Flourless Almond Peanut Butter Cookie S’mores (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

This post is linked to Meatless Monday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Hearth and Soul, Simply Hot Recipes, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Wheatless Wednesday, Food on Fridays, Foodie Friday, Fight Back Friday, and Calling All Cookies.

So what could be better than my Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies? Flourless Almond Peanut Butter Cookies. What is better than Flourless Almond Peanut Butter Cookies? Flourless Almond Peanut Butter Cookie S’mores! I shared the Cookie S’mores idea quite some time ago, but without pictures. I know … one needs pictures! So, today, I’m giving you pictures and a recipe, just in time for Fall camping and the kickoff of Bonfire Season. (Remember that any cookies can be used to make S’mores though. If you’re gluten free, you can make your own or purchase your favorite safe varieties.)

When two of my girlfriends, Kathi and Cindi, told me that they could definitely come to our mountain property a few weekends ago, I knew I had to get busy making some treats for their collective three children, which included two teenagers. But, it’s Cindi herself who is the ultimate peanut butter cookie fiend. I think she’s related to the peanut butter side of the Cookie Monster’s family! Somehow she manages dignified restraint and discipline though. I don’t know how, but she could always make a small gift tin of my cookies last for several days.

I didn’t make the cookies until the morning we were leaving. I was momentarily thrown off track by clearly not enough peanut butter in the jar to make my Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies. But a partial jar of almond butter was sitting on the counter. A quick peek revealed about half a cup left—the same amount in the peanut butter jar. With just that slight tweak to the original recipe, Flourless Almond Peanut Butter Cookies were born.

These Flourless Almond Peanut Butter Cookies are my new favorite. They are healthier than the peanut butter version because almond butter offers more nutrition and is lower glycemic. I didn’t feel a big “buzz” after eating these even though they still contained brown sugar. I like the slight peanut butter flavor better than the “full-on” peanut butter flavor, too.

Flourless Almond Peanut Butter Cookies
(Click here for a printable version of both recipes.)

1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together well. Grease or moisten hands slightly and form dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls on ungreased cookie sheet. (DO NOT press down as in some traditional recipes. See exception in notes below.) Bake 8 – 10 minutes or until golden brown and cookies look “set,” but not done. Do not overcook. Then allow cookies to sit on cookie sheet for 5 minutes. (This step is very important, because cookies finish cooking during this time and totally set up.) Remove cookies for cooling.  Makes about 24 – 30 cookies.

Shirley’s Notes: Do not use low-fat peanut butter; the cookies will not turn out properly. I use Jif (all are gluten free), but it’s my understanding that Peter Pan (all), Planters (Creamy and Crunchy), Reeses, and Skippy (Creamy, Crunchy, Super Crunchy, Roasted Honey Nut) are also gluten free. (Remember to always check labels.) One reader/tester successfully made the “all peanut butter” version using natural peanut butter, but advises that you must press them down a bit before baking for them to spread enough. Using a fork or  the bottom of glass will work. Ensure your vanilla is gluten free. I make my own vanilla extract, but most are gluten free (e.g., McCormick’s). (Incidentally, homemade vanilla extract is a great gift idea and now is the time to start making it for holiday gifts.)

Adapted from original flourless peanut butter cookie recipe on the celiac listserv (originator unknown)

Cookie S’mores

Make (or purchase) suitable cookies. We like using the Flourless Almond Peanut Butter Cookies, Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies, and Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies to make ours. When using Chocolate Chip Cookies, one doesn’t even necessarily have to use chocolate squares.

Roast marshmallow. (See links below for making homemade marshmallows, free of dyes and other undesirable “stuff.”)

Place chocolate square on cookie. (Use dairy-free chocolate for dairy-free version.)

Skillfully slide roasted marshmallow (while still hot) on to bottom cookie on top of chocolate square and between top cookie. Or use your own method. That’s how I do it.

Shirley’s Notes: I confess I sometimes like my marshmallows a bit burned; hence, the burnt edges shown in the photos of the Cookie S’mores. Truth be told, I don’t mind my Nut Butter cookies a tad burned either. Except in our house, we don’t call them burned … we call them OC’s–Overcooked Cookies.

Not camping or without a bonfire handy? Roast your marshmallow over the kitchen burner using a skewer. Have you done that before? I certainly have.

Do you want to make some truly phenomenal and even healthier Cookie S’mores? Make your own marshmallows. Use Zoe’s recipes—Honey Sweetened Marshmallows or her Original Recipe Homemade Marshmallows. Enjoy … however you make these delights!

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65 Responses to “Flourless Almond Peanut Butter Cookie S’mores (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)”

  1. Kristina @ spabettie on October 10th, 2010 7:33 pm

    YUM these look great!! what a genius idea – I bet the flavors are perfect! :D

    • Shirley on October 11th, 2010 11:25 pm

      Hi Kristina–Thank you! We love cookie s’mores and this flavor combination was simple, but wonderful. :-)


  2. Kim @ Cook It Allergy Free on October 10th, 2010 7:56 pm

    So…since I have an entire un-opened bag of marshmallows and TONS AND TONS of chocolate from BlogHer Food and a jar of Justin’s peanut butter, I just promised the boys that we will make these tonight (using our outdoor firepit since it is entirely too hot to have a fire inside the house yet). Smore’s are my weakness and my downfall. I already told you this on FB, but when I was pregnant with Conner, I ate a smore’s for dessert every single night of the entire pregnancy (I literally did not even miss one night). Using these cookies is a perfect idea!
    Miss you already! I am still on a high from the special time we all spent together. You restored my soul after the week i had last week.

    • Shirley on October 11th, 2010 11:31 pm

      Hi Kim–I can’t believe you made these right away after returning home from BlogHer Food! I didn’t do much of anything last night, but of course, there is a slight difference in our flight times. ;-) I think you win the award for most S’mores eaten in 9 months! Adding chocolate chips to the cookies and using the Scharffen Berger milk chocolate bar with sea salt and almonds as you reported on Facebook … well, that’s divine indulgence, I’d say! You should take photos and blog on your version. :-)

      I know … it seems so strange to be back in our normal routines now after spending so much time together with our special group. Seems like just about everything was coming up roses after your tough week and I’m so glad that was the case! Sending continued good thoughts your way!


      • Kim @ Cook It Allergy Free on October 11th, 2010 11:40 pm

        Haha! I actually walked in the door a little after noon yesterday, so I had plenty of time to catch up and relax. Hubby had dinner planned already so I just got to worry about dessert. Plus, my mommy guilt of being away (along with my smore’s addiction) is what inspired me to make these as a treat for us all.
        Let me just tell you that the combination of these easy cookies with the burnt/crispy marshmallows (how I like them too) and that Scharffen Berger chocolate with almonds…well, they put a regular old smore to shame, I tell you!! LOL

  3. Zoe on October 10th, 2010 9:02 pm

    Wow, Shirley, those look great! Almond and peanut together sound good – I’ll have to try that sometime. :) And thank you for linking to my marshmallows recipes!

    • Shirley on October 11th, 2010 11:33 pm

      Hi Zoe–Thank you! These are terrific cookies and makes such wonderful S’mores, but so far we’ve loved every cookie we’ve used to make them. Just don’t need graham crackers, but we might need your marshmallows (and it’s my pleasure to link to your recipes)! ;-)


  4. Ricki on October 10th, 2010 9:48 pm

    S’mores! I haven’t had those in ages. And I bet I’d like the pb-almond combo more than the original pb, too (even though I love peanut butter). They look great! :)

    • Shirley on October 11th, 2010 11:34 pm

      Ricki–I tend to inhale the peanut butter cookies, but the almond peanut butter ones satisfy without making my cravings go wild, which I love. The s’mores make them a little more induglent, but really one cookie s’more is plenty satisfying. :-)


  5. Alisa - Frugal Foodie on October 10th, 2010 11:26 pm

    Oh no you didn’t. PB cookies, almond, s’mores … as if I didn’t eat enough already this weekend, now I have to make s’more-smash cookies!

    So awesome to meet the fabulous Shirley in person!!

    • Shirley on October 11th, 2010 11:39 pm

      Hi Alisa–S’more-smash cookies! Ha ha … that’s the perfect name for them. I should have called them that instead of just s’mores, but my title was pretty long already. ;-)

      I’m making a green smoothie in the morning! Must get off the sweets and indulgences and back to the greenery. :-)

      Thanks, Alisa, for your very sweet words. BlogHer Food ’10 was such a lovely event and I’m grateful to have spent so much time with you … truly. :-) Still, I wish I’d gotten to hang out with you cool gals for the late night and early morning chats! I hope we can ALL get together again in the not so distant future!


  6. Kathryn on October 11th, 2010 12:13 am

    I’ve made these with peanut butter or with almond butter, but never a combo of both. Sounds interesting. My recipe never called for baking soda, so i’ve not tried it that way. With peanut butter cookies, i add about 1 tablespoon of applesauce, otherwise they are very brittle when dry (our air here is very low humidity). The almond butter ones i only made once. The texture was very different from peanut butter, but still good. I’ve only used organic nut butters.

    • Shirley on October 11th, 2010 11:41 pm

      Hi Kathryn–You might want to give them a try … I really liked them and I think the combo of the two butters is a good one. :-) They are a bit brittle, but not objectionably so. Glad you found that applesauce works to keep them more moist in your humidity. I think the baking soda makes a difference, but will be interested to see what you think. ;-)


  7. Alea on October 11th, 2010 2:18 am

    Those look wonderful! Love the idea of making cookie s’mores! It is finally getting cold enough to light the fire pit, I think a batch of these are in my kid’s future! :)

    • Shirley on October 11th, 2010 11:43 pm

      Hi Alea–I really think you and your kids will like the cookie s’mores. They are pretty satisfying, so it’s not a long drawn out process with tons of them made. Fire pits are such fun, especially when S’mores are involved. ;-)


  8. Debi on October 11th, 2010 8:34 am

    Shirley, they look amazing! I am going to have a LOT of baking to do once we get settled. And I’m going to have to try your vanilla extract. I saw the post before, but it was a nice reminder with the holidays coming up. :)

    • Shirley on October 11th, 2010 11:47 pm

      Hi Debi–It must be hard being in baking limbo pending your move. But, when you are settled in, it will definitely be baking season!

      Hope you have fun with the vanilla extract. It’s one of my most appeciated gifts. :-) I ordered my beans from the Organic Vanilla Bean Company per Amy’s (Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free) recommendation and was very, very pleased with quality and price. So check them out for sure.


      • Debi on October 13th, 2010 7:16 am

        It IS, but I’m surviving. :) There is total chaos in the kitchen right now with unpacked items all over the place as I try to figure out how to maximize my space as well as make it efficient. But, I walk in, then walk right back out. lol I will definitely let you know how both work out for me once I try them!

        • Shirley on October 13th, 2010 7:54 am

          Debi–Yes, chaos and unpacking can be overwhelming for sure! Try the 15 minutes at a time approach. ;-) But, I’ll tell you it’s been 23 years since I moved! When other folks buy one house after another, I think of moving and love my house anew. :-) Of course, I know moves can also be great things, too.

          Enjoyed our chat on Facebook this morning! Off to work … hugs,

          • Debi on October 13th, 2010 11:05 pm

            We hadn’t moved in 9 years. After many years of moving frequently, I forgot what it was like. I’m making progress slowly and I have these cookies on my to do list! Along with a million other things! :D

            I enjoyed it too!


          • Shirley on October 14th, 2010 9:44 am

            Hi Debi–I bet that this move was a little harder then. New beginnings can certainly be exciting though and getting a chance to purge what we no longer need/find valuable is a plus, too. ;-)

            Soon you’ll be back in the groove and making Cookie S’mores and lots of other good stuff! :-)

            Talk more later on FB, etc! Hugsss,

  9. Sophie on October 11th, 2010 12:53 pm

    Waw!! these flourless almond butter & peanut butter cookie smores look so delectable!

    MMMMM,..Lovely filled cookies!

    • Shirley on October 11th, 2010 11:49 pm

      Hi Sophie!–Thanks, my dear. :-) “Filled cookies” … yeah, that’s the ticket … they sound so much more refined than S’mores, but either tastes fabulous. ;-)


  10. Maggie on October 11th, 2010 7:41 pm

    My goodness! What a treat Shirley. Callum would lose his mind. He had his first roasted marshmallow this summer and loved it. Wait until he sees these cookies. You are so smart! And I like my marshmallows burnt too!

    • Shirley on October 11th, 2010 11:51 pm

      Hi Maggie–Oh, how neat that Callum fell in love with roasted marshmallows! They are definitely a special treat. The cookie s’mores are just logical and fun. I love using something I already make to create delicious S’mores. :-)

      Thanks, Maggie … enjoy!

  11. cheryl on October 11th, 2010 8:35 pm

    one word: wow! and what a beautiful view behind the cookies, too.

    • Shirley on October 11th, 2010 11:52 pm

      Hi Cheryl–Awww, thanks! That photo was taken at our beloved mountain property, on the Shenandoah River. Hoping to head up this weekend! ;-)


  12. Tia on October 11th, 2010 8:57 pm

    Mmmmmmmmmm. These look so good. I love the idea of flourless cookies. Don’t have a fire pit, though, and we are finally getting our summer. Seriously, it’s supposed to be in the upper 90s all week. What’s the date again? So, I will have to wait a bit to turn on the oven and burner for toasting.

    So great to finally meet you in person. You are exactly how I pictured. Big hug when meeting and all. You’re just adorable. :)

    Thanks for the tip about starting the vanilla. That is going to be one of my presents this Christmas.

    Tia :P

    • Shirley on October 11th, 2010 11:56 pm

      Hi Tia– So crazy on your weather this year! Yes, I’d wait, too, with that heat.

      What a lovely thing to say–thank you! Back at you, too … wish you’d felt 100% and we’d had more time together. We just need hours and hours of gabbing, which all friends enjoy more than anything else. :-) Of course, you’ll have to make more of those amazing muffins of yours!

      Hope you enjoy the vanilla extract. It makes a lovely gift. As I was saying below, I order my beans from the Organic Vanilla Bean Company online. Great quality and price. If they are out, just keep checking back until their next crop comes in.


  13. Jenn on October 12th, 2010 7:56 am

    omg is this a dessert from heaven or what? so rich and for sure delicious! my husband has been missing smores, but he would for sure LOVE this!

    • Shirley on October 12th, 2010 8:24 am

      Hi Jenn–Thanks! This particular combo is rich and delicious, but not over the top if you know what I mean. One is usually enough though. ;-) I look forward to seeing what verison you make for your hubby! :-)


  14. Chaya on October 12th, 2010 8:07 am

    I love the background of these cookies as much as the cookies. A great presentation.

    The idea of almond butter with the PB sounds terrific. I would like that cookie plain, also. I am a big Smores Fan so this would be a winner for me. Hubby likes them plain so he would just enjoy the cookies. Either way, it sounds like we have a winner, thanks to you.

    Thanks for linking up this yummy recipe to My Meatless Mondays.

    • Shirley on October 12th, 2010 8:26 am

      Hi Chaya–Yes, the cookies are great “as is,” too. :-) Making them into S’mores just creates a whole new treat, which I and others love! Thanks for the sweet words on the photo and the recipe. I was happy to link up to Meatless Mondays. Just have to remember each week. ;-)


  15. Chelsey on October 12th, 2010 11:15 am

    These Smores are so beautiful. I love the simple flourless cookies you’ve built them on. So delicious (and simple to make!). The nut butter is definitely a good way to couteract a sugar blitz! I have been thinking about smoores all camping season and have totally missed the boat. The last of the leaves are just falling off the trees. As for those grizzlies you are so worried about…Do not fear! There are some simple safety precautions we can take that will keep you away from a bear scare!

    1). Camp in high traffic areas (they don’t like big groups of people
    2)hike in groups of five or more. It is unheard of for grizzlies to attack large groups. Most bear attacks are people who are travelling alone. It also good to make noise while you hike (talking is good!).
    3) be informed and talk to the local fish and wildlife officer/ park ranger. They are always in the know of any bears in the area.
    4) pack your food and garbage in your car…you don’t want to leave any bear bait out

    I hopes this answers your question about grizzlies from before and calms your fears! Bears really don’t like people, that prefer to eat other things if they are available, hahaha!

    Can’t wait to eat your smoores…And yes I have roasted a marshmallow on my burner before, lol!

    • Shirley on October 12th, 2010 11:37 am

      Oh, Chelsey, you’re a dear! That’s both in regard to the S’mores. Make them … even if you have to use the burner again! LOL

      Very few leaves have even changed color here yet. Calgary is soooo advanced. ;-) I heard you had a dusting of snow a while ago! We’re probably going to our mtn property this weekend, but no grizzlies there. I appreciate you taking the time to share all that info though. It might make me brave enough to hike with friends or a group in your area, but the camping, I’m only doing if you and Victor with go along. Oh, and your kids, too … please. They make a lot of noise, right? ;-)


  16. Christy on October 12th, 2010 2:50 pm

    This all sounds so delicious and perfect for a fall campfire! Thanks for sharing this with us at the hearth and soul hop!

    • Shirley on October 12th, 2010 11:25 pm

      Hi Christy–Thanks! These are great as just cookies or as S’mores … so easy, too. So many fabulous recipes over at the Hearth & Soul hop; I’m happy to join in the fun! :-)


  17. Butterpoweredbike on October 12th, 2010 4:28 pm

    I havnen’t yearned for s’mores in a while, but your pictures are really calling to me. Thanks for sharing at the Hearth and Soul hop.

    • Shirley on October 12th, 2010 11:26 pm

      Hi Butterpoweredbike–Well, the good news is that one of these cookie s’mores will satisfy your sudden craving. :-) And, it’s my pleasure to join in on the Hearth & Soul event!


  18. Heather @CeliacFamily on October 12th, 2010 7:24 pm

    These look great, Shirley. I like my marshmallows burnt, too!

    • Shirley on October 12th, 2010 11:27 pm

      Hi Heather–Thanks! :-) I wonder how many of us like burned marshmallows. ;-)


  19. Lisa on October 12th, 2010 10:59 pm

    These look like smores to the max.

    • Shirley on October 12th, 2010 11:40 pm

      Hi Lisa–Nice to see you here at gfe again. :-) Oh, I love your description! Why didn’t I think of that? That would have made a great post title. ;-)


  20. Samantha on October 13th, 2010 9:55 am

    I had to make these as soon as I saw them, and then had to hide them before they all disappeared too quickly! I didn’t have any almond butter on hand, but the cookies were divine with all peanut butter and a few gf chocolate chips added in.

    Thanks so much for sharing. They are a huge hit with my entire family…and a neighbor…and a few friends that stopped by after I shared the link of Facebook =)

    • Shirley on October 13th, 2010 10:05 am

      Hi Samantha–Fantastic! ;-) You really did spread the Cookie S’mores love–woohoo! You can really use any cookies to make these–it’s wonderful. ;-)


  21. glutenfreeforgood on October 13th, 2010 10:29 am


    You are definitely the queen of flourless cooking. Those cookies (the stack of “before” cookies) look perfect. How did you get them so perfectly shaped? The “after” version looks wonderful as well, but what really caught my eye were your precision-perfect circles. Wow, very good! They look gorgeous.

    I can almost smell them. =) Do you have a scratch and sniff blog or something?


    • Shirley on October 13th, 2010 11:19 am

      Hi Melissa–Wouldn’t a scratch and sniff blog be terrific? With the amazing smells and good photos, one could be in virtual food heaven! Thanks for the kudos on my “perfect” cookies. :-) If one just rolls the dough into balls about the same size, they come out like that with no fuss. Flourless, easy, and perfect … yep, that’s what I go for! ;-)

      Thanks again, Melissa! xoxo,

  22. Kay Guest on October 13th, 2010 2:34 pm

    Hey Shirley! I’ve never tried almond butter before…but I need to get it just to make these! Oh and homemade vanilla extract AND homemade marshmallows…sounds heavenly!!! :-) Kay

    • Shirley on October 14th, 2010 9:26 am

      Hi Kay–I think you will really like almond butter and I definitely recommend trying some, but in the mean time you can certainly make the flourless peanut butter cookies or use another cookie for these S’mores. Homemade goodness is best, isn’t it? But don’t make yourself wait on these cookie s’mores! ;-)


  23. alex@amoderatelife on October 14th, 2010 3:05 pm

    Hey Shirl! thanks so much for sharing on the hearth and soul hop this week! Your cookies look amazing and as a girl scout leader I can attest to the fact that my troop would LOVE your smores! So much tastier than graham crackers for sure! Alex@amoderatelife

  24. alex@amoderatelife on October 14th, 2010 10:56 pm

    Hi Shirley! Just stopping back by to tell you that I tried your peanut butter almond cookie recipe for my I tried it at a moderate life for my thoughts on friday link love. I tried the recipe and took pictures, and now I will link back to your site so others can get the recipe. I didn’t have marshmallows, so I didn’t make the smores, but for my first try at a gluten free cookie, it was a lot of fun! Please stop by tomorrow and say hi and thanks so much for linking up the recipe to the hearth and soul hop so I could try it! :) Alex@amoderatelife

    • Shirley on October 14th, 2010 11:18 pm

      Hi Alex–It was totally my pleasure to participate in Hearth and Soul this week! :-) And, very cool on making my recipe. Can’t wait to see your post! Bravo on your first gluten-free cookies, too. Flourless is the easiest, tastiest way to go for that route IMHO. ;-) I’ll be looking forward to tomorrow and sharing your review with others!


  25. Starlene on October 15th, 2010 12:43 am

    I am probably one weird woman never really caring much for s’mores, you know the typical graham cracker, Hershey’s chocolate with toasted marshmallow, but these sound downright scrumptious! It is still fairly warm here in Arizona but maybe in a couple of months – maybe around New Year’s I’ll try these. They sure do look delicious. Thanks for sharing with us, Shirley!

    • Shirley on October 15th, 2010 9:03 pm

      Hi Starlene–Great to see you! We all have our oddities. ;-) However, I don’t think you are “too far gone” if these cookie s’mores appeal to you! LOL Thanks for taking the time to comment, Starlene. Hope you enjoy these when it finally cools off enough to make them. :-)


  26. The Diva on a Diet on October 15th, 2010 10:50 am

    Oh, Shirley, these look decadent! I love flourless pb cookies … so I’m thinking this is a good way to make a dent in some of that Nutella. Swoon!

    So, so great to see you again last weekend and spend more time with you. I miss you already!


    • Shirley on October 15th, 2010 9:07 pm

      Hi Tara–It was so good to see you at BlogHer Food! Not enough time, but we can make that up with that other event we were talking about in the spring. Miss you, too!

      Filling these almond peanut butter cookies or peanut butter cookies with Nutella would indeed be lovely! My swag box hasn’t arrived yet … thank goodness! LOL

      xoxoxo … can’t wait until next time! We’ll keep in touch for sure. :-)

  27. Brenda Reese on October 18th, 2010 7:41 am

    If these are as good as the peanut butter cookies, then they are great!

    • Shirley on October 18th, 2010 11:37 pm

      Hey Brenda!–They are different yet similar in a good way. :-) Thanks for the vote of confidence!


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