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 looking for a gluten free dessert option. Be sure to press the tops of the cookies with a fork for that "classic peanut butter cookie" look! 

Steveny McCalla, Marion, Illinois
Recipe by Southern Living January 2007

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
bake:
15 mins
total:
35 mins
Yield:
Makes about 30 cookies
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Chef's Notes

Bake time is per batch. Peanut butter cookies are the perfect holiday cookies or just a quick and easy dessert to enjoy on any week night. These are the cookies that everyone in the family will love, kids and grown-ups alike. You can top with a few chocolate chips whenever you get a chocolatey craving or enjoy their simplicity.