Classic 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

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These have to be the best—and the easiest—peanut butter cookies on the planet.

Just whip four ingredients together and bake.

It takes next to no time, and it’s a delicious treat (and relatively nutritious, for a cookie).

The secret? Use the best peanut butter and vanilla extract you can. There’s not a lot to these, so every ingredient counts.

Customize them with smooth or chunky peanut butter to suit your taste. (For us, we usually like smooth.)

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As a bonus, they’re also gluten-free if that’s your thing.

Classic 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Makes about 2 dozen cookies

Do a little prep

Line two sheet pans with parchment paper and set aside.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.

Make the cookie dough

Put the sugar, peanut butter, egg and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.

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Mix with a spatula or wooden spoon until smooth. (A whisk is going to get too gloppy.)

You’ll wind up with a really dense, thick paste. That’s fine. Just get it uniform.

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Bake the cookies

Grab your prepared baking sheet. Scoop a rounded Tablespoon.

Roll it into a ball and set it on the pan.

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Repeat with the rest of the dough until you’ve used it all up.

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Next, squash each one down twice with a fork to give them that classic peanut butter cookie look.

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Bake at 325 degrees F for about 15 minutes, until firm and opaque.

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Cool and inhale

Transfer your cookies to a rack to cool.

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How do you like your peanut butter cookies?

Plain? Fancy? Made with chocolate chips or dried cranberries?

Leave a comment below, let us know!

Classic 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Yields About 2 dozen

These have to be the best—and the easiest—peanut butter cookies on the planet. Just whip four ingredients together and bake. It takes next to no time, and it’s a delicious treat (and relatively nutritious, for a cookie). They're also gluten free!

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Ingredients

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper and set aside. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Put the sugar, peanut butter, egg and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Mix with a spatula or wooden spoon until smooth.
  4. Grab your prepared baking sheet. Scoop a rounded Tablespoon. Roll it into a ball and set it on the pan. Repeat til you've used up all your dough.
  5. Squash each one down twice with a fork to give them that classic peanut butter cookie hashmark.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees F for about 15 minutes, until firm and opaque.
  7. Transfer your cookies to a rack to cool. Enjoy!
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Jessie Cross is a cookbook author and creator of The Hungry Mouse, a monster online food blog w/500+ recipes. When she's not shopping for cheese or baking pies, Jessie serves as an Associate Creative Director at PARTNERS+simons, a boutique ad agency in Boston. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and two small, fluffy wolves.

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