recipe

You only need four ingredients to make these peanut butter cookies. They’re perfect when you want cookies . . . fast!

safety
  • Uses the oven
difficulty
  • Beginner
time
  • 30 minutes,
  • plus cooling time
yield
  • Makes 12 cookies

hey curious cook—

Have you heard about our Young Chefs’ Club? Members get a themed (and kid-tested) box delivered each month!

Prepare Ingredients

½ cup
sugar
1
large egg
½ cup
smooth peanut butter
¼ cup
M&M’s or Reese’s Pieces, or 12 Hershey’s Kisses

Gather Baking Equipment

Rimmed baking sheet
Parchment paper
Large bowl
Whisk
Rubber spatula
1-­tablespoon measuring spoon
Small spoon
Oven mitts
Cooling rack
Spatula
1
 

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Parchment paper prevents the cookies from sticking to the baking sheet.

 
2
 
½ cup
sugar
1
large egg

In large bowl, whisk sugar and egg until smooth. Let mixture sit until sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes.

 
3
 
½ cup
smooth peanut butter

Add peanut butter to bowl and use rubber spatula to stir until smooth.

 
4
 

Drop 12 scoops of dough onto baking sheet, leaving space between scoops. Gently press candies into tops of cookies.

This cookie dough is very sticky, so use 1-­tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop dough, then use small spoon to scrape it onto baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches of space between each scoop.

 
5
 

Place baking sheet in oven. Bake cookies until edges are golden and tops are set, 10 to 12 minutes.

 
6
 

Use oven mitts to remove baking sheet from oven (ask an adult for help). Place baking sheet on cooling rack and let cookies cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes.

 
7
 

Use spatula to transfer cookies directly to cooling rack and let cool for 5 minutes before serving.