Peanut butter cookies

Peanut butter cookies

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(60 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

  • unbaked
  • 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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Linda Reilly
14th Oct, 2018
Great recipe and it was my first ever attempt at making cookies. Well impressed. Sprinkled some demerara sugar on top of some of them and next time, like tomorrow, am going to use crunchy peanut butter.
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Dominic Heath
13th Sep, 2018
Absolutely fabulous recipe, I doubled it and was still about 4000 short after my friends tasted it!!!!
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kit rowan
5th May, 2018
These were okay, nice but not amazing, wouldn't use this recipe again.
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Helena Scott
4th Mar, 2018
Wow. I tried this recipe as I have a gluten free diet. Such an easy recipe but so tasty! My husband is a chef and I made these for him after work and he said they were stunning and still doesn't believe there is no flour in them!
21st Feb, 2018
After reading so many positive comments, I just had to try these. Suffice to say that I will have to multiply this recipe several times in future as all the cookies were devoured before they had chance to cool! As suggested I reduced sugar to 125g but they were still very sweet, which I think is due to the peanut butter I used. I put salt on top instead of in dough. May try leaving the sugar out or just using small amount next time. Such good results from such a simple recipe, always a good thing!
20th Feb, 2018
Love these cookies! They have gone down a treat every time I have made them. They are also great with white and milk chocolate chips. I cook them for a few minutes longer than the stated time and I find that they need a push down into a circle shape.
Charlotte S
31st Dec, 2017
Great, easy recipe
4th Aug, 2017
These are now a household favourite! We weren't sure how they'd turn out, seemed to easy so we were dubious but they're gorgeous! Skipped the salt and reduced the sugar to 125g.
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2nd Jul, 2017
Great recipe!
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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!