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Crisp, salty, sweet peanut butter cookie recipe stacked on rack,

Easy 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

  • Author: Joy the Baker adapted from Gourmet
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
  • Total Time: 20-22 minutes
  • Yield: about 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: dessert, cookies


A perfectly sweet, salty, and crisp peanut butter cookie that is secretly gluten-free!


  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter (you can use natural though I prefer a Skippy or Jiffy for this recipe)
  • 1 cup (200 grams) sugar (1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar and 1/2 cup granulated sugar)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or very lightly grease a baking sheet with butter and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a medium bowl with electric hand beaters,  combine peanut butter and sugars until well combined, about 2 minutes. Add egg and baking soda and mix for another 2 minutes. Roll into small walnut sized balls and create a cris-cross pattern with a fork.
  3. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool on a baking sheet for two minutes, then transfer to a wire rack or directly into your mouth.  Cookies will last in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.