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Easy Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe – Only 5 Ingredients

I have been trying to create an easy peanut butter cookie recipe for a few days now. Several of them turned out to taste like old, rotten, Play-Doh. Finally, we have a winner. These peanut butter cookies taste delicious, and only take a short time to make. This post contains affiliate links, all opinions are my own.

Peanut butter cookies in a pick package next to milk.

When I worked with LTD Commodities, one of the items that I got was a baking mat. It’s cool, but I am pretty sure it tacks on a few extra baking minutes, and it causes funny waves in the cookies. I kind of like the way it looks – makes the cookies interesting.

Peanut butter cookies on a red baking mat.

Another fun item that I recently received is the Cricut Explore. I will be posting my full review shortly, but in this picture you can see the cookie holder I was able to make using the Cricut. With cardstock, freezer paper, and sticker paper, I was able to use the Cricut Explore™ to create the DIY cookie holder. That was another reason I had to bake cookies – to fill the cookie holder. 😉

DIY cookie holder made out of paper with a cookie in it.

Easy Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe


Makes 12 cookies

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter – I used Jif Reduced Fat
  • 1/4 cup sugar – I might exclude this next time – the cookies are pretty sweet
  • 1 package instant pudding mix – I used French Vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla – I used Madagascar Vanilla Bean paste
  • Optional add-ins: chocolate chips, crushed peanuts, etc.


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Mix all ingredients using a mixer
  3. Mix in any optional add-ins by hand
  4. Roll dough into 1″ balls and place onto an ungreased cookie sheet
  5. Flatten gently using the tines of a fork
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes (start checking at 15, but mine took closer to 20 minutes)
  7. Let cool completely before removing from pan
Three peanut butter cookies stacked on a doily.

You know, sometimes you just need a peanut butter cookie. This easy peanut butter cookie recipe is the ticket for those times.

Easy Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe - Only 5 Ingredients

Do you like peanut butter cookies? Do you have a favorite easy peanut butter cookie recipe?

Julie Wood

Wednesday 15th of April 2015

These are easy awesome cookies to make and they look so delicious! I will have to make these and try out your version! Thanks for sharing.

Maria C

Sunday 29th of March 2015

Can't wait for me & my daughter to make this. Thanks for sharing

Jen L

Friday 20th of March 2015

These sound delish and better than the 3 ingredient recipes i've seen around!

Nicole Dziedzic

Friday 20th of March 2015

One of my favorite cookies to make, and with only 5 ingredients these are a must bake.

Sarah L

Thursday 19th of March 2015

My favorite cookie is Peanut Butter. Have to try this recipe. Thanks.