5 Ingredients or Fewer

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

February 15, 2021
21 Ratings
Photo by Rocky Luten. Prop Stylist: Amanda Widis. Food Stylist: Anna Billingskog.
Author Notes

3-ingredient peanut butter cookies are an internet sensation, and for good reason. The basic template—just creamy peanut butter, granulated or brown sugar, and eggs—yields a flourless wonder that defies all odds: cakey edges with a fudgy-gooey middle. This recipe draws inspiration from such simplicity, but makes a couple defiant swaps along the way. Instead of sweetened peanut butter, we’re using unsweetened for more nuance (more intrigue!). And instead of sugar, we’re dumping in a whole jar of jam, be it peach, apricot, or something similarly orange-ish and subtle. This accomplishes a lot: Sweetness, yes. Also fruitiness and tanginess and chewiness. Also-also? It means you can make cookies without using a single measuring cup, measuring spoon, or scale. How about that? —Emma Laperruque

  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar unsweetened peanut butter
  • 1 (13-ounce) jar apricot or peach jam
  • 2 large eggs
  • Flaky salt (optional)
In This Recipe
  1. Heat the oven to 350°F and line 2 sheet pans with a silicone mat or parchment. Add the peanut butter and jam to a bowl. Stir until combined. Crack in the eggs and stir again. Scoop the dough in heaping tablespoons onto the prepared pans, spacing each cookie a couple inches apart. Sprinkle with salt if you’d like. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until bouncy to the touch, browned on the bottom, and starting to crack on the top. Remove from the oven, wait a few minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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27 Reviews

Starmade March 26, 2021
Used regular store brand crunchy pb and marmalade, cut quantities using 1 egg, 8 oz pb and about 4 oz jam. Will make again. These quantities made 22 tasty cookies after 17 min. Next time will lower oven temp a bit.
Starmade March 26, 2021
For reference pb was Jif and Kroger brand combo. Cookies did not spread.
Ji P. March 20, 2021
batter was so loose i had to put it in piping bag. two large egg maybe was too much as when baked i can actually taste egg which is throwing off what could be a great flavor combo. with some tweak... less egg, maybe a little bit of flour could be much better.
Natalie B. March 4, 2021
I normally am a big food 52 fan. These looked great... But very disappointing. They don't really taste like peanut butter, I don't get much of any flavor at all, and I did add flaky sea salt on the top. I used Bon Marie apricot jam, and natural unsweetened peanut butter. The bottom rack burned, I took them out at 20 minutes at a 350° oven, the top rack was fine though. This recipe seemed too good to be true, so it was.
Crispin March 2, 2021
Just a thought from the sidelines, seeing from the comments that people's cookies are coming out pretty differently—"unsweetened peanut butter" is a pretty broad category! In my experience, the texture and consistency of unsweetened peanut butter varies a lot from brand to brand. Some are drippier, some are firmer, some are grainier, and some are creamier in the way that a Jif-type peanut butter is. I wonder if different peanut butters are producing different results. What brand/texture was the recipe tested with?
Marilyn March 1, 2021
I usually like Food 52 recipes, but the 3-Ingredient Penanut Butter Cookies is a big exception. For the first time ever, I threw away the whole cooked batch! The flavor was odd and horrible, it browned/burnt quickly on bottom but stayed uncooked in middle. An unfortunate waste of good ingredients.
Author Comment
Emma L. March 1, 2021
Hi Marilyn, I'm so sorry to hear that! While I'm not sure what might've gone wrong with the burnt bottoms, we have lots and lots of cookies on the site, and I hope you'll find another batch that you love: https://food52.com/recipes/search?tag=cookie,test-kitchen-approved&o=newest
Juneaucat1 March 2, 2021
I had the same problem, just threw away the whole batch. The other disappointment was that they spread, a lot, becoming totally flat during the cooking process. I'm not sure how they stayed so rounded in the instructional video, but maybe a step of chilling the dough before cooking would help? No matter though, I won't be making these again.
Natalie B. March 4, 2021
This happened to me too! Well only the bottom tray burned but it was a very disappointing recipe, and the ingredients cost me about $18.
caly February 24, 2021
Just amazing how a 3 ingredient recipe takes 3 pages to print! That is ridiculous.
Meggeymay February 27, 2021
And your point is...???
Sharon R. February 28, 2021
Did you click on the Print button on the recipe page (just below the main picture) or did you choose print from your computer's menu? If you choose print from the recipe page it's just one page.
Rachael D. February 22, 2021
Wow. This was amazing! Used parchment, flipped halfway, cooked for 23 mins, Justin’s honey PB and Bonne Maman apricot. Cannot recommend this recipe enough. Thanks, Emma!
Franca February 22, 2021
I made these with orange marmalade, and crunchy peanut butter. I added a teaspoon of ginger, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and a pinch of nutmeg, and sea salt sprinkled on top. I baked two racks of cookies at 325 convection for 25 minutes. The cook and texture was perfect. All that being said, I do find them kind of one note. They are a great base though, and the possibilites are endless.
Kbz4946 February 20, 2021
Just made these using orange marmalade... Pretty good. They are moist. I wonder if honey can be used instead of jam?
Mathieu G. February 20, 2021
Excellent! I was in a rush and wanted to gift some treats for a friend. Made this with crunchy PB that was slightly salted, and a jar of homemade chunky mango jam. It came out so beautifully, a perfect balance of richness and sweetness. I baked them for 25 minutes, rotating pans at halftime. This recipe is a keeper!
Marmar February 19, 2021
Not a fan at all! Followed the recipe faithfully. Read the review that stated concern about watching the bottom for over browning. I watch the first batch like a hawk. Still half the batch was clearly burnt. Second batch I took out earlier, clearly undercooked and more gummy than chewy. Used unsweetened peanut butter as suggested in the recipe and apricot jam. Added flakey salt to second batch. No discernible difference in taste with the salt. Cookies lacked sweetness and I don’t have a sweet tooth! A waste of time in my opinion, but at least it kept me occupied on this snowy day in upstate NY.
David S. February 20, 2021
I did exactly as the recipe said and took the cookies off a little early and got the same burnt bottoms.Only thing different was parchment paper not silicone sheet. What happened ?
Author Comment
Emma L. February 22, 2021
Hi Marmar and David, so sorry to hear that! I've baked these on silicone and parchment, and haven't run into burnt bottoms in the 20 to 25 min time range. Couple thoughts: Depending on your oven, baking on the middle or upper rack could help. Same goes for an extra oven thermometer to monitor if the temp ever drops/spikes (my own oven runs super hot, so an extra thermometer lets me keep it in check). Hope that helps!
Ruby C. February 23, 2021
Hi! I had the same issue with the brown bottoms with my first batch. My oven runs hot so I turned it down to 325, and baked for 19 minutes on the second batch...perfection!
macleanr February 23, 2021
I used regular sweetened PB here as that’s all I had and my bottoms were quiet dark, I wonder if this was your issue? The extra sugar could have darkened quickly
KristinC February 24, 2021
Could the issue be the type of peanut butter? The recipe doesn't specify natural or "conventional" peanut butter. Is it better to use one or the other? I'm interested in trying this recipe, but typically only have natural peanut butter in the house.
macleanr April 17, 2021
Made these with a natural peanut butter and WOW the difference was huge. Absolutely delicious.
Chunchine February 17, 2021
I made these last night with almond butter and apricot jam. They are delicious! I ate three of them warm from the oven and ruined my dinner :-) I baked them at 350 for 20 minutes and took them out. They were very dark on the bottom - nearly burned - so watch them carefully. I have a gas oven so maybe that had something to do with it? Watch carefully to avoid overcooking.
Billie L. February 20, 2021
I was going to ask if other nut butters could be used! I have a large jar of almond butter, now this afternoon I'm going to try these!
Carole P. February 17, 2021
how does these keep ???? are they good for shipping ????
Author Comment
Emma L. February 17, 2021
In an airtight container, they'll keep at room temperature for a few days. They also freeze beautifully.