3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

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These chewy, dense, Peanut Butter Cookies are an unforgettable memory from my childhood. 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies are a classic cookie; just an egg, a cup of peanut butter and a cup of sugar.

If you’re hanging out with me on Instagram, the odds are good that you’ve seen me make these at least a time or two.

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies are a favorite with everyone! Get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Peanut Butter Cookies

After you’ve made them once, this easy peanut butter cookie recipe will be forever in your memory too. If you scan the comments on this post, you’ll see a whole lot of people calling these the Best Peanut Butter Cookies Ever.

When I was in high school, I remember stirring a batch of these cookies together with a girlfriend in the middle of the night. I was a bit skeptical that it would work, but I loved them from the first bite.

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There is nothing like being able to satisfy a sweet tooth craving on a moment’s notice! We sat and nibbled on the warm cookies and talked half the night.

In less time than it takes to preheat the oven, you can have these ready and waiting to bake on a tray. There are plenty of variations here and I’ve played with the recipe a bit in the past.

In the end, I keep going back to the original. I love it for its simplicity.

This is all you need to make 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies!

The best thing about this recipe is that the kids can make these cookies without any help at all. 1 cup of peanut butter, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 egg: there really isn’t anything easier that tastes this good.

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

While the main ingredients for the three ingredient peanut butter cookies are simply peanut butter, sugar, and an egg, feel free to change it up. Add a teaspoon of vanilla, an additional egg (for a gooier cookie – see note in recipe), a pinch of sea salt or a handful of chocolate chips.

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies!

The cookies are delicious both written or with the extra ingredients.

Please note: I do not recommend using a natural peanut butter for this recipe. I’ve found that a commercial peanut butter, i.e. Jiff or Skippy will work best for these cookies.

Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies are so simple, you can make them in minutes! get the easy recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Easy Cookies

For more easy dessert recipes, check out these easy cookie recipes! {5 Ingredient} Coconut Lovers Oatmeal Cookies and these {5 Ingredient} Almond Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies.

I’m always looking for more simple dessert recipes to try. These Easy Double Chocolate Nutella Cookies and these Easy Shortbread Cookies (made with a cookie press) are both on my to-bake list now.

For the easiest and most memorable cake you’ll ever make, try the {6 Ingredient} Cranberry Christmas Cake. You’re going to love it from the first bite. I’m willing to bet on that.

Do you have a favorite super easy cookie recipe? If so, I’d love to hear about it!

Old Fashioned 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, stir together 1 cup creamy peanut butter, 1 cup sugar, and 1 egg until smooth.
  2. Scoop the dough onto a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet. (Roll into 1″ balls with your hands, if you do not have a scoop.)
  3. Press down with the back of a fork and then press again from the opposite direction, to form the criss-cross pattern on top.
  4. Bake for 12 minutes and then let cool on the tray for 1-2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling. Store in an airtight container.

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Cookie Baking Tips

I like to remove about 2 tablespoons of peanut butter from the “cup” listed in this recipe. This results in a slightly less dense cookie that everyone loves even more than the original.

Alternatively, some readers have mentioned that they like to add an extra egg to this recipe. If you choose to add an extra egg, simply scoop the finished cookie dough onto the baking tray.

The dough will not be firm enough to roll into balls or press with a criss-cross pattern. The cookies will be puffier straight out of the oven and then will settle a bit as they cool.

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Old Fashioned 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

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Chewy, dense, peanut buttery cookies are an unforgettable memory from childhood.
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins
Total Time: 17 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 14 -18 cookies, depending on size

Ingredients 

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

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Stir the ingredients together until smooth. Scoop onto a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet. (Roll into 1" balls with your hands, if you do not have a scoop.) Press down with the back of a fork and then press again from the opposite direction, to form the criss-cross pattern on top.
  • These cookies will not spread at all. You can bake the full recipe on a single tray if you would like. Bake for 12 minutes and then let cool on the tray for 1-2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Notes

I like to remove about 2 tablespoons of peanut butter from the "cup" listed in this recipe. This results in a slightly less dense cookie that everyone loves even more than the original. Alternatively, some readers have mentioned that they like to add an extra egg to this recipe. If you choose to add an extra egg, simply scoop the finished cookie dough onto the baking tray. It will not be firm enough to roll into balls or press with a criss-cross pattern. The cookies will be puffier straight out of the oven and then will settle a bit as they cool.

Nutrition

Calories: 168kcal · Carbohydrates: 17g · Protein: 5g · Fat: 9g · Saturated Fat: 2g · Cholesterol: 11mg · Sodium: 89mg · Potassium: 123mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 15g · Vitamin A: 15IU · Calcium: 10mg · Iron: 0.4mg
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(originally published 08/14/2013 – photos and recipe notes updated 06/12/19)

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  1. Lily says

    (My other comment was under Lily hillard) I’d like to apologize. A 12 year old went into my account(forgot the password and made a new one). These cookies were so fun to make and everyone enjoyed them except the 12 year old who doesn’t like peanut butter. He just likes to mess with strangers on the internet. Thank you for the convenient recipe. I will absolutely make these again. Sorry for the poor review by him.5 stars

  2. Matt says

    Curious as to why flour, brown sugar, salt, and butter is omitted from this recipe as opposed to original PB cookie recipes? Do those ingredients just complicate the process… doesn’t seem like the subtraction of flour decreased the fluffiness of these ones?5 stars

  3. claudine says

    Hi! I just tried with brown sugar (didn’t have any white sugar on hand), used 1/2 cup sugar instead of a cup. Used Teddy’s Natural Peanut Butter (just peanuts), and one egg. Mixture was crumbly, so I added another egg. Mixture was very oily. Batch 1 cam out very oily and dense, almost like it was uncooked. Added a bit of flour to the rest of the dough, and, well, it was just weird. Would this have turned out better with the full cup of sugar (even if it was brown sugar)? I mixed the peanut butter before adding to the recipe. Thank you:)

  4. L cornwell says

    Use 1cup Skippy type as well as 1cup of store brand peanut butter and 1cup mini chocolate chips, 1cup quick cook oatmeal along with 1 cup sugar instead of 2. Along with the other ingredients. Awesome!!!

  5. Marshall says

    Great recipe for one of my favorite cookies.
    Minor changes that really improve cookie. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes
    Sugar is 1/2 white and. Light brown, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    From
    Marshall5 stars

  6. Jerry says

    I couldn’t believe how easy these cookies were to make. They are absolutely delicious. We did not need an airtight container. We ate all of them off the cooling rack!5 stars

  7. Deborah says

    Ok just tried these not sure of the taste yet but the batter is very wet and I followed the exact recipe. No way to roll them into a ball in fact pressing with a fork nearly impossible. It says they won’t spread well mine not only spread but turned into a pan cookie not individual cookies. I just tasted a little piece not yet cooled all the way. They taste good just maybe a bit to sweet for my liking. Any suggestions as to not have such a wet batter would be appreciated.

    • Mary Younkin says

      It sounds like something is off with the measurements, Deborah. Are you using a natural PB? or substituting something with the sugar? With a single egg, a cup of sugar, and a cup of peanut butter, this should be a thick cookie dough.

  8. nina says

    these peanut butter cookies are so tasty.i added chocolate kisses to some of them.such a easy quick recipe.keep an eye on them mine baked in about 10 minutes.happy holidays!5 stars

  9. Mahathi says

    I’m not much of a sugar fan, so I’m wondering if I can decrease the amount of sugar without any change in the consistency?

    • Mary Younkin says

      Unfortunately, the consistency will be affected if you change any of the three ingredients. You can reduce it slightly, (maybe 3/4 cup) but be aware that it won’t turn out exactly as pictured.

  10. Nadija says

    These cookies are delightful and my mom said that she used to make them when she was little! This recipe was so easy and fun I used peanut butter with a couple of chunks of nut and it tastes great with just a little bit of crunch!

    I’m so happy I found this recipe and can’t wait to make the cookies again!5 stars

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