3 ingredient peanut butter cookies

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easy 3 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe

This peanut butter cookie recipe uses only 3 ingredients. They are just like the classic, old-fashioned peanut butter cookie recipe you love but they are gluten-free and oh so easy to make!

This cookie recipe is amongst the first my children every learned how to make. Children of most any age can manage 1 cup of peanut butter, 1 cup of sugar, and an egg. These have been made numerous times over the years and are always a family favorite. Try using chunky peanut butter or almond butter in favor of the traditional creamy version. And go ahead and mix in chopped peanuts, m & m’s, or other small candies.

I’ve made these cookies right before my son has friends over, we have a family get-together, or a football game is starting. They are so fast and easy to make but help me give my family a bit of “home cooking”. Although, fair warning when making these up for teen boys…make a lot!!

These are a “By Myself” cookie recipe! Meaning let your kids make them all by themselves. Simply be on hand to supervise the use of the oven.Β 

This is also a great recipe for sharing with others. Other than peanut allergies, these cookies are fairly kind to several specialty diets.

Eating gluten free, whether for Celiac’s or other reasons, can be difficult. But if you’re someone who is gluten-free, now is the best time. There are numerous gluten-free friendly foods, companies, restaurants, and even schools that cater to your dietary needs. You are able to walk into practically any food establishment and expect that they will be able to accommodate you.

The same thing is true of lactose intolerance. There are so many yummy options to replace milk, some are even better than the milk itself. Have you ever tried chocolate almond milk? Possibly the best thing ever.

That is not to say, by any means, that if you have an allergy you are lucky. But, there is definitely more variety and decent options now than there has been!

Well, these cookies are both dairy-free and gluten-free, for those who might have an allergy or intolerance to either. (If you have a peanut allergy though… stay away!)

easy 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies. This recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free and great for kids to make by themselves (with oven supervision, of course)

These little cookies will be a go-to for you on a regular basis. I use this recipe with chocolate kisses or stars at Christmas, with roasted marshmallows in between at campfires, and even in bar form with a layer of chocolate frosting. It is SUCH a great little recipe.

Tip: If you are someone who wants to keep your recipes as homemade as possible, use organic peanuts from your local co-op and try a recipe for homemade peanut butter!

Tip: These cookies will likely seem a little doughy when you first take them out of the oven. Do not worry! Because of the lack of flour, these will be softer than the cookies you are used to making, but just as delicious.Β 

easy 3 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe. Gluten-free and dairy-free!
5 from 2 votes

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 12


  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg


  1. Mix the ingredients

  2. Form into one inch balls

  3. Roll balls in sugar, flatten slightly

  4. Bake for 7-9 minutes at 375 degrees



  1. Jen
    September 19, 2014 / 12:01 pm

    These are so good! My kids love them and they are super easy!!

    • Nellie
      September 19, 2014 / 1:55 pm

      I’m so glad!! We love them too!

  2. September 6, 2014 / 2:21 pm

    I am so glad I don’t have any food allergies – except my hips and thighs have a tendency to bloat up– do you think that’s an allergy? I have been thinking on this subject – a lot – seriously. I think it’s because they’ve hybridized everything. So many seeds are modified so that they are bug, disease , drought, etc. resistant. You just didn’t hear about gluten intolerance years ago. Chickens used to be 3 to 3 1/2 lbs. Good luck in finding one that size and believe me I’ve looked. Instead now the chickens look like baby turkeys! BTW – I think it’s great that your kids cook. All of mine love being in the kitchen.

  3. September 5, 2014 / 3:33 pm

    They sound yummy! I’m not on the gluten free bandwagon; and luckily (knock on wood) I don’t have to be, but I’ll bet without the flour they taste even more peanut buttery. I’ve been looking for a recipe that has more of the peanut butter taste, I’m totally going to try it! Thanks for sharing ~ Terrie

    • September 5, 2014 / 4:21 pm

      They really are very peanut buttery! Neither of us is gluten free anymore, either. We’re still careful how much gluten we eat, but have no problem chowing down on a great cookie or donut every now and then!

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