The Recipe for Easy 3 Ingredient Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cookies (2024)

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This 3 ingredient recipe for a delicious peanut butter cookie is easy to make and can be made without adding sugar to it.

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Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cookies made with just three ingredients are not only simple to make, they are seriously tasty to eat!

These simple cookies are soft and somewhat chewy as well as packed with the nutty flavor that is expected with a great tasting peanut butter cookie.

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The best 3 Ingredient Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cookies.


This is a simple flourless and sugarless cookie recipe that has just three ingredients!

I like how soft and chewy these cookies are in the center with a bit of a crunch on the outside.

Did you try my recipe for Sugar Free No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars?

Those oatmeal bars are packed with flavor and texture thanks to the ingredients (including oats and honey!) that are used to make them with. Both this recipe for cookies and that recipe for bars are delicious peanut butter based dessert treats that are easy to make.

To make this recipe you will need creamy peanut butter with no added sugar in it. You can find a selection of sugar free peanut butter here.

Why do peanut butter cookies have a crisscross design on them?

Why is there a crisscross design on peanut butter cookies?

That crisscross design is actually functional as well as aesthetic.
First off, the crisscross is so synonymous with peanut butter cookies that you almost expect it to be there. It is basically also identifying the cookie as a peanut butter cookie.

Here is what makes those crisscrossed marks functional.

The markings from the crisscross actually help the cookie bake more evenly as well as helping the cookies maintain their shape during baking. Peanut butter tends to make the cookies spread and those crisscrosses help to curb the spreading.

How do you make a crisscross design on a cookie?


The design is made with a fork.
You simple take a fork and press it into the cookie dough (horizontally and vertically) before baking.

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Tips for making 3 ingredient peanut butter.cookies.

Yes, this cookie features peanut butter. However, you could always try making this cookie using another nut butter such as cashew butter .

More helpful tips for you.

  1. When you are selecting your peanut butter, I would suggest avoiding the 'natural' ones. Sometimes natural peanut butter with have added oil in them can make your cookies too oily to enjoy.
  2. Using a granular sugar alternative that measures 1:1 with sugar and that can also be baked with is essential to the success of this cookie. Feel free to sprinkle a bit of extra granular sugar alternative on top of the cookies to make.
  3. If you find that the fork is sticking to the dough while you are making your criss cross design on top of the cookies, there is a fix. Simply spray the fork with a bit of nonstick or dip the fork in water.
  4. It may be hard to tell that the cookies are done baking just by looking at them thanks to the color of the cookie. Check the bottom edges of the cookies for a golden color if in doubt

How to store peanut butter cookies made without sugar.

Once these cookies have fully cooled, they can be stored in an airtight container.
When properly stored, these cookies should keep at room temperature for a few days or frozen for up to a few months.

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About these easy 3 ingredient keto friendly cookies.

These cookies can net out at just under two net carbohydrates.
As mentioned, you will need peanut butter that has no added sugar in it.
Here is How to Make Homemade Sugar Free Peanut Butter .

How to serve 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies no sugar.

  • Serve these cookies just made with a glass of milk or lemonade on the side.
  • Drizzle or dip your cookies in Sugar Free Ganache.
  • Combine together two cookies with Sugar Free Greek Yogurt Frosting in the center to make a yummy cookie sandwich.
  • Crush a cookie and sprinkle it over a scoop of Sugar Free Vanilla Ice Cream.
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How to make crispy peanut butter cookies.

These cookies are naturally soft and chewy in the center.
You can however make your cookies a bit more crisp.

Try one of these ideas.

  • Bake your cookies for a few minutes more (keeping an eye on them so that they do not burn).
  • Try baking these cookies at a temperature slightly higher than instructed (again, keep an eye on them while they bake).
  • Make the cookies thinner by pressing them fully into the baking sheet before baking.
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet longer.
  • Store these cookies with a slice of bread in the container to help absorb moisture.
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Ingredients needed to make these sugar free cookies.

  • Peanut Butter. Select a creamy peanut butter than has no added sugar. Avoid using peanut butter that has added oil such as natural peanut butter.
  • Sugar Alternative. For best results, use a sugar alternative that is granular, measures like sugar, and that can also be baked with.
  • Egg. Your egg should be at room temperature and slightly whisked for better blending.

Expert Tip👉 Give your peanut butter a quick stir before adding it to this recipe. This will make it easier to work with when blending the ingredients together.

Optional add in ingredients for sugar free peanut butter cookies.

  • Chopped peanuts for a bit of crunch.
  • Raisins or other dried fruit for added flavor.
  • Sugar free chocolate chips for even more flavor.
  • Crushed or crumbled pretzels for a salty crunch.
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How to make 3 ingredient Keto Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cookies.

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prep your cookie sheet for nonstick. I like to use parchment paper for a recipe such as this one.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the peanut butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Once the ingredients are creamed together you can mix in the egg until combined.
  4. Use a cookie scoop scoop out the dough into balls and place each of the balls on to your prepared baking sheet about two inches apart.
  5. Next, using the palm of your hand or an object of choice, gently press each of the balls to half of their thickness. Then take a fork and make the crisscross design on top, pressing in the cookies in further.
  6. Bake the cookies for seven to ten minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Allow the cookies to sit on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a cookie rack to further set.


Expert Tip👉 These cookies are sensitive to baking and can burn easily which is why it is important to keep an eye on them while baking. The size of your cookie can also affect the baking times.

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    • How to make crispy peanut butter cookies.
    • Ingredients needed to make these sugar free cookies.
    • Optional add in ingredients for sugar free peanut butter cookies.
    • How to make 3 ingredient Keto Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cookies.

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3 Ingredient Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cookies

This 3 ingredient recipe for a delicious peanut butter cookie is easy to make and can be made without adding sugar to it.

Prep Time5 minutes mins

Cook Time7 minutes mins

Total Time12 minutes mins

Course: cookies, Dessert, Snack

Cuisine: American

Search Result: cookies, easy, keto, peanut butter, sugar free

Servings: 18

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prep your cookie sheet for nonstick.

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the peanut butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Once the ingredients are creamed together you can mix in the egg until combined.

  • Use a cookie scoop scoop out the dough into balls and place each of the balls on to your prepared baking sheet about two inches apart.

  • Next, using the palm of your hand or an object of choice, gently press each of the balls to half of their thickness. Then take a fork and make the crisscross design on top, pressing in the cookies in further.

  • Bake the cookies for seven to ten minutes or until the edges are golden brown.

  • Allow the cookies to sit on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a cookie rack to further set.

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Nutrition

Calories: 37kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.05g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 3mg | Sugar: 0.01g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.04mg

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Ingredients needed to make 3 Ingredient Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cookies

  1. Peanut Butter- 1 cup. Sugar free homemade or organic.
  2. Sugar Alternative- 1 cup equivalent to sugar. For best results, use a sugar alternative that measures 1:1 with sugar and is at room temperature. Splenda for baking is one example of this kind of a sugar alternative.
  3. Egg- 1.
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Here is how to make 3 ingredient Keto Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cookies.

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and prep your cookie sheet for nonstick. I like to use parchment paper for a recipe such as this one.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine together the peanut butter, sugar alternative and egg. Mix these ingredients until just combined..
  • Using a tablespoon or cookie scoop, drop spoonfuls of cookie dough on to the prepped baking sheet. Leave at least ½" between cookie edges for spreading.
  • Bake your cookies for 8-10 minutes or until appear set. Do not over-bake. These cookies are better when not burnt. Allow the cookies to sit on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a cookie rack.
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FAQs

Why are my 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies falling apart? ›

The wrong type of peanut butter may cause them to fall apart. Or using old eggs may create crumbly cookies. How long do peanut butter cookies last?

What are the basic ingredients for peanut butter cookies? ›

Image of What are the basic ingredients for peanut butter cookies?
Peanut butter is a food paste or spread made from ground, dry-roasted peanuts. It commonly contains additional ingredients that modify the taste or texture, such as salt, sweeteners, or emulsifiers.
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Why do my peanut butter cookies not taste like peanut butter? ›

The most common mistake with peanut butter cookies is using the wrong type of peanut butter. The BEST peanut butter for today's cookies is a processed creamy peanut butter, preferably Jif or Skippy.

What peanut butter is sugar free? ›

And with a jar of Jif No Added Sugar Creamy Peanut Butter Spread, you'll always have this classic peanut butter treat on hand! For the most current information regarding a particular product, please refer to the product package.

What are the 4 main ingredient in baking cookies? ›

While there may be countless variations, each cookie at the core has four ingredients – butter, sugar, flour & eggs. The proportions of ingredients and the methods of mixing are what define our cookies. Dough spreads – Inside the hot oven, the butter starts to melt and the dough gradually starts to spread out.

Why are my homemade peanut butter cookies falling apart? ›

One reason could be that you overcooked them. Another reason could be that you didn't add enough moisture to the dough. Finally, your peanut butter cookies might be dry and crumbly if you used a natural peanut butter that doesn't have any added oil.

How do you keep peanut butter cookies from falling apart? ›

If you find that the dough is too dry (without the fat) then simply hold back some of the flour and add it near the end of mixing when you add the fat/butter If this helps to hold your baked cookies together, fine. If not then add a few more minutes of mixing.

What happens if you don't flatten peanut butter cookies? ›

If you don't flatten the cookies first, then the fork does double duty – it performs both functions. One very subtle result of creating the pattern is that the little tips of dough bake up crisper than the rest of the cookie, giving you both a bit of additional texture and deeper taste where the dough is more baked.

Why do you put fork marks in peanut butter cookies? ›

Basic reason..the dough is more dense than most cookie doughs, and the pressing with the fork tines helps the dough bake evenly. Secondarily, its pattern makes it easier to tell them apart from other cookies with similar appearance.

What is the best peanut butter for baking cookies? ›

Peanut butter: Creamy peanut butter is ideal for this recipe because crunchy peanut butter creates an overly crumbly cookie. You can use processed peanut butter such as Jif or Skippy, or natural-style peanut butter.

Should you refrigerate peanut butter cookie dough before baking? ›

Prep your Peanut Butter Cookie recipe up to 24 hours in advance, cover it and refrigerate it so you are ready to bake at a moment's notice. The kids can even help you scoop, roll and flatten the cookies. If the dough is too firm to scoop, let it stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes.

Is it better to bake peanut butter cookies with butter or shortening? ›

Butter will make your cookies taste buttery; shortening will make them taste suspiciously vacant, like Katy Perry's voice post-autotune. Yes, shortening yields chewier cookies than butter does, because butter contains water and shortening doesn't.

How do you moisten peanut butter cookie dough? ›

Dry – “Dry” or “Crumbly” dough is a product of over-mixing or using too much of any ingredient during the mixing process. This can be reversed by adding one to two tablespoons of liquid (water, milk or softened butter) to your mix.

What is the ingredient in cookies? ›

The foundation of any cookie recipe consists of five types of ingredients: fat, sugar, flour, a rising agent, and a binding agent.

What are the ingredients in most peanut butter? ›

Roasted Peanuts, Sugar, Contains 2% Or Less Of: Molasses, Fully Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils (rapeseed And Soybean), Mono And Diglycerides, Salt.

What are the basic ingredients used in all cookie types? ›

The basic ingredients in cookies typically include:
  • **Flour:** Provides structure and texture to the cookies.
  • **Sugar:** Sweetens and adds moisture.
  • **Fat:** Butter or oil for moisture and flavor.
  • **Eggs:** Bind the ingredients together and contribute to the texture.
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What are the 7 basic ingredients in all cookies? ›

What are the 7 basic baking ingredients?
  • Flour.
  • Raising Agent.
  • Salt.
  • Fats & Dairy.
  • Add-Ins.
  • Water.

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