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3 ingredient peanut butter cookies {secret recipe club}

by Heather

Happy Monday morning all!

I just have to start out by telling you that every comment I received over the weekend just filled me with joy. Really. I could not believe all the love I got and just wanted to say thank you all so very much. I’m excited to share the journey here and even more excited to experience it.

If you’re catching up from the weekend make sure to check out what you missed…

the VERY VERY special announcement (heather=bun in oven)

I have a feeling this week is going to fly by. Maybe I’m just excited for my weekend of body pump training, or maybe I’m just always excited for weekend. Whatever it is, it’s gunna be a good one.

Today we have to talk about something that is good. I mean really good.

Cookies sure were a great invention huh? Hand held treats you can grab and go. They’re sweetly addictive and a rewarding bite.

Today is Secret Recipe Club reveal date and I was very excited to secret scour around It’s Yummy to My Tummy. Heather has soooo many delicious looking treats. She cooks and bakes for her family, feeding her kiddos. She has a lot of yummy looking goodies, but her 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies were calling my name once I saw then.

Heather – Heather – make me – eat me.

Haha okay kinda creepy.

Just 3 ingredients… really? Both my husband and mother were skeptical when I was putting together these cookies. I had faith and Jacob was pleasantly surprised and excited that it only takes 3 ingredients (he can make them!).

The original recipe calls for 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup white sugar and 1 egg. I knew I could cut the sugar way down, so first I beat together the 1 cup peanut butter (natural with just a touch of salt) and ½ cup natural cane sugar. After it was mixed up nicely I tasted it to see if it was sweet. There was a slight sweetness so I added the egg in, make cookies and baked.

I was SO happy with the taste of the cookies. Since there was no flour in there to stabilize the cookie, it does crumble easily, but we had no problem with that. They are very soft and I cannot get over how tasty!

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
Adapted from here


  • 1 cup natural peanut butter, creamy or chunky (the kind with a touch of salt)
  • ½ cup natural cane sugar
  • 1 large egg


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a standing mixer or a large bowl with handheld mixers (or even just a spoon), add the peanut butter and sugar. Mix until fully combined. Now is where you can taste to see if you want more sugar, or start with less to reduce it and taste.
  3. Add in the egg. Mix until combined.
  4. Drop mounds of cookie dough on an ungreased baking sheet. Using a fork press into the cookies to make an X for a classic peanut butter cookie look.
  5. Bake for 6-10 minutes, depending on how small or large you make your cookies. I made 14 cookies and baked them for 8 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.

You will make people around you very happy with these cookies. That includes YOU.



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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes October 17, 2011 - 5:15 am

Perfect recipe! I need to try this 🙂

Hilliary@ HappilyEverHealthy October 17, 2011 - 6:09 am

Peanut butter cookies are one of my favorites, love that there is only 3 ingredients!

Get Healthy with Heather October 17, 2011 - 5:43 pm

Mine too!

amanda @ fake ginger October 17, 2011 - 6:25 am

The only time I don’t mind a crumbly cookie is when they are peanut butter. These look perfect and I’m excited to try them!

Get Healthy with Heather October 17, 2011 - 5:43 pm

Yay hope you like then Amanda!

heather October 17, 2011 - 6:41 am

First, congrats on the new bun in the oven, what a special time this is for you and your family! Also, thank you for picking my 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies! I’m glad you got good reviews for them from your family 🙂 It is such a great recipe to use for those with gluten or dairy sensitivities.

Get Healthy with Heather October 17, 2011 - 5:44 pm

So true I didn’t even think about the gluten and dairy free aspect… I was just thinking about the deliciousness that these cookies were. Thanks for the recipe!

Trisha October 17, 2011 - 6:56 am

Full of peanut butter goodness … these cookies must’ve been awesome!

Get Healthy with Heather October 17, 2011 - 5:44 pm

They sure were!

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 17, 2011 - 7:12 am

these look great! my 1st month with the SRC I made PB cookies and then I made choc PB cookies the next month 🙂 And today I made cookies. I love that you made these cookies for the SRC too!

Get Healthy with Heather October 17, 2011 - 5:45 pm

You have good taste in cookies my friend 🙂

Erin @ Making Memories October 17, 2011 - 9:47 am

These look wonderful!

Miz Helen October 17, 2011 - 10:29 am

Hi Heather,
Your cookies look awesome! Thanks for sharing and it is fun cooking with you in the SRC!
Miz Helen
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ButterYum October 17, 2011 - 10:45 am

1 – CONGRATULATIONS!!! What wonderful news 🙂

2 – who could pass up a 3 ingredient peanut butter cookie? I’d even allow my 14 year old to make these solo. Going to pin the recipe. Great SRC pick! Hope you’ll stop by and see my reveal.


Get Healthy with Heather October 17, 2011 - 5:46 pm

Yes! They’re be great for kids (and husbands too, hehe).

Nicole, RD October 17, 2011 - 12:00 pm

I am just getting caught up – CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!

And the 3 ingredient cookies look AMAZING!

Get Healthy with Heather October 17, 2011 - 5:47 pm

Thanks Nicole 🙂

Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries October 17, 2011 - 1:37 pm

I know I’ll SURELY be happy with these cookies! When the main ingredient is peanut butter, you can’t go wrong! 🙂

Get Healthy with Heather October 17, 2011 - 5:47 pm

Amen sista

andi winslow October 17, 2011 - 2:38 pm

First, congrats……these cookies look easy and tasty. I am a cookie and sugar addict so don’t come to my blog…I should have a talking too…Andi

Get Healthy with Heather October 17, 2011 - 5:48 pm

Haha a cookie addiction sounds mighty delicious.

Katie October 17, 2011 - 3:46 pm

Um FOODGASM much looking at all of those pictures! I think I somewhere in there Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cake? Are you kidding me? These pictures are not helping my sweet tooth craving. Have a wonderful evening!

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List October 17, 2011 - 5:15 pm

Totally making these!! Only because they look easy…3 ingredients is good for me, less chance of failure!

Get Healthy with Heather October 17, 2011 - 5:49 pm

I’m all for less failure when it comes to anything.

Isabelle October 17, 2011 - 5:16 pm

I love these type of recipes because I hate dealing with a long list of ingredients!

Get Healthy with Heather October 17, 2011 - 5:49 pm

Me too!

Kristen October 17, 2011 - 7:17 pm

I have made this recipe before and was also wondering how they could turn out with only 3 ingredients…but they did. Yours look delicious!!

Pure2raw twins October 17, 2011 - 7:52 pm

love these 3 ingredient cookies! simple and yummy

Heather (Where's the Beach) October 18, 2011 - 6:17 am

Love PB cookies. Do you think you could make with flax egg rather than a whole egg?

Get Healthy with Heather October 18, 2011 - 7:38 am

My only concern would be that they’re already kind of crumbly so they may really fall apart… But it could be the opposite. You should try and let me know!

Melanie October 18, 2011 - 6:48 am

Why is it that I have never actually made peanut butter cookies! These look amazing. I was looking for something quick and easy to make for book club tomorrow night, and I think we have a winner!

Get Healthy with Heather October 18, 2011 - 9:15 am

Hope you all enjoy them!

Amy @ A Little nosh October 18, 2011 - 1:30 pm

Sounds delicious. I wonder how it would be with honey instead of sugar…

Get Healthy with Heather October 18, 2011 - 8:34 pm

I wonder if the batter would be a little too wet? You should try and let me know! That would be a tasty alternative.

Lisa~~ October 18, 2011 - 10:54 pm

Congrats on your wonderful news and your cookies look delicious.

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my group “A” SRC recipe this month: Levain Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies.

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amy October 19, 2011 - 7:46 am

Yum! Looks great! Fun to participate in SRC with you!

Alli October 21, 2011 - 9:59 am

Can’t beat 3 ingredients. LOVE PB cookies and love your swaps.

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