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5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

I don’t usually hop on baking trends, but these 5 ingredient peanut butter cookies were too difficult to resist!!

After seeing this recipe in a ton of videos on TikTok I finally decided to try my hand at them.

I have no clue who came up with the original recipe, but if you know please share in the comments section below so I can credit them.

The fact that they’re made with only 5 ingredients AND require no chill time made me think they’d be too good to be true.

photo of easy, 5 ingredient peanut butter cookie

They also are technically gluten free because this recipe uses no flour! I was skeptical to say the least, but I gathered my ingredients and went to work.

I’m happy to report they’re just as incredible as all the videos make them seem!!

My First Batch

I whipped up my first batch in literally a few minutes, and popped them into my oven once it was warm enough.

The batter came together so quickly I had to wait for my oven to fully preheat before I could bake them!

image of ingredients laid out to make super easy 5 ingredient peanut butter cookies

I used my favorite creamy peanut butter, which worked great! You can also use a crunchy peanut butter if you want these cookies to have a bit more texture.

For the chocolate chips, I used a mix of jumbo dark and milk chocolate chips. I love using big pieces of chocolate because they create massive pools of melted chocolate in each cookie.

Chocolate chunks would also work great, or you can also use regular chocolate chips.

image of ingredients in bowl to make 5 ingredient peanut butter cookies

Bake Time

The bake time for these cookies can vary a bit based on the type of peanut butter you use, how large of cookie dough balls your roll, and your oven.

I found my cookies were done after about 9 minutes, but bake time can vary between 8-10 minutes. Keep an eye on them!

image of 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie held in hand to show melting chocolate and flakes of sea salt

I also prefer my cookies soft and chewy, but if you like yours crispy you can leave the in the oven a couple minutes longer.

Making These 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies Even Prettier

While taste is always my top priority, I really do believe we eat with our eyes first!

To make these cookies even prettier, I like to press a few additional chocolate chips on top of my cookies as soon as I take them out of the oven.

photo of flourless peanut butter cookie held in hand to show melting chocolate chips

It makes giant pools of chocolate on top of each cookie that look so gorgeous.

I also decided to jazz these cookies up with a sprinkle of sea salt. It really emphasizes the salty sweet contrast in these cookies, and it looks great too!

My Opinion of These Cookies

I taste tested these cookies while they were still a little warm with an ice cold glass of milk.

They’re are packed with peanut butter flavor, and the sprinkle of sea salt really takes them to the next level.

The pools of melted chocolate aren’t too bad either! Something about chocolate and peanut butter together is so wonderful.

image of peanut butter chocolate chip cookie on parchment paper sprinkled with sea salt

The only only downside is that they are a bit delicate!! Be careful as you transfer them to a wire rack to cool, or if you try to eat them when they’re hot. They kind of fall apart in your hands if they’re still warm.

But considering the simplicity of this recipe, I’m incredibly impressed. These cookies are so delicious and this is honestly one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever made.

Tips for Making the Best Peanut Butter Cookies:

  • Use a peanut butter or nut butter that doesn’t separate easily! Some natural peanut butters can cause the cookies to spread more and not bake up as well
  • Use a cookie scoop to make sure each cookie is the same size
  • Press a few additional chocolate chips onto the top of your cookies when they’re fresh out of the oven
  • Sprinkle some sea salt over the baked cookies to really amp up their flavor
  • You can use dark or light brown sugar in this recipe, or regular granulated sugar if you don’t have brown sugar on hand
  • If you don’t have an egg, try adding it 1/4 cup of applesauce or a neutral tasting oil (like canola or vegetable)

Let Me Know What You Think!

If you try this 5 ingredient peanut butter cookies recipe, I’d love to hear what think of it! Please leave a rating, and let me know your thoughts by sharing a comment.

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Yield: 12

5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

image of 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie held in hand to show melting chocolate and flakes of sea salt

This 5 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe is incredibly easy to make, and requires no chill time! They're practically fool-proof!!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1 cup light or dark brown sugar, packed (200 grams)
  • 1 large egg (56 grams)
  • 1 cup peanut butter (240 grams)
  • 1 tsp baking soda (6 grams)
  • 1/2 cup milk or dark chocolate chips (95 grams)

Additional Decorations (optional)

  • 1/4 cup chocolate chunks
  • 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F / 175 C.
  2. Cream together the brown sugar and egg with a hand mixer or stand mixer at a medium speed for a minute, until well combined. If you don't have an electric mixer, give this a good whisk by hand!
  3. Add the peanut butter, baking soda, and milk chocolate and mix on a low speed until the cookie dough is smooth and no clumps of brown sugar remain.
  4. Scoop or roll 12 cookie dough balls (about 1 1/2 tablespoons each) and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  5. Bake for 9-10 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven. Press a few additional chocolate chips on top of the cookies and add a sprinkle of sea salt.
  7. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Notes

No chilling required!! This dough can be scooped and immediately put into the oven to bake.

If made in advance, the dough can be rolled into 1 inch balls and chilled in the fridge for up to a week, or kept in the freezer for up to a month.

The dough can be baked straight from the fridge or freezer, just add a couple extra minutes to the bake time.

Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 233Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 17mgSodium 323mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 2gSugar 20gProtein 6g

Joan

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

I have to say, I was skeptical about making these. But I'm happy I did. I doubled the recipe and added nuts. Very yummy. Thank you!! I will be making these again!!

Jen

Tuesday 19th of January 2021

WARNING: RECIPE IS DANGEROUS! It allows for satisfying a hard core sweet tooth with an absolutely delicious cookie in like 12 minutes (plus whatever time you can stand to let them rest). Because I subbed applesauce for the egg, I was able to cut the recipe in half - to preventing overindulging! Good thing I did, because these were awesome! I've never subbed applesauce before... it was great! I didn't even miss the egg! Nice and soft and not gritty at all... Possibly due to moisture from the applesauce more adequately dissolving the sugar? I probably could have left them in the oven a bit longer because they wanted to fall apart when handled. I never got to see how they behaved once they COMPLETELY cooled, though... they just didn't last that long!! Will definitely make this recipe again and again (and again and again). I think these were in the oven within five minutes, and I used a whisk to hand mix the brown sugar and unsweetened applesauce. This one is dangerously simple. Thank you!

Sabrina

Saturday 17th of October 2020

Hi from germany, This recipe is so good and delicious, but my first try making them was a fail because the dough turned out to be crummbly. And i dont know why, could it be because of the peanutbutter?

Marcy

Monday 24th of August 2020

So good and so fast, great recipe

Chloe

Tuesday 28th of July 2020

These are sooooo good. I first saw your post on this recipe on TikTok, and gave them a try. So glad I did! I’m a huge fan!

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