Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint cookies are a fun type of cookie to bake when you want something that looks a little fancier than your average drop cookie – and delivers an extra punch of flavor.  Each individual cookie resembles a miniature tart, made by creating an indent in the top of the unbaked dough and …

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint cookies are a fun type of cookie to bake when you want something that looks a little fancier than your average drop cookie – and delivers an extra punch of flavor.  Each individual cookie resembles a miniature tart, made by creating an indent in the top of the unbaked dough and adding a filling before baking. The fillings can be just about any flavor, but I mostly see them with fruit-based jams and citrus curds.

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies break with tradition because they are made with a chocolate cookie base and feature a peanut butter filling, delivering a finished cookie that anyone who enjoys the combination of chocolate and peanut butter will love. And who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter together?

The cookie dough itself is an almost shortbread-like dough. It has a deep, bittersweet chocolate flavor and a crisp, crumbly texture. The relatively dry dough is easy to handle and shape. The shortbread-like consistency means that the cookies don’t spread out too much as they bake, holidng their shape and keeping that filling in place. The filling is purely peanut butter that is piped into the center of each cookie. You’ll notice that I said “piped” because I recommend using a piping bag (or a sandwich bag with the corner snipped off) to get the peanut butter neatly into the center of each cookie dough round. You can spoon it into place, but piping is a bit less messy. I used a national brand (I like JIF) that had a nice balance of sweet and salty to it.

Once baked, the cookies are finished with a drizzle of chocolate. If you want a little bit more nuttiness, you could sprinkle on a pinch of finely chopped peanuts before the chocolate sets! The cookies keep very well, so feel free to double the recipe and pack them away in an airtight container for snacking all week long.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter, room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
approx 1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and creamy. Blend in milk and vanilla extract, then slowly blend in the flour mixture with the mixer on low speed. Dough will be dry, but will come together as you mix. If necessary, add in an additional teaspoon or two of milk.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls and arrange on prepared baking sheet. Using your thumb or the back of a spoon, make an indentation in the top of each ball of dough and pipe (or spoon) peanut butter to fill the indentation completely up.
Bake for 13-15 minutes, until cookies are set and are just firm around the outside edge. Allow cookies to cool for 2-3 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
When the cookies have cooled, melt half of the chocolate chips in a small, microwave-safe bowl. Add unmelted chips to the warm, melted chips and stir until all the chocolate chips have melted (to quickly temper the chocolate). IF necessary, warm mixture for 10 seconds in the microwave if not all the chocolate chips melt. Drizzle chocolate over the cookies using a piping bag or the tines of a fork. Allow chocolate to set at room temperature.

Makes 3 1/2 dozen.

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

These peanut butter oatmeal bars are the best trick! They’re no bake, easy and healthy; and the flavor is out of this world. Here’s our new favorite trick for healthy treats: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars! These are everything you want in a treat: irresistible sweet peanut-y flavor, chewy texture, and a little drizzle of chocolate on top! These no bake oatmeal bars are like our famous bliss bite cookies, but easier and healthier (if that’s possible). And we can’t get enough of them! Our son Larson often asks with a sly smile if he can have an oatmeal bar: and we’re happy to indulge him. This sweet treat optimizes whole grain oats while hitting it big in the sweet, salty and satisfying department. Let’s get cooking! Though really…there’s no real cooking involved. Ingredients for peanut butter oatmeal bars There are only 5 ingredients you’ll need for these peanut butter oatmeal bars…and two are in the recipe title! That’s the ultimate easy recipe, right there. We love these no bake oatmeal bars for treats, but they’re also great for snacks since they’re mostly just whole grain oats. For breakfast bars, we prefer our straight up Oatmeal Bars: but you could also […]

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These peanut butter oatmeal bars are the best trick! They’re no bake, easy and healthy; and the flavor is out of this world.

Peanut butter oatmeal bars

Here’s our new favorite trick for healthy treats: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars! These are everything you want in a treat: irresistible sweet peanut-y flavor, chewy texture, and a little drizzle of chocolate on top! These no bake oatmeal bars are like our famous bliss bite cookies, but easier and healthier (if that’s possible). And we can’t get enough of them! Our son Larson often asks with a sly smile if he can have an oatmeal bar: and we’re happy to indulge him. This sweet treat optimizes whole grain oats while hitting it big in the sweet, salty and satisfying department. Let’s get cooking! Though really…there’s no real cooking involved.

Ingredients for peanut butter oatmeal bars

There are only 5 ingredients you’ll need for these peanut butter oatmeal bars…and two are in the recipe title! That’s the ultimate easy recipe, right there. We love these no bake oatmeal bars for treats, but they’re also great for snacks since they’re mostly just whole grain oats. For breakfast bars, we prefer our straight up Oatmeal Bars: but you could also eat these for breakfast as well. Here’s what you’ll need for these babies:

  • Old Fashioned rolled oats: Use plain old oats here: not steel cut or instant oats!
  • Peanut butter: We like natural peanut butter with no added sugar or salt, but use your favorite brand.
  • Honey: Honey has the best warm flavor and sticky texture. See below for a few vegan options!
  • Cinnamon: This spice adds just the right nuance.
  • Dark chocolate: All you need is a 1 ounce of dark chocolate — it’s just a hint of the good stuff!
Peanut butter oatmeal bars

Chocolate drizzle is optional

The dark chocolate is optional here: but it’s a great addition! Just the small amount of chocolate adds a great punch, but still keeps the treats on the healthy side. How?

  • Dark chocolate adds just 8 calories per bar! That’s for the large sized bar (see more on that below). We’re not in the habit of counting calories, but we were pleasantly surprised to note that the drizzle doesn’t take it into decadent territory.
  • Also try milk chocolate, peanut butter, or white chocolate. Some variations? Melt semi-sweet chocolate, peanut butter chips, or white chocolate chips into a drizzle. White chocolate and dark chocolate together would also look lovely.

Cut them into large or small servings

Serving size is helpful when you’re looking at healthy treats! These peanut butter oatmeal bars have two size options depending on what you’re looking for:

  • Cut them into 20 bars, 4 x 5-inches. We like small rectangles vs the standard large squares you get if you simply divide a 9 x 9 pan evenly into 16. Call us crazy, but it’s more fun to eat this size!
  • Or go smaller: cut those in half to make 40 bars! Love curbing a sweets craving with a little morsel? Go for 40 small bars: they’re perfect for little nibbles.
No bake peanut butter oatmeal bars

Vegan no bake oatmeal bars

Want to make vegan peanut butter oatmeal bars instead? The honey in this recipe is important for creating a nuanced, warm flavor and the sticky texture. Typically we use maple syrup as a vegan sweetener, but it doesn’t have quite the same texture and sweetness here. We recommend using agave syrup: it’s slightly stickier than maple. But you can use maple syrup if it’s all you have!

How to store peanut butter oatmeal bars

These peanut butter oatmeal bars are the perfect treat to throw in the fridge and gobble up on moments notice! They keep very well in the fridge or freezer; here’s what to know:

  • Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. If you do the drizzle, wait for it to dry, then place wax paper between the layers. Or just don’t care and stack them, like we do!
  • Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. They also freeze well…and honestly taste great popped out of the freezer too.
No bake oatmeal bars

More healthy bars

We love these healthy bars as a sweet treat that’s not decadent and fills us up with whole grains! Here are a few more healthy bars that taste amazing:

This peanut butter oatmeal bars recipe is…

Vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free. For vegan and plant-based, see the notes above.

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Peanut butter oatmeal bars

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 20 bars (or 40 small bars)
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

These peanut butter oatmeal bars are the best trick! They’re no bake, easy and healthy; and the flavor is out of this world.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (no sugar added, or sunflower butter for nut free)
  • 1/2 cup honey (or 1/2 cup agave syrup* for vegan)
  • 4 cups Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 ounce dark chocolate (2 large squares)

Instructions

  1. Mix together all the ingredients in a bowl. Add a sheet of parchment paper to a 9 x 9 pan. Place the ingredients in the pan and press it into an even layer. Use a small glass to roll over the top to get it smooth. 
  2. Freeze the bars for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the freezer and use the parchment to lift it out of the pan. Cut into 20 rectangles (4 x 5 inches) or 40 small rectangles.
  3. In the microwave with short intervals or over a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips, stirring until they come together into a glossy chocolate. If using the microwave, use short bursts of 10 seconds or so and stir after each: be careful not to overheat the chocolate or get any water in the chocolate, which will cause it to seize up. When melted, drizzle over the bars and allow to cool.  You can eat right away, or refrigerate for about 1 hour for a more solid texture. Store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks (or frozen for several months, placing wax paper between the layers). 

Notes

*Maple syrup is generally our sweetener of choice, but the flavor and texture of honey really make these bars. Since maple syrup is not as sticky as honey, for vegan substitute we recommend agave syrup. 

  • Category: Dessert or Snack
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian

Keywords: Peanut butter oatmeal bars, No bake oatmeal bars, Healthy bars

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This peanut butter oatmeal is the ideal healthy and easy breakfast recipe starring whole grains! Here’s the trick to making it taste great. There’s no breakfast better than oatmeal, in our minds! So let us introduce you to a daily staple around here. This delicious Peanut Butter Oatmeal! Here’s the thing: oatmeal be gloppy and gooey, or under-seasoned. But cook up a pot the right way, and it tastes like a dream. Here we’re sharing our favorite method for chewy toasted oats, and there’s a peanut butter banana variation if you prefer a little natural sweetness. Plus we’ve got the all important key: when to add the peanut butter. We make this every day (no joke) and it’s incredibly filling…and satisfying. Also try: Easy Banana Oatmeal The key to peanut butter oatmeal Here’s the thing. We figured that peanut butter oatmeal would be absolutely delicious if you throw spoonfuls of creamy peanut butter right into the pot and cook. Wrong! Here’s what happened, and how to avoid it: Don’t put peanut butter into the pot while the oatmeal is cooking. Why? When it’s done, you can barely taste the peanut butter. Even if you add a load of PB, there’s […]

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There’s no breakfast better than oatmeal, in our minds! So let us introduce you to a daily staple around here. This delicious Peanut Butter Oatmeal! Here’s the thing: oatmeal be gloppy and gooey, or under-seasoned. But cook up a pot the right way, and it tastes like a dream. Here we’re sharing our favorite method for chewy toasted oats, and there’s a peanut butter banana variation if you prefer a little natural sweetness. Plus we’ve got the all important key: when to add the peanut butter. We make this every day (no joke) and it’s incredibly filling…and satisfying.

Also try: Easy Banana Oatmeal

The key to peanut butter oatmeal

Here’s the thing. We figured that peanut butter oatmeal would be absolutely delicious if you throw spoonfuls of creamy peanut butter right into the pot and cook. Wrong! Here’s what happened, and how to avoid it:

  • Don’t put peanut butter into the pot while the oatmeal is cooking. Why? When it’s done, you can barely taste the peanut butter. Even if you add a load of PB, there’s something about the flavor and texture that’s just not right. (Trust us.)
  • The best way? Swirl it on top right before serving. Yeah, so it’s oatmeal topped with peanut butter. But this is the only way to get big peanut butter flavor! Top it right away and the warmth of the oats makes it heart meltingly good.
Peanut butter oatmeal

Why it’s the best oatmeal: toasted and chewy!

The other part to this peanut butter oatmeal? You’ve got to make the best pot of oatmeal imaginable! Over here, we’re anti creamy, gloppy oats with no texture. Our best oatmeal is lightly chewy and toasted before you add the liquid. This makes it utterly irresistible. Here are the keys to toasted oatmeal:

  • Toast the oats in butter or coconut oil until fragrant. It takes just a minute or two, but it makes a big difference.
  • Add liquid and cook on low without stirring. This easy method makes the oats chewy with separate grains, instead of a gloppy mess.
  • If you like it creamier, add milk at the end. Add as much milk as you like to get to a creamier texture to these oats.

Variation: peanut butter banana oatmeal

Like your oatmeal sweet? No problem! Adding mashed bananas during the cooking time makes a beautifully creamy body to the oatmeal and a lightly sweet flavor. This is one of our favorite variations, and a quicker way to get the flavor of our banana baked oatmeal. Try this variation when you have a few ripe bananas on hand!

Peanut butter banana oatmeal

Peanut butter oatmeal toppings

How do you like to top your oatmeal? This peanut butter oatmeal is absolutely perfect with just a swirl of nut butter on top. I’ll admit: my daily oatmeal (and I do eat this every day) is simply oats, peanut butter, and salt. I like it on the savory side! But want to jazz it up a bit? Here are some ideas:

  • Honey or maple syrup: a small drizzle is all you need!
  • Jam or jelly: PB&J oatmeal is where it’s at! Try our homemade strawberry jam
  • Berries: Blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries pair well
  • Banana slices: Especially if you do the peanut butter banana variation
  • Bee pollen: The confetti in the photos is bee pollen, and it adds a nice crunch

More variations: change up the nut butter!

It goes without saying, but peanut butter oatmeal can morph into all sorts of other types of oatmeal just by changing the nut butter. We love making lots of different nut butters at home, but these days you can easily find them at your grocery. Here are a few fun variations:

  • Almond butter oatmeal: top it with homemade almond butter (the vanilla bean or chai variations would be killer)
  • Pecan butter oatmeal: we especially like this homemade pecan butter on oats
  • Cashew butter oatmeal: another great option! Cashew butter has beautifully sweet flavor

Oatmeal nutrition info

Why eat oats in the morning? Well, these whole grains are a wholesome and filling breakfast idea that’s hard to beat. Here are some of the nutritional benefits of oats (source):

  • Oats are high in plant based protein. 1 cup of raw oats have 11 grams protein. That’s about 20% of your daily need!
  • Oats are high in fiber. 1 cup of raw oats have 8 grams of fiber, which is about 30% of the daily value.
  • Oats are very filling: they may reduce appetite and help you eat less calories.
Peanut butter oatmeal

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Peanut butter oatmeal

Peanut Butter Oatmeal


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 2 to 3 servings
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This peanut butter oatmeal is the ideal healthy and easy breakfast recipe starring whole grains! Here’s the trick to making it taste great.


Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter or coconut oil
  • 2 cups Old Fashioned rolled oats (do not use instant oats or steel cut oats)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk, oat milk or almond milk (or additional water)
  • Sweet variation: 2 ripe bananas, mashed (optional)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • Other toppings as desired: small drizzle honey or maple syrup, berry jam, fruit, etc.

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter or coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the oats and toast for about 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often, until fragrant.
  2. Add the salt and cinnamon. Turn the heat to low and carefully pour in the water and milk, stirring. Add the mashed banana, if using. Cover and cook for 5 minutes until tender, then remove from the heat. Serve immediately for a chunky texture, or stir in an additional 1/2 cup milk for a creamier body. The texture is intentionally chewy (not gloppy or soggy!). Top with the peanut butter and any other toppings as desired. 
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Breakfast

Keywords: Peanut butter oatmeal

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Easy Oatmeal Bars

Here’s an oatmeal bars recipe that’s beyond easy! These healthy breakfast bars are irresistibly tasty and great for busy mornings and snacks. Here’s a recipe that’s perfect for breakfast and all those in between moments, too. This ridiculously easy no bake Oatmeal Bars recipe! These were big winners in our house and quickly solidified themselves into the weekly repertoire. These breakfast bars star peanut butter, honey, and Old Fashioned oats, and they’re a healthy breakfast or snack you can feel good feeding yourself or your family. In fact, I had to remind myself I didn’t need to sneak these like a treat. Ingredients for this oatmeal bars recipe These oatmeal bars have just 4 ingredients plus salt (because salt’s a given, right?). This makes them easy to whip up on moments notice…and we do. Here’s what you’ll need to make them: Old Fashioned rolled oats: That’s the standard oatmeal you’re used to, not steel cut oats! Because it has the texture of rice, it’s not a substitute here. Peanut butter: Use creamy, no sugar added peanut butter. If all you have is sweetened, leave out a bit of the honey. Use sunflower butter as a nut allergy substitute. Honey: Honey […]

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Here’s an oatmeal bars recipe that’s beyond easy! These healthy breakfast bars are irresistibly tasty and great for busy mornings and snacks.

Oatmeal bars

Here’s a recipe that’s perfect for breakfast and all those in between moments, too. This ridiculously easy no bake Oatmeal Bars recipe! These were big winners in our house and quickly solidified themselves into the weekly repertoire. These breakfast bars star peanut butter, honey, and Old Fashioned oats, and they’re a healthy breakfast or snack you can feel good feeding yourself or your family. In fact, I had to remind myself I didn’t need to sneak these like a treat.

Ingredients for this oatmeal bars recipe

These oatmeal bars have just 4 ingredients plus salt (because salt’s a given, right?). This makes them easy to whip up on moments notice…and we do. Here’s what you’ll need to make them:

  • Old Fashioned rolled oats: That’s the standard oatmeal you’re used to, not steel cut oats! Because it has the texture of rice, it’s not a substitute here.
  • Peanut butter: Use creamy, no sugar added peanut butter. If all you have is sweetened, leave out a bit of the honey. Use sunflower butter as a nut allergy substitute.
  • Honey: Honey adds a warm, golden flavor and a nice sticky texture. See our notes on vegan substitutes below.
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon adds just the right hint of complexity.

Of course, you’ll need a little salt to round it out for the perfect flavor. Make sure to use kosher salt, since it flavors foods more gently than table salt.

Oatmeal bars recipe

How to make no bake bars: a few tips

Over here we love a good no bake recipe: and not just because you don’t have to wait for the bake time! No bake recipes are as close to no fail as you can get. Here are a few tips to note about the process of making this oatmeal bars recipe:

  • Use a small glass to get them perfectly flat. You’ll mix the ingredients together then throw them into a square pan with parchment underneath. Pat them as flat as you can, then roll over the top with a small glass. It gets the most uniform texture.
  • Freeze first! Freeze the pan for 15 minutes, which sets the bars. They will still be a little soft at this point.
  • Cut into bars. Then cut them into bar shapes. You can eat immediately, but we prefer waiting for another 1 hour of refrigeration for them to set completely.
Oatmeal breakfast bars

Make large or small oatmeal bars (we prefer small)

One of the things we like about this recipe is cutting the bars smaller: to get more of them! Here are a few notes on the pros of smaller oatmeal breakfast bars:

  • Make 32 rectangle-shaped bars for more servings & less calories and sugar. The sugar in a small bar is only 1 teaspoon, and it’s still a super satisfying snack or treat. We prefer this size for most versatility (though the photos show the squares).
  • Make 16 square bars for breakfasts. If you’re eating them as breakfast bars, you’ll probably want a larger bar to be more filling. Of course, you could just eat 2 small bars!

Vegan oatmeal bars variation

Want to make these into vegan oatmeal bars? We typically use maple syrup as our liquid sweetener of choice, which is vegan. But in this recipe, the flavor and texture of honey is integral to the structure of the oatmeal breakfast bars. Here’s our preferred vegan sweetener:

  • For vegan oatmeal bars, try agave syrup! It’s a little thicker than maple syrup, so it will work a little more similarly to honey. You can also try using a little less (see the notes below).
  • You can also try maple if it’s your only sweetener on hand. Just note that the bars will do better right from the refrigerator. Use a little less than the honey amount as well.
Oatmeal bars

When to eat oatmeal bars…breakfast, snack or anytime!

Yes, we love these oatmeal bars because they are perfect for those times in between meals when you’re hungry and don’t want to grab and unhealthy option. Here are a few ideas we’d recommend:

  • Breakfast: Grab them as you go out the door, or crumble over Greek yogurt
  • Snack: Grab one from the fridge anytime
  • Sweet treat: This is all we need to feel like a satisfying treat without a splurge. They’re especially good for kids (our son loves them!)

Oatmeal nutrition info

What’s so great about eating oats for snacks and in oatmeal breakfast bars? Well, these whole grains have a lot of good going on. Here’s some of the benefits you get from oats (source):

  • High in plant based protein. 1 cup of raw oats has 11 grams protein, or ~20% of your daily need!
  • High in fiber. 1 cup of raw oats has 8 grams of fiber, ~30% of your daily need.
  • Very filling: Oats may reduce appetite and help you eat less calories overall.
Oatmeal breakfast bars

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Vegetarian and gluten free. For vegan, plant-based and dairy-free, see the notes in the recipe.

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Oatmeal bars

Easy Oatmeal Bars (4 Ingredients!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 16 large or 32 small
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Here’s an oatmeal bars recipe that’s beyond easy! These healthy breakfast bars are irresistibly tasty and great for busy mornings and snacks.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter (no sugar added, or sunflower butter for nut free)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons honey (or 1/2 cup agave syrup* for vegan)
  • 4 cups Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Mix together all the ingredients in a bowl. Add a sheet of parchment paper to a 9 x 9 pan. Place the ingredients in the pan and press it into an even layer. Use a small glass to roll over the top to get it smooth. 
  2. Freeze the bars for 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the freezer and use the parchment to lift it out of the pan. Cut into 16 squares or 32 rectangles. Store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. You can eat right away, or refrigerate for about 1 hour for a more solid texture.  

Notes

*Maple syrup is generally our sweetener of choice, but the flavor and texture of honey really make these bars. Since maple syrup is not as sticky as honey, for vegan substitute we recommend agave syrup. 

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: Breakfast

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The Absolute Best Way to Make Peanut Butter

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3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

These genius 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies are magic! Just a handful of ingredients make one dreamy flourless cookie. Here’s a baking trick every home cook needs…3 ingredient peanut butter cookies! Sometimes baking takes lots of ingredients, time, and mess…but not here! This genius combination of three ingredients makes for the most peanut butter-y, chewy, sweet and salty flourless cookies you’ll have. Really. It seems unbelievable, but it makes this recipe perfect for whipping up on moments notice and ideal for baking with kids. Alex and I took one bite and the flavor tasted larger than life! And it’s got the ideal chewy texture: pretty much our perfect PB cookie. What you need for 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies This magic trick is not something we invented: it’s been floating around the internet for a while. But it’s absolutely worth trying. We’ve put our own little spin on it, but it’s so simple it’s almost impossible to change. Here’s what you need for these 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies: Peanut butter: We prefer all natural peanut butter with no added sugar or salt. But you can use any brand you have on hand! Brown sugar: Brown sugar adds a nice […]

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These genius 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies are magic! Just a handful of ingredients make one dreamy flourless cookie.

3 ingredient peanut butter cookies

Here’s a baking trick every home cook needs…3 ingredient peanut butter cookies! Sometimes baking takes lots of ingredients, time, and mess…but not here! This genius combination of three ingredients makes for the most peanut butter-y, chewy, sweet and salty flourless cookies you’ll have. Really. It seems unbelievable, but it makes this recipe perfect for whipping up on moments notice and ideal for baking with kids. Alex and I took one bite and the flavor tasted larger than life! And it’s got the ideal chewy texture: pretty much our perfect PB cookie.

What you need for 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies

This magic trick is not something we invented: it’s been floating around the internet for a while. But it’s absolutely worth trying. We’ve put our own little spin on it, but it’s so simple it’s almost impossible to change. Here’s what you need for these 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies:

  • Peanut butter: We prefer all natural peanut butter with no added sugar or salt. But you can use any brand you have on hand!
  • Brown sugar: Brown sugar adds a nice nuance in flavor. If you prefer granulated sugar or that’s all you have on hand, you can use it. Coconut sugar also works!
  • Egg: All you need is 1 egg as a binder. For vegan, use a flax egg.
Flourless peanut butter cookies

Yes, they’re flourless peanut butter cookies!

There are lots of traditional cookie ingredients missing…like flour! These are flourless peanut butter cookies, meaning they’re also naturally gluten-free. This makes them a great option for eaters of different diet preferences. These cookies are so good, no one will know there’s no flour or butter! It can be our little secret.

Dough texture depends on the peanut butter brand

Here’s one thing to note about these 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies! The dough consistency depends on the peanut butter brand. Here’s what to know:

  • Very creamy peanut butter can make a sticky dough. Peanut butter brand textures can vary, from super creamy to more dense and thick. The dough can turn out very sticky with an oilier peanut butter, but don’t’ worry: it still works!
  • Oil your hands to help roll the dough. Our favorite peanut butter brand makes for a sticky dough. All you have to do is lightly oil your hands to help rolling the peanut butter dough balls. Do your best, and they’ll still come out great.
3 ingredient peanut butter cookies

Optional additional ingredients!

If you’re like us…you don’t mind bending the rules now and then. If you’re ok to think outside the box, you can add 1 or 2 more ingredients to step up these cookies. Don’t worry, they’re still the easiest cookies you’ll ever make! Here are two easy ideas:

  • Top with flaky sea salt. Just a hint of flaky sea salt makes the perfect salty sweet cookie. Plus it just looks cute.
  • Add vanilla (if desired). If you want, you can add a sophisticated flavor with 1 teaspoon vanilla in the dough. But it’s absolutely not necessary!

Vegan variation

Do you eat plant-based? It’s easy to make these cookies vegan. Simply substitute the egg with a flax egg. A flax egg is ground flax seed mixed with water. Let it sit for 15 minutes and it forms a gel-like substance you can use as a binder in vegan baked goods. It works well in muffins, quick breads, and cookies.

Flourless peanut butter cookies

Variations: almond butter and more

A fun thing about these 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies…you can make them with any type of nut butter! Switch up the nut butter and you have a whole new type of cookie. Here are some great options:

Storage for 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies

Last up: storage info! These 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies hold up well in storage. They’re naturally soft and chewy, and they last well at room temperature. Here’s what to know:

  • Store at room temperature in a cookie tin for up to 1 week.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months. To freeze, cool to room temperature. Then wrap tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
Flourless peanut butter cookies

These 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies are…

Vegetarian and gluten free. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, use a flax egg.

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3 ingredient peanut butter cookies

*Best* 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 to 13 cookies
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

These genius 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies are magic! Just a handful of ingredients make one dreamy flourless cookie.


Ingredients

  • 1 large egg (or flax egg for vegan)
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter*
  • 1 cup light brown sugar (or granulated sugar)
  • Optional: flaky sea salt for topping, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (add with the sugar)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 35 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Whisk the egg, then whisk in the peanut butter and brown sugar until a smooth dough forms. Chill for 15 minutes.
  3. Make 1 1/2 tablespoon-sized balls (using a size 40 cookie scoop, if you have it) and place them onto the baking sheet. Roll the balls between your hands to make them as spherical as possible: if the dough is very sticky, lightly oil your hands to make it easier to roll*. Place them 2 inches apart on the baking sheets.
  4. Use a lightly oiled fork to flatten the balls and make a criss-cross pattern (it’s helpful to dip the fork into a small bowl of water before each one to prevent sticking).
  5. Top the cookies with a small sprinkle of flaky salt if desired (oops, 4th ingredient!).
  6. Bake 8 to 10 minutes until lightly browned on the bottom but still soft. Cool completely before eating. Store at room temperature in a cookie tin for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 3 months.

Notes

*The consistency of the dough will vary based on the peanut butter brand. A thinner, creamier peanut butter will yield a stickier dough. 

  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies, flourless peanut butter cookies

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salted chocolate peanut butter bars

Seriously. Is there ANY better combo?! I think not.

pouring chocolate on peanut butter bars

Yes, there are other delicious things like brown butter and sage, tomato and basil and salt and vinegar, but peanut butter tops ALL for me.

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Solves all. I swear. 

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Does not compute for me.

salted peanut butter cup bars

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salted peanut butter cup bars

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salted peanut butter cup bars

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Pretty sure we’re all set!

salted peanut butter cup bars

Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

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Salted Peanut Butter Cup Bars

These salted peanut butter bars and like a giant homemade peanut butter cup in bar form! Perfect when you need an indulgent treat.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Fridge Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12 people+
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter, (do not use natural PB!)
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups milk or dark chocolate chips, your preference
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon flaked salt

Instructions

  • Line a 9x13 inch pan (for thin bars) or a 9x9 inch pan (for thick bars) with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat together the butter, peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs, sugar and vanilla until combined. Press the dough into the bottom of the pan.
  • Melt together the chocolate and coconut oil. I like to use the coconut oil because it helps firm the chocolate, but if you don’t have it/like it/are allergic, you can skip it. Once the chocolate is melted, pour it over the peanut butter layer and spread it evenly. Sprinkle with flaked salt.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 to 2 hours before serving. To serve, cut into small squares. These are rich and decadent, so a small piece goes a long way!

salted peanut butter cup bars

This bite is everything.

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