Desserts

December 6, 2018

Vegan Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

A healthy version of the classic Christmas cookie, these Vegan Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies are filled with good-for-you ingredients -- completely whole food plant based and fruit sweetened. A perfect addition to your Christmas baking.

Vegan Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies are one of my FAVORITE types of cookies. I have so many childhood memories of baking Christmas cookies with my mom, aunt, sister, and cousin. We always made Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies. So, naturally, when I started thinking about Christmas cookies for this year, I knew I needed to make a delicious plant-based version.

I started testing recipes and eventually came up with these delicious Vegan Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies. Seriously, peanut butter is just the best. I love it.

I'm calling these cookies kiss cookies, but I'm not actually using kiss chocolates. Those things are loaded with processed sugars and dairy. Instead, I'm using vegan chocolate. You can either use unsweetened chocolate and add maple or date syrup, or you can use a slightly sweetened vegan chocolate.

Plus, with melted chocolate, you can totally decorate these cookies however you want.

Vegan Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Ingredient Notes

  • Peanut Butter: make sure you buy unsweetened peanut butter.
  • Date Sugar: Date sugar is dried dates that have been ground up. I love date sugar because it is a fruit sweetener with fiber to help your body process the sugars.
  • Ground Flaxseeds: Flax serves as replacement to the egg. You could also use ground chia seeds.
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Oat Flour: I usually use my homemade oat flour (just blend quick oats in a food processor) but if you want a really smooth cookie, I suggest using store bought oat flour which is very fine compared to homemade which is coarser.
  • Peanut Powder: make sure to buy peanut powder with no added sugar.
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Unsweetened Applesauce: if your peanut butter is very thick and not runny you may need a bit of applesauce to thin out the batter. You could also use a splash of non-dairy milk.
  • Vegan Dark Chocolate: for the topping. You can choose to buy unsweetened chocolate and add date or maple syrup to taste. Or you can buy a slightly sweetened vegan chocolate.

Vegan Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

How to Make Vegan Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Step 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 2. In a large bowl, mix the peanut butter, date sugar, flaxseeds, and vanilla extract until combined.

Step 3. Add the oat flour, peanut powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix the dough, using your hands if necessary. If the dough is too dry, add the applesauce 1 tablespoon at a time, until you can easily form a ball.

Step 4. Drop tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Then flatten the cookies with the palm of your hand (they won't spread during baking).

Step 5. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the cookies are slightly golden but still soft.

Step 6. While the cookies are baking, melt your chocolate in the microwave on 50% power. Stir the chocolate every 30 seconds.

Step 7. Once the cookies are baked, decorate them with the chocolate however you'd like. Enjoy!

Storage

Be sure to let the chocolate harden before storing the cookies. The last thing you want is a chocolate mess!

Vegan Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Recipe Prayer

Lord, thank your for holiday baking and the smell and taste of Christmas cookies. Let us bake them with joy! Amen.

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Vegan Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

A healthy version of the classic Christmas cookie, these Vegan Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies are filled with good-for-you ingredients -- completely whole food plant based and fruit sweetened. A perfect addition to your Christmas baking.

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

30

Prep:

12

min

cook:

8

min

total:

20

min

Ingredients

  • 2/3 Cup Unsweetened Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Date Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Flaxseeds
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 + 1/3 Cup Oat Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Peanut Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce (if you need it)
  • 2 Ounces Vegan Dark Chocolate

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the peanut butter, date sugar, flaxseeds, and vanilla extract until combined.
  3. Add the oat flour, peanut powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix the dough, using your hands if necessary. If the dough is too dry, add the applesauce 1 Tablespoon at a time, until you can easily form a ball.
  4. Drop tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Then flatten the cookies with the palm of your hand (they won't spread during baking).
  5. Bake for 8 minutes.
  6. While the cookies are baking, melt your chocolate in the microwave on 50% power. Stir the chocolate every 30 seconds.
  7. Once the cookies are baked, decorate them with the chocolate however you'd like. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If your peanut butter already contains salt, add 1/4 teaspoon of salt instead of 1/2 teaspoon.

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January 16, 2022
Tracy Henry
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious Elizabeth. You got this one just right!
Oh yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
January 16, 2022
L Collins
Hi Could you please confirm two things:1. The amount of salt. Seems like too much. 2. The directions say there is lemon juice in the dressing but it’s not listed under ingredients. ThanksL.
Hi there! Confirming that the two teaspoons of salt in the dressing is correct. I didn't salt the cauliflower when roasting it or the salad after it was done, so this amount of salt was perfect. If you're concerned about it you can decrease the amount of salt in the dressing and then add more at the end if you need it. As for the lemon juice, SO sorry about that! It was a typo in my directions and I've removed it now. Hope this helps :)
December 20, 2021
Martha
This looks lovely! Do you have a recipe for the red pepper hummus also? Thank you!
Hi Martha! I don't have a recipe for red pepper hummus on my site. I suggest taking a traditional hummus recipe and blending in roasted red pepper.
November 22, 2021
Amanda J Lehmann
I tried these and they were delicious! A bit dense but flavorful and the "buckeye" blend of peanut and chocolate was on point! Recommend!
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them! -- Elizabeth
December 6, 2021
Grace
Hi, these look amazing. I was wondering, could I used powdered peanut butter in place of creamy for the recipe? thanks
Hi Grace! There is already some powdered peanut butter in this recipe, so adding more might make the texture more gluey. Also, the real peanut butter adds some fat, which helps create flavor. That said, if you want to use powdered peanut butter, I would suggest mixing it with a high-fat liquid like coconut cream and then measuring out 2/3 cup. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes :) -- Elizabeth
November 15, 2021
Becky
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking. -- Elizabeth
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography