These no bake peanut butter cookies are so easy to make and just 2 ingredients. They don’t contain any flour, butter, eggs or refined sugar. They take only about ten minutes to make and then they are ready to eat.
These peanut butter cookies are a great quick and easy snack. They can also be made ahead of time and stored for whenever you’re in need of a snack or something a little sweet.
- Natural creamy peanut butter
- Maple Syrup
After reading this ingredient list, it may seem this will only result in sweet peanut butter spread, but that isn’t the case. When maple syrup is mixed with natural peanut butter, it thickens the peanut butter to the point where it becomes as thick as cookie dough.
Natural Creamy Peanut Butter: This recipe will only work with natural style peanut butter. You can replace with other nut butters like almond, cashew, etc, but they must also be natural style. Nut butters that have been processed with hydrogenated oils will not work. I recommend you use a fresh or fairly new jar of peanut butter. If your peanut butter is old it is likely a little dry and that can lead the dough to be dry and crumbly.
Maple Syrup: I used pure maple syrup to make these cookies. The syrup has two uses. It adds sweetness to the cookies. It also thickens the peanut butter to a cookie dough consistency. This recipe will not work with thick syrups like honey. It may work with other syrups that have a high water content and a watery consistency like maple syrup but I have not tested it. I have only tested it with maple syrup and Lakanto sugar free maple flavored syrup.
These cookies are only lightly sweetened. You can’t add too much maple syrup to the dough because it will change the dough consistency. If you prefer something sweeter, I recommend checking out this recipe which uses dates to sweeten the cookies and can be made sweeter.
Yes you can bake these cookies. The baked version is what inspired me to make this no baked version. You can find the baked version here.
More Easy No Bake Cookies
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2 Ingredient No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies
- 1/2 cup (128 g) creamy natural peanut butter unsweetened
- 1 ½ - 2 tbsp (.75 - 1 oz) maple syrup
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl add peanut butter and 1 ½ tbsp syrup. Use a spatula and mix the syrup into the peanut butter. At first the peanut butter will become more liquidy as your stir in the syrup, but as you continue to stir, you should see the peanut butter thicken. Continue to stir until the peanut butter becomes as thick as cookie dough and pulls away from the sides of the bowl and can form a dough. Taste the dough and if it is not sweet enough for you, you can add another 1/2 tbsp of syrup and stir that in.
- Scoop 1 tbsp of dough and roll between palms until it forms a smooth round ball. Place onto baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing cookies 1 inch apart. Gently press balls to form a thick round disk (about 1/2 inch thick). Use the back of a fork to make crisss-cross patten on cookies. Cookies can be enjoyed right away. They can also be refrigerated for 30 minutes which will make them slightly firmer. Store uneaten cookies in an airtight container.
- These cookies do not have the same texture as baked cookies. They are more like energy balls in cookie form. If you wanted baked cookie texture, these cookies can be baked. See my baked version for more details.
- This recipe will only work with natural-style peanut butter. It will not work with peanut butter processed with hydrogenated oils. You can also substitute with other nut butters like almond butter or cashew butter but they also must be natural-style.
- Honey will not work as a substitute for maple syrup. Other syrups with a high water content and very thin liquid consistency like maple syrup may work. For example, I have also made these with Lakanto sugar free maple flavored syrup successfully.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.