Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

These easy peanut butter cookies can be made in minutes with only 3 ingredients. No flour needed! They’re an instant hit and a delicious.

Easy peanut butter cookies

I first made these cookies and documented them on this blog in 2013. 7 years ago! They used to be a favorite with my then, 4-year old twins, who could make a batch themselves with very little help from me. 7 years later, and these cookies are still a hit. They’re made with ingredients everyone has in their pantry and take only minutes to whip up. What’s not to love?

Ingredients needed

Full recipe + amounts can be found in the recipe card below.

  1. Peanut butter. This is not the time for “healthy”peanut butter. A commercial brand will work best. If you want the cookies a little less sweet, use an unsweetened variety.
  2. Sugar. Regular white/granulated sugar works best. You can use caster sugar too.
  3. Egg.
  4. Optional extras: Vanilla extract or flaky sea salt are delicious additions but absolutely not necessary.

Easy peanut butter cookie ingredients.

How to make peanut butter cookies

  1. Combine peanut butter, sugar and egg in a mixing bowl. With electric beaters or a whisk, whip the ingredients together until they are well combined. Approximately 1-2 minutes. The mixture will look a little crumbly, that’s completely fine.
  2. Form golf ball-sized balls by rolling the cookie dough between your hands. Place the cookie dough on parchment paper-lined sheet pans, spaced a few centimetres apart. Using a fork, press down on the cookies, taking care not to flatten them too much (they will flatten and spread as they bake).
  3. Place the sheet pans into a preheated oven and allow the cookies to bake for 12-15 minutes or until they are golden brown and crisp around the edges. Remove from the oven, allow to cool completely then store in an airtight container.
  4. Serving suggestion: These cookies are delicious on their own but they make great “sandwich”cookies. Add a scoop of ice cream or sandwich them together with a teaspoon of dulce de leche for an indulgent treat.

Easy peanut butter cookies

Can I freeze peanut butter cookies?

Yes you can. Baked cookies can be frozen in freezer bags for up to 3 months. Baked cookies will last in an airtight container for up to a week.

3-ingredient peanut butter cookies

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Easy Peanut butter cookies

These easy peanut butter cookies can be made in minutes with only 3 ingredients. No flour needed! They're an instant hit and a delicious.
4.11 from 19 votes
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Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies, peanut butter cookie recipe, Peanut butter cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Calories: 158kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Servings: 15


  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • pinch of flaky sea salt (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F and line two cookie sheets or sheet pans with parchment paper.
  • Combine the peanut butter, sugar, egg and salt/vanilla (if using) in a mixing bowl and mix with electric beaters or a whisk until well combined.
  • Form small balls of dough by rolling in between your hands then place on the prepared sheets, a few centimetres apart. Create a pattern by pressing down on the cookies with a fork. Don't flatten too much as they will spread while they bake.
  • Place the cookie sheets in the oven and allow to bake for 12-15 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown and crisp around the edges.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool.


Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 84mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 18IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Hi there…want to try these biscuits. Just checking if use sea salt or salt flakes. Does it make a difference?


  2. Hi Alida, these biscuits are DELICIOUS, but very sweet. Can one use less sugar in this recipe?
    Kind regards

    1. They can be a very sweet if the peanutbutter you use is also very sweet. I haven’t tested it yet but maybe reduce the sugar by 1/4 cup and see if you prefer the flavor better?