3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies


3 ingredient peanut butter cookies

Many of you know that I have my own bakery. I make wedding cakes, cupcakes, celebration cakes, and a plethora of other delicious treats. Because of this I can't tell you how many times my husband has snuggled up next to me late at night and asked, "Do you have any treats?" He knows I'm a big softy for his puppy dog green eyes and affectionate comments. I'll smile and he'll say, "Just a cookie or two. It's because they're so good!"

In times like these I lean on this 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe because I know I will have all the ingredients on hand. I can have them in and out of the oven in less than 20 minutes and go back to snuggling with my main squeeze!

How to Make Peanut Butter Cookies

It really doesn't get much easier than this 3 ingredient recipe. All you need to remember is 1+1+1!

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

Mix those all together in a bowl, and your batter is ready!

how to make peanut butter cookies

Once the batter is mixed, roll golf ball sized pieces of dough in your hands and place them about 1-2 inches apart on a cookie sheet.

criss cross pattern on a peanut butter cookie

Then use the back of a fork to press down, indenting lines onto the cookie. Turn the fork perpendicular to the lines you already created and press in another set of lines to make the classic criss cross pattern you see on most peanut butter cookies.

Bake these at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes. Then let them cool for a few minutes before removing them from the cookie sheet.

Kick Them Up a Knotch!

peanut butter cookies

There are some fun things you can do to this recipe to kick it up a notch:

Add some chocolate chips and a pinch of salt

Try crunchy peanut butter

Substitute the sugar with 1/2 cup low calorie sweetener (like Swerve) and 1 teaspoon of vanilla for a keto friendly peanut butter cookies

Add an extra egg for a gooey cookie

Add some M&Ms

Really, the possibilities with this 3 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe are endless! If you have a few extra ingredients in your pantry, you can even try these easy M&M Peanut Butter Bars.

easy cookie recipe

If your kids are just learning to bake, this is a great recipe to start them out on. And if you need dessert in a pinch for your Bible study group, or your spouse just has a late night hankering for something sweet (like mine!), these peanut butter cookies are sure to do the trick. Save this pin so you can reference the recipe later!

3 ingredient peanut butter cookies

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

This is the simplest and most delicious recipe you will find for peanut butter cookies!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 18


  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix the 3 ingredients together until smooth and a dough ball forms.
  • Roll golf ball sized cookies in your hands and place 1-2 inches apart on a cookie sheet.
  • Use the back of a fork to indent a criss cross pattern on each cookie.
  • Bake cookies for about 12 minutes. Let cool for 2-3 minutes before removing from cookie sheet.
  • Amount of cookies may vary depending on the size of each cookie.

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  • Thanks for sharing your delicious recipes Heidi! Your cookies never cease to amaze me!

      • JoAn Crews says:

        Hi Heidi,
        Put 1Tablesoon of cocoa powder to recipe. so good and helps chocolate lovers get their fix.

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