3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Mix, roll, and bake – fuss-free and so delicious 3-ingredient and gluten-free Peanut Butter Cookies. Customize by adding chocolate chips or flavor it with vanilla extract for extra deliciousness! Done in 10 minutes!

I love cookies! I cannot stop eating them once I start munching on them and for this reason, I avoid making or even buying them. The only time we have cookies in the house is when a kind soul donates to us.

But today I found what I thought was the easiest cookie recipe ever! So, I instantly forgot my resolve to not bake cookies ever – decided it was about time I post a cookie recipe on this blog.

I discovered this very easy (but I knew would certainly be a yummy recipe!) from the Facebook page of southernladycooks.com. She graciously shared this recipe on her site and I was so happy to try it because I have all the ingredients handy.

My peanut butter in the pantry has been begging to be eaten and seems always to be untouched despite my son’s constant request to add it to his oatmeal. So I thought, finally we can finish this peanut butter and for a very good cause – Peanut Butter Cookies!

And as you can see from the photo below and above that it was a success! For a twist, I replace half the sugar with Chocolate Chips so we have both yummy peanut butter and chocolate too! Super! 🙂

My husband and two tots loved it! Me too! We love the texture from the crunchy peanut butter and the brown sugar granules too!

Peanut Butter Cookies

My husband suggested though that perhaps I should lessen the sugar next time as he prefers a more peanut buttery taste! I will, next time, for this recipe is now a keeper. Thanks to southernladycooks.com for this, we are forever grateful!

Without further ado, here’s the easiest Cookie Recipe ever!

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Mix, roll, and bake – fuss-free and so delicious 3-ingredient and gluten-free Peanut Butter Cookies. Customize by adding chocolate chips or flavor it with vanilla extract for extra deliciousness! Done in 10 minutes!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 14 pieces
Calories 208 kcal


  • 1 cup smooth or crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract, optional
  • ½ cup chocolate chips, optional


  • Preheat the oven to 325 F. Mix all the ingredients; roll into 1-inch balls, flatten with fork. Bake for 10 minutes.


Instead of using an entire cup of sugar, halve the amount and add about half a cup of chocolate chips for extra chocolate goodness. Add some vanilla extract to enhance the flavor more. I love making it this way.  
Makes between 14-16 pieces.


Serving: 16gCalories: 208kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 5gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 84mgPotassium: 145mgFiber: 1gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 20IUCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg
Keyword 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies, best peanut butter cookies, easy peanut butter cookies
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Cook’s Notes:

As you can see below the first batch of cookies I made were rather big. I didn’t realize they would expand that well considering there was no leavening agent. I used a large ice cream scoop and made about 10. However, now that I know that it expands, I am certain I can easily make a dozen out of it and I dare say up to 20 if I use a smaller amount per cookie.

The assembled cookies before they were baked in the oven.

After baking, see how much they have expanded.

But whether you want to make extra-large cookies or teeny-tiny ones, for sure they will be yummy! That’s what matters! Most of all, with a Silpat, it’s fuss-free baking! Easy clean-up and cookies never stick!

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Last updated on September 9th, 2022 at 07:52 pm



  1. September 23, 2012 / 1:42 am

    Really? That simple? Love peanut butter cookies! Hope you're having a nice weekend.

  2. September 23, 2012 / 3:14 am

    Yes, Lois, unbelievably simple! But it works! Hope you are having a lovely weekend too!

  3. September 23, 2012 / 12:09 pm

    haha, awesome recipe Abby! I see you went for 'crunchy' pb – ooo, it's so good to have that extra crunch. These are one of those recipes I'll definitely remember because I can make them even while camping 🙂

  4. September 23, 2012 / 6:36 pm

    You're right! We never buy smooth peanut butter. It's just not as exciting as the "crunchy" one. 🙂

    • Anonymous
      October 21, 2012 / 4:57 pm

      so did you use 1 cup of BROWN sugar…

    • October 22, 2012 / 1:27 am

      Yes, I did but you can adjust the sweetness to your liking.

    • October 25, 2012 / 9:51 pm

      Appreciate it Shema! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Anonymous
    April 24, 2013 / 8:48 pm

    Anyone try with egg substitute and coconut sugar?

    • April 25, 2013 / 2:47 am

      Am sure coconut sugar is fine but am not sure about the egg substitute. You only need one egg so unless you're allergic to it I think it would be better to use it, if I may say so. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. July 22, 2013 / 8:55 pm

    We will be baking these today 🙂 thanks

  7. Anonymous
    September 15, 2013 / 6:27 pm

    Baking them now, looks yummy.

    • January 17, 2014 / 6:16 pm

      Thanks for trying it and hope you enjoyed it much.

  8. Anonymous
    January 15, 2014 / 1:38 am

    I've made these cookies for several years now and they are amazing!! I originally got the recipe from my son's grade school teacher because she made a cookbook for each one of the children to take home for Christmas. My son is now 19 yrs old 🙂 thanks for sharing

    • January 17, 2014 / 6:17 pm

      You're welcome! I am so glad to have discovered this classic recipe, too. This has truly become a huge favorite in our house!

  9. December 9, 2016 / 4:11 am

    wanna try this soon.. I notice that theres no flour?

    • January 19, 2017 / 9:48 pm

      Because you don't need flour for this Beb.

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