school and other places that people might have nut allergies. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. August 2 at 05:52PM

    Looks good and so easy. I’d use the peanut butter. No allergies here!

    • Ruth Soukup
      August 2 at 10:06PM

      I hope you like them as much as we do! 🙂

  5. August 3 at 08:23AM

    These are perfect for my lactose intolerant boys! Especially how simple they are. I can have the kids help make them.
    Now to find a good recipe simple, quick recipe like this for my PB-hating daughter.
    Can’t wait to try them out!!

  6. Susan
    August 16 at 08:54AM

    Made these yesterday and my daughter and her boyfriend devoured them! What an easy recipe. I used pb no allergies in our household. This recipe will be on repeat. Thank you!

    • Ruth Soukup
      August 16 at 10:02PM

      So glad your family enjoyed these!! They are so yummy. I need to make another batch soon. 🙂

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