Simple 3 Ingredient Cookies

What is my go-to recipe when I am short on time but want to make cookies?

Simple 3 ingredient cookies


I use this simple 3 ingredient cookie recipe that is so easy you might not even believe it works.

The recipe is simple!

  • 1 cup Sugar

  • 1 Cup Peanut Butter (smooth or crunchy)

  • 1 Egg

    • Optional: sugar for dipping

    • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Now for the fun part! I love cooking with my children. I love creating the memory of working together. I love teaching them life skills while showering them with love. Cooking with family just brings on the warm fuzzies every time. In order to keep the warm fuzzies from turning into frustrations, we switch who takes which turn, limiting arguments.

Step 1: Put All Ingredients in a Bowl

3 ingredient cookies

1 cup  Sugar

3 ingredient cookies

1 cup peanut butter

One thing I like to do is provide the kids with a smaller measuring cup than the recipe requires. This way they have to work with fractions to figure out how many times they need to use the measuring tool.

3 ingredient cookies

Of course their favorite part is cracking the egg. For this, we always use a separate bowl in case they crack the shell. Then we can simply try again.

Step Two: Mix and Roll into Balls

Simple 3 Ingredient Cookies

Simple 3 Ingredient Cookies

 Roll it!

Simple 3 Ingredient Cookies

Having two boys, the discussion quickly turned into one about dung: cow dung, bear dung, human dung,rabbit dung, dung of all shapes and sizes.

The conclusion was that this resembled horse dung.

Step Three: Dip the Balls in Sugar (optional)


Simple 3 Ingredient Cookies

What kid would not want extra sugar?

Step Four: Place on Cookie Sheet


This is a great time to add in counting skills. My boys love to count how many we fit on the tray.

Step Five: Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes

(at least that is what all the recipes said… I had to cook them another 5-10 minutes to get them to not be mush)


One of my favorite things about cooking with kids is watching their excitement as they watch their creation turn into something tangible.

They feel proud. They made something.

Simple 3 ingredient cookies

And it was good!

And just to keep it real…


I thought I’d try to incorporate this into our Grinch Day and add green food coloring. They became crumbly and then burned.


Want More Ideas for Cooking With Kids?

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What is your favorite go-to cookie recipe when you are short on time? I would love to hear! Add them to the comments below so other readers can use them, pin them, and enjoy them with their family too!

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22 thoughts on “Simple 3 Ingredient Cookies”

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    1. Great! Please let me know how they turn out. I forgot to mention that I fork them before I put them in the oven. Let me know how long they take you to cook 🙂 I think it might be the peanut butter that makes the difference.

  2. Welllllll…the one cup of sugar is giving me the heebie-jeebies, but this is just the sort of recipe I have been looking for. My boys are constantly coming home from school wanting to cook (with me just wanting to NOT make another mess to clean up). I’m thinking we might do this TODAY!

    (BTW, I’m one of the hosts of the Sunday Parenting Party, which is where I found your blog. I’m looking forward to having a look around. My blog is mostly about parenting under the influence of mood disorders, but I’ve been getting into clean/natural living and such. I love your blog so far. Rock on!)

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. It means a great deal to hear other bloggers give me such compliments. I look forward to writing more posts on this subject and will hopefully join you on Sundays more often

  3. They look delightfully simple – too bad that my daughter hates anything with peanut butter 🙂

  4. Love the dung discussion…boys! Thanks for sharing the recipe, they look delicious. I’m always keeping an eye out for simple cookie recipes.

  5. Love easy recipes you can do with your kids! Thanks for linking up with the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board!

    1. Thank you so much. I am glad you enjoyed. I am not a recipe creator, so I am not sure how often I will get to join the fun. But glad we met and now I can follow your blog.

  6. These are great. My daughter and I are going to try these this weekend. Found you on Friday Pin Fest and am a new follower. Have a Merry Christmas

    Widgy Cat @ catsonthe

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  10. Marlene

    I just baked these cookies, using chunky all natural pb with no salt and they are AMAZING. I was a little skeptical but I may switch this recipe out for my usual one AND I can’t wait to make blossoms with Hershey kisses in the middle! Thank you for sharing this 🙂

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