Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

Easy is an understatement. One bowl. No mixer. No shaping. This is the easiest cookie you will ever make. With no butter or flour, you get heart-healthy fat from the peanuts and a delicious cookie that’s simply addictive. I use natural peanut butter (just peanuts and salt) chunky style. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Makes: about a dozen cookies

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies


  • 1 cup natural peanut butter (made with peanuts and salt)
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Preheat oven to 375Β° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Stir ingredients together in a bowl.
  3. Drop onto baking sheet and press down halfway with a fork.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool on sheet for 5 minutes.

Note: Make peanut butter chocolate chip cookies by adding a handful of chocolate chips.

77 Comments on "Easy Peanut Butter Cookies"

  1. Chris

    Hi jenny ,I have Kraft all-natural crunchy peanut butter but there is no salt in this ,, is that ok ….

    • Jenny

      It’s okay but you may want to add a little salt, like 1/4 teaspoon.

  2. Elli

    They smell amazing

  3. Elli

    They look awesome jenny

  4. Stella

    I don’t have any white sugar, so can i just use more brown sugar? Are there any white sugar substitutions??

    • Jenny

      For a good result it’s best not to change the recipe.

  5. Brenda Lempin

    Ive just made the recipe but i failed. The cookie tastes so bitter. Since my peanut butter has an oil i added 2 tbsps all purpose flour in the mixture. What I have done wrong?

    • Jenny

      If you follow the recipe exactly and use a natural peanut butter with nothing added except salt, it will not taste bitter.

  6. Rosalie

    I had my doubts about this recipe but these cookies are delicious! The recipe is so easy &, having added Ghriadelli dark chocolate chips to the batter, are our new favorite cookie.

  7. Lily

    Do I have to use the fork or is it just to make a design? I’ve cooked twice now for this recipe (Which is better every time) and I dian’t use it. ;D

    • Jenny

      The fork is not for the design. It’s just an easy way to press them down.

      • Lily

        Jenny I need help today before I baked it was cookie like but it turned out like a flat cracker any tips? (I’m a beginner baker)

        • Jenny

          It could be from changing the recipe, or maybe using peanut butter that’s not natural but has things added.

  8. Lily

    I used honey peanut butter and 2 aluminum foils on top of each other and sprayed with cooking spray (Listing the substitutes) and it turned out great! I’ve got a 99.99% good rate!

    • Lily

      It was so easy by the way easy and tasty great recipe 10 out 10 rate!

  9. Lily

    I don’t have a cookie sheet but I have a cooking spray what should I do help please!

  10. Carol

    Jenny πŸ˜€ Cookies are amazing,could I put like half cup of peanuts?(salted or unsalted). Thanks

  11. Darian

    These were ok considering the minimal ingredients required. They came out cooked really well but were pretty bland to taste.

    • Jenny

      The only flavor really comes from the peanut butter so you might want to try a different brand and make sure it’s salted. I use Santa Cruz brand – just made some last weekend.

  12. Djewel-angie Costa Fedre

    Hi Jenny,
    My peanut butter has added vegetable oil to it, will it still work in this recipe? Also I was just wondering if I can substitute coconut sugar for white sugar.

    • Jenny

      I have only used natural peanut butter with nothing added and I have never made these cookies with coconut sugar. For you not to be disappointed, I would suggest you either use my recipe (which is proven) or look for another recipe that uses a different peanut butter and coconut sugar.

  13. Jay

    Perfect!!! I was a little skeptical that these would turn out, little did I know they were amazing!!! So simple and easy. A little too easy for baking. Will definitely make them again.

  14. Jude

    I made them today; delicious !! I slight modified the recipe; I made 3/4 cup homemade peanut butter by grinding peanuts and salt; and then I added 1/4 cup readymade peanut butter bought from the supermarket. The nice thing about these cookies is that they do not stick to the trays after baking

  15. Joyce

    I made the cookies today &I they are wonderful! Could I put some mini chocolate chips in them also?

  16. clairebear 2005

    But I really enjoyed making it- it was so easy, thank you, Jenny!

  17. clairebear 2005

    USE AN OVEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. clairebear 2005

    I tried to microwave it- but ended up failing because the aluminom foil caued sparks which almost destroyed the microwave… I learned the hard way that you should follow the instrustions. X_X

    • alexandreabeavis

      you shouldnt put ant type of foil in the microwave at all

  19. Mimi

    I just made these while my 3 month old napped and my 2 year old watched Prince of Egypt. One word “genius”!

  20. Nancy

    Parchment paper nessecary?

    • Jenny

      Parchment paper is not necessary but it saves cleanup. Otherwise, use an ungreased baking sheet.

  21. Jennifer

    Can I use peanut butter made of peanuts, salt, honey, molasses, and different oils for this recipe?

    • Jenny

      No, it should be natural peanut butter where the ingredients are just peanuts and salt. ( I need to clarify the recipe so I’m glad you asked)

      • Jennifer

        What is natural peanut butter and which brand sells it?

        • Jenny

          By natural peanut butter I mean that nothing is added – it’s just ground peanuts and salt with no added sugars, etc. I use Santa Cruz brand or Laura Scudder or Smuckers but it depends where you live. Just read the ingredient lists on the labels. You can use any brand as long as the only ingredients are peanuts and salt, and you can use smooth or chunky.

          • Jennifer

            If you live in Southern California will you be able to buy natural peanut butter?

          • Jenny

            I live in Southern California and see it everywhere.

          • Jennifer

            Thanks, Jenny! Will you be able to find it in the 99Β’ store?

          • Jenny

            I’m not sure but I doubt it. Can you get someone to take you the the grocery store?

  22. Jennifer

    I’m only twelve but I see this recipe is very simple. I love your recipes! This recipe is perfect for young bakers! Thanks, Jenny!

  23. Junesgirl

    These are by far the BEST peanut butter cookies I have ever eaten!! I love how simple it is to make and how moist they are. You are a genius to come up with this recipe.
    thank you for sharing with the rest of us!

  24. Sheryl

    This recipe looked so easy that I had my 7 year old son on make them. I was able to set out the appropriate measuring spoon/cup beside the right ingredient. Once cooked, I found them to be quite dry. The cookies don’t hold together well and my mouth feels like the moisture is being sucked our of it with each bite. My son, however, loves, loves, loves them. He isn’t usually one for sweets. This wasn’t too sweet. I got the biggest hug and bright eyed smile. He begged me to please please please make them again. So, for him, I will do so.

    • Jenny

      I make these cookies often and they never turn out dry so I hope you will make them again and keep an eye that nothing changes in the recipe. Too much baking soda could make them dry, in case your son measured with the wrong spoon. I take pride in my recipes working for everyone and if this recipe is followed exactly, the cookies will not be dry. Please let me know if they turn out next time.

      • LynneSuzy

        But… Jenny…. there IS no flour in this recipe… Or am I missing something??

        • Jenny

          OMG! Thank you for not letting me look stupid for too long. I will correct my response and remove the comment about the flour. Thank you so much!! I guess her comment threw me because it seemed kind of mean.

          • LynneSuzy

            Jenny! I’m glad you didn’t take my post wrong; I only wanted to be helpful and keep others from being confused, too. LOVE that you caught it right away! I’m taking some time from work for a few minutes to browse your other recipes; thanks for this site!! πŸ™‚

          • Dee

            Hi jenny, so reading comments is there flour or ?.
            Thank you.

          • Jenny

            There is no flour in this recipe.

        • LynneSuzy

          I made them according to the instructions last night after leaving the above message, and they are awesome. More chewy than traditional recipes, and GREAT if you put them in the freezer for a few minutes! If they overbake even a little, though, they get crisp and break easily.

  25. Katie

    Hey Jenny! Can I use Skippy’s Natural CREAMY peanut butter?

    • Jenny

      Yes, if the ingredients are only peanuts or peanuts and salt.

  26. Colleen

    This recipe was great delicious, I used crunchy peanut butter, and some chocolate chips, sprinkled a little sea salt on top after cookie were done, for a little oomph.. Great recipe and very yummy πŸ˜‰

  27. Angela

    Can I use organic sunflower seed butter? Ingredients are dry roasted sunflower seeds, evaporated cane juice, sunflower oil, salt.

    Can I use coconut and peanut spread. Ingredients are extra virgin coconut oil, agave syrup, palm fruit oil, natural flavor, and salt.

    Also, can I use only brown sugar…have no white sugar.


    • Jenny

      I can only guess because my recipe uses natural peanut butter (ingredients: peanuts & salt) but I don’t think either product would work in this recipe. They both have added oils so they probably would not hold their shape and since they both have added sugar you would have to reduce the sugar in my recipe and sugar provides body. You’ll have better luck using a different recipe more suited to these products, maybe even a recipe from the product maker itself.

  28. lydia

    These are magical! Knew I could trust you. My freshman roommate in college was a regular in your studio audience in Chicago. . .Which naturally
    segues into genius cookie goddess. Thank you thank you thank you.

  29. Namagiri Sridhar


    Can I use all white sugar ?

    Btw I tried your cinnamon rolls. ThEy were delicious. Thanks.
    But I must increase baking time to 25 minutes as they didn’t Brown in all places. what do u think ?

    • Jenny

      Brown sugar keeps cookies moist so they may be too dry using only white sugar. And the cinnamon rolls should not be browned, but only baked until lightly golden. They may turn out a little dry if you bake them too long.

      • Namagiri Sridhar

        Thanks Jenny.

        Do you know about indian Jaggery? Can it be substituted for brown sugar?

        • lydia

          To imitate brown sugar, just add about a teaspoon of molasses to the am
          ount of sugar you are attempting to emulate. Jaggery would probably not provide the same qualities as what Jenny is referring to as “brown” sugar, which, in the west, we call white sugar with molasses added. Raw sugar is a different animal. Good luck! If you can’t find molasses, maybe add some corn syrup or maple syrup to give some sticky viscosity.

  30. raneem

    Can I use regular peanut butter instead of all natural? I Can never find all natural peanut butter where I live.

    • Jenny

      It may depend on what’s in your peanut butter. Can you please tell me the ingredients?

  31. Wilma

    Hi Jenny
    So do you drop spoonfuls onto the baking tray?

    • Jenny

      You drop 12 spoonfuls onto your baking sheet (I usually do six at a time so they are not crowded as they will spread a little) but be sure to press them down halfway with a fork.

  32. Lenora


    So, last night I wanted to make something special for a treat after dinner. My boyfriend and I are on a serious tighten-your- belt budget. So, we couldn’t run to the store and buy anything ready made from the store, nor could we even buy extra ingredients. I even used all of my apples making another quick dessert last week. Also, I had no butter, which I’ve always thought one could not bake without. With no other major baking ingredients, I was going to give up and just have hot sugary tea. After a quick online search, I came across your sight. Easily, I found this peanut butter recipe. I reluctantly made these cookies last night with major doubts as I stirred my bowl of scant ingredients you provided in the directions, moreover, with just a little dinner fork.

    While my boyfriend licked the empty bowl and fork clean, I watched them bake up golden brown and lovely. The first one delicately melted in my mouth. By the time I reached for next one, they were gone!!!!! Gone! My boyfriend ate the rest.

    It was a dream and nightmare rolled into one. Anyway, thanks so much. I also found two more of your “no-butter” recipes I can make tonight. No more buying from the bakery!!!!


    No Butter and on a Budget

  33. xuenix1

    I just made them. And they’re awesome. Thanks for the recipe. You rock!

  34. Angeline

    Hi Jenny,
    Are these soft cookies or the crispy type?


  35. Liz

    I’ve made these before (with a recipe from a different site) & they just didn’t turn out. THESE however were perfect!!! So glad I discovered your site & really amazed at your many skills! I’m a fan!!!

  36. Yvonne

    Thank You!!!!
    Just done making them and they are a quick and yummy teatime cooked fix πŸ™‚ delish yum yum

  37. Elizabeth

    I made these for the first time tonight . They were some of the best if not THE best peanut butter cookies I ‘ve ever had . I made these with the natural chunky peanut butter but will try maybe Skippy’s out of curiosity to see if those are just good . They are a nice rich peanut butter cookie , moist & with a texture that seems like you might actually have a little flour in them . You will not miss that flour unless you are looking to economise . Along that line of thought my husband & I agreed probably one cookie person person would be fine to serve for desert & if you had company maybe a scoop of vanilla ice cream & coffee or just with a ice glass of milk . I also want to try popping some chocolate chips on top of the dough before baking or maybe a thin layer of Nutella BUT the recipe is great as is – a classic . Thank you Jenny – I appreciate your generosity with your recipes !

  38. Judy

    Just discovered this site. Great recipes and Jenny, you are great.!!

  39. sue

    wow Jenny! No flour?? How is that possible? I have to try this. They look incredible! One of my favorite cookies besides chocolate chips. I have never seen a recipe without the dry ingredients.


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