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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.
5 from 8 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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47 comments on “2 Ingredient No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies (No Flour, Butter, Eggs or Refined Sugar)”

  1. I make something similar with Reduced Fat Jif and Smuckers Caramel Sundae Syrup. You’d think adding something syrupy to peanut butter would make it more runny but it actually thickens the peanut butter. It turns out like a Reese’s filling.

    Note: don’t be scared of the “Reduced Fat” part. What it means is that it is sweeter and less oily than regular peanut butter. I can’t even eat the oily stuff anymore!

  2. I love your recipes! I made these and they hit the spot!

  3. Wood like recp

  4. With all due respect, simply adding sweetener to peanut butter and forming it into a cookie shape is not a “recipe”, nor is it really a cookie. Why should I bother going to all the trouble of making this “recipe” when I could simply put a dollop of maple syrup on a spoonful of peanut butter and put it in my mouth? It would taste the same. You can’t be serious with this nonsense, can you? I mean, come on!

    • With all due respect, it’s not just adding a dollop of syrup to a spread. There is a chemical reaction when the two ingredients are actually mixed together for a long enough time which causes the peanut butter to change its texture and become like cookie dough rather than just a spread that sticks to the roof of your mouth. You won’t achieve the same results by putting a spoonful of peanut butter and syrup in your mouth.

    • Chill the fuck out Alan. Skip the recipe if it’s too simple for your brilliant mind.

    • That was unnecessary. Please take your negativity elsewhere.

    • Delicious

    • Alan,
      I suppose you have never had meringue. Do you know what that is made from?? 2 Ingredients egg whites and sugar. Enjoy having your runny egg whites and sugar on top of a delicious pie as I will do what’s called baking and mix the 2 together and Voila!!! It’s a miracle they’re not runny anymore.
      Sorry for the negativity Kirbie some people are angry, lonely souls.
      Thanks for the recipe as I look forward to trying it.

  5. How many cookies does it make?

  6. I’m confused. Is this Lakanto syrup considered table syrup or is it pure maple syrup? In reading it’s ingredients it says it’s flavored with monkfruit. Doesn’t sound much like real maple syrup to me. With half of my family hailing from New England, I’m pretty familiar with what the difference is between maple syrup and table syrup. This Lakanto stuff doesn’t sound much like what I know as maple syrup. Is it possible to go to the store and get real maple syrup and use it or does this particular recipe need the fake stuff you use?

    • the recipe uses pure maple syrup. I state that I have tested this with pure maple syrup and I have also tested it with lakanto syrup. Lakanto is not pure maple syrup but it also works.

  7. no refined sugar eh? what do you think maple syrup is? That is refined from 100x sap to get 1x syrup.

    • Yes maple syrup does go through a refinement process but it is not considered a refined sugar. It is considered a natural sugar because it is not processed like other sugars where the minerals and nutrition get removed.

  8. Lol this comment section. Like all of them can’t or didn’t read or understand that when things are mixed together the consistency changes? Zzzzz

    • It always surprises me too. Think of all the amazing foods that would never be discovered or invented if everyone thought like this.

  9. These are easy and tasty. Thanks for this recipe! Sorry you have to deal with rude comments from some posters. It’s a free recipe, folks! Have some manners and appreciation.

  10. Kirbie, you are putting these commentators is check! Whoo, Yaas Queen! Lol I am a science major, and you are so right about the spoonful comment! When you mix it together is does get real thick. I cannot eat just plain peanut butter but these cookies are bomb!!! AND quick to make… Who want to wait 20 minutes for cookies to be prepared then another 30 to cook them?? I LOVE THIS!!!!!

    • I’m so glad you tried them and enjoyed them! Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment and describing your experience.

  11. Any idea what the sugar or carb count is on these

  12. Would it work if I threw in some dark chocolate chips?

  13. Why cant people keep their rude comments to themselves i guess it gives them a forum to shoe what wonderful assholes they are!

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. Wohoooo ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? 5 stars

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

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