2 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies


2 ingredient peanut butter cookies

Surprisingly you can make delicious peanut butter cookies using only two ingredients. We are excited to share with you this deliciously healthy recipe for peanut butter cookies that only needs two ingredients.

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Be sure to read the details below, for tips and tricks as well as our recommendations for how to make the best 2 ingredient peanut butter cookies. 

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough

Say what? You can make peanut butter cookie dough using only two ingredients?! You better believe it! This 2 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe is quick to make, and tastes fabulous. 

Plus, it’s great for those of you who struggle with health concerns or are simply sticking with a specific diet. Because these two ingredient cookies only have two ingredients, they are likely to fit into your diet, so get ready to enjoy them! 

Healthy Peanut Butter Cookie Texture

Believe it or not, these healthy peanut butter cookies contain only two ingredients that are quite good for you and have a cookie-like texture. Get ready for a super easy peanut butter cookie recipe that fits most any dietary needs. 

Peanut Butter Maple Syrup


Natural peanut butter. Natural peanut butter tends to work out the best and gives you the most flavorful cookie like texture. When you are choosing your type of peanut butter, make sure that it only has nuts and salt in it, and does not contain oils. When peanut butter contains oil, it is likely to be too runny to make these cookies. 

Maple syrup. Maple syrup is recommended for the best overall flavor for these cookies. However, if needed you can substitute maple syrup for other ingredients such as honey, agave nectar, pancake syrup, or brown sugar. 

How To Make 2-Ingredients Peanut Butter Cookies

Step 1: The Dough

To make the dough, in a mixing bowl combine your peanut butter and maple syrup. Mix on high speed for a few minutes, so that you stop as soon as you begin to see the peanut butter mixture thicken. Please note that if you mix it too long, you could make your peanut butter runny once again. 

Step 2: Chill

We like to place our prepared cookie dough into the fridge for a few minutes and allow it to chill. This makes it easier to handle. If you want your dough to setup faster, you could even add your peanut butter cookie dough into the freezer for a few moments of chill time. 

Step 3: Bake

After your dough has chilled, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 350°F. Form your cookie dough into balls, and place the balls evenly spaced on your cookie sheet. 

We recommend allowing one and a half to 2 inches of space between your cookies. Bake your two ingredient peanut butter cookies at 350°F for approximately 6 to 8 minutes or until they are done to your liking. 

Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool before serving. Serve and enjoy! 

Calories in a Peanut Butter Cookie

Please note that the calories in a peanut butter cookie may vary depending upon the specific type of peanut butter you use. We have estimated that one cookie, from the above batch that makes approximately twelve cookies, is estimated to contain 142 calories each. However, please be sure to consult your jar of peanut butter for specifics. 

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Tips to Make the Best 2 Ingredient Cookies

Don’t Over Beat. We strongly recommend that you keep a close eye on your peanut butter and maple syrup mixture. When they are mixing, your peanut butter will become somewhat solid, and resemble a cookie-like dough. However, if you over-mix your maple syrup with peanut butter, it can become runny once more. 

Chill. Although this is optional, we have found it easier to handle the peanut butter maple syrup mixture after it has had a few moments to chill in either the fridge or the freezer. After it’s chilled we like to roll it into balls and then bake the cookies. 

Great Things About These Cookies:

✅ 2 ingredient peanut butter cookies no egg

✅ Peanut butter cookies without brown sugar

✅ Gluten Free

✅ Vegan

✅ Dairy Free


How many different variations you can make of this recipe. You can mix up the sweetener, add additional ingredients, or choose varying types of peanut butter to make this recipe. Below are a few of the more common variations for 2 ingredient peanut butter cookies. 

Peanut Butter Cookies with Molasses

Molasses can make a great substitute for maple syrup in this recipe if desired. When adding molasses it slightly changes the flavor of your cookie, but that still works well as a sweetener and makes an overall delicious cookie. 

Powdered Sugar Peanut Butter Cookies

You can also mix things up for this recipe by replacing the maple syrup with powdered sugar. This helps to naturally thicken the peanut butter, and add unflavored sweetener to your cookie. If you are having difficulty with your peanut butter, or are unable to find natural peanut butter, using powdered sugar as your sweetener is a great option.

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2 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies with Varying Sweeteners

Maple Syrup

Agave nectar 


Brown Sugar

Powdered Sugar



Storing and Freezing Tips

Storing: For the best storage results, you will want to transfer the cool cookies into an airtight container. Seal the container and store either at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to seven days.

Freezing: If desired you may also freeze these cookies. To freeze transfer them to an airtight container, or seal them in a plastic freezer bag. Be sure to date and write the description on the plastic bag, then place it into the freezer for up to three months.

When you’re ready to enjoy the cookies, allow them to thaw on your countertop overnight, or in the refrigerator for 24 hours. 


Can I Use Any Kind of Sweetener?

You can substitute other types of sweeteners for maple syrup, please note that the other types of sweeteners may slightly change the overall flavor of your cookies, and are also likely to impact the texture of your cookies as well. 

Can I use crunchy peanut butter?

Although typically creamy peanut butter is used for this recipe, you can use crunchy peanut butter as long as it is all natural, meaning that it does not contain any oils in the peanut butter. 

Do I need to chill the dough?

Although not required, we do strongly recommend that you chill the dough before rolling it into balls and baking the cookies. We have found the dough is much easier to handle this way.

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Healthy 2 Ingredient Healthy Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

Believe it or not, you can make healthy peanut butter cookies by only using peanut butter and maple syrup. These two ingredients together magically form a delicious cookie that is very easy to make, and even good for you. Give this recipe a try today, and let us know what you think! 

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Faith is the resident baking expert of this sister duo, and first started baking at age ten when she learned to make chocolate chip cookies on her own. From there she went on to have her own night of the week to make dinner for the whole family. She is excited to share amazing recipes and a love of food, and help you become kitchen smart!

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