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3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

4.34 from 574 votes
Whip up my 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies recipe in no time. My easy Peanut Butter Cookies taste as good as a classic recipe without all the fuss.
3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies recipe stacked up on a wire rack.

Hi Bold Bakers!

If you’re anything like me, you’re an avid peanut butter lover. My favorite way to enjoy the nutty flavor and creamy texture of peanut butter are with this classic homemade peanut butter cookies recipe.

Who doesn’t have happy childhood memories of making or eating peanut butter cookies? With a crosshatch pattern on top and a chewy bite and nutty sweet taste, three-ingredient peanut butter cookies are a classic.

Since Bold Baking is all about giving you the confidence to bake anytime, anywhere — behold my 3 Ingredient Cookies and this easy peanut butter cookies recipe. That means no baking powder, flour, baking soda, or butter is necessary. All you need are peanut butter, sugar, and eggs. (If you have a few more ingredients, though, you can try my Best-Ever Peanut Butter Cookies, too!)

The Best Peanut Butter For Making Peanut Butter Cookies

If you tell anyone I said this, I will deny it and say that you are lying. The best peanut butter to use in this recipe is cheap, smooth peanut butter. The brand you want to use is probably the one you grew up on, but don’t buy anymore at the store.

Nothing against my Homemade Peanut Butter recipe, but it just doesn’t yield you the best peanut butter cookie with the fullest peanut butter flavor. If you find your cookies are too crumbly, it can be a result of a more quality peanut butter. Sometimes the perfect peanut butter is the most affordable kind.

Ratio Of Ingredients For 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

My 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie recipe is truly as easy as 1, 2, 3, meaning you can whip them up on any old day. This recipe is pretty much magic, made with just 1 cup of creamy peanut butter, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 egg. The 1 to 1 to 1 ratio really makes this recipe easy to remember.

What You’ll Need To Make Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies

  • Large cookie sheet (or baking sheet) and parchment paper.
  • Large bowl
  • Measuring cups
  • Fork
  • Wire rack

How To Make Peanut Butter Cookies From Scratch

Not only does this three-ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe need few ingredients, it only takes a few steps. Here’s how you do it, and don’t forget to get the full printable written recipe, with measurements, down below.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Stir all three ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Scoop out 2 tablespoons of cookies and roll into a ball.
  4. Place cookie dough rolls on cookie sheet.
  5. Press down with a fork. Create a criss-cross pattern by pressing down again at a perpendicular angle.
  6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool for 1 to 2 minutes. Then move cookies to a wire rack to continue cooling.
  8. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.

A wire rack with 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies lying on them.

Making These Cookies Vegan And Substituting The Eggs

Yes, you can replace the eggs, but just note you might not get the EXACT same result as I did. You can replace the eggs in this recipe by following my Egg Substitutes Chart for cookies. Flax egg will be the best substitute.

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies Ideas

While these simple peanut butter cookies are perfect 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 these peanut butter cookies in rich Chocolate Frosting, or dip them in melted chocolate! All you Bold Bakers must give these a try.

I promise you, these soft peanut butter cookies will be an instant hit.

Try More of My Cookie Recipes:

And don’t forget to buy my Bigger Bolder Baking Cookbook!

Full (and printable) recipe below!

Watch The Recipe Video!

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

4.34 from 574 votes
Whip up my 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies recipe in no time. My easy Peanut Butter Cookies taste as good as a classic recipe without all the fuss.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 12 -15 cookies
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Whip up my 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies recipe in no time. My easy Peanut Butter Cookies taste as good as a classic recipe without all the fuss.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 12 -15 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (8oz/225g) sugar
  • 1 cup (8oz/225g) peanut butter
  • 1 egg*

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl stir all three ingredients together until smooth.
  • Using a tablespoon measure scoop out 2 tablespoons of cookie dough and roll into a smooth ball.
  • Place pre-rolled cookies on your cookie sheet about one inch apart, no need to worry about these spreading.
  • Press down with the back of a fork and then press again from the opposite direction to form that classic criss-cross pattern.
  • Bake these 3 ingredient cookies 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.
  • Store your peanut butter cookies in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes

Replacing Eggs: You can replace the eggs in this recipe by following my Egg Substitutes Chart for cookies. Flax egg will work well. 
Nutrition Facts
3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 Cookie)
Calories 196 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 104mg5%
Potassium 144mg4%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Carrie
Carrie
3 years ago

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

Deanette R Watson
Deanette R Watson
1 year ago

Can I refrigerate the cookie dough and bake them later?

Tahira Akhtar
Tahira Akhtar
2 years ago

Hi was wondering if you can freeze these so I can make a big batch? Thanks

Min Min
Min Min
2 years ago

Its the best cookie recipe ever, easy and quick to make! Baked for friends and they couldn’t believe that it is a flourless recipe with just 3 simple ingredients and yet taste so gooood. Love your channel, Gem! Keep up the good work ❤
Love,
Min

Luvcinnamonrolls
1 year ago

Can I use chunky peanut butter?

Patricia Webb
Patricia Webb
3 years ago

I dont have any parchment paper . Will greasing the cookie sheet work?

cindylee
7 months ago

My mother-in-law gave me this recepie 40 years ago, except I use crunchy peanut butter.

aniyah
aniyah
1 year ago

Hi im 14 and lets say i dont have any eggs at all is it ok if i just use peanut butter and sugar

Laura Miske
Laura Miske
1 year ago

Can I substitute almond butter for the peanut butter? My hubby loves peanut butter cookies, but has developed an allergy to peanuts.

Ashley
Ashley
1 year ago

Hello Gemma,
This recipe sounds delicious!
Could banana fit in this recipe anywhere? If so, could the sugar be reduced?

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Hi Bold Bakers! I’m Gemma Stafford, a professional chef originally from Ireland, and I want to help you bake with confidence anytime, anywhere! No matter your skills, I have you covered. Sign up for my FREE weekly emails and join millions of other Bold Bakers in the community for new recipes, baking techniques, and more every week!