Make these amazingly soft and chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies for a last-minute after-school treat or just in time for the bake sale!

Peanut butter and chocolate are a winning combination in any recipe, but this one only needs some sugar and an egg to create a batch of cookies that even the littlest baker can help make!

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Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies


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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

  • This easy cookie dough recipe is made without flour, so even the most sensitive bellies can enjoy these gluten-free treats!
  • We love any recipe that makes such a magnificently delicious cookie with only 4 ingredients. Prep some dough ahead and freeze so cookies can be made in minutes.
  • For a fun party treat, dip chocolate peanut butter cookies in some Strawberry Fruit Dip or press softened vanilla ice cream between two cookies. Then roll the ice cream side in colorful sprinkles, and freeze for a unique birthday treat!

Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies baked on a baking sheet

4 Ingredient Recipe

PEANUT BUTTER: Creamy or crunchy, choose your favorite blend! If it’s a natural variety, be sure to stir it thoroughly before using to incorporate the oil.

SUGAR: Superfine sugar will dissolve faster in the batter and for a sugar-free cookie, use a half cup of Swerve in place of the sugar, or a half and half combination for a lower sugar content cookie.

COCOA: Powdered cocoa is sugar-free and bitter tasting on its own but combined with the other ingredients, it’s absolutely heavenly! Dutch pressed cocoa has more depth of flavor, but any variety will do.

ADD-INS: Chocolate chips, oatmeal, chopped dried fruit, toasted coconut, or any other small candies will only make these cookies more delicious.

How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate and peanut butter are almost a heavenly match in the world of desserts. 

  1. Blend the ingredients together.
  2. Shape into balls (as per the recipe below).
  3. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  4. Slightly flatten the tops.
  5. Bake. Cool on wire racks.

PRO TIP: Flatten the tops of the cookies and sprinkle a little coarse (‘pearl’) sugar on the top so they sparkle.

ingredients and process to make chocolate peanut butter cookies

How To Store Cookies

For best results, store chocolate peanut butter cookies in a covered container or zippered bag. Store cookies:

  • at room temperature for about 2-3 days.
  • in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.
  • in the freezer for about 1-2 months.

Freeze any prepared dough wrapped in plastic for up to 4 weeks.

Recipe Tips

Let the egg set out to room temperature before adding to the other ingredients, this makes it easier to blend. Do not overbake the cookies so they remain soft and chewy.

Sprinkle the tops of each flattened cookie with decorator sugar before baking for a decorative flair.

Add chopped peanuts, chocolate chips or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Reese’s pieces to the dough for a more interesting cookie.

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Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Chewy and irresistible 4 ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies are so easy to make, and do not contain flour, so they are perfect for anyone following a gluten free diet!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 18 cookies
Author The Shortcut Kitchen


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 egg


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Stir all ingredients together until blended.
  • Roll into 1 inch balls, place on cookie sheet, then gently press down to slightly flatten.
  • Bake for 12 minutes.
  • Cool cookies on the tray for a couple of minutes before moving to a wire rack to finish cooling.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Cookies
Cuisine American

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  1. How many cookies does this recipe Make? In step 4 what did you forget to add, sentence doesn’t make sense. You say roll in balls with then flatten, are we suppose to roll in sugar or something or just a misprint?

    1. It’s written correctly. Roll it into a ball shape and slightly flatten the cookie, you don’t need to roll it into anything.