Introduction: Easy, Flawless, 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

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There is no peanut butter cookie that is better than these. I once (accidentally) won a dessert contest with these 15 minute cookies. It was a potluck, and I didn't know that desserts were being judged--I just needed something quick to bring and only had 20 minutes until the next bus.

Time: approximately 15 minutes total

(5 minutes prep, 7 minutes cook, 3 minutes cool)


  • 1 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter (crunchy or creamy)
  • 1 egg

Makes about 15 medium size cookies

Step 1: Preheat Oven to 325 F

Step 2: Measure Your Ingredients

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Any order is fine, but I like to measure sugar first, so I can use just one measuring cup.

Step 3: Mix It Up!

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Step 4: Form Round Balls of Dough.

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Approximately 1-2 tablespoons per ball and place the balls of cookie dough on a cookie sheet. Peanut butter is pretty oily, so greasing the sheet is unnecessary.

Step 5: Lightly Press Cookie Dough With a Fork

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Step 6: Bake at 325 F for 6-8 Minutes

My oven runs a little hot, you might need 350. Back in college, I used to make these in a toaster oven in the kitchenette.

Step 7: Let Cool on Baking Sheet for 1 Minute Before Transferring to a Cooling Rack (or Your Mouth)

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Or don't transfer them. It's up to you.

Step 8: Enjoy!

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These cookies go fast, so consider making a double batch!


JakeH24 (author)2015-12-03

looks good, for those of us in the UK turbinado sugar is just demerara sugar and 225F is about 160C.

cronosamv made it! (author)2015-12-03

Great recipe, followed it to the letter and the result was perfect!!! Well done ;)

jayludden (author)cronosamv2015-12-03

Awesome! Glad you enjoyed it!

katerlyn made it! (author)2015-11-29

Next time I will skip the sugar (and some might add chocolate chips). If you know how pet scans work, sugar is used to track cancer...tumors love sugar.

I added another cup of peanut butter and an egg, baked on center rack at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, and the second tray I baked longer and they were more solid and not scorched.

I forgot to make dough balls, so mine are not precise and beautiful as JayLudden's. I used crunchy peanut butter. A variation could be add a few chocolate chips.

Also, if the peanut butter would have been refrigerated, perhaps that would help form the cookies (mine was freshly opened).

Thank you Jay!

jayludden (author)katerlyn2015-11-29

One thing is that I always use natural peanut butter (the kind that you have to stir because peanuts and maybe salt are the only ingredients). The kind of peanut butter that you don't have to stir tends to melt when it gets hot--which makes your cookies a lot less pretty. If you find that even with natural peanut butter your cookies get melty in a way that you don't like, pour off some of the oil that separates from the peanuts. You can also make natural peanut butter by just buying a bag of plain roasted peanuts and pulsing in a food processor.

katerlyn (author)jayludden2015-11-29

I did have some peanuts I was going to blendtec, but it was easier when I found a new jar of regular crunchy in the cupboard. Not as healthy, I know! 8-) My dogs loved licking off the plates (before I sanitize in the dishwasher).

katerlyn (author)2015-11-29

I'm hungry for such cookies, thank you! I had to look up the sugar:

What is Turbinado Sugar? (with pictures) - wiseGEEK
Nov 20, 2015 - Turbinado sugar is a sugar cane-based, minimally refined sugar. It is medium brown in color and has large crystals.
jayludden (author)katerlyn2015-11-29

I love using turbinado sugar because it gives the cookies a great texture and the sugar caramelizes just a tiny bit on the bottom of the cookie. I haven't tried it yet, but I think a rock sugar or pearl sugar might be good too, like this one.

katerlyn (author)jayludden2015-11-29

Some of my friends don't use sugar at ALL, so I'm really responsive to sugar these days Good luck to you! 8-)

sabu.dawdy (author)2015-11-29

Interesting I will give it a try with homemade peanut butter

jayludden (author)sabu.dawdy2015-11-29

Sounds delicious! I love homemade peanut butter.

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