3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies


These 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies are one of my favorite cookies to make. They are the only peanut butter cookies my family will eat! Sprinkle a pinch of sugar on cookies before baking, if desired.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
2 dozen cookies

These irresistible 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies seem too good to be true, but they’re very real! The recipe is so easy, you’ll have it memorized in no time. 

What You’ll Need for 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Here’s what you’ll need to make this shockingly easy 3-ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe:

  • Peanut butter and sugar: You’ll need equal parts peanut butter and white sugar for the dough (one cup each). 
  • Egg: An egg lends moisture and helps hold the cookie dough together. 
a close up view of a pile of freshly baked peanut butter cookies
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How to Make 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

 Combine the ingredients, roll the dough into balls, make a criss-cross pattern with a fork, and bake until the edges are firm. That’s all there is to it! Find the full, step-by-step recipe with photos below. 

How to Store 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Transfer the (completely cooled) 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies to an airtight container or cookie jar. Store at room temperature for up to five days. If you want to go the extra mile, add a slice of bread to the container to absorb the excess moisture and keep them tasting freshly baked for longer. 

Related: How to Store Cookies so They Stay Fresh Longer

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Can You Freeze 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies? 

You can absolutely freeze these peanut butter cookies! For the best results, freeze the dough balls before baking. When you're ready to eat the cookies, simply remove the dough balls from the freezer and bake according to the recipe.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

“The mixture was incredibly easy to make, I made it in literally 5 minutes,” according to one Allrecipes community member. “I did add in thin chocolate chips for a little flare, and it was awesome.”

“Few ingredients, simple instructions, great results,” raves another community member.
I made mini cookies for a tea. I'll definitely make them again.”

“Anyone can make these, and in a short amount of time too,” says jessopn929. “ONE TIP: Add around a teaspoon or two of vanilla extract, which helps make the cookie ingredients blend together and improves the taste.”

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 cup peanut butter

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 egg


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    Ingredients for 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies recipe

    Allrecipes/Preethi Venkatram

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  3. Mix peanut butter, sugar, and egg together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.

    Dough for 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies recipe in a clear glass mixing bowl

    Allrecipes/Preethi Venkatram

  4. Roll mixture into 1-inch balls and place 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet

    Balls of dough for 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies recipe on parchment paper in a baking sheet

    Allrecipes/Preethi Venkatram

  5. Flatten each with a fork, making a criss-cross pattern.

    Flattened balls of dough for 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies recipe on parchment paper in a baking sheet

    Allrecipes/Preethi Venkatram

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until edges are firm, about 10 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet briefly before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

  7. Enjoy!

    a close up view of a pile of freshly baked peanut butter cookies

    Preethi Venkatram/Allrecipes

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

98 Calories
6g Fat
11g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 98
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 52mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 3g
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 73mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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