Easy, less than 30 minutes to make.
These three-ingredient peanut butter cookies are made from scratch using ingredients you most likely already have at home. These cookies are naturally gluten-free, quick, and really easy to make. From start to finish, they take less than 30 minutes!
What I also love about this recipe is that it makes a small batch. It will make about 15 - 18 cookies, depending on how large you make the cookies. Honestly, I think these are the best peanut butter cookies - they just have the best peanut butter flavor!
Measuring tip for Peanut Butter
Here's a simple tip I learned years ago. When measuring sticky ingredients like peanut butter, spray cooking baking spray in your measuring cup. Then all your ingredient comes out easily!
Nothing complicated here!
- 1 cup peanut butter - at room temperature (either crunchy peanut butter or creamy peanut butter works)
I find the all-natural peanut butter does not work as well.
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 1 large egg
**There is NO flour in this recipe, making this a gluten-free recipe with a wonderful pb taste.
I've had many readers write me that they teach their kids how to make this as their first baking recipe. Of course the kids love flattening the dough ball!
Preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
In a medium bowl, add peanut butter, sugar, and egg. It is helpful to spray the measuring cup with cooking/baking spray prior to filling it with peanut butter. The spray makes the peanut butter much easier to get out of the measuring cup!
Stir until well combined in a mixing bowl! It is easy to do by hand. No need to use an electric mixer.
I use a cookie dough scoop to quickly put rounded heaps of batter onto a cookie sheet. If you don't have a cookie scoop, use a tablespoon to get a consistent size and then roll the dough into one-inch balls. I do love using my Silpat baking liners with any cookies I make! Honestly, these silicone baking mats/liners are awesome and make cleaning your baking sheet easier. If you don't have baking mats, use parchment paper.
Here's a little baking tip if you want to make just a few chocolate chip peanut butter cookies. Just put 3-4 semi-sweet chocolate chips on each dough ball before you flatten them. That way you can have plain and some with chocolate chips It's much easier than stirring the chocolate chips into the dough!
Once you have all the cookie dough balls on your baking pan, you'll want to flatten the dough with a fork to get the traditional criss-cross pattern. I sprinkle a little sugar on the dough and I also dip the fork tines into sugar. It helps prevent the fork from sticking to the dough.
Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes. I prefer my cookies softer so I usually bake closer to 10 minutes. These should not appear brown around the edges when done. They are a light golden brown and soft when you take them out of the oven. Leave them on the cookie sheet for a couple of minutes then carefully place them on a wire rack to finish cooling. As they cool, they do firm up.
See some of the chocolate chips that I added?
It's always great having simple options!
Yummmm. Below is the printable. Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family has over the years.
How to store these pb cookies
Store in an airtight container for 3-4 days at room temperature. If storing for a week, refrigerate.
Cookies can be frozen.
Easy Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
A simple and delicious three-ingredient recipe to make peanut butter cookies. Using pantry items that include sugar, peanut butter and an egg. Quick, easy and about 30 minutes to make.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 - 12 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 15 - 18 smaller cookies
- Category: dessert
- Method: bake
- Cuisine: American
1 level cup peanut butter
1 cup white granulated sugar
Preheat that oven to 350 degrees. Cookies bake in 10 to 12 minutes.
Add the above ingredients into a bowl.
Stir well to combine.
This recipe makes about 15 to 18 cookies for me. Good-sized cookies too!
I dip my fork in a little sugar when I use it to press the cookies and create the traditional crisscross pattern. This gives you that little sugar crunch on top.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until just starting to brown on the bottom.
If you would like to add chocolate chips to some of your cookies, just add them onto the dough balls before you flatten them. It's the easiest way to make just a few chocolate chip peanut butter cookies!
Place on a wire rack to cool and then enjoy!
This is a small enough batch that I sometimes make it in my toaster oven! If you want to try that, decrease the heat to 325 and watch carefully to see when they are done - they often are done a couple of minutes earlier.
Optional - add chocolate chips if desired.
Keywords: three ingredient peanut butter cookies, easiest peanut butter cookies
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