Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies – these only have 3 ingredients!

Forget about hard to make recipes for cookies, this cookie is so easy your kids could make this.  Don’t have a lot in the pantry?  This is the perfect recipe for you!

plate of peanut butter cookies

Smooth or chunky peanut butter, it doesn’t matter. These simple to make peanut butter cookies are difficult to beat.

Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies

plate of peanut butter cookies

Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies

These peanut butter cookies really have just 3 ingredients. 
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cookies, Gluten Free, Peanut butter
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 36
Calories: 65kcal


  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)


  • Stir up in a bowl, roll into 1 inch balls. Place cookie balls on an ungreased cookie sheet and smash like a # sign with a fork. Cook in 350 degree oven until lightly golden about 8 to 10 minutes. Cool and enjoy! You can cook these until just done for softer cookies-or longer for crunchy ones. You can double or triple amounts to make more cookies-there's just no messing this up! Great for quick cookies-class parties. Thanks to jenheinee for sending in this cookie recipe.


Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Deborah

    This is the recipe I have been using for years but I also add 1 tsp. vanilla. After these are baked, you can’t tell the difference in these and the pb cookies that have all the other ingredients. This is so easy that my grandson loves to help make them. I have also used these and without making the # mark, when they are done I press a hershey kiss in the center. Can’t ask for a better or easier pb cookie recipe.

  2. Daphne

    Disappointed! Very grainy and bleh!
    Some people like this recipe, and have ok luck with it, personally I would make a different peanut butter cookie recipe instead, but this recipe may be more appropriate for children that are cooking or something like that. I am sorry you didn’t find this recipe for peanut butter cookies to be to your liking! ~Stephanie

  3. Cindy

    This is my extended family’s favorite cookie with this addition:
    Instead of making the # with a fork, bake the cookies in 1" balls until golden (~8 minutes) then while still on cookie sheet, press an unwrapped Hershey’s Kiss into the center. Cool then transfer to plates and refrigerate until Kiss is hard.

  4. Billy

    These were great for a quick snack, but I did change something. I used a small amount of oatmeal and a few random spices.

  5. Micah

    Just tried this recipe. Very easy to do and takes almost no effort. On the other hand, the cookies aren’t that great. They’re very crumbly and mediocre. If you want a quick fix of peanut butter cookies, this recipe is spot on. If you want a really good peanut butter cookie, keep looking.

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