Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Makes about 30 cookies • One hour to prepare

Note: Items in photo may be slightly different than recipe.

These are the best vegan cookies ever made in the history of vegan cookies. A little salty, a little sweet, crispy around the edges and soft in the middle. Make these! Double your batch! They will be eaten.

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  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups oats (quick cooking or rolled)
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/3 cup nondairy milk
  • 4 teaspoons ground flaxseed meal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly grease two baking sheets or line with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir in oats and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together oil, peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar, nondairy milk, flax seed and vanilla until smooth. Fold in the flour mixture, half at a time.
  4. Spoon about a tablespoon of dough on the cookie sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart. Flatten slightly.
  5. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until the edges just begin to brown. Let cookies rest on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutritional Information

  • 30Servings
  • 214Calories
  • 11gFat
  • 23gCarbohydrates
  • 6gProtein
  • 190mgSodium
  • 10gSugar
  • 2gFiber

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  1. These cookies were awesome!
    I used hemp seed because I had no flax seed and used alittle more
    plain soy milk to hold them together.
    I also added some vegan chocolate chips.
    Everyone loved them and my friend just called to get the recipe.
    Thanks for sharing with us!

  2. Well Vegan

    @Cindy – Yes! These are the best. So glad you liked them 🙂

  3. Super good! I just made them and used chia seeds instead of the flax meal. Even the dough was awesome :). Thank you for the recipe!
    – Caitlin

  4. Well Vegan

    @Caitlin- These are still my all time favorite cookies! Glad you’re enjoying them.

  5. I made these and they turned out great. I always found that the vegan cookies I made in the past always turned out greasy. These were delicious and not greasy! Definitely a recipie I will be using over again. Thanks for the recipie.

  6. Has anyone tried freezing this dough (or the actual cookies)? I love these and would love to be able to save some for later!

  7. Well Vegan

    @Sarah – I haven’t tried freezing the dough, but I think it would work. I would set them up on a cookie sheet, like you’re going to bake them but put them in the freezer instead for a couple hours. After they’re solid you can transfer them to a freezer bag. Next time I make them I’ll be sure to give it try. Let us know if you have success with the freeze! These are VERY good cookies, it would be nice to have them at the ready.

  8. Hello! I’m the only vegan in my house and 30 cookies is too many for me. How do I cut the recipe in half?

  9. Well Vegan

    @Jinet – For sure! Or you can always freeze half. Another thing to consider is that vegans desserts are awesome! Take the extras to work and make a few converts outta them 😉

  10. manchuán

    great cookies, people still say, theyre vegan really?? made them with macadamia nut butter instead – thanks!

  11. Well Vegan

    @manchuán: Macadamia nut butter would be awesome! Glad you like them!!!

  12. My family is not vegan but we like to try all types of recipes. Especially dessert recipes! These cookies have surpassed our non-vegan cookies and I’m ALWAYS asked the recipe whenever I make them. Love your site and Love these cookies! 🙂

  13. Well Vegan

    @Desi – Aww, thanks! That’s so great to hear!!! These are totally the best cookies ever 🙂

  14. These are excellent cookies, but a little dense. I found the best way to make them is large and flat. They will stay chewy despite being pretty flat.

  15. Yummy! I made them with Old fashion oats instead of quick oats! They came out amazing, melted in my mouth!!! My family loved them! Thank you for the recipe 🙂

  16. Can you use whole wheat flour?

  17. Well Vegan

    @Mary – Yes, whole wheat four should work as well 🙂

  18. Hi – I’m about to make this recipe right now. My peanut butter contains a large amount of both flax and chia seeds. Can I just add a little more of this instead of the flaxseed meal? I also have egg substitute if emulsification is the goal. Thank you!

  19. Well Vegan

    @ALFR – Hmmm. Not sure about that. Baking is more of a science and you might not get the results you’re after with the extra peanut butter. You could try the egg substitute… let us know how it goes!

  20. Hi. Is there a substitute of sugar I can use like stevia and what portions? Thank you.

  21. Well Vegan

    @Ana – That’s a great question! Here’s a link to a great conversion chart for using Stevia in baking. Truvia even makes products specifically for replacing regular or brown sugar, but I think they still have some sugar in them.

  22. Thank you so much!

  23. Pelagia

    I like subbing quinoa flakes for oatmeal and earth balance for canola oil — everyone loved them!

  24. Well Vegan

    That is an amazing idea! I LOVE it and will definitely try it myself next time.

  25. Is there any way I can make the recipe without using oil?

  26. Well Vegan

    Yeah, absolutely. I think applesauce would work great or a little mashed banana. Report back and let us know how it turns out!

  27. Is there anything I can use instead of flaxseed while still keeping it vegan? The cookies look amazinggg I HAVE to try them but don’t have any flaxseed! Thanks.

  28. Well Vegan

    Any other egg replacer will do the job 🙂

  29. Brianna

    Good texture but they came out flavorless. Very bland! They need more spices and perhaps a larger quantity of vanilla.

  30. I made them as bars. Used a 13 x 9 baking pan lined with greased parchment & baked 5 minutes longer than the recipe states. They came out great!

  31. Well Vegan

    Yum! That sounds fantastic. I love a good bar 🙂

  32. Had to cut out dairy because I’m nursing and I love desserts! Came across this recipe and LOVE these cookies! Never looked for another option and will continue to make them even when I can eat dairy again!

  33. Well Vegan

    Oh I know! They’re just the best. And as a side note, I also had to cut out dairy while nursing (I was already a vegetarian) and never went back 😉 Turned out, I felt much better without it too!

  34. carolyn

    Ok I just made these. I added one cup of carob chips, used coconut oil instead of canola, added about 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder and used whole wheat flour instead of regular. Theyre so good someone is going to have to come here and take them from me because im about to not fit into my skinny jeans after this. They make a lot . So i froze half the dough –

  35. One of the very few if not only vegan cookie recipes I’ve made that turned out perfect!! I replaced the canola with coconut oil and I lightly salted them along with sprinkling a bit of sugar on top! Lovely flavor and texture! Will definitely be saving this recipe!

  36. Martin Addams-Smith

    I just made these for the first time for my kids visiting this afternoon. They are quite superb. The texture is perfect , the light saltiness sublime. But why oh why do you Americans have to use the Cup measurements ? LB´s and oz´s work fine for us , grams for the Euros. I could sort of understand the logic of cups if one cup of flour was the same as one cup of peanut butter or milk , but No ! I must have sat here for half an hour comparing the results from 5 different weight and volume conversion websites until I found 2 like results. Complaining aside , I now have the perfect recipe , and shall make these cookies every time my little guys come over. Ya all take care.

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