Easy Peanut Butter Cookies (2-Ingredients)

Melanie Lorick
by Melanie Lorick
12 cookies
40 min

These 2-ingredient peanut butter cookies have such a delightful flavor and melt-in-your-mouth texture that you'll never know these are vegan, gluten free, oil free, and refined sugar free!

What makes these cookies extra special?

  • Requiring just two ingredients, both the peanut butter and pure maple syrup are pantry staples that you *most likely* already have on hand.
  • Customize these to make them your own - feel free to add a little flaky sea salt as an elegant garnish, or toss in a few vegan chocolate chips for extra flavor. My next experiment with these is a peanut butter (vegan) ice cream sandwich cookie that is rolled in chopped peanuts and vegan chocolate chips. Stay tuned!
  • Minimal effort is needed to make a cookie that is absolutely delicious. I prefer freezing the batter before baking, but you can skip this step and enjoy a wonderful end result.
  • A flavor profile that is equal parts nutty and sweet makes each bite feel like a decadent treat. But, enjoy these with less guilt thanks to the lack of refined sugar. You really can have it all with a cookie!

Tip: Stay close to the oven to judge your cooking time when you first make these. Unless you have an oven thermometer to confirm you're cooking these at 350ºF, the temperature might be a little "off" and cause the cookies to cook faster. The texture should appear slightly "cracked" and the edges a very light brown. It is better to slightly undercook these than dry them out in the oven.

As is the case with our recipes at Inspired Epicurean, sustainability is important. To that end, it is helpful to note that peanut butter and pure maple syrup are generally considered eco-friendly ingredients.

Ensure this is true for you by selecting varieties that have organic certifications. If you live in a part of the world that doesn't have much access to these, you can substitute with a different nut butter or use date syrup as a maple sugar replacement.

More tips for this peanut butter cookie recipe are available on the blog.

I can't wait to hear if you enjoy these as much as we do! Plant-based cookies really do steal the show. Cheers, friends!

Peanut butter cookie dough prior to baking

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies (2-Ingredients)
Recipe details
  • 12  cookies
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 40 min
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  • 1 cup natural chunky or smooth peanut butter, stirred to incorporate any separated oil (no added ingredients, unless it's salt)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup

In a medium bowl, stir together the peanut butter and pure maple syrup until thoroughly combined.
Cover and place in your freezer for about 25 minutes, though this is an optional step is you are low on time.
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Remove the dough from freezer and divide into 12 sections. Using your hands, roll the dough into balls and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet (or use a baking mat).
Take a small piece of parchment paper and place over the top of a dough ball before pressing down with an empty drinking glass to flatten it. The cookies should be about 1/4-inch thick. Repeat for all 12 cookies.
Use a fork to press the tines into the top of the dough in a criss-cross pattern. Repeat for all 12 cookies.
Bake for 10 minutes, or until the sides are a very light golden brown and the top of the cookies have subtle cracks.
Allow to cool on the baking sheet before enjoying!
  • Store in an air tight container (at room temperature) for up to 7 days. Freeze for longer storage.
  • Use natural peanut butter with no added ingredients, with the exception of a little salt.
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  • Saw48837142 Saw48837142 on Aug 01, 2022

    camyou use natural almond butter

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    • Melanie Lorick Melanie Lorick on Aug 15, 2022

      Hi, Teresita! This cookie recipe doesn't use flour. Thanks for your question!

  • Martina Di Pofi Martina Di Pofi on Aug 14, 2022

    I’ve not tried this recipe yet but I just thought it could be smart to put the “batter” in a ice cube tray for portioning and freezing.

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    • Lorraine Lorraine on Feb 08, 2024

      I tthink that is a terrific idea, ice cube trays