How to Make Peanut Butter Cookies With 3 Ingredients

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Most of us love peanut butter cookies as a snack, and they are also incredibly fun to make.

today, we have something special for you. This might just be the most amazing 3 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe you have ever feasted your eyes on. Seriously. What we have for you here is a quick, hassle-free and gloriously delicious peanut butter cookie recipe that everyone in the family will adore.

We would love to give you an interesting backstory - like a fascinating tale of generational bakery chefs passing down secret recipes until, eventually, our grannie bestowed this sublime recipe to us. But the truth is, we don't have one.

Instead, this recipe has been born out of a whole lot of trial and error in The Cravory kitchen, in which our passionate expert bakers and pastry chefs have tested peanut butter cookie recipes with just about every variation you can think of until they arrived at this little beauty.


These peanut butter cookies are an absolute delight to make and devour, with only three ingredients needed to create the magic. Using peanut butter, egg, and sugar, these cookies are flourless and dairy-free, making them perfect for those with dietary restrictions. 

With just 10 minutes of prep time and another 10 in the oven, you'll have a fresh batch of homemade cookies that everyone in the family can enjoy. The simplicity of this recipe is what makes it stand out - it's quick, easy to make, and delicious, all in one!

There are a bunch of modern twists to this recipe, but oftentimes simplicity is best, and nothing beats the classic recipes. It is in that spirit that we have devised this recipe - a combination of classic and traditional techniques to deliver the perfect peanut butter cookie.

By the way, you can easily tweak the recipe to make it with less sugar, different nut kinds of butter and any add-ins you’d like. Feel free to experiment and make subtle adjustments if you want to, of course.

So, what exactly do you need to make these delectable but simple peanut butter cookies? Let's take a look.


  • 1 x cup peanut butter
  • 1 x egg
  • 1 x cup granulated sugar

The secret to making these cookies perfect every time is to use smooth peanut butter. You may be tempted to use natural peanut butter, but it won't work well as it lacks salt and will cause the cookies to spread too much and become too crispy. 

Granulated sugar is another essential ingredient, as it not only adds sweetness but it also helps the cookies to turn golden brown by caramelizing the sugar. 

Finally, a fresh egg is the third ingredient, which can be easily tested for freshness by placing it in a bowl of water; if it sinks, it's good to use. For the best results, try using free-run or organic eggs. If you prefer vegan cookies, you can substitute the egg with a flax egg.

Now let's take a look at how to throw this all together to make the most delicious peanut butter cookies!


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Next, gather all of your ingredients together. That shouldn't take too long, considering there are only three!
  2. In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup of peanut butter, 1 cup of granulated sugar, and 1 egg. Mix well until fully combined.
  3. Using a small cookie scoop or spoon, scoop the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches of space between each cookie.
  4. Using a fork, press down on each cookie in a criss-cross pattern to flatten slightly and create that lovely and ultra-classic peanut butter cookie look.
  5. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned and the centers are set. As always, be diligent here - keep a good eye on them from the 8-minute mark upwards, as the edges can burn quite quickly.
  6. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Next, simply just serve and enjoy your delicious 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies!

Note: This recipe yields about 12-14 cookies, depending on the size of your cookie scoop or spoon. You can easily double the recipe to make more cookies.


Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips

A great thing about this three-ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe is that you can easily modify it to your liking. Add chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or even a sprinkle of sea salt on top for a delicious twist. Use crunchy peanut butter for extra texture, or try different nut kinds of butter like almond or cashew for a new flavor profile. 

Don't have granulated sugar? Use brown sugar or honey instead. The possibilities are endless with this versatile and easy-to-make recipe. So, have fun experimenting and enjoy the tasty results!

Have Fun!

Creating scrumptious 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies has never been easier, but don't be fooled by its simplicity, this classic treat is still heavenly delicious. With just peanut butter, granulated sugar, and an egg, you can indulge in wholesome treats that will be sure to please the palate. 

Don't hesitate to try out some variations to the recipe by adding ingredients such as chocolate chips, shredded coconut or other types of nut butter. This recipe is perfect for unleashing your creativity, and the possibilities are endless. So, gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and let's start baking!

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