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Imagine a peanut butter cookie so delicious that it had the power to make someone propose to you. To make people dance with joy. To make woodland creatures break out into song.


4 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe

Okay.. so I know it sounds dramatic and a little over-the-top, but it’s true. Well two of those three things happened when I made these peanut butter cookies. You can figure out which two.


This recipe has only 4 ingredients. That’s right, just 4 ingredients. Let’s get to it.



In a bowl mix together 1 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 cup of peanut butter.


No, that is not a misprint. There is NO FLOUR in this recipe.


This means that it’s gluten-free. For those who aren’t gluten-free, it also just means that these are extra peanut buttery and delicious.


peanut butter cookie ingredients
The reason there are 2 eggs in this picture is because I doubled the recipe 😉


Mix all the ingredients until combined and the sugar is properly incorporated.


peanut butter cookie dough


Roll the dough into small to medium sized balls. I like to use a cookie scooper because it’s faster and makes them all around the same size. I then roll them to look smoother, but they don’t have to be perfect.


rolled peanut butter cookie dough


In this next step take a fork and press it into each cookie 2 times, to create a criss-cross/cross-hatch pattern as seen below. The dough is fairly thick so it doesn’t spread much. The other alternative is to press them down with the palm of your hand just a little bit.


cross hatch design on peanut butter cookies


Place the cookies on a lightly greased sheet or a silicone baking mat similar to the one I used. Place the cookies into a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 to 10 minutes until golden brown.


When they come out of the oven they are very soft. Let them sit on the cookie sheet for an additional two minutes to firm up before transferring to a wire rack to cool.



As if these peanut butter cookies aren’t good enough on their own, you can also press a Hershey kiss in the center of each one as soon as they come out of the oven. They melt slightly and make them look even more elegant. Great for parties and the holidays.


finished peanut butter cookies


Let me know if you get any marriage proposals. At the very least you’ll have some people dancing for joy.



4 Ingredient Flourless Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

1 cup peanut butter

1 egg

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla


1) Mix together all the ingredients until combined and the sugar is fully incorporated.

2) Using a cookie scooper or spoon, scoop the dough into small to medium sized balls. Roll them until smooth.

3) Using a fork, create a criss-cross pattern on each cookie. Or use the palm of your hands to slightly press down each cookie.

4) Place the cookies on a greased cookie sheet or silicone baking mat. Place into oven preheated at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

5) Bake cookies 8 to 10 minutes until golden brown. Let cookies sit on baking sheet approximately 2 minutes to set. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool.

5 thoughts on “4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe”

  1. My mom and I used to make these when I was younger all the time. These cookies are so easy to make and a lifesaver when you are in a time crunch!

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