3 ingredient peanut butter cookies

peanut butter cookies

If there’s “magic” then it’s this recipe for 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies! The pop of salt crystal on top sends each bite over the top!

Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

Nothing better than a three-ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe!

Best Peanut Butter Cookies

What I love about this recipe is that it’s super easy. You have no idea how the magic works with just these three ingredients. 

Easy Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

And, easy recipes are the best. These take no time at all to make. I use crunchy and smooth peanut butter. Sometimes I combine brands if I have a little in a few jars, which happens often. 

Can I Use Crunchy Peanut Butter in Cookies

Yes, you can go for crunchy peanut butter for these cookies. I love the extra nuts in every bite. 

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

With just eggs, peanut butter and sugar, you create a thick and pliable batter that is then rolled into balls. 

How to Make 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

One mixing bowl. And, everything goes in together. There’s really not much skill to this recipe. But you do want to use your elbow grease and mix the ingredients well. Then I roll into the desired ball size I want. I think larger balls work better than smaller ones. You take a nice three pronged for and make those classic criss crosses and slightly flatten the cookie before baking. 

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips

You can add chocolate chips to this recipe, but then it’s going to be four ingredients. Yeah, big deal. And, speaking of chocolate chips, I’d definitely use the mini chips in this recipe. 

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie Recipes

Three ingredient peanut butter cookies will be crispy and delicious especially if you put those sea salt flakes on top before baking. Pops of salt with peanut butter remind me of a favorite candy bar growing up! Can you guess what it is? Yep, PAYDAY! 

Here are some other really great and easy cookie recipes of mine!

 Almond Lavender Butter Cookies
GF Ice Cream Scoop Cookies
Eastern European Honey Walnut Cookies
Oatmeal Coconut Cookies
Preacher Cookies
Peanut Butter & Jam Cookies 
almond orange blossom macaroons

Keto Peanut Butter Cookies

If  you want to make this recipe ‘keto’ then simply substitute one cup of granulated sweetener. For example, you could use monk fruit sweetener. It’s all your choice! 

peanut butter cookies

peanut butter cookies

3-ingredient peanut butter cookies

Yield: About 2+ dozen

If there's "magic" then it's this recipe for 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies! The pop of salt crystal on top sends each bite over the top!


  • Preheat oven to 350
  • 2 ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • Sea salt Crystals
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup coconut, shredded, sweetened


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, sugar and eggs. (If using vanilla and coconut, add that in, too) Blend for several minutes until you have a thick somewhat crumbly mixture.
  2. Put parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
  3. Take about 2-3 tablespoons of the peanut butter mixture and roll into a ball. Place on the cookie sheet. Continue until all batter is rolled.
  4. Take a fork and make a criss cross pattern smashing down somewhat the ball of dough.
    Sprinkle several sea salt crystals on top.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 for 16 to 18 minutes. Remove and cool completely.


Use your favorite peanut butter.

I haven't tried this recipe with other types of nut butter.

You can mix peanut butter types, nutty, creamy, chia seed peanut butter and regular peanut butter, etc.

I used a combination of organic peanut butter and regular crunchy peanut butter (i.e., Skippy, Peter Pan, etc.)

Your sharing is GOLDEN! Thank you!

Your sharing and comments help me stay in business! Share a photo if you make the recipe #allyskitchen Thank you! xo Ally

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  1. JoAnn Moda says:

    Awww Ally these are great. I used coconut sugar tastes great. I did add chocolate chips to half the patch soooo delish. Thank you for a super easy fun recipe. JoAnn Moda

    1. JoAnn! That coconut sugar is so much better! And, chocolate chips always make peanut butter better! Thank you for those kind supportive words. xox ally

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wow… really easy …thanks ally

    1. You’re so very welcome! I’ve made soooooooooooooooo many times, and they’re always a hit! Thanks for stopping by! Don’t be a stranger xoxx ally

  3. Are the cookies crunchy or soft?

    1. Hi, Dotti! These are crunchy on the edges/rim of the cookies and soft inside. I did make them large (12 cookies w/the recipe). They were a little thicker thereby giving the soft inside. xoxx ally

  4. Christine from Glendora says:

    Made your magic cookies. Used Lankanto monk fruit sweetener and organic chunky peanut butter. Used Himalayan pink salt because that’s all we had. Delicious! Easy to make and so yummy. Thank you for the recipe. Will definitely make these cookies again. ❤️💕😋🤙

    1. Christine! I love love your ingredients! I’m going to have to try the monk fruit! Thanks so very much for letting me know, and don’t be a stranger! xoxx ally

      1. Anonymous says:

        Could I use coconut suger instead and the natural peanut butter that has the oil on top?

        1. Absolutely, luv. I think it would work fine. Please let me know and I can make an edit in the recipe noting your outcome w/coconut sugar and natural peanut butter w/the oil on top. Be sure to mix it very very well! xoxx ally

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