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The Best 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

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This is the BEST 3 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe you will ever make! It uses only one bowl and creates soft delicious peanut butter cookies to enjoy for dessert or a snack!

I must admit that peanut butter is one of my favorite flavors when it comes to cookies. Heck, peanut butter is one of my favorite foods period! I love to melt it over ice cream, use as a dip for apples or celery, and is the perfect punch of flavor for my PB&J protein smoothie!

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter baked cookies are where it's at! Soft, chewy cookies are such a treat as a mid-day snack or to enjoy as a little treat after dinner with tea. I love making this cookie recipe because it is so easy!

The best part of this three-ingredient cookie recipe is it takes only one bowl and three ingredients you have in the pantry! That's it! These really are the best peanut butter cookies you will ever make! They taste so good warm out of the oven and they also freeze really well!

  • Peanut Butter– I recommend commercial brand peanut butter over the all-natural butter. The natural butter tends to be bitter. I like to use Jif crunchy to add a little texture, but smooth peanut butter is good too.
  • Egg one large egg is all you need.
  • Sugar one cup of granulated sugar.
peanut butter cookies on plate

How to make 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies

Three ingredients are all you need for this cookie recipe, but that doesn't mean you miss out on adding in some favorite flavors! In fact, I do add a special ingredient, technically making them 4 ingredient peanut butter cookies! I'll share those after the directions!

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare your baking pan with a sheet of parchment paper to make clean up a breeze.
  • Mix together peanut butter, sugar, and egg in a large bowl. I add a teaspoon of vanilla extract as a bonus flavor!
  • Form into 1-inch balls and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Dip tines of a fork in granulated sugar and gently press into cookie balls. Reverse directions and repeat until you have a criss-cross pattern.
pressing fork into cookie ball
pressing fork in cookie dough ball opposite direction
  • Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Let cookies sit on the baking sheet for one minute so they are able to set. Taking them off too soon will result in a crumbled mess. Trust me!
  • Cool cookies on a cooling rack or on a large dinner plate.

Since this cookie recipe omits flour, making them gluten free, you can add in other flavors, sugars, or nut butters to experiment! Try these ideas

  • Flavored extracts- like I mentioned above- I add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to my recipe. You can try that or maybe vanilla bean paste!
  • You can also try brown sugar or a sugar substitute like Stevia. This Keto peanut butter cookie recipe is really tasty if you are looking for a diet-conscious recipe!
  • Flavored nut butters like this cinnamon almond butter would taste pretty amazing!
  • Chocolate chips would also be a welcomed addition! I would recommend mini-chocolate chips. Try the Enjoy Life mini chips– they taste great and bake really well too.
3 ingredient peanut butter cookies on plate

This is a great recipe to try with young bakers too because they can mix and form cookie dough by themselves.

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3 ingredient peanut butter cookies
Yield: 12

The Best 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

peanut butter cookies on plate

The best 3 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe is about to fill your cookie jar! These flourless peanut butter cookies are soft & chewy and only have 3 ingredients! Super easy!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter, Jif or Skippy
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper
  3. In a large bowl, add peanut butter, sugar, and egg. For extra flavor, add vanilla extract.
  4. Mix completely until soft dough forms.
  5. With spoon or cookie scoop, scoop out dough and roll in palm of hands to form 1-inch balls.
  6. Place peanut butter cookie balls on the prepared baking pan.
  7. Dip tines of a fork into granulated sugar and gently press into the dough ball. Turn fork and gently press again to create a criss-cross pattern.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let cookies sit on baking sheet for 1 minute to set.
  10. Remove cookies and place on rack to cool.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 214Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 121mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 6g

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