Easy 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

This easy 3 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe takes 30 minutes or less to make!

Three ingredient peanut butter cookies are delicious and you likely already have the ingredients in your pantry. 

This is literally the only peanut butter cookie recipe you’ll ever need again!

You know how much I love peanut butter – check out these peanut butter cookie bars, too!

Peanut butter cookies 3 ingredient recipe

Easy 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie

These 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies are so fun to make, and a great family project.

The kids will love rolling the cookie balls and pressing them down with the fork.

It’s just pure good-hearted fun in the kitchen for all. 

You can even make them extra special by dunking half the cookie in melted chocolate and decorating with sprinkles.

Try writing on them with cookie icing, each of your littles can draw the first letter of their name. Because we’re baking cookies, the fun never stops!

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No Brown Sugar in Peanut Butter Cookies


Because these are 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies, you don’t even need brown sugar. And don’t worry, they’ll taste just as great!

Can you use brown sugar? YES!

Because they’re so flexible, you can substitute brown sugar for regular sugar. You can even use half regular and half brown. Or go half and half with confectioners sugar.

There are a lot of variations of sugar you can use for this recipe.

Simply use for the proper amount called for, 1 cup of sugar, and you’ll have delicious cookies!

Whether you need a quick bake sale or cookie swap recipe, or you’re gearing up for a holiday event.

This easy peanut butter cookie recipe will work perfectly!

No Baking Soda in Peanut Butter Cookie


You don’t need any baking soda for these either.

So don’t worry about it if you don’t have baking soda on hand.

The peanut butter cookies Better Crocker makes might need baking soda, but not here!

We don’t need all sorts of different ingredients to make delicious sweets.

Chocolate Chips


Adding your favorite chocolate chips or candies is optional.

However, If you’re going to add chocolate chips, try the milk chocolate variety.

I love adding milk chocolate chips to different recipes because they’re just so good.

If you do make these peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, make sure to come back and tell me how they worked out!

Just add them into the mix while you’re mixing the dough together!

How To Store This Peanut Butter Cookie


If they last this long, store them in an airtight container for several days.

Make them ahead of time for the next day, just toss them in a lidded plastic container and you’ll be all set to roll for the bake sale or other event!

Easy peanut butter cookies recipe with three ingredients

Tip: These are awesome cookies to make a day ahead of time.

So let’s get started making this peanut butter cookie recipe with just three ingredients. An excellent pantry dessert indeed!

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe


The best part? You can remember all the ingredients really easily too.

Just remember the number 1. There are three ingredients in our peanut butter cookie recipe. Each one contains a 1 measurement.

Peanut butter, sugar, and eggs. Those are the three things you need for this recipe.

It’s that simple!

Easy 4 ingredients peanut butter cookie recipe

Ingredients


Note: Because some people don’t like too much sugar, they’ve tried cutting the sugar in half and said yields great results.

I’ve yet to try using only 1/2 cup of sugar, but you can give it a shot if you’d like!

Additionally, you can use 1/2 cup confectioners sugar and 1/2 cup granulated sugar for a smoother cookie texture.

Directions


Mix all the ingredients together until smooth.

Ingredients in mixing bowl

Then roll the dough into 1.5 inch balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet.

Rolling cookie dough into balls

Press them with a fork to make the criss-cross pattern you love in old fashioned peanut butter cookies.

Pressing dough with a fork to create criss cross lines

Bake them in a preheated 350 degree F. oven for 8 to 10 minutes.

Once the edges have browned slightly, remove them from the oven and sprinkle them with more sugar.

Cool for five minutes before moving them to a cooling rack

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Baked 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies with sugar on top

To get the most taste out of them, store them overnight in an airtight container to allow the flavors to mingle.

Amazing flavor and perfect texture – these won’t last long!

3 ingredient peanut butter cookies recipe

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5 from 10 votes

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Three ingredient peanut butter cookies made with items you already have in your pantry!
Servings 2 dozen
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 9 mins
Total Time 14 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar + sugar to sprinkle on top
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Prepare cookie sheet with parchment paper or cooking spray
  • With your mixer, mix sugar, peanut butter, and egg in a medium bowl until smooth
  • Roll cookie dough into 1½ balls and place on cookie sheet
  • Flatten out each cookie and create a criss-cross pattern using a fork
  • Bake for 9-10 minutes in preheated oven
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle with sugar
  • Cool cookies on baking sheet for 5 minutes, move to cooling rack with spatula
  • Serve warm or cooled. Store in airtight container for several days

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Notes

Add chocolate chips to make this batch of cookies extra delicious!
Tried this recipe? Please leave it a 5-star review!
Author: Scrappy Geek
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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  1. This is my go to recipe when making homemade peanut butter cookies. Everybody loves them and they’re so easy to make. Thank you for this easy recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    We’re thrilled to hear you like the recipe so much, it’s one of our quick go-to’s for cookies!

    Thank you for the great about adding room temp butter. I know that will come in handy for anyone else that has the dryness issue with their cookie dough!

  3. 5 stars
    I love this recipe it is super easy and it tastes so wonderful one time mine got a little dry so I added just a little bit of room temperature butter like a tablespoon and it didn’t hurt it it just helped the dryness I had from the lack of something maybe the wrong size egg that day. But they were still so good.

  4. 5 stars
    Fantastic idea, Natalie! That sounds like a tasty substitution!

  5. 5 stars
    I made these with half the sugar but to give them enough substance, I replaced that with 1/4 cup almond flour which is also sweet. Delicious! I keep mine stored in the fridge.

  6. 5 stars
    Haha! That’s great! I’m glad she ended up enjoying the cookies lol

  7. nichole marie says:

    My daughter was aggravated I was making peanut butter cookies as she hates peanut butter.. fast forward 20 minutes after they were done.. she comes in chomping with mouth full of cookie- uuh, mom I kinda really like these. Bye. No higher praise from a teenager. 😀

  8. 5 stars
    Hi Carol! You might find these shortbread cookies easy to bake as well. You can substitute the chocolate covered cranberries for anything you’d like. https://www.scrappygeek.com/cranberry-shortbread-cookies/

  9. CAROL COLE says:

    Do you have other cookies that are easy to bake?

  10. 5 stars
    Absolutely! Chocolate and peanut butter are a winning combination!

  11. I might have to make these with chocolate chips. Is there anything better than chocolate and peanut butter?!?

  12. 5 stars
    We love making these cookies, I hope you love them too!

  13. 5 stars
    Love the simple recipe.
    Cookies were great.

  14. Awe, thanks JD! I’m sure you’re underestimating your cookie making abilities. Happy baking! 🙂

  15. You just gave my confidence in the kitchen a nice boost. If I could rename this cookie, it’s the confidence-building PB cookie of the year! Thanks for sharing, Andrew. These PB cookies look awesome!

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