A friend shared this recipe with me years ago. I kept asking, “Three ingredients. Are you sure? There’s only three? No flour?” But she was right, only three ingredients. These are the perfect cookies for late night cravings, last minute snacking, or when you’re out of most dessert ingredients and need something sweet. They can be done, start to finish, in about 20 minutes and you almost always have the ingredients on hand.
The recipe below calls for peanut butter but I’ve used cashew butter and I am confident that any nut butter would do the trick. I’ve also added chocolate and/or butterscotch chips. Butterscotch chips are amazing with peanut butter. You can also include chopped nuts. The limited number of ingredients makes for small batches of cookies, only a dozen or dozen and a half depending on the size of your cookies.
Use a peanut butter that you really like. The peanut butter is the entire taste of the cookie. I’ve been trying to switch over to healthier peanut butters. You know the kind that is primarily or only made of peanuts. Some ingredient lists take up quite a bit of space on the label, when really all you need is peanuts, maybe some salt. It doesn’t taste the same as the peanut butter I grew up on though; I’m used to all those other ingredients. It’s an adjustment, but I’ll get used to it.
Nut Butter Cookies
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 350°.
Mix all three ingredients together in a bowl. Shape spoonfuls of dough into balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Using a fork, press the ball flat; then turn the fork 90° and press again to make a checkerboard pattern on the top of the cookie. Repeat with the remaining dough leaving cookies about an inch apart.
Bake cookies for about 10 minutes or until they have developed a slight crust and have darkened slight in color. They will seem slightly underdone but will have browned on the bottom. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and let the cookies rest for about 1 minute. Remove cookies to wire racks to let cool or enjoy immediately. Don’t burn your tongue.
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