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3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

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Hi Bold Bakers!

If you’re like me, you’re also an avid peanut butter lover! One of my favorite ways to enjoy peanut butter’s nutty flavor and creamy texture is with some classic peanut butter cookies. Who doesn’t have happy childhood memories of making or eating peanut butter cookies, with that cross hatch patter on top, chewy texture and nutty sweet taste!

This recipe is truly as easy as 1, 2, 3, meaning you can whip up some happiness on any old day. This recipe is pretty much magic, made of just 1 cup of peanut butter, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 egg. The 1 to 1 ratio really makes this recipe easy to remember.

This has become one of my go-to cookie recipes. After mixing all 3 ingredients together in a bowl, you roll the dough into balls and press them down and flatten them with the back of a fork. This gives them them the peanut butter cookie look we all know and love. They then bake for 15 minutes into impressively thick and decadent cookies. While this recipe really cuts down on prep time, none of the flavor or texture is lost in the process.

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While these are perfection all on their own, I love the idea of these being filled with my creamy 2 Ingredient Ice Cream to make some homemade ice cream sandwiches. You could absolutely cover them in rich Chocolate Frosting, or dip them in melted chocolate! All you Bold Bakers must give these a try. I promise you, they will be an instant hit!

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4.6 from 19 reviews
3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
 
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Serves: 12-15 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (8oz/240g) sugar
  • 1 cup (8oz/240g) peanut butter
  • 1 egg
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350oF (180Oc) and line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl stir all three ingredients together until smooth.
  3. Using a tablespoon measure scoop out 2 tablespoon of cookie dough and roll into a smooth ball.
  4. Place pre-rolled cookies on your cookie sheet about one inch apart, no need to worry about these spreading.
  5. Press down with the back of a fork and then press again from the opposite direction to form that classic criss-cross pattern.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on the tray for 1-2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  7. Store in an air tight container for up to 3 days.

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204 Comments

  1. Irishmammy on January 17, 2018 at 7:42 am

    WE LOOOOOVE THESE. So tasty and easy to make. Even the kids are making up a double batch this evening to share with their friends in school. Think we will have to put these on our weekly to do list. Thanks Gemma and greetings from Wexford 🇮🇪

    • Gemma Stafford on January 17, 2018 at 8:49 pm

      You’re in Wexford? do you know I’m from Wexford?

      Delighted you like them cookies. 🙂

      • Irishmammy on January 18, 2018 at 2:43 am

        Your kidding, now that’s what I call a small world. Wexford got 6 snowflakes yesterday 😂

        • Gemma Stafford on January 18, 2018 at 7:51 pm

          No way!! I haven’t called home so I don’t know what the weather is like. Usually it’s the first topic of conversation 🙂

  2. Jennifer480 on January 13, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    This recipe is so awesome. I actually made these with Wowbutter (a peanut butter alternative) for my peanut allergic son. They came out amazing. Not sure if the photo uploaded correctly.

    • Gemma Stafford on January 13, 2018 at 8:26 pm

      Delighted to hear that, Jennifer. Let me check on the photo and once it’s approved it will appear on the site.

      Gemma. 🙂

  3. Toni on January 9, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    Has anyone tried these with stevia or anything like that

  4. Lynn on January 5, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Oups forgot to rate them… 5 golden stars obviously 🙂

    This is definitely my go to recipe destination.
    Thank you,
    Lynn

  5. Lynn on January 5, 2018 at 6:42 am

    Good morning Gemma 🙂

    I baked your peanut butter cookies this morning to surprise the kids. Yes, I know cookies in the morning… I doubt that I’ll win the best mom award, but one won’t ruin them. Plus we have tons of snow to shovel, so we need out peanut butter energy 😀 We have 15 to share amongst us, because Dexter my Berner stole one… We can’t blame him because they are delicious. I put a little less sugar 3/4 cup (my husband is diabetic), and I don’t think anyone can really tell there’s a difference. I LOVe your recipes, next I’m doing the CrAzY muffins. Can’t waaaaiiiiiiT!

    Thank you for sharing / teaching your baking expertise. I truly appreciate it.
    Lynn

    • Gemma Stafford on January 5, 2018 at 10:59 am

      Lynn, you are a trooper!
      The weather certainly seems to be frightful around the country, not here of course, business as usual!
      Have a good day. Nice tip about reducing the sugar too,
      Gemma 🙂

  6. Monty on January 1, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    My cookies turned out great and Im not a baker at all thanks

    • Kevin Kurtz on January 1, 2018 at 9:03 pm

      I’m really happy to hear that 🙂

  7. CJ Worley on December 31, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    When I used the same parchment paper twice the cookies didn’t turn out right. So I’m guessing you can only use the parchment paper once or am I missing something?

    • Kevin Kurtz on January 1, 2018 at 9:06 pm

      That’s strange. I use parchment paper multiple times. Double check that it’s not wax paper. That is terrible for baking.

  8. Donna K Savage on December 31, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    These were very simple , but way too sweet..is there something different I can do so they are not too sweet..
    Love the simplicity…

    • Gemma Stafford on January 2, 2018 at 6:10 am

      Hi Donna,
      You could try subbing out some of the sugar for something like applesauce. The sugar is this recipe is there to give a crisp finish, sugars caramelize in baking, applesauce can replace the bulk, but it will give a different result.
      I am not sure how that will be for you,
      Gemma 🙂

  9. Amaryllis Gao on December 28, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Need help! My cookies turned out extremely sweet and had a burning smell when baking. Why did this happen?

    • Gemma Stafford on December 29, 2017 at 3:41 am

      Hi there,
      I do not know!
      If you check the photos from other Bold Bakers here you will see that this has been baked successfully by many! I think the oven you are using must be the problem, but I am not sure why they would be over sweet.
      What type of oven are you baking in?
      This is vital information if the cookies are burning,
      Gemma 🙂

  10. Carolyn Hosty on December 28, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Hi Gemma, I’m always wanting to make peanut 🥜 butter cookies 🍪, but never have all the ingredients. I just came across you page and headed to the kitchen to try it out. Thanks for the advice you share!

    • Gemma Stafford on December 29, 2017 at 3:55 am

      Hi Carolyn,
      Good, I do hope you enjoy these now!
      Gemma 😉

  11. Jenna Stone on December 28, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Would you recommend changing anything for baking at high altitudes? Baking has been hit or miss since I moved to Colorado!

    • Gemma Stafford on December 29, 2017 at 4:07 am

      Jenna, I feel your pain!
      I did a baking apprenticeship in Tahoe, and it took me ages to understand what was going on.
      All Recipes have some indications for this, and King Arthur Flour too.
      Reduce baking powder: for each teaspoon, decrease 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon.
      Reduce sugar: for each cup, decrease 0 to 2 tablespoons.
      Increase liquid: for each cup, add 2 to 4 tablespoons.
      Increase oven temperature by 25 degrees F.
      The temperature is the big issue, as boiling point is lower at high altitude, and this explains how you can never get a hot cup of tea or coffee on a flight!
      Not much help, but it is worth researching,
      Gemma 😉

  12. Debbie on December 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    They came put perfect and rich in peanut butter flavor. Yummy!

    • Gemma Stafford on December 27, 2017 at 3:39 am

      Hi Debbie,
      I am really happy to hear this, thank you for being in touch,
      Gemma 🙂

  13. Michelle Rose on December 23, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Hi Gemma, I stumbled across your website trying to find an all natural sugar substitute. My son needs to be dairy and gluten free and limited sugar. For the peanut butter cookies, can I use honey instead of the sugar or coconut palm sugar? Which do you think would work best?

    Thanks,
    Michelle

  14. Kelly on December 23, 2017 at 5:49 am

    Good morning. Wondering if the baked cookies can be frozen and thawed to enjoy later.

    • Gemma Stafford on December 23, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Hi Kelly! They sure can! You can freeze the dough for a few weeks and then just thaw it at room temperature to bake later. Check out my perfect cookies post for more tips. I hope you enjoy!

  15. Brittany on December 22, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Could I put a little bit of vanilla extract in these cookies or would it through the whole teast off?

    • Gemma Stafford on December 22, 2017 at 11:20 am

      Hi Brittany,
      Yes, that will work well for you, I do not know anything which Vanilla upsets!
      Gemma 😉

  16. Kristin on December 21, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    My 70 year old mother just changed the “go-to” family peanut butter cookie recipe to this one. She’s right. This is a winner! I added peanut butter chips and choc chips. They didn’t need it, but I was aiming for holiday ridiculousness… i was not disappointed at all.
    Thanks!

    • Gemma Stafford on December 22, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      Hi Kristin,
      You see, I told you, mother always knows best! at least that is hat my mother says! 😉
      I am happy you are enjoying this recipe, thank you for letting us know, and say hi to your Mum,
      Gemma 🙂

  17. Jean Whitfield on December 21, 2017 at 4:35 am

    To make them smaller, say only one tablespoon scoops. Bake time cut in half? And chocolate chips worked great in them. Love, Love,Love

    • Gemma Stafford on December 21, 2017 at 8:26 am

      Thank you Jean for this very kind review, and the tips too,
      Gemma 🙂

  18. Carrie on December 19, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    These delicious I added a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of vanilla. Yummm.

  19. Melinda on December 17, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Mine didn’t turn out soft at all and I think I followed the recipe and baked them properly. Would this recipe work with brown sugar and possibly be softer?

    • Gemma Stafford on December 18, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      Hi Melinda,

      I don’t think brown sugar would make these softer. Did your bake crisp and hard? because they shouldn’t do that. Maybe have a look at other bakers pictures below and see if yours turned out the same.

      Gemma.

  20. Colleen on December 17, 2017 at 11:59 am

    I didn’t believe this would work, but they’re great!!

    • Gemma Stafford on December 17, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      Hi Colleen,

      That’s what I ;like to hear 🙂

      Gemma.

  21. Lynn Smith on December 16, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    No words needed just Mmmmmm. Thank you!!😁

    • Gemma Stafford on December 16, 2017 at 8:08 pm

      Thank you, Lynn 🙂

  22. Lynn Smith on December 16, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Loved these cookies!!! Wow so easy and the taste was delicious. A couple questions….you can only store them 3 days? Also could you make them with a hersheys kiss in the middle?

    • Gemma Stafford on December 17, 2017 at 3:08 am

      Hi Lynn,
      A Hershey kiss sounds delicious, and I think it is worth a try! No reason for it not to work.
      All baked goods are best eaten up when freshly baked. Store bough ones are formulated for a long shelf life, so there is no comparison.
      You can make the dough ahead, store it in the fridge in a sausage shape, well wrapped, slice, and bake as required. You can also freeze it.
      I hope this is of help,
      Gemma 🙂

  23. Ralisha Worley on December 16, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    This was so easy thank you for making the simple recipe. Me and my lite brother enjoyed making them

    • Gemma Stafford on December 17, 2017 at 3:29 am

      Hi there,
      Good! I am really happy to hear this, thank you,
      Gemma 🙂

  24. Orkida on December 16, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    OHMAHLAWD girl! These cookies were so good! I cant post cause I ate them all, however I will tell you that these are absolutely AMAZING.

    • Gemma Stafford on December 16, 2017 at 8:10 pm

      yay! I’m so glad. Also I have 3 new 3 ingredients cookies coming in January so stay tuned 🙂

  25. Orkida on December 16, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    OHMAHLAWD girl! The three ingredient peanut butter cookies were so delicious! I cant post a pic cause I ate them all, but damn girl they were crazy.

    • Gemma Stafford on December 17, 2017 at 3:36 am

      Haha! you made me smile, thank you,
      Gemma 🙂

  26. Lidia on December 16, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Best easy recipe ever!! I love it!!

    • Gemma Stafford on December 16, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      I’m delighted to hear that, Lidia 🙂

  27. dawn jeralds on December 15, 2017 at 7:53 am

    My new go to recipe for peanut butter cookies. Family cant get enough of them.

    • Gemma Stafford on December 16, 2017 at 6:56 am

      Haha! Dawn, you have made a rod for your own back, as my Mum would say!
      Enjoy,
      Gemma 🙂

  28. Apple on December 14, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    This recipe is a keeper! I added 2 tbsp of orange juice to keep them soft. Makes them gooey but come out of the oven perfectly!

  29. Lhen on December 13, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Hello thank you so much for the recipe.
    Love it!

    • Gemma Stafford on December 13, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      Thank you so much for your message. I’m delighted you like my recipes 🙂

  30. Sharon Clifton on December 12, 2017 at 6:58 am

    I baked these cookies and loved them they’re very moreisj.

    • Gemma Stafford on December 13, 2017 at 4:12 am

      Hi Sharon,
      Thank you for letting us know, it is good that you are with us,
      Gemma 🙂

  31. Kim on December 11, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Can you use crunchy peanut butter..and may be add reseed pieces

    • Gemma Stafford on December 12, 2017 at 2:15 am

      Hi Kim,
      Yes! Rock these up however you like, all will be well. Experimenting with a recipe is what makes you a great baker!
      Gemma 😉

  32. Laura on December 10, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Just tried the 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies and they are amazing! Thanks for sharing, now my favorite cookie made easier!

    • Gemma Stafford on December 11, 2017 at 3:48 am

      Hi Laura,
      Great, I am happy to have this kind review of this recipe, thank you,
      Gemma 🙂

  33. Niketa on December 10, 2017 at 1:22 am

    Hi Gemma,
    I am sorry to say but I tried this recipe and no success. It was somehow not getting baked even after 25 minutes and it spread out too much…Also the misxture was too sticky and I could not shapte it through fork. I am not happy 🙁

    • Gemma Stafford on December 10, 2017 at 2:08 am

      Hi Niketa,
      I think you are getting something wrong! If you look at the photos submitted by other Bold Bakers you will see that this has been a very successful recipe.
      Go back to the video, and read the recipe carefully, the instructions too. Check the oven temperature, it is not possible that these would not bake quickly in this hot oven temperature, something wrong somewhere! (https://www.biggerbolderbaking.com/3-ingredient-peanut-butter-cookies/).
      Gemma 🙂

  34. Rachel on December 7, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Can you roll these out and do in shapes?

  35. Valerie on December 7, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    For your peanut butter 3 ingredient cookie can I use your homade peanut butter

    • Gemma Stafford on December 8, 2017 at 4:15 am

      Hi Valerie,
      Yes! it is peanut butter. It will be delicious, do let us know,
      Gemma 🙂

  36. Lori Smitherman on December 6, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Great cookies!

    • Gemma Stafford on December 7, 2017 at 2:25 am

      Thank you Lori, good to have this kind review,
      Gemma 🙂

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