Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies – Gluten Free & Vegan

by Marla on October 24, 2011 · 143 comments

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A few things we need to discuss today: Cookies, Cookbooks, Charity Bake Sales and October’s Secret Recipe Club reveal. Most folks love a good peanut butter cookie. Crumbly, comforting and sweet. Mine are all of that but also vegan and gluten free. These cookies are filled with health. They are baked in honor of a little boy named Liam who lost a struggle with life.

Will you please take a seat and join me for some cookies? Grab your milk and a plate.

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It was essential that I added some pumpkin to the usual peanut butter cookies. Any place I can use pumpkin I do. From pie tarts to applesauce to curries.

Pumpkin rules and that is all you need to know.

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The blog I get to reveal and share with you today is Darn Near Domestic. Kristy had these Peanut Butter Cookies sans the fork prints so I decided to make something similar. With my usual twists of course! Hers have no fork prints and neither do mine. Yes there is peanut butter in both our recipes. Hers have sugar, butter, white flour and eggs. Mine don’t. Her little son grabbed her freshly baked batch of cookies from the cooling racks.

My kids did the same…

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I love decorating with all kinds of raisins and dried fruits. They are colorful, tasty and fun…

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Here is the very special book I have been wanting to share with you…

I first learned about the book Cookies for Kids Cancer: Best Bakesale Cookbook on the blog Justcook NYC. The journey to creating this gem was emotional and well worth all the efforts.

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This book is important because all of the proceeds benefit a charity close to the authors heart. Gretchen Hot-Witt’s little son Prince Liam was diagnosed with pediatric cancer at the age of 2 1/2 in 2007. She shares in the book’s introduction that the only thing in the world that mattered after his diagnosis was Liam’s health and path to recovery. Sadly Liam lost the fight to cancer earlier this year. He was only 6 years old.

My heart bleeds for this family.

Bake Sale cookbook and peanut butter cookies recipe

None of us can imagine the pain associated with this sort of thing. To find out your sweet child is so sick sucks the life and strength out of you…..when you need it most.

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When Liam was diagnosed Gretchen created a a positive plan. A BIG plan that involved raising money through local bake sales. She figured everyone loves a good cookie and they are an easy sell. With her first large scale bake sale initiative they sold $400,o00.00 worth of cookies. All of that money helps to fund new pediatric cancer treatments. As of today they have raised millions of dollars. Through cookies…

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They formed the national nonprofit organization called Cookies for Kid’s Cancer that invites others to hold bake sales (and other events) across the  country to benefit this cause. You can help too by hosting a bake sale in your neck of the woods or by purchasing this book. All of Gretchen’s royalties go back to the foundation…to help little kids. Help me to help her help kids.

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What is your favorite cookie recipe? Have you ever held a bake sale?

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Giveaway Details

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for all of your entries. Congrats to Averie #33 from Love Veggies and Yoga.

If you love all kinds of cookies, brownies, cupcakes and cakes then you will love this book. Every sweet treat that you could possibly dream up is in the recipe index. A few that sound great to me are Fresh Apple Cranberry Bars, Applesauce Bread, Cocoa Carrot Cupcakes with White Chocolate Chips, Cream Cheese Brownies, Pecan Sandies, Tried-and-True Sparkly Ginger Snaps, Coconut Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies. And yes, there is a recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies in the book. They are named after Prince Liam. Read more about the cause here.

Because I cannot resist a great cookie and this amazing woman’s efforts I am purchasing a Cookies for Kids Cancer: Best Bakesale Cookbook for one friend of Family Fresh Cooking….

All the info you need if you wish to donate money or host any kind of event to benefit this cause can be found on their webpage.

How to Enter

Leave some comments….tell me what your favorite kind of cookie is. You have until Friday, October 28th, 12 midnight PST to enter this giveaway. One winner will be chosen via random.org and will have 3 days to respond or a new winner will be selected. Open to residents of the USA.

To earn additional entries, leave a separate comment for each of the steps listed below. If you don’t leave separate comments for each step, we will not be able to include them.

  1. Tell me about your favorite cookie recipe. Have you ever hosted or been a part of a bake sale?
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  3. Tweet this giveaway, being sure to include my Twitter handle (@MarlaMeridith). Here’s a sample tweet you could use or make up your own: Win the @cookies4kids Best Bake Sale Cookbook to benefit Cookies for Kid’s Cancer via @MarlaMeridith http://su.pr/2cbaQH #giveaway PLS RT
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*Be sure to stay in touch with Family Fresh Cooking and Cookies For Kids Cancer on Facebook too.

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies – Gluten Free & Vegan

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 27 minutes

Yield: 14 three inch cookies

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies – Gluten Free & Vegan


  • 3/4 cups (127 g) gluten free Quinoa flour
  • 1 3/4 cups (265 g) gluten free Oat Flour
  • 1 teaspoon fine Sea Salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 15 ounces unsweetened Pumpkin Purée
  • 1/2 cup (113 g) all natural Peanut Butter (crunchy or smooth)
  • 1 teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract
  • 5-6 droppers full of Vanilla Stevia Drops (adjust to taste)
  • Optional Cookie Toppers
  • Goji Berries
  • Raisins
  • Dried Blueberries
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Peanuts and other nuts


  • Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees F with the rack in the middle. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner. Whisk together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl combine all of the wet ingredients. Add wet and dry ingredients to a stand mixer bowl. With a paddle attachment mix on low speed until well combined. Scrap down the sides of the mixer bowl and the push batter off the paddle when necessary.
  • Take a ball of batter and press into a 1/4 inch pancake shape. Place onto cookie sheet with a little bit of room in between each cookie. Press in any toppings if desired. Bake cookies for about 10-12 minutes until the bottoms are slightly browned.
  • Notes
  • Quinoa flour has a strong flavor that I love but not everyone does. Feel free to use an equal amount of oat flour if you want a more traditional peanut butter cookie flavor.
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