Dairy Free Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

Delicious Dairy Free Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies made with vegan butter and vegan chocolate chips!

Did you wake up recently and there was snow on the ground?  If so, what do you do?

Do you grumble because you have to march outside and shovel right away? Do you grab a cup of tea and cat, sit near the window and admire the white wintry beauty?  Do you throw on your boots and run out and play in the snow no matter what your age?  I fall into the 2 last categories.    

Delicious Dairy Free Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies made with vegan butter and vegan chocolate chips!

It’s funny, I always tell myself when it snows I will just throw on a coat and bundle up and not play in the snow, just admire it from a distance.  After all, I don’t want to get wet and freeze.  Then as soon as I step out into the snow and see the piled up drifts I turn into a 6 year old and suddenly here I am….
Snow January 2014_4

So after we came in from the snow and took off our boots (for the cats to sniff cautiously) then I made some hot chocolate (dairy free!) to get my fingers warm as some of them were a bit unable to move.  After that I immediately needed cookies, I was craving them bad.  So I got out the supplies and these Dairy Free Oatmeal Peanut Butter cookies were born.     Snowy high 5’s all around.

Delicious Dairy Free Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies made with vegan butter and vegan chocolate chips!

A few notes:
These are dairy free!  Dairy free baking is not as difficult as I feared, in fact it’s pretty darn delicious.  Even Matthew who loves his butter and milk said these cookies were great.  I’ve been experimenting alot and I made some dairy free chocolate donuts that I will post next week that will make you cry with happiness.  Seriously. Tears and all. 
This batch makes approximately 18 cookies.
For butter I use Earth Balance Buttery Organic spread.
The peanut butter and cinnamon really makes these cookies smell nice.
The cookies are moist but they have a nice crunch due to the oatmeal.  I love having a cookie I can sink my teeth into. 
I added chocolate chips, I used Sunspire Vegan Carbon Chips. In the past I have used these for dairy free chocolate fudge and they worked well, but in the future for any baking which involves melting or hot temperatures I probably wont use these chips as they melted pretty quickly.   I found out later that all King David chocolate chips  are dairy free and are sold at my kosher supermarket below my apartment building so I will be using them from now (they are so yummy, even eating them by the handful is a treat!).

Grab a cookie (or 2!).  Enjoy!

Delicious Dairy Free Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies made with vegan butter and vegan chocolate chips!Delicious Dairy Free Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies made with vegan butter and vegan chocolate chips!

Delicious Dairy Free Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies made with vegan butter and vegan chocolate chips!

Delicious Dairy Free Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies made with vegan butter and vegan chocolate chips!


The recipe has both dairy free or regular options.  Pick whatever one works for you! 

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies (Dairy Free Option)


  • 1/2 cup butter or vegan butter - melted
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 chocolate chips or vegan chocolate chips


  1. Cream together butter, white sugar, brown sugar and peanut butter.
  2. Add egg and vanilla, beating until mixed.
  3. Add flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and continue to beat until mixed.
  4. Add oats and chocolate chips, stirring with spoon until equally distributed.
  5. Cover and chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  7. Place rolled cookie dough balls on greased baking sheet. Place them 2 inches apart as they will expand. With a fork, press down on each cookie so they flatten out a bit.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  9. Cool and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Makes approximately 18 cookies.

Delicious Dairy Free Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies made with vegan butter and vegan chocolate chips!


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  • I have made numerous trips back and forth to the garage today in the snow and I hate to admit that I never thought about playing in it. So sad. Cookies look delicious!

  • We’re in the midst of a snow storm now (will get about a foot by the time it’s done). Just came in from our first round of shoveling – so we won’t have to do as much later. Ready to cook up something, but haven’t decided what. These cookies sound great!

  • I about freaked out when I saw all the snow, especially since yesterday I was in 80 degree weather – what a change! Ha. I love that these are dairy free, I’m in the process of trying to cut out a good chunk of dairy from my every day life, but don’t know how I’m going to do it. These are a good start!

  • These cookies look so thick and hearty! I love the combo of peanut butter, oats, cinnamon, and chocolate. I’m so glad you’re enjoying all the fluffy white! We are still covered in the stuff here in the Philadelphia area… although your dad sounds a lot like my hubs, so the important parts are all cleared out πŸ˜‰

  • I am wishing for snow so bad right now! haha We don’t exactly get a lot down here in North Carolina but a girl can dream right? These cookies sound delicious – I’m a sucker for any type of oatmeal cookie!

  • Great photos! It’s summer and hot as can be in Australia right now but I grew up in Maine so I do know snow. I miss playing in it on day one. Once it gets dirty, I’ve had enough of it.

    I could use one of those cookies even if it’s hot. πŸ™‚

  • That looks like such a fun tine out in the fulffy snow! I think I’d love the snow much more if I didn’t have to shovel it all myself. And if it wasn’t so COLD.

    I love oatmeal and raisin and I’ve never even thought to add peanut butter. Great idea! I like the Enjoy Life brand chocolate chips (dairy free) – they make mini chips that are perfect to use for bite size cookies, which are my preferred size. πŸ˜€

  • That looks like so much fun – you and Matthew look adorable! We are supposed to get hit with a lot of snow by tomorrow too and my lil guy loves it when we take him out to play in it πŸ™‚ He would also love coming in to a batch of these awesome oatmeal cookies! They sound delicious and so glad to hear that you are finding great dairy free options:)

  • my snow day involved lots of cozying up on the couch with my cat and a cup of a coffee, and a little bit of playing in the white stuff πŸ™‚ I think snow is beautiful and fun for about a minute, then I start to freeze my butt off and turn into a big baby. I’m meant to live in the south! I *do* wish I had some of these cookies on my snow day…. YUM!!

  • As an adult, it gets harder each snow to enjoy it. However, this time was a joy. Schools were closed so I took off work and my daughter and I played in the snow, made chili, watched some TV and just hung around all day, never leaving the house. Divine! Next snow, we’ll add these cookies to our list as well. They look great!

    • That sounds like a pretty perfect snow day Kim, love that cozy chili, think I might make some tomorrow night for our extra cold day we’re about to have!

  • We’ve been building forts in our snow, but I’ve been doing my fair share of hot drink drinking! I’m thinking the only things we need for our snow day today are these cookies! Oats and peanut butter for fuel!

  • Pamela!! I don’t know why, but I’ve missed a few of your posts because the emails have ended up in my junk folder!! I was just sitting here thinking that you hadn’t posted in a while, so I thought I’d stop by your blog to see what’s up. I couldn’t believe I missed all those posts!

    I’ve reprimanded my email, and insisted that you, my friend, are not junk!! I expect that it won’t happen again!! I see some yummy potatoes, and some cookies… I need to take a few minutes and read… <3

  • We hardly ever get snow where I live in the South East, but when there is the slightest possibility of snow, everyone freaks out. Schools are delayed, bread and milk are sold out at the grocery store. It’s silly! But I could down a plate of these cookies with or without snow. πŸ™‚ Love the dairy free option!

  • Snow like we had here in NY the other day means one thing for this teacher: snow day! It was a pretty glorious feeling not have to wake up, shovel out quickly, and make my treacherous commute to school. My wife and I waited until late afternoon to finally emerge from the house to shovel… only to find 2 neighborhood kids at the door to ask if they could shovel for $10. Uhm, deal of century?! I think so.

  • Those cookies look absolutely wonderful! Growing up my Dad couldn’t have dairy and we made a cookie very similar to this. Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

  • pshaw–who needs eggs?! if my brother didn’t have oodles of chickens and just as many eggs, i probably wouldn’t feel the need to use them either. πŸ™‚

  • The pics look fun, but I don’t miss waking up extra early to shovel my car out just so I can drive to work. I guess living in the city is easier when it snows since you can always walk somewhere. And I definitely don’t miss the cold πŸ™‚ But I sure would love a few of these cookies. They look delicious!

  • Ahhh! I totally remember the blizzard of ’93!! It was on my friend’s birthday – and she was so upset that it snowed that late!
    Speaking of snow days, we are snowed in. Or well, I mean, everything around here is closed, but not because of the snow. It’s because of the cold. With the wind chill right now, it is -34. That’s negative. Both in temperature and in ‘not good.’ Brrrr!
    But … some awesomely yummy cookies could surely change my tune! I might just need to whip up a batch with my stir-crazy kiddos tomorrow (since they already called off school!). And everything is in the pantry – so I don’t need to venture out into the frozen tundra for ingredients! Score!!

    • Stay warm Gretchen! I’m sitting here and I hear the wind howling outside our widow and tomorrow is sure going to be a cold day! Hope these cookies warm you up!

  • Here is my latest pregnancy craving –oatmeal cookies. What perfect timing! And I have everything in my pantry –woooo!

    I love playing in the snow too. We got our kiddos sleds for Christmas and I might be just as excited as they are to use them. Now if only it would snow more than a dusting here.

  • Hey there, love the photos it looks like so much fun!!! I love snow!!!
    These oatmeal peanut butter cookies look tasty too & perfect for my kidΒ΄s lunch
    boxes πŸ™‚ Xx

  • I love it when we have a snow storm and I can stay indoors, watching it all from my window. With a cup of tea and my two kitties. It’s the frigid, arctic cold that I detest! Yummy-looking cookies. I too experimented with dairy-free baking just yesterday, with great results. I’ll have to try your cookies too!

  • Jealous of your snow day! It looks like so much fun. Don’t get snow at my house here near San Francisco, but driving up to Lake Tahoe this weekend. So I’ll be playing in the snow soon enough : ) These cookies sound delicious. I love oatmeal in cookies, makes me feel like they’re basically a health cookie since there’s oatmeal in it. Ha!

  • I fell into the first category. I do not miss snow. At all ;p You guys make it look really fun though! Too cute =)
    My dad was like your dad, he always got the shoveling done right away and then would help out the neighbours. If he had to work late, he would bribe me with takeout pizza to shovel for him (my favourite nights!!!!).
    These cookies look delicious!

  • I definitely think snow is a lot of fun, but here in Detroit, we were just hammered with it. There’s no place for it all to go when we shovel. There’s mounds of it higher than our porch! It’s just crazy!

    These cookies look great – I doubt anyone could tell they were dairy free if you didn’t tell them.

  • Lol… such a cute post. The cookies look absolutely delicious!! If there is anyone who can knock the socks off of the dairy free world, it is our little Brooklyn Farm Girl!! <3

  • I love the snow!!! If I didn’t have to go to work, I’d totally go outside and play for a whiile and then come in and have hot cocoa- my snow day routine when i was growing up πŸ™‚ It’s no fun that adults don’t get snow days! These cookies would go well with my hot cocoa warm-up !

  • Matthew’s winter beard is awesome! Aaron would be envious, he has two little sparse spots in his beard that make him feel self-conscious if he grows it out. I’ve said to him that a beard ‘comb-over’ is totally acceptable but for some reason he just looks at me weirdly πŸ˜‰ The blue hair is gorgeous. As are these cookies! Oh, and I’m reading this on a 30-something degrees C day so snow sounds wonderful! xx

  • You guys looked like you had so much fun and I am totally digging the blue hair πŸ˜€ I love to play in snow like a kid, unfortunately this winter its been to wet to snow but never mind I shall enjoy these cookies while watching the stormy rain through the window!

  • I LOVE your stories and your carefree nature Pamela!! That post brought back memories from my childhood. Of playing outside while my dad shoveled the driveway. (especially during the blizzard of ’79 when the snow drifts were up to our roof!!) I love a good chewy oatmeal cookie and these look heavenly!!

  • These look LUSCIOUS! I love the snow! We had our first (and probably only) snow of the year the day before I left for New Zealand…lucky me! I got to enjoy it, and then fly into the nice hot sunshine! Best of both worlds πŸ™‚

    • Hi Judith, these are dairy free cookies – not vegan. If you want to turn them vegan it’s easy – just use egg substitutes instead.

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