5-Ingredient (Gluten-free!) Peanut Butter Cookies

Do you ever have those days where you absolutely & utterly need your fix of your fave something-or-other?

Today, my friends, was one of those days.

And I needed my Skippy fix. 

But, like most would feel, I did not want the not-so-pleasant run from this morning to have been for nothing.

Where do you go for pictures of food to devour with your eyes?

Pinterest, of course! (While the subject’s on the table, hop on over to my page, if you would like to :P).


This pin had been circulating Pinterest for a while, popping up on almost every kind of dessert board I follow (and believe me, that’s saying something!).

The picture wasn’t much, just a cookie sheet with some cracked-looking spread-out cookies on there. It was the original caption that had gotten it pinned x-many times.


Look familiar?

Anywhoo, the caption was this: “Healthy Peanut Butter cookies! Only 36 calories per cookie! Ingredients: 1 Cup Peanut butter 1 Cup honey 1 TSP baking soda 1 egg Mix the peanut butter and honey first then add in the egg and baking soda. Bake for 10 minutes on 350 degrees. Theyre delicious! …. Excellent snack idea!”

And slight variations there of.

With some tracing of sources, I found what’s probably the original recipe (because, if you have a Pinterest, you would understand when I say this: never trust the captions for recipes!)

Turns out, it was the honey they substituted that caused the pancakey cookies.

You’re supposed to use sugar, which, as it turns out, does not effect the nutritional value much, at least from a strict calorie-counting perspective (for those who watch that kinda stuff :P).

And sorry, but it’s not 36 calories.

A whole cup of peanut butter and a whole cup of sweetener? We must’ve all been delusional when we repinned the link. 🙂


A reminder: a cookie is a cookie, and should be treated as such. If you’re going for somethin’ healthy, try a handful of kale chips or raisins. Something like that. 😉

But, these cookies are gluten-free! And, they have no added butter or oils (other than those in the peanut butter, of course…).

And they’re ridiculously simple. Ridiculous as in a 7-year-old could pull it off (unless you’re my brother, who has issues boiling water. He’s good for other things, though. Just not cooking. 🙂 ) And, you only need one bowl. 

And they’re just bursting with peanut-buttery flavor, nice and chewy (thanks to some light-brown sugar!) I love that–they’re chewy without oats!


So let’s get to the recipe.

What you’ll need…

  • 1 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 Cup Packed Light-Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • *optional* 1/4 Cup Chocolate or Carob Chips
  1. Mix together the peanut butter & brown sugar.
  2. Add in the egg and baking soda. The batter will be sticky & oilier than normal cookie dough.
  3. Preheat oven to 350.
  4. Pop dough in the fridge and chill for at least 20 minutes, to help with the spreading.
  5. Roll into balls on a greased or lined cookie sheet. I got about 15 small dough balls out of the recipe.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until middles are fairly set.
  7. Enjoy with a tall glass of milk!


*Do not place dough on a warm cookie sheet.

*If dough seems runny when placed on cookie sheet, put the sheet in the fridge for another 5 minutes.


Link to Pinterest pin here.


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