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3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

If you’ve ever made peanut butter cookies, you’ll know the the recipe for them can vary widely. 

Some include flour and baking soda and perhaps a few other ingredients.

I’m not here to knock those recipes.  In fact we have a recipe for Peanut Butter Pecan Cluster Cookies right here on Num’s the Word! 

However I suspect that long ago…before the internet and before most of modern technology that 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies were the main recipe most used.

And for a good reason.  These are SOO easy.  And if you are like me, you ALWAYS have these 3 ingredients on hand.  Which means that if you have 13 minutes, you’ve got fresh hot out of the oven cookies. 

These 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies though basic, certainly do not taste basic.  They are soft and yummy and taste amazing. 

Certainly a recipe any peanut butter lover should try.  And especially any novice in the kitchen should try.  The only way to mess up these cookies is to forget about them and let them burn. 

If 2 dozen cookies is a bit much for you to swallow, then crumble them up and top your ice cream with them or scoop a ball of ice cream between them for an ice cream sandwich. 

We love this version and hope you do too!  A classic recipe that will never go out of style!

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3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 13 minutes

Yield: 2 Dozen Cookies


  • 1 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg


  1. Preheat oven to 350*F
  2. In a bowl, mix peanut butter, sugar and egg.
  3. If doing the Kiss method, roll dough into 1 tablespoon sized balls and place on a prepared cookie sheet.
  4. If doing traditional peanut butter cookie method, roll dough ball in sugar and place on prepared cookie sheet. Take a fork and press criss-cross pattern into cookie.
  5. Bake for 6 - 8 minutes.
  6. If doing the kiss method, place kiss on top of cookies as soon as you remove from oven.
  7. Let cool for 5 minutes then remove to a cooling rack.


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2 thoughts on “3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

  1. I have made these for quite some time and all who eat them are amazed when I tell them. The one thing I have learned is to not use peanut butter that is extra creamy,
    and I use a little less sugar, 3/4 cup.

    • Karen, isn’t that the truth! Everyone is always amazed at how simple these are! I’ve never tried extra creamy peanut butter but that is an excellent tip for others. I find that the sugar ratio in these is easy to adjust to ones taste as it has little effect on the actual cookie holding together! Thank you so much for your comments!

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