Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies

<p>Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies</p>
Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro

This fabulous cookie requires only four ingredients, making these quite possibly the easiest peanut butter cookies ever! Most of these ingredients you probably already have on hand in your own kitchen, which makes whipping up a batch of these beauties a snap. The classic recipe requires no flour, which makes these cookies perfect for those on a gluten-free diet. Be sure to press the tops of the cookies with a fork for that "classic peanut butter cookie" look! 


Makes about 30 cookies

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Bake: 15 Minutes


1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Stir together 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 large egg, and 1 tsp. vanilla extract in a large bowl until combined; shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets, and flatten gently with tines of a fork. Bake at 325° for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Variations: Evenly press 1 cup of your desired addition, such as chocolate morsels, chocolate-coated toffee bits, or chopped peanuts, onto the top of prepared cookie dough on baking sheets; bake as directed.

Peanut Butter-and-Chocolate Cookies: Divide peanut butter cookie dough in half. Stir 2 melted semisweet chocolate baking squares into half of dough. Shape doughs into 30 (1-inch) half peanut butter, half chocolate-peanut butter balls. Flatten gently with a spoon. Proceed as directed.


Bake time is per batch.