Easy Peanut Butter Cookies 

By Rena |

This easy peanut butter cookie recipe needs 3 essential ingredients to make and is ready in less than 30 minutes. Tasty, soft, and so good, these peanut butter cookies will definitely be a winner for any occasion. 

side view of 4 cookies stacks on each other

For those that love anything peanut butter, you will absolutely love these flourless peanut butter cookies. They come out so soft and fluffy that it will be hard to stop at having just one cookie. You will need 3 simple ingredients that most likely everyone already has on hand. If you have peanut butter, eggs, and sugar, then you can make these 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies any time any day. Plus it’s so simple to put together and can be ready in less than 30 minutes. You may add some chocolate chips to these peanut butter cookies but they are perfect just the way they are. Simple and delicious.

Why you will love these cookies

  • Made with 3 simple ingredients: 3 ingredients that mostly every household has. Eggs, peanut butter, and sugar. You will probably not even have to step a foot in the store to make these cookies.
  • Flourless and healthy: These peanut butter cookies are made without any flour or oil. They are healthier than what you would buy at the stores.
  • Super easy to make and so good: All you need is 30 minutes to put these peanut butter cookies together and they are just so easy to make with just a few ingredients.
side shot of a single peanut butter cookie over s cooling rack

Ingredients you will need to make these cookies

  • Peanut Butter: please use creamy peanut butter like the Jiff brand. All-natural peanut butter won’t work.
  • Sugar: You may use any sugar but coconut sugar or brown sugar would work great
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg: allow the eggs to reach room temperature.
  • Salt flakes, optional topping 
tope view of ingredients to make peanut butter cookies

how to make peanut butter cookies from scratch

  • Preheat oven to 350° F
  • In a medium bowl, add the peanut butter, egg, sugar, and vanilla extract. Using a hand mixer, mix the ingredients until they are nicely combined and creamy looking. (you may refrigerate the dough for a couple of hours)
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. 
  • Using a scooper or a spoon, scoop out about 1-inch of cookie dough. Using your hands roll them into a ball and place them on the sheet pan.
  • Repeat the last step until you have rolled all the dough and lined it up on the sheet pan.  Space then out a bit.
  • Using a fork, press down and flatten each of the cookie balls in opposite directions to make a pattern. 
  • Place in the preheated oven and baked for 10-12 minutes or until they are golden crisp on the sides. 
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool for about 3-5 minutes before transferring them to a rack or plate. Enjoy. 

Notes. You may use 1/2 cup granulated sugar and half cup brown sugar

4 peanut butter cookies stacked over each other

Frequently asked questions

Should you refrigerate peanut butter cookie dough before baking?

This is optional. Depending on the peanut butter you used, you may feel like after you have mixed the dough, it may be a bit too soft to handle. Refrigerating for 2-3 hours will thicken up the dough and allow it to be easier to handle.

Do peanut butter cookies harden as they cool?

Peanut butter cookies will be very fluffy and soft when they first come out of the oven. It is important to allow them to cool so they harden up or else they will be crumbly.

Should you bake cookies on parchment paper?

We always recommend using parchment paper or some sort of silicone baking sheet to help the cookies cook evenly and prevent them from sticking to the sheet pan.

Why do you put fork marks on peanut butter cookies?

The fork marks will prevent the cookies from spreading too much and allow them to cook evenly. The fork marks on the cookies do also look better!

4 stacks of peanut butter cookies on a white plate
stacks of peanut butter cookies on a white plate

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4 peanut butter cookies stacked over each other

Easy 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Easy to make peanut butter cookies made with 3 simple ingredients and baked to perfection.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Low Lactose
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 205kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar **see notes
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract optional
  • Salt flakes optional topping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° FIn a medium bowl, add the peanut butter, egg, sugar, and vanilla extract.
  • Using a hand mixer, mix the ingredients until they are nicely combined and creamy looking. At this point, you may place the dough for a couple of hours in the fridge so it thickens up and easier to handle.
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Using a scooper or a spoon, scoop out about 1-inch of cookie dough. Using your hands roll them into a ball and place them on the sheet pan.
  • Repeat the last step until you have rolled all the dough and lined it up on the sheet pan. Space then out a bit.
  • Using a fork, press down and flatten each of the cookie balls in opposite directions to make a pattern. Place in the preheated oven and baked for 10-12 minutes or until they are golden crisp on the sides.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool for about 3-5 minutes before transferring them to a rack or plate. Enjoy.

Notes

  • Makes about 12 cookies, the serving size is one cookie 
  • Use creamy peanut butter
  • Once you mix the dough, you may place it in the fridge so the dough gets a bit thicker and easier to handle.
  • Allow the egg to reach room temperature.
  • The vanilla extract is optional but recommended 
  • Allow the cookies to cool off completely before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 23IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
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