A Splurge: 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies

In our town, there is a push for more small businesses in downtown – one of the new small storefronts going in is a cookie store. Nothing feels more gloriously child-like than the idea of a store just for cookies and other baked goods – and sometimes we need a child-like wonder for the world, even if it only lasts until the cookie is finished.

One evening this past week, we’d finished our veggie-heavy dinner and I could tell that Husband would eat more if it was available, but there weren’t even leftovers! So I pulled out three simple ingredients: 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 cup of creamy peanut butter, and 1 egg. I mixed them all together, preheated the oven to 350 degrees, and dropped the wads of what just looked like peanut butter onto a greased cookie sheet. After 8 minutes in the oven, they had turned from wads of peanut butter into cookies – warm and crisp on the outside, soft and sweet on the inside.

I was happy with the recipe because it made enough cookies for a couple of days to have a cookie after a meal, but not enough to have cookies lingering around the house for days afterward, taunting me with their deliciousness. While the preparation is so short and fast that it fits into my crazy life pretty perfectly, it reminds me of more leisurely cookie-making experiences with my mom and sister when we were small, when I first realized that something admittedly yummy (cookie dough) could transform into something totally different after a stay in the oven. I think I will make these peanut butter beauties when I need a quick dessert for a peanut-friendly crowd, but I won’t trade the longer, more ingredient version when it comes to making holiday memories; it’s just too sweet and totally worth the time.

20 comments on “A Splurge: 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies

  1. I make these all the time and add chocolate chips into some. Always delicious!!


  2. tltate1999 says:

    it doesn’t sound like enough ingredients to make a cookie. I will give it a try though.

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  3. I’ve always made this quick and easy peanut butter cookie recipe with my mom. I’ve never tried it with brown sugar though. Definitely going to give it a shot next time.

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  4. foodinbooks says:

    Yum! They look great, and very easy!


  5. I will have to give it a try!


  6. mmalip says:

    Many thanks for the follow which led me to your blog! I was delighted to see your recipe because I need to make peanut butter cookies this week!

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  7. nancyruth says:

    It does work. Made these with the granddaughter a weekend ago. Super easy and ingredients in every pantry!


  8. Mel & Suan says:

    The cookie jar is off limits to Mel unless Suan approves! And cookies of all sort are Mel’s favorite…


  9. linnetmoss says:

    This sounds intriguing and shockingly easy šŸ™‚


  10. VeFit says:

    I love peanut butter cookies! Will definitely try this one! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. stubbsyblog says:

    You sold me at the peanut butter part!


  12. Ladybuggz says:

    The recipe can be found on the side of a Kraft Peanut Butter Jar……:) just in case you lose it!!


  13. I’ve got all three ingredients and I’m in the mood for something sweet! Going to share these cookies far and wide! (I’m not really going to share muahahah!)

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  14. Beth says:

    What a great idea! I love having dessert for my family, just so they linger around the table a few more moments. I also adore your header!! My love of baking and being in the kitchen revolves around my grandmother’s recipe box that I inherited! Thanks for the beautiful image!

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  15. Eva says:

    In Italy we have a similar recipe for cookies that call for three ingredients only: flour, one egg and Nutella. They are the quickest thing you can make even when your supplies are short. Too bad you can’t offer them to people with nut allergy, as they full of hazelnut. But oh well. I’ll definitely try this one (no, I don’t have a nut allergy :D)!

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  16. I’ll have to buy a jar of peanut butter now just to try this – my kids should love making them AND eating them, thanks.


  17. How big are these wads? lol…I have visions of pancake sized cookies if I don’t measure out the scoops :-).

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  18. fitartbunny says:

    This is perfect for me when I’m at a college all day! (Might do it tonight so I have it for the week). And looks super easy to make! Thank you! šŸ˜€

    P.S, check out my healthy bread recipe at muy page! You might like it šŸ™‚

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  19. I made these with chocolate chips and they were delicious! Definitely a hit with my partner and so easy to make. Thank you for the post.

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