Peanut butter cookies

Peanut butter cookies

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(107 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 12 mins


Makes 16

With just three ingredients, these simple peanut butter cookies will delight kids and grown-ups alike - and they're gluten-free, too

Nutrition and extra info

  • uncooked dough only
  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal126
  • fat7g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre0.5g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 200g peanut butter (crunchy or smooth is fine)

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  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • ¼ tsp fine table salt
  • 1 large egg



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  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line 2 large baking trays with baking parchment.

  2. Measure the peanut butter and sugar into a bowl. Add ¼ tsp fine table salt and mix well with a wooden spoon. Add the egg and mix again until the mixture forms a dough.

  3. Break off cherry tomato sized chunks of dough and place, well spaced apart, on the trays. Press the cookies down with the back of a fork to squash them a little. The cookies can now be frozen for 2 months, cook from frozen adding an extra min or 2 to the cooking time.

  4. Bake for 12 mins, until golden around the edges and paler in the centre. Cool on the trays for 10 mins, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. Store in a cookie jar for up to 3 days.

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31st Jan, 2020
When I read this recipe I couldn’t imagine how they would work (despite reading all the comments). They absolutely do though and are delicious.
22nd Jan, 2020
So easy to make and really tasty. I think crunchy peanut butter is best as it gives them little peanut chunks in, and there's no need to add salt if your peanut butter already has some in. I make them for my sister, who can't eat wheat, and they always go down well. Sometimes I add chocolate chips, too, which make them extra delicious.
1st Dec, 2019
These need more flattening out than 'a little' lmao. These need to be flattened loads else they'll be tiny and really fat. Not a great recipe due to how vague it is, but they seem nice
22nd Nov, 2019
I baked these cookies today and the recipe is very quick and simple. I used crunchy peanut butter which made the mix quite runny in consistency. However. I put the mix in the fridge for 30 mins which solidified it well. I don't have a sweet tooth but though the cookies were lovely and chewy, they were extremely bland in flavour.
tarzan's girlfriend
16th Sep, 2019
Very yummy but next time I would only use 125g of sugar as suggested by others. If you love peanut butter a biscuit for you !!!
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Nathan Mallows
2nd Sep, 2019
Well that's the diet ruined - took the tip to reduce the sugar content and these are excellent - family of 4 two batches destroyed.... Great recipe
23rd Apr, 2019
I made these for a WI function. I’m afraid that I wasn’t overly impressed, although quick and easy to make, they took a good 20 minutes to cook and lacking in flavour. Won’t do again
6th Feb, 2019
Very yummy but very sweet even when I added half the amount of sugar. Would make again with a quarter of the listed sugar.
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Anita Dunne
30th Jan, 2019
Delicious! Made with half smooth, half crunchy peanut butter, 100gm sugar, and vanilla salt. Found that letting the 'dough' stand for half-an-hour firmed it up. Made a lot more than 16 biscuits
25th Jan, 2019
My go-to recipe when I crave something sweet, but want to bake something easy! And I always have these ingredients handy. So yummy! Used less sugar as suggested. And baked for a bit longer for a nice crunch.


4th Sep, 2019
Can you make these with crunchy peanut butter? There's mixed reviews from other people!
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9th Sep, 2019
Thanks for your question. Yes, you can make these with crunchy peanut butter, depending on your preferred texture - a combination of the two is also an option.
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Sketch Call
26th Jan, 2019
Can I skip the salt?
goodfoodteam's picture
26th Jan, 2019
Thanks for your question. The salt does enhance the flavour but you can leave the salt out if you prefer.
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YouBetterWork _
18th Jul, 2018
Was anyone else’s mixture realllyyyy wet??
5th Sep, 2016
Why are these listed as "unbaked"?
6th Oct, 2017
It means that you can freeze them unbaked.
16th Aug, 2015
Is the ingredient list for this recipe correct?
16th Sep, 2015
Hi, I believe the ingredients list is correct as I followed it and the result was a batch of delicious cookies.
18th Apr, 2017
Half the sugar - they don't need that much. Also press a hollow in the top with your thumb and fill with a blob of strawberry jam, then bake as normal. Pbj cookies!
26th Jun, 2016
These cookies are gorgeous and chewy when made with smooth peanut butter but I cannot stress enough that when made with crunchy peanut butter their consistency and taste is entirely different and I wouldn't recommend it.
7th Nov, 2015
Try adding 1/2 Tsp of mixed spice!
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