3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

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A few weeks ago when my parents were in Kansas City for our extended family’s annual caroling night, I asked her if she would help me make a batch of peanut butter cookies.  I had a normal recipe ready for us to try, when she suggested that we make the “easy” version – 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies.


Somehow even after living in food blogger land for 3.5 years, and being a cookie lover all the longer, I had never heard of a recipe for 3 ingredient cookies!  But she assured me that 1 cup pb, 1 cup sugar and 1 egg would do the trick.  So we gave it a try.  We mixed up the dough in literally less than a minute.  And then she rolled, I forked, and these little guys were in the oven and baked in a snap.

Sure enough, they emerged as delicious little cookies!!  Granted, they are definitely much crumblier than traditional peanut butter cookies.  But the flavor is there, the look is pretty much identical, and sure enough they were just as irresistible to us cookie lovers as any yummy cookies.  So if you are ever in a time crunch, or an ingredient crunch, or just want to try these little baking miracles for yourself, I highly recommend these 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies!


3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

  • Prep Time: 4 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 24-36 cookies 1x


Quick, simple and delicious peanut butter cookies…made with just THREE ingredients!



  • 1 cup peanut butter (crunchy or creamy)
  • 1 cup sugar (plus extra for dipping if desired)
  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer or a strong spoon, mix together the peanut butter, white sugar and egg until smooth.
  3. Form dough into round tablespoon-fulls. Then roll in an extra bowl of sugar, if desired, to coat the outside of the dough ball. Place on the baking sheet at least 2 inches apart, and then use a fork to flatten and form a cross pattern.
  4. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, until the cookies are just slightly browned on the botton, being careful not to over-bake. Remove and let cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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135 comments on “3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. I love these! So easy and my 6 and 8 year old boys are always asking me to make them this summer.

  2. My boyfriend’s family has made these forever and they are incredible! Best peanut butter cookies ever. Even good with some chocolate chips thrown in. One tip he has given me when making these cookies however is to only make one batch at a time,they don’t come out right if you try to double the recipe.

  3. I’m made them less than 6 minutes can’t wait to taste them.

  4. Best cookies ever. So easy, I’m going to let my 4 year old make the next batch. He loves these cookies and they are ready quickly enough to satisfy his short attention span. Best of all, I used organic ingredients. Do you know how much organic cookies cost? I love this recipe and I’m going to share it right now so all my friends can make it.

  5. Thank you, my son is in love! They were yummy!!!

  6. I was out of white sugar, so I used brown sugar and still great.

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  8. I’m making these now and hopefully they turn out good because I’m pregnant with twins and I’m wanting cookie.

  9. So they’re turned out great.. (-:

  10. These were awesome!! I added a little flour and it made then so light and crispy!! Loved them

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  12. Was short 1/3 cup of the peanut butter so I used almond butter. They were delicious. Very easy

  13. I’ve made these for years but to dress them up for special occasions right when they come out of the oven, I make a small indention on top of the cookie with a med sz spoon. Then I melt some almond bark I like the vanilla flavored .Then I put some on top of the cookies. Then after they all cool down and the top is dry they are ready to eat. They are awesome !!!

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  19. I’ve made these since I was a teen in the ’80s! Always satisfied my pb cookie addiction! I agree w/another poster, don’t try to double or triple the recipe…for some reason they do turn out different, not as good. Simply mix up a fresh batch of dough…not like it’s time consuming =D
    I’ve added choc chips & BONUS!! Also, I’ve made a thumbprint on top & put a tsp of jelly/jam on before baking…YUM!!! (Grape turned out best!)

  20. I tried this recipe and they are awesome

  21. Could you use another sugar form? Maybe coconut sugar?
    They sound good. But trying to get more healthy.

    • I haven’t tried them with coconut sugar, but believe it would work as a substitution. If you give it a try, let me know how it goes!

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  27. So simple so neat so delicious to eat. Thank you. God bless.

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  29. I make these every other wk end for my granbby. She somtimes helps me. We add cho chip to ingrd. Also some roasted peanuts. Yummy. One time she wanted to add her mm’s  on top. Turned out awsome  she takes them home and shares them. 

    • That’s so sweet, Lupe! Chocolate chips and roasted peanuts sound like a brilliant idea — yum! We’re so happy you both like them. : )

  30. I don’t have parchment paper, could I use a nonstick spray instead? Or could I butter my tray? 

    • Hey, Carly! Yes, nonstick spray or butter would work just fine! : ) We hope you enjoy!

  31. I used half sugar/half Stevia and it worked fine.  Bonus–gluten free for my GF friends!

  32. They came out great but if you are doubling the recipe use a cup and a half of sugar instead of two cups

    • We’re glad to hear that Christina, and thank you for sharing the doubling tip!

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  34. has anyone use honey–my husband wanted me to use honey,

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  36. Any ideas how I can make them more chewy instead of crispy. I followed the recipe and they went flat and crunchy.

    • Hi Crystal – hmmm, they shouldn’t be flat and crunchy. Scoop and roll the dough into balls, and just don’t press down on them. That way they won’t spread much, and will be thicker, softer and chewier, versus thin and crispy. We hope this helps!

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  39. I like to experiment. After first batch I placed a small triangle of mild cheddar cheese on each when I took them from the oven. Incredible!

    • Very interesting addition George, we’re super curious to try that – thanks for sharing!

  40. I use a variety of different peanut butters – Peanut Butter & Co makes some great options to play with. Today I’m using The Bees Knees which is blended with honey, but I’ve also used their White Chocolate Wonderful and Dark Chocolate Dreams. The cookies always turn out wonderful!

    • How fun Wendy, we need to try some flavored peanut butters in these sometime – yummy! We’re happy you’re a fan!

  41. can they be made with stevia?

    • Hi Sharon! Hmmm, we haven’t tried making these with Stevia, so we can say for sure. However, here is a Stevia baking chart you could use. We hope you enjoy these!

  42. These sound amazing, using them for a bake sale. Do you know what I should price them at?

  43. How many calories are there in these ??

    • Hi Emily! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

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  45. I made these cookies last night hubby liked them alot ty!!!

  46. These cookies were PERFECT for a last minute bake sale! They turned out perfect! I do have to say, mine had to bake a little longer because they still were a little uncooked in the middle. Otherwise, thank you for the amazing recipe, it was a life saver!

  47. Hi, this recipe has been on our Kraft Peanut Butter jar for years in Canada

  48. 4 stars
    These cookies are easy to make and they taste great. I hate peanut butter and peanut butter cookies from the store. I can even make these with my children at home on the weekends.

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  50. That was my grandma’s recipe 😎 .man were those the best tasting num nums u ever tasted!!!!?
    Thanks for the memories I had long forgotten