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.

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

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.

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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 at 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 for these cookies 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.

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.

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

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
  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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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 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
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 07/20/21}

3-Ingredient PB Cookies are the easiest, tastiest, most loved cookie ever! Get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Liz says

    I made these but used Truvia as I am trying to eat a lower sugar /lower carb diet. Still came out great! I used slightly less, probably about 3/4 of a cup instead of 1 cup. Thanks for the great recipe!5 stars

  2. Sue says

    Hi. This is a great recipe. I did make a couple of tweaks. I used the 2 eggs per your notes and used half light brown sugar and half coconut sugar. I might try all coconut sugar next time. Thanks for posting!5 stars

  3. Chantell says

    I use this recipe.I add a spoonful of vanilla flavoring and I only use Peter pan peanut butter and omg.. they are delicious…
    Some other peanut butters has molasses in it which majes the cookie a but more harder than I like.5 stars

  4. Melinda Peterson says

    I have to say I am very disappointed in this recipe. I am giving it one star, If I would give it “0” stars if I could. The reasons are 1. When mixing it, the dough seems so very dry, you have to add some liquid to it. 2. The dough becomes very greasy. The grease was dripping off of my hands onto my clothes. 3. They do not cook right and does not look right. 4. They taste very disgusting. I do not recommend this recipe at all.1 star

    • Mary Younkin says

      Well, as you stated, you changed the recipe by adding additional liquid, thereby changing the result entirely. Did you change any other ingredients? When you’re changing a very simple 3 ingredient recipe, there isn’t a large margin for adjustment. This is a very old recipe straight off the jar of peanut butter. Three simple ingredients and they do work well together. When you changed it, you were no longer making the recipe as written. I wish you the best with a different recipe, friend. Clearly, this isn’t the one for you.

  5. Doug says

    This is the recipe my grandmother would make for my grandfather. Word for word. I have made these many times and I told some people about it, but never thought it would be used in someone’s cook book or cooking blog.5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      I’m so glad you have happy memories of it as well. This recipe is actually straight off the side of the peanut butter jar many years ago. It’s an old-fashioned favorite for sure.

  6. Laurie Bouton says

    I bake these frequently. They remind me of the peanut butter cookies we used to have in high the school cafeteria.

    I always use crunchy peanut butter. I like the way the peanut bits look and taste in the cookie and mine haven’t gone out crumbly at all.5 stars

  7. Nancy says

    Will I be able to add chocolate kisses to the center of these? I remember having peanut butter cookies like that as a kid.

  8. Stacey says

    I love these, have been making them for years! But a couple of suggestions, I only add about 1/3 cup sugar and they are still plenty sweet for us, and I like to use fine grain sugar (aka bakers sugar) so they don’t have a gritty texture.5 stars

  9. Teresa Mc says

    I tweaked the recipe slightly per the comments (added vanilla extract) and my cookies spread like wildfire. 🤣 Thankfully, there’s no such thing as bad cookies. The family got the “bad” batch and ate them immediately. They were delish. I’ll try again soon.5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      I’ve never seen these cookies spread like that, Teresa. The vanilla shouldn’t have made an impact on the texture at all. Did you substitute a natural peanut butter? or change any of the other amounts? I’m glad your family still enjoyed the cookies!

  10. Wendy says

    Would organic peanut butter count as natural peanut butter? That’s all I have at the moment so I’m hoping the cookies 🍪 I’m making don’t turn out funny. I’ll be sending these to my daughter’s father in law for Christmas 🎄.

    • Mary Younkin says

      Honestly, it just depends on the peanut butter. Some natural or organic peanut butters work just fine for the cookies and others, not so well. It’s worth trying with a small batch.

  11. tracey henson says

    These are always a quick and easy hit. I do recommend Not using skippy peanut butter. I used it this time because that’s what I had in the cupboard. It is extremely oily and the cookies spread more than when I use jiffy. I also add a drop of vanilla.5 stars

  12. EllenMarie says

    Lovelovelove this recipe. I’ve been baking these for several years now, using the 1-1-1 ratio, then adding my own touch. Today I added bittersweet chocolate chips to the mix, and topped them with Maldon flaky salt before baking. Delish, and a fan fave. Thank you, Mary.5 stars

  13. Jack says

    Great!!! I added dark chocolate to cut the sweetness and it came out perfect! Only thing I would be wondering is- if I could use less sugar? Other than that it was great!5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      You may be able to reduce the sugar slightly, but not by much. With only three ingredients, the structure of the cookies won’t hold well if it’s alternated by very much at all.

  14. Sandi says

    These cookies turned out chewy and crunchy! I did do the 2 eggs, 1t vanilla and added about an eighth of a cup chopped peanuts! Hubby loved them!5 stars