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4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

These super easy 4 Ingredient peanut butter cookies are the perfect treat for when you need to satisfy that sweet tooth! In less than 20 minutes you’ll be biting into crispy golden edges and gooey peanut butter centers – all without even using flour!

a stack of peanut butter cookies with a bite taken out of the top one and a cup of milk in the background

Why You’ll Love 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies with Brown Sugar

These cookies are perfect for a weeknight dessert! Of course, a skillet chocolate chip cookie with peanut butter would be amazing every night of the week, but it takes double the time of this recipe and sometimes we just need a cookie ASAP, right?! 

This 4 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe is simple and delicious. You don’t even need flour to make these chewy morsels of goodness! The brown sugar makes these cookies richly flavored, but of course, the creamy peanut butter is the star of the show. 

You can also make different variations of this recipe – who doesn’t love a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie? Let me know how you like it, and sorry (not sorry) in advance if these peanut butter cookies become your nightly routine. 

Ingredients

eggs, baking powder, vanilla paste, peanut butter, and brown sugar

Only four ingredients – can you believe it? This recipe was created with you and your busy life in mind, which means it only calls for the absolute necessities. It’s possible to create delicious treats with minimal fuss and this recipe is proof! 

  • Smooth peanut butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Baking Soda
  • Vanilla paste (optional)

How to Make Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

mixing peanut butter and brown sugar in a silver bowl

Step 1: Preheat and Prep

Preheat the oven to 350 F and line two medium-sized rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Set these aside for later. 

Step 2: Combine Peanut Butter and Sugar

In a bowl with a stand mixer (or with a hand mixer) add the peanut butter and brown sugar. Mix these two ingredients together on medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes. 

mixing the batter and adding eggs

Step 3: Add Remaining Ingredients

Add the eggs, baking soda, and vanilla bean paste (if using) and mix them into the batter for another minute until combined.

mixing the cookie dough

Step 4: Scoop Dough

With a 1-inch cookie scoop, add dough balls onto the parchment-lined baking sheets and create a crisscross pattern with a fork. Top the dough with a little extra brown sugar if you’d like. 

Step 5: Bake

Bake your peanut butter cookies for 8-9 minutes, or until the edges are slightly golden brown. Remove them from the oven and leave them on the baking sheet to set and cool for an additional 3-5 minutes. Transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling. Enjoy!

a stack of peanut butter cookies beside a lone cookie and a spoonful of peanut butter

Variations + Serving Suggestions

  • Cookie Add-ins: Fold in some chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, M&Ms, or mini marshmallows to make these cookies a little extra special. 
  • Cocktails: It’s the end of the day and you just want dessert and a cocktail. Whip up this easy recipe and enjoy it alongside a gingerbread affogato, or a cookie milk whiskey nightcap.
  • If you aren’t looking for a spiked beverage, these cookies are delicious with a glass of milk, a hot cup of tea, or some hot chocolate
  • If you are enjoying your leftover cookies for breakfast (I love and support this), start your day with an iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso or an iced peppermint mocha. Yum!
a stack of peanut butter cookies with a tray of more cookies behind them along with a glass of milk

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I seriously love seeing what you guys are making and sharing your creations with the College Housewife community!

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several peanut butter cookies scored in a criss cross design on a parchment lined baking sheet

4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 9 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: Baking
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This 4 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe is simple and delicious. You don’t even need flour to make these chewy morsels of goodness! The brown sugar makes these cookies richly flavored, but of course, the creamy peanut butter is the star of the show. 


Ingredients

Scale

1 ½ cups smooth peanut butter

1 ½ cups brown sugar

2 large eggs, at room temp

1 ½ tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla paste, optional


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line two medium rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. 
  2. In a bowl with a stand mixer or a medium bowl with a hand mixer add peanut butter and brown sugar. Mix together on medium-high for 2-3 minutes. 
  3. Add eggs, baking soda and vanilla bean paste if using and mix together for another minute. 
  4. With a 1 inch cookie scoop, scoop dough balls onto the baking sheet and create a criss cross pattern with a fork. Top with a little extra brown sugar if desired. 
  5. Bake for 8-9 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave on the baking sheet for an additional 3-5 minutes. Transfer to a wire baking rack to finish cooling.

Notes

Optional Add-Ins: Fold in chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, M&Ms, or mini marshmallows.

Keywords: 4 ingredient peanut butter cookies no flour, 4 ingredient peanut butter cookies with brown sugar

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