Peanut Butter Cookies in Minutes!

With only 3 ingredients

I grew up in a very busy mom and dad helped provide a home for over 17 foster children throughout my childhood, mostly 2 and 3 at a time, plus they cared for me and my 2 sisters. So my mom was constantly looking for the easiest way to feed all of us and keep us happy. Lots of memories surround the dinner table, with food fights, conversations, learning all of the different personalities as they came and went through our home. One thing was for certain, though, food was always at the center of anything we did together. I mean, with that many people in a house, someone was ALWAYS hungry...and it was usually me.

Out of all of those foster children, I was always the only boy in the house (besides my very patient father.) Having that experience growing up, I learned a ton. But, some of the best things my mom taught me were to always be able to clean my own house, do my own laundry, iron my own clothes, and most importantly...cook for myself. (I think she was preparing for me to never  marry, but that didn't work out--I have a wife, 4 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats and an untold number of fish).

Now, it's not uncommon for the men in my family to be the main cook in the house (surprisingly non-stereotypical of a Southern household). One of the recipes I am most thankful for from my mom is her Peanut Butter Cookie recipe. It is by far the easiest and best recipe she has ever gave me...and I use it probably 2 to 3 times every week. It's so easy that my kids pull it out and use it themselves when they want a quick snack. So, here it is...

All you need is:

  • 1 Cup of Peanut Butter
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 egg
  • That's it!!!

Now, mix them all together in a mixing bowl, and spoon them out onto a pre-greased baking sheet or parchment paper. Press down each cookie with a fork to make those signature hash marks, and bake at 350 for 12 to 15 minutes (depending on your oven). Sometimes you have to cook them a little longer, but once they are done, pull them out and let them cool on the pan for about 10 minutes. Then you can transfer them to a wire rack...or right into your mouth! I'll be surprised if you can let them cool the entire 10 minutes without eating one or two--I know I can't!

Anyway...enjoy! Pass on...or don't! I (and my mother) get asked how these stay together without flour or anything else to bind them. We both tend to answer the same way..."I don't know. They just do."

Give it a try and let me know how they turn out for you!

Peanut Butter Cookies