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2 Ingredient No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies (No Flour, Butter, Eggs or Refined Sugar)

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.
a stack of no bake peanut butter cookies.

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.
overhead shot of the cookies.

Cookie Sweetness

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.

Baked Version

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.
close-up photo of a stack of six cookies.

More Easy No Bake Cookies

2 Ingredient No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

Servings: 8 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
These easy no bake peanut butter cookies are just 2 ingredients. They make a great quick and easy snack.
4.76 from 25 votes


  • 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.


Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 105kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 100mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, NET CARBS: 4g

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.

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147 comments on “2 Ingredient No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies (No Flour, Butter, Eggs or Refined Sugar)”

  1. Thank you sweetie for your recipes 

  2. Thank you for giving us lots of simple recipes I for one am very appreciated for all you provide for free. Ignore the rudeness they are idiots that are miserable people and their drive is to make every body else miserable like them. Sadly we live in a very hateful world. Its not like it was years ago when I was growing up. People then helped each other and families loved one another.

  3. I probably should not have used crunchy peanut butter or I used too much maple syrup. It is still delicious, I just did something wrong that fit is crumbly. Do I need more peanut butter?

    • The chunky peanut butter could make them crumbly because the little bits of nuts make it harder for the cookies to hold together.

  4. was not told how much of each ingredient was needed so now i have to eyeball it

  5. All those who have food allergies would love these cookies! Anyone being rude or having negative comments can go make their own recepies and keep their opinion To themselves.
    Move on and let us people who enjoy KIRBIE’S recepies enjoy them…DELIOUS

  6. Wohoooo ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? 5 stars

  7. Based on the writeup, I think you may hold the answer to a question I have been searching for. I have a cookie recipe that contains natural peanut butter, margarine, brown sugar, white sugar, plus other ingredients. Most cookies I freeze the raw batter and bake as needed. However, these cookies will not spread after a day of being chilled. Do you know if this is related to the idea of mixing peanut butter and maple syrup?

  8. Thank you so much for the free recipe. I look forward to trying it. It is perfect for my family as we have people with gluten allergies and vegans. Thanks again.

  9. These are not only great cookies but it’s a great way to start teaching young children to cook. My young grand daughters loved to make these

  10. Nothing ventured nothing gained…. Will give this a try..
    Thanks for posting it…

  11. If I use the alternate syrup that is not as sweet, do you think I could add stevia?

  12. Sound good i’d like to try it make….

  13. I’m sorry yourself and others have to read those kinds of comments. Why not say I tried it didn’t like it or I don’t see how this can work but I’ll try it and see. Well back to me, have not tried this because I just found this receipe yet but can hardly wait to try it likely tomorrow or day after. Good time of year to be making a no bake reciepe. Looking forward to more reciepes.

  14. I love this idea, sounds good. But I don’t like maple syrup, will they have that flavor??!
    Agreed,haters will just find reasons to be haters.

  15. Sure, the consistency changes, but this is just cold sweetened peanut butter. I don’t get it…

  16. Hi, can the cookies be made with Sunbutter?My grandson is allergic to peanut butter so we only use the Sunbutter. But when Sunbutter is baked it turns green and he won’t eat them.

    • We haven’t tried using sunbutter because we wanted this to be a peanut butter-flavored cookie. Sunbutter is often used as a substitute for peanut butter but it will completely change the flavor.

  17. Thanks for sharing with the world your obviously researched recipe! I appreciate your empathy to those who need more assistance in comprehending simple instructions and grasping the concept of all things natural, you’re great Kirbie!!
    Looking forward to reading more recipes from you!!!

  18. Nice post…Thanks for sharing this recipe I would love to try it.

  19. What temp do they bake & for how long

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